It all started when Israel hit back first once again. Palestinian terrorists have unleashed another rocket onslaught onto the south of Israel in retaliation for the IDF’s killing some infiltrators.
From this Times of Israel article the timeline seems to unfold as follows:
Earlier on Sunday, two rockets were fired from Gaza into southern Israel, the IDF announced through Twitter Sunday evening. One hit the Sha’ar Hanegev area. No damage or injuries were reported.
The Israeli Air Force on Sunday afternoon struck a motorcycle in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, killing a terrorist and seriously wounding another.
The following events are reported at the beginning of the article:
Dozens of mortars were fired at Kerem Shalom from the Gaza Strip Sunday night, hours after an IAF airstrike killed a terrorist in Rafah. Authorities urged residents to remain in fortified shelters and lock their doors.
IDF tanks reportedly returned fire at the source of fire, near the southern Gaza Strip airport of Dahaniya, Palestinian sources cited by Channel 10 reported.
After this initial onslaught a more serious attack with much graver implications occurred:
At least 13 Egyptian soldiers were killed and seven injured Sunday night in an armed assault on a police station on the border with Israel and the Gaza Strip. The attackers then attempted to infiltrate the border with Israel. No Israeli injuries were reported.
The gunmen launched the ambush while the Egyptian troops broke their Ramadan fast, commandeered two Egyptian armored vehicles, and fired towards Israel, Al Arabiya reported.
The terrorists drove the armored cars towards the Israeli border crossing at Kerem Shalom. One vehicle exploded at the Kerem Shalom crossing. The second vehicle entered Israel and the IAF blew up it up.
Israel Radio reported three terrorists killed. IDF forces were conducting searches in the area for any remaining terrorists.
Initial reports from Gaza said that members of an extremist Islamic group attacked two Egyptian army posts in the Egyptian part of Rafiah with anti-tank rockets and gunfire, killing 15 Egyptian officers and soldiers. Al Jazeera later put the number of Egyptian soldiers dead at 20.
According to the Bawaba al-Ahram website, 11 of 20 Egyptian officers and soldiers who died in the attack were killed when a car bomb went off inside an Egyptian military position.
Ynet meanwhile reports that:
The gunmen reportedly took control of two Egyptian armored vehicles using RPG missiles and explosives. One of the vehicles blew up near the Kerem Shalom border crossing, while the other one managed to infiltrate into Israel. The gunmen fired tank shells toward Israeli forces stationed at the border, but IAF aircraft managed to hit the armored vehicle.
The attack occurred during the Iftar evening meal, when Muslims break their Ramadan fast.
Reacting to the incident, senior security officials said that the terrorists who tried to infiltrate Israel were planning a major terror attack. “Should they have succeeded, it could have been a very serious terror attack. A major disaster has been prevented.”
So much for us infidels having to respect Muslim holy days. They don’t even respect their own holy days.
Due to the renewed (or ongoing) violence, residents of the south have once again been asked to remain indoors. Just a reminder – this is the middle of the summer holidays when people are supposed to be enjoying being outdoors, hiking, swimming or just enjoying nature.
Hours after the Air Force strikes targets in Gaza, resident of Eshkol Regional Council have been instructed to stay indoors following clash between IDF and terrorists at Egypt border. No injuries have been reported.
“We were asked to immediately evacuate to fortified spaces,” one of the residents told Ynet. “At the moment, people are locking themselves indoors.
“My children were at their friends and I was in the dining room with my wife and younger son. I had to go looking for them,” he added.
“This is definitely an unusual incident unlike we’ve experienced in the past,” said another resident. “We received an instruction to immediately enter fortified spaces, whereas usually we get a message asking us to stay nearby a fortified space,” she added.
We’re all relieved that the IDF and IAF have succeeded in thwarting this attack but if only the residents of the south could benefit from the army’s success and did not have to spend so much time in their shelters.