IAF helicopter misses Gaza target

Air Force gunship fires missiles at car but target escapes; 3 Palestinians injured in attack, which came hours after two Kassam rockets landed in Sderot. Amir Buhbut Several hours after two Kassam rockets landed in Sderot, IAF helicopter gun ships fired a number of missiles at Mercedes car that was traveling in the Zeitoun district of Gaza City. The raid’s target, whose identity is still unknown, managed to escape. Three Palestinians were injured. According to the IDF, the Kassam rockets fired at Sderot this morning were launched from a residential area in the northern section of the town of Beit Hanoun, in the Gaza Strip.

Although no injuries were reported in the attack, the army is taking the incident seriously nonetheless. Meanwhile, the IDF’s Southern Command has convened a meeting of senior officers, including OC Southern Command, Dan Harel, Gaza Division Commander, Shmuel Zakai, and others. Participants in the meeting are looking into two main issues: The improvement in the range of Kassam rockets, and the IDF response to the ongoing Kassam attacks. Since the latest shooting originated from a residential area, the army is considering sending forces into Beit Hanoun. An army source made the following remarks regarding the Kassam attack this morning: „Following the deployment of the IDF on the outskirts of Beit Hanoun and Jabaliya, the Kassam-launching terrorists moved back. Therefore, if they still manage to reach Sderot and its vicinity, we estimate that they improved the range of the Kassams”. The source added: „Moreover, the rockets are launched from residential areas, under the false impression that the IDF won’t go in there. At this time there are consultations in order to decide how to respond to shootings from residential areas”.