An anti-tank missile shot from the Gaza Strip exploded near a school bus outside Kibbutz Sa’ad in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council on Thursday, injuring two people. Immediately after the attack, an Israeli attack helicopter machine-gunned a target in Gaza for the first time since the Operation Cast Lead.
A Reuters correspondent said the sound of heavy fire from the helicopter was audible in the center of the city. Palestinian medics said one man was killed and three injured by Israeli tank fire following the mortar attack.
In the Negev attack, the 16-year-old was in critical condition after paramedics managed to resuscitate him. He was airlifted to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba. Magen David Adom relayed that the boy was struck in his head by shrapnel from the missile.
The bus driver was listed in light condition. They were the only people on the bus.
Paramedics who revived the boy reported that they did so while under mortar fire.
Magen David Adom has raised its alert level to “Level B,” one stage short of the highest level.
Local officials in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council were reporting a barrage of mortar shells and Kassams being fired at the border region following the missile attack..
Police sealed off roads in the area due to the threat of additional projectile fire. Civilians in the area were asked to remain in their homes.