Soldiers Kill Arab Sniper near Hevron

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CBNNews.com - An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) patrol killed an Arab sniper after he opened fire on them Monday.

The incident took place near the Jewish community of Tel Adasha in the Hevron Hills.

An IDF spokesman confirmed that the Arab opened fire on the soldiers, who returned fire, killing the attacker.

Meanwhile, following a mortar shell attack, the Israel Air Force targeted a vehicle in the town of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip at the border with Egypt.

Moments before the air strike, the vehicle's passengers fired a mortar shell on the Eshkol region in the western Negev.

One terrorist was killed and three others wounded in the strike, according to Palestinian medical officials.

Monday's air strike followed Sunday evening's response to more than 15 rocket and mortar shell attacks over the weekend.

The IAF hit six arms smuggling tunnels near the Rafah border crossing with Israel, an unspecified number of rocket launching pads in northern Gaza, and a Hamas security building in central Gaza.

At Sunday morning's Cabinet meeting, outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said there would be a harsh response to rocket fire.

"The Cabinet's position from the outset was that if firing continues against residents of the South, there will be a sharp Israeli response that would be disproportionate vis-à-vis the firing," Olmert said.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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