Israeli Airforce Jets attacked a weapons depot and manufacturing center belonging to the Hamas terror group after 21-year-old Israeli Border Police Staff Sergeant Barel Hadaria Shmueli was seriously injured in crossfire from the Gaza Strip, the army reported.
As of this morning, the staff sergeant was still in intensive care battling the life-threatening injury. In response to the soldier’s shooting, Israeli “fighter jets have struck four weapons storage and manufacturing sites belonging to Hamas,” the IDF said.
Late on Saturday, hostilities erupted on the border as hundreds of Palestinians gathered near the security fence and tried to climb over while others threw explosive devices at Israeli soldiers, the IDF reported.
“IDF troops responded with riot dispersal procedures, including live fire when necessary,” the military spokesperson said in a statement on Saturday. 41 Palestinians were wounded, including 2 critically including a 13-year-old boy, Gaza’s health ministry said. It described most of the other injuries as moderate.
In preparation of facing further hostilities, the IDF has sent additional forces to the Gaza border and there are reports of a ramp up of Iron Dome anti-missile systems to the area.
The renewed violence comes just months after a fragile Egyptian-mediated ceasefire in May.