Cleared for Publication: An IDF officer from an elite unit was killed and another soldier was moderately wounded on Sunday night during a counter-terrorism operation inside Gaza.
The incident occurred during a counter-terrorism operation inside Gaza. According to reports, IDF Special forces entered 2 miles into Gaza in a civilian vehicle.
The force was exposed and an exchange of fire started while an Israeli aircraft accompanied the ground forces.
IDF forces eliminated seven Hamas terrorists, including a leader of the Hamas armed wing Izz ad-Din al-Qassam during the incident in southern Gaza.
The IDF confirmed that no soldiers were taken hostage during the incident.
Arabs report that the green light was given to all terror groups in Gaza to retaliate against Israel.
Several incoming rocket sirens sounded Sunday evening in Israeli communities near the Gaza border and the central Negev following the security incident.
Gaza border communities’ residents were instructed to remain close to bomb shelters as incoming rocket sirens sounded near the Gaza border and the central Negev.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu decided to cut short his visit to Paris and will return to Israel tonight.
The Home Front Command issued instructions to residents of Israeli towns near the Gaza border. Public gatherings will be permitted for up to 300 people in closed areas only. Schools in the region will be closed on Monday, and public services will be provided in a reduced capacity. Agricultural work in the region is prohibited.