Hamas mortar attack kills four in southern Israel

Israelis injured by mortar fire in southern Israel were taken to Soroka University Medical Center (pictured) in Beersheba. Credit: PikiWiki - Israel free image collection project.

(JNS.org) Four Israelis soldiers were killed and several other people were wounded on Monday when a Hamas mortar struck the Eshkol Regional Council in southern Israel, near the Gaza border. Another Israeli soldier was killed in Gaza, bringing the Israel Defense Forces death toll for the current conflict to 48.

According to Israeli emergency services, 10 people were injured, and medical teams evacuated most of the injured individuals to Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba. 

The mortar landed in a crowd of people, the Jerusalem Post reported. If mortars land close to the Gaza border, they do not usually set off a Code Red rocket siren, and therefore will typically fall without warning. 

Posted on July 28, 2014 .