Israel's military says an explosion along the security fence in Gaza has critically wounded an Israeli officer on Tuesday, a military spokeswoman said.
Paramedics treated the officer on site. A helicopter then evacuated him to Soroka Medical Center in for treatment, a military spokeswoman added.
It is not yet clear whether the officer was hit by sniper fire or injured by a roadside bomb. The circumstances of the injury are under investigation, an army source told army radio, adding that army forces are still canvassing the area, in search of the terrorists.
This attack came three days after an explosive device damaged an Israeli military vehicle, near the border in central Gaza Strip. Israeli forces stationed at the border then opened fire towards al-Qarara village after the explosion, an Israeli military spokeswoman said.
So far no militant group claimed responsibility for these attacks, but witnesses living in those areas claim that they have noticed intensive movement over the past week for members of Jihadi Salafist.
On Monday, three Palestinians, two commanders in ' military wing and an operative in the Popular Resistance Committees group were killed and 10 civilians wounded during an Israeli incursion in northern Gaza Strip.
An Israeli F16 fired at least four missiles on Beit Hanoun and the village of Beit Lahia in Gaza, Hamas security officials said.
Moreover, dozens of Israeli military tanks entered within the borders of the northern Gaza Strip near Beit Hanoun, while warplanes hovered over the area.
As a result, three high schools in the northern Gaza Strip suspended classes and students were sent back home because of the military activity.
An Israeli military spokesperson said Israeli air force strikes came after seven rockets and mortars were fired from the Gaza Strip towards southern Israel early in the morning. They landed in open areas in the Hof Ashkelon and Shaar Hanegev regions and did not cause injuries or damage. The Israeli army would not stand silent in the face of rocket fire from Gaza Strip, he added.
Meanwhile, Hamas' military wing vowed to avenge the killing of its commanders.
Last week Gaza Strip witnessed an Israeli escalation resulted in killing of 12 Palestinians and injuries to dozens, including childrens. The attacks are still going on, as well as the firing of rockets, from Gaza on southern Israel in response to the continued Israeli bombardement.
This Israeli escalation comes during the visit of Qatar leader Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani to Gaza in order to deliver more than $301 million in aid for reconstruction projects for what has been demolished during the Israeli war on Gaza strip.
Therefore, everybody knows that Hamas, who controls Gaza, will be keen to keep the general situation in Gaza Strip quiet and calm. For this, neither Hamas nor any other faction would respond to the Israeli attacks on Gaza, so as to maintain a safe peaceful visit for our Qatari guests.
Regarding the injures of the Israeli officer, who has been described by the media as a "senior officer," the Palestinian resistance has repeatedly used the area adjacent to the Gaza security fence for laying explosive devices. This is to protect Gaza borders from any Israeli invasion or infringement. By the way, Israel knows this very well.
The continued Israeli escalation in Gaza is for one main reason -- the Israeli elections are approaching. For to win these elections, he has to deal with the Palestinians with the violence and blood language.
After all, the Palestinian factions will certainly respond to any aggression at the right time. They do not have anything to lose after the continuous failure of the peace plans and ongoing Israeli attacks, in addition to building settlements.
Israel must be sure that what happened in Tel Aviv, Haifa and other Israeli cities in regards to bombings over the past years may return; this is according to what the resistance factions say in Gaza. Perhaps the international community will have to make a move and play its role by fulfilling the requirements for an independent Palestinian state alongside the state of Israel.