Since the incident, the IDF has sent reinforcements to Iron Dome batteries in southern Israel, but kept the Kerem Shalom and Erez border crossings open—possibly in an attempt to avoid further escalation.
Hamas terror group might be implying it plans to retaliate for the night’s events with sniper fire or anti-tank fire, instead of rockets. This is possibly what led the IDF to bolster its presence on the border and restrict train movement in the area.
Seventeen rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza since the escalation broke out, with Iron Dome missiles intercepting three of the projectiles.
The Home Front Command announced Sunday night that school would be canceled on Monday in the Gaza border communities.
The Israel Railways shut down the Ashkelon-Beer Sheva line due to the security situation. Trains coming from the north will terminate their operation in Ashkelon, while the Sderot, Ofakim and Netivot stations will remain closed.
As a part of an undercover very complex rescue mission, IDF Special Forces entered 2 miles into Gaza in a civilian vehicle on Sunday evening.
IDF Lieutenant Colonel ‘M’ was killed and another officer was moderately wounded in a fire exchange that erupted between the IDF force conducting the mission and Hamas terrorists late Sunday night.
At least seven Muslim terrorists, including a Hamas leader in the Khan Yunis area, were eliminated. All the eliminated terrorists are part of the Hamas terror group armed wing Izz ad-Din al-Qassam, whose sole mission is to murder Jews.
According to Arab reports, the vehicle was destroyed by the IAF after the troops were extracted from the area.
Lt. Col. M was the most senior soldier killed in Gaza since the 2014 Operation Protective Edge.
The Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson’s Unit said about the lieutenant colonel that “His actions will not be published in the media but he deserves our salute. His actions led to Israel having superiority over its enemies.”
The wounded officer was in moderate but stable condition. “It’s a miracle I got my son back,” his mother said. The soldier is currently being treated in the Soroka Medical Center, and his identity was not released to the public.
The IDF announced that the funeral of Lt. Col. M will take place today 15:00. Due to security limitations, the funeral will not be allowed for media coverage. The IDF Spokesperson Unit will release footage from the funeral once it will end.