A woman suffered shock Saturday evening after a mortar shell landed near a kibbutz in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council. There were no reports of injuries. On Thursday evening, a Qassam rocket exploded in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council, without causing injuries or damage.
Last Tuesday, a Palestinian man was killed in an IDF gunfire attack near the border fence in the southern Gaza Strip. Palestinian news agency Maan said Hassan Abu Rok, 22, was hit by a mortar in the Khan Younis area. Local emergency and rescue services spokesman Adham Abu Selmiya said that that the IDF fired several mortars, causing five other individuals to sustain light wounds.
IDF officials estimate that following the recent escalation in the southern region, on the second anniversary of Operation Cast Lead, terror organizations will pursue their attempts to target Israeli soldiers on the border fence and may even try to carry out more sophisticated attacks.
Roee Nahmias and AFP contributed to this report
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