On May 20, a bus of the Israeli military parked near a base in the village of Zikim, to the north of the Gaza Strip, was targeted with an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM).
The attack was carried out by fighters of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas Movement. In a statement, the group said that several mortar shells were fired at the vicinity of the targeted bus after the strike.
According to a number of Israeli news sources, a soldier was slightly wounded as a result of the ATGM attack. The bus was severely damaged.
Hamas ATGM attack near Zikim struck a soldier’s bus, the bus was empty and one soldier nearby lightly wounded in the attack. pic.twitter.com/OXCTJbNUIl
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The Israeli military has been hunting down Palestinian “tank hunters” since the outbreak of the battle in the Gaza Strip on May 10. Yet, ATGMs are still being fired from the enclave.
This was the third such attack. The first attack, which took place on the first day of the battle, targeted an SUV east of Gaza. A civilian was wounded. The second attack, on May 12th, targeted an SUV of the IDF to the north of the enclave. One soldier was killed and two others were wounded.
In the last few hours, Palestinian factions targeted several Israeli military facilities with rockets and mortars, including:
- Hatzerim air base;
- Tal Nouf air base;
- Mars military post;
- Tselem ground base;
- Mishmar Hanegev logistics base;
- Ra’eem ground base;
- Beersheba supply base;
- Sderot artillery post.
Palestinian attacks on Israel have claimed the lives of 12 people, including at least one soldier, so far. More than 100 others were injured.
Despite much talk about a near ceasefire, the fighting in the Gaza Strip is not slowing down. A number of issues are complicating the ongoing ceasefire talks, which are being run by Egypt and Qatar.
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