3 Israeli Army Soldiers Killed In Hamas’ Gaza Crossing Rocket Attack

Soldiers attacked while guarding heavy equipment, tanks and bulldozers


The Israeli military said three soldiers were killed and more than a dozen others were injured when rockets were fired from the besieged Gaza Strip toward the Kerem Shalom border crossing early Sunday.

The military told AFP that three of the 12 injured were in critical condition.

The Palestinian group Hamas militants earlier claimed that the rocket attack forced Israeli authorities to block the crossing, which they said was being used to deliver aid to Gaza.

The military said 14 rockets were fired at the intersection from areas adjacent to the Rafah intersection.

The Air Force responded quickly and destroyed the launch pad from which the projectile was fired, military spokesman Peter Lerner told reporters in an online briefing.

“From our point of view it is a very serious incident and unacceptable. The IDF (military) is investigating why the soldiers were killed while the sirens were wailing,” he said.

He said the military was “not aware that an interception had taken place” during the shelling.

“The Air Force will investigate exactly what happened,” Lerner added.

The soldiers were injured while guarding heavy equipment, tanks and bulldozers stationed in the area.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)