At least two Israelis were injured, one critically, when a Hamas squad
fired an anti-tank missile toward a school bus on April 7, Middle East Newsline reported. The bus was
traveling along a road in southern Israel near the border with the Gaza
This marked the first time that Hamas fired its Russian-origin ATGMs
toward an Israeli civilian target. So far, Hamas has deployed its AT-14
Kornet anti-tank missile, with a range of 5.5 kilometers, against Israeli
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Hamas reported the attack on Israel but said mortars had been fired.
Israel's military said Palestinian gunners also fired at least 16 mortars
into the western Negev desert.
"The Israel Defense Forces hold the Hamas terrorist organization solely
responsible for any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip," the
Israeli military said.
Hours later, Hamas announced a ceasefire amid Israeli air strikes on the
Gaza Strip. Hamas said the ceasefire would be observed by all Palestinian
militias in the Gaza Strip.
Officials said the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has
blocked ground military operations in the Gaza Strip. They acknowledged that
Israel's response to Palestinian missile, mortar and rocket strikes was
limited to air attacks on suspected targets in the Gaza Strip.
"We hope this situation will be contained," Netanyahu said.