Anti-tank missile fired at IDF patrol near Gaza; IDF strikes back

According to AP , this round of violence began when Palestinians opened fire on IDF forces earlier today:

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian militants fired an anti-tank missile at an Israeli jeep patrolling the border with Gaza and the Israelis fired back into the Palestinian territory, killing four civilians, officials and witnesses said.

Israel’s military said four of its soldiers were wounded in the missile attack, one of them seriously. Ashraf al-Kidra, a Gaza health ministry spokesman, said all four Palestinians killed were civilians between the ages of 16 and 18 and that among the 25 wounded were some children.

The military wing of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine took responsibility but it still remains unclear who in fact was behind the attack. The PFLP often takes credit for attacks that later turn out to be the work of Hamas or Islamic Jihad militants.

Breaking: anti-tank missile fired at #IDF patrol near #Gaza

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 10, 2012

This event follows the tunnel loaded with explosives which was found yesterday. #Gaza

— Avital Leibovich (@AvitalLeibovich) November 10, 2012

Responding to the anti-tank missile fired from #Gaza at an IDF patrol, IDF forces responded with ground fire.

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 10, 2012

Update: 4 IDF soldiers wounded as a result of anti-tank missile fired on a patrol near #Gaza

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 10, 2012

The #IDF sees #Hamas accountable for any terror activity. #Gaza

— Avital Leibovich (@AvitalLeibovich) November 10, 2012

Over last 2 weeks, 4 separate attacks on IDF forces from #Gaza. Only two days, terror tunnel was uncovered near the fence.

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 10, 2012

Update: a rocket was fired from Gaza into #Israel #Hamas

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 10, 2012

2 rockets fired from #Gaza hit southern #Israel in past hour.

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 10, 2012

#Breaking : 4 more rockets fired from #Gaza into #Israel. A total of 8 rockets fired in past hour!! #terror #Hamas

— Avital Leibovich (@AvitalLeibovich) November 10, 2012

3 more rockets fired from #Gaza exploded in #Israel. This is what it sounds like:

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 10, 2012

Still unclear which terrorist group is responsible for the attack on IDF forces:

A party! Walla: Four #Gaza terror groups — PFLP, DFLP, PRC, and Islamic Jihad — take “credit” for firing rockets into #Israel tonight.

— Avi Mayer (@avimayer) November 11, 2012

Twitter user @TBradleyNC reiterates that Israel’s military strikes tonight were a response to the Palestinian attack:

Why does Gaza attack Israel and then cry like a child when Israel defends itself?#StopTheRockets

— TBradley (@TBradleyNC) November 11, 2012

Unsurprisingly, both sides are accusing the other of targeting civilians:

Huge explosions all over #Gaza now. Israel is targeting civilians. Many children lost limbs for the rest of their lives. #GazaUnderAttack

— Hanine حنين (@Hanine09) November 10, 2012

The Third Powerful Army in the World “#Israel” is attacking #Gaza now, attacking civilians and injuring children, 6 martyrs,Over 44 injured

— Majed Abusalama (@MajedAbusalama) November 10, 2012

Dear #Gaza. Is this really too much to ask: Stop firing rockets at Israeli civilians! #StopTheRockets

— Andreas Fagerbakke (@afagerbakke) November 10, 2012

20 rockets fired from #Gaza at Israeli civilians tonight. Speak up! Let’s #StopTheRockets

— Eytan Buchman (@EytanBuchman) November 10, 2012

Tweeters are posting on-the-ground reports from both Gaza and Israel:

PHOTO: Civilians flee for safety as alert warning of rocket fired from #Gaza sounds in #Israel city of Ashkelon. (AFP)…

— Avi Mayer (@avimayer) November 10, 2012

Many explosions, LOUD! #Gaza

— Walaa Al Ghussein (@WalaaGh) November 10, 2012

At this particular moment, I can declare myself in a war zone. I can hear a drone, a helicopter and an F-16. #Gaza

— Mohammed Suliman (@imPalestine) November 10, 2012

F16 is back again, very loud, planing to bomb something I guess. #Gaza

— Walaa Al Ghussein (@WalaaGh) November 10, 2012

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