Both officers sustained moderate injuries while 3 other soldiers lightly in an attack on a jeep in Gaza Strip. Islamic Jihad claims responsibility.

Two senior IDF officers, Colonel Yossi Turjeman who heads the Southern Command’s Disengagement Authority, and another Southern Division colonel were moderately injured by a roadside bomb that detonated near their jeep at the entrance to the Gaza settlement of Morag this (Thursday) afternoon.

Three other soldiers sustained light injuries in the attack. The injured were evacuated to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva.

According to inspections at the site of the attack, the IDF concluded that the weapon used was an explosive charge and not an anti-tank missile as initially believed. In addition, the Islamic Jihad issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack. They said a 50 kg. a charge was used.

The military wing of the Islamic Jihad, the al-Quds al-Arabi Battalions, claimed responsibly for the attack. It said that the attack was a response to the killing of 10 Palestinians this morning in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun, adding that it was filmed on video and will be broadcast in several hours.

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