Day 12: Two IDF soldiers, Israeli civilian killed
A large band of Hamas terrorists attempted to infiltrate Israel through a tunnel dug under the border and an intense gun battle ensued. Two Israeli soldiers were killed in the exchange of fire, Sgt. Adar Barsano, 20, of Nahariya and Maj. Amotz Greenberg, 45, of Hod HaSharon, and two others were wounded. The incident occurred in Eshkol. The terrorists were headed towards an Israeli community, and encountered a small IDF patrol. One terrorist was killed and the others escaped back through the tunnel to Gaza where the air force bombed them.
A Hamas rocket hit a Bedouin house, killing one civilian and critically injuring four more, including a 4 month old baby.
We are hearing reports that the IDF is encountering highly booby-trapped houses in Gaza close to the border, including trip wires for bombs and IEDs strapped to the walls.