Released for publication: An IDF soldier was killed in a rocket and mortar salvo that was fired on the Eshkol Regional Council on Tuesday afternoon.
In a separate incident, a civilian was killed by a mortar shell in the same region. Another civilian was seriously injured and 15 soldiers were lightly hurt in the attack.
The incidents raised the death toll on the Israeli side to five since the beginning of Operation Pillar of Defense.
The soldier, Corporal Yosef Partuk, 18, was promoted posthumously. The kibbutz where he was hit was barraged for several minutes. Only a day before a rocket exploded a short distance from the site where he was killed.Partuk was among the forces deployed to the Gaza region in recent days to back up troops stationed there.
A resident of the Kibbutz said that he had heard several mortar shells wheezing above the town.
“We heard two blasts,” he said. “It’s pretty scary… Anyone who wishes for a ceasefire can keep on wishing. We want it to go all the way. We have suffered enough.”
Source: Ynet News