The Israeli Air Force struck a Hamas training base in northern Gaza late Wednesday night, hours after gunfire from the base hit two homes in the southern Israeli border community of Netiv Haasara.
The initial Israel Defense Forces assessment was that the Israeli homes had been hit by “stray fire” from the Palestinian terrorist group’s base. Both homes suffered damage and two bullets were found. In one of the homes, a bullet penetrated a glass door and struck a television as two children were watching it. The father of the children said it was a “miracle” that they emerged unscathed, Israel Hayom reported.
Following the gunfire, Netiv Haasara residents were cautioned to stay away from windows and doors facing Gaza. Yair Farjun, head of the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, said, “We can no longer put up with real threats to our lives. I demand that the government take immediate steps to eliminate all threats to the lives of Israeli citizens.”
Earlier on Wednesday, a suspicious individual tried to infiltrate into Israel from Gaza via the sea in the Zikim area. After calling on him to halt and firing warning shots in the air, IDF troops in the area shot the man in the lower part of his body. He was arrested, given medical treatment, and taken in for questioning.