IDF Soldier Killed in Gaza

Ad Feedback - GAZA STRIP - An elite Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier was killed early Wednesday morning during a routine counter-terror operation near the Kissufim border crossing in southern Gaza.

Staff Sergeant Bisan Sayef, 21, from Jatt, a Druze village in the Galilee, died when Palestinian gunmen ambushed the Golani Brigades's elite Egoz unit with mortar and RPG shells during a search to uncover the terrorist infrastructure near the border.

Two wounded soldiers were transported to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba.

The IDF responded from the air, hitting two of the gunmen. Palestinian sources reported one Hamas gunman killed and four injured.

On Tuesday in northern Gaza, Givati Brigade infantrymen uncovered a 12-foot smuggling tunnel, dug from inside a Palestinian house, to within four-tenths of a mile from the Israeli community of Kfar Aza.

During the operation near the Arab town of Jabalya, one Palestinian gunman was killed and three injured -- all members of the Popular Resistance Committee's Salah al-Din Brigades.

Palestinians fired some 30 mortar shells at the troops, but no soldiers were injured.

Palestinian terrorists fired six Kassam rockets into Israel on Tuesday, three landing south of the coastal city of Ashkelon. There were no injuries or property damage.

IDF troops in the Southern Command are working to uncover dozens of newly dug tunnels, built solely to facilitate terror attacks on civilian and military targets inside Israel.

On Wednesday, Army Radio reported that two mortar shells fired from Gaza landed in open areas, injuring no one.

Also on Wednesday, Jerusalem police were placed on high alert after intelligence warnings of a terror attack. Traffic backed up as police spot-checked incoming cars and beefed up border police patrols on the city's perimeters.

Magen David Adom, the national emergency rescue service, was also put on red alert, the highest state of readiness in the event terrorists succeed in their mission.

Sources: YNet news, Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post

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