Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit
IDF soldier's helmet after being hit by sniper's bullet at the Gaza border during Hamas-led riots, January 2019.

Two Israeli soldiers were shot by Gaza snipers at the border on Friday during the weekly Hamas-led violence aimed at Israel, according to the IDF Spokesperson.

An IDF combat soldier and a female soldier were wounded by sniper fire aimed from southern Gaza. Both were evacuated to hospital, where the male soldier, an officer and a tracker, is listed in fair condition. The female soldier is reported to be in good condition.


Thousands rioted at the border in five different locations on Friday; the Hebrew-language Ma’ariv daily newspaper estimated some 2,500 Gazans were involved in the violence.

In response to the sniper fire, the Israel Air Force struck a Hamas military post in Gaza. Two terrorists were allegedly killed, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. Two others were reportedly wounded.

Earlier in the day, IDF soldiers arrested a Gazan armed with a knife as he breached the border security fence and crossed into Israeli territory. The infiltrator was disarmed and handed over to security personnel for interrogation.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.