Gunfire from Gaza Strip hits farm building in southern town — army

Military says nobody hurt in incident, believed to be errant fire, but some reports say worker very slightly injured by shrapnel

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

View of the barrier along the Israel-Gaza border, on December 8, 2021. (Flash90)
View of the barrier along the Israel-Gaza border, on December 8, 2021. (Flash90)

Gunfire from the Gaza Strip struck a building in the southern town of Netiv Ha’asara on Thursday afternoon, the Israel Defense Forces said.

According to the military, nobody was hurt in the incident.

However, Hebrew-language media reports said a foreign worker was very slightly injured from shrapnel when the gunfire hit an agricultural structure.

Reports described the casualty variously as a Thai national or Palestinian. He did not require hospitalization.

Images from the scene showed light damage to a structure from the incident.

The shot was believed to be errant fire from the Gaza Strip. Hamas security forces had clashed with Palestinians close to the northern Gaza border in rare public disturbances in the coastal enclave.

Gunshots could be heard in video circulated on social media, although there was no immediate confirmation from the terror group, which rules Gaza. Such gunfire could have been responsible for Netiv HaAsara incident, but the matter remained unconfirmed.

Palestinians in the so-called “Bedouin Village” in northern Gaza live on land claimed by the Hamas-run Gaza government. Officials have sought to advance government projects in the area, causing tension with the residents — whom Hamas views as squatters.

“We have the right to live in dignity, in our homes,” one resident says in a clip circulating on social media.

Hamas keeps a tight lid on public dissent in Gaza and has cracked down viciously on Palestinians critical of its governance.

On Monday, heavy machine-gun fire from the Gaza Strip set off alerts in an open area near the town of Kissufim. No injuries were reported in that incident.

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