A 16-year-old Palestinian terrorist is being treated in an Israeli hospital after being captured during a pre-dawn Monday terror attack on southern Israel when emerging from one of Hamas’s cross-border tunnels.
The 16-year-old Hamas assailant is being treated in Ashkelon’s Barzilai Hospital and is described as being in moderate condition, Israel Radio reported on Tuesday afternoon. He was unconscious when hospitalized, the report said.
The teenager was captured after emerging from a tunnel dug from Gaza into southern Israel along with several other terrorists. In the pre-dawn attack, two groups of Hamas terrorists emerged from two tunnel exits, one inside the Israeli border near Kibbutz Nir Am, and the other near Kibbutz Erez, also on Israeli territory, several kilometers northeast of the Gaza city of Beit Hanoun.
The first group of infiltrators killed four Israeli soldiers. The Hamas cell, clad in IDF uniforms, emerged from the tunnel and waited for an approaching IDF jeep before opening fire, killing the IDF officer and the three other soldiers in the vehicle. Ten of the terrorists in this group were then killed by the IDF. The second group was spotted, several terrorists were killed, and no Israeli forces hurt. The radio report did not specify which terror squad the teenager had been part of.
It said a second Hamas terrorist was also in an Israeli hospital, Beersheba’s Soroka Hospital.
The report added that IDF soldiers being treated in Israeli hospitals for injuries sustained when fighting in Gaza said they encountered 13- and 14-year-old Palestinian children running at them wearing explosives-laden suicide-bomber belts.