Five Israeli soldiers wounded in Gaza during operation to destroy tunnel.

A firefight broke out overnight between IDF forces and Palestinian terrorists along the Gaza border. Please pray for healing and comfort, and for calm to be restored on the border.

“Five Israeli soldiers were wounded in an attack late Thursday while on an operational mission to destroy a tunnel dug by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip,” reports Haaretz. “The force was taking part in a joint operation by the Golani infantry brigade and the Combat Engineering Corp to destroy a part of a tunnel network discovered in the southern Gaza Strip last month. In the course of the operation, an explosive device was detonated against the soldiers, wounding five, a statement from the Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson’s Unit said.”

“One of the five sustained serious wounds, another was moderately wounded and the three others sustained light injuries,” noted Haaretz. “They were all evacuated by helicopter to the Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva for treatment and their families were notified. The seriously-wounded soldier was operated on overnight, while the others — one of them a lieutenant colonel — may require surgery at a later date. In response to the attack, the troops opened fire at terrorists identified nearby, the IDF statement said, reporting that hits were identified. Hamas said one Palestinian was killed in the incident and another was wounded. Later, the Israel Air Force bombed another tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip, which, according to the Israel Defense Forces, could have been used to carry out a terrorist attack in Israel. The IDF reported that it identified that the target was hit. Hamas said three Palestinians were killed in this attack.

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