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Israeli soldier wounded in mortar attack near Gaza

July 17, 2014 6:23 A.M. (Updated: July 19, 2014 10:39 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli army said on Thursday afternoon that a soldier was injured by mortar fire from Gaza, as Israeli forces bombarded the Gaza Strip hours after the end of a temporary ceasefire.

The Israeli military said in a statement that the soldier was "lightly injured" in the attack.

Since 3 p.m., Palestinian militants have fired 105 rockets into Israel, mostly in the direction of Eshkol and Ashkelon, according to the military.

85 hit Israel and only 20 were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, the military said.

Three other Israelis were reported hurt after they fell while in the process of running to a safety shelter, including two in Petah Tikva and Tel Aviv, as well as one who was hurt from panic in Rosh Haayin, according to medical sources.

Two of the rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system over Tel Aviv.

Since the beginning of hostilities 10 days ago, Palestinian militants have fired more than 1,300 rockets into Israel, killing one and injuring around six.

In the same period, Israel has killed 236 Palestinians and injured more than 1,700.
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