An IDF non-commissioned officer was killed on Tuesday morning when a roadside bomb planted by Gaza operatives along Israel’s border with the Strip detonated under the army vehicle he was traveling in.
Another officer was seriously wounded and two soldiers were lightly hurt in the incident near the Kissufim crossing, the army said.
The casualties were evauated to Soroka.
The family of the fatality requested that neither his name nor his photo be published.
Following the incident, the IDF fired at several targets inside Gaza and IAF helicopters were spotted hovering over the Strip. Palestinians reported that several people were wounded when IDF tank shells hit residential buildings in the Strip.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak called the incident “severe” and promised an Israeli response. Barak, who was touring the Ze’elim base in the South, would not say what the nature or extent of the response to the attack would be.
The defense minister told reservists that despite the “massive hit” suffered by Hamas during Operation Cast Lead, there was still a constant threat of attacks along the border with Gaza, “or even an incident that we will have to respond to.”