Mortar Shell Kills One, Injures Several

Ad Feedback - KIBBUTZ NIR OZ, Israel - Hamas' Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades claimed responsibility for firing three mortar shells on the western Negev, which killed one man and wounded several others.

"[We will] continue to strike the Zionist military locations and settlement colonies [sic] around the Gaza Strip as a response to the nonstop aggression against our people," read a Hamas statement issued after the attack.

The mortar shell salvo, fired from northern Gaza, hit Kibbutz Nir Oz, killing a 52-year-old Israeli man, seriously wounded two others, with a fourth suffering more moderate shrapnel wounds and several treated for shock.

The injured were transported to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba, where trauma unit head Dr. Gadi Shaked said the two most seriously injured were hit in the back and the other in the chest.

The latest attack came from the Gush Katif area, which Israel abandoned when it forced 8,000 Jewish residents of the Gaza Strip out of their homes and communities in August 2005.

Over the weekend, two people were injured in a Kassam rocket attack on another western Negev kibbutz, partially severing the hand of one man.

Yesterday, after a rocket wounded a Palestinian worker at the Nahal Oz Fuel Terminal, Israel halted transfer of cooking gas, diesel and industrial fuel to the Strip.

Sources: The Jerusalem Post, YNet news

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