On January 22, a gunman from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group fired at the Paratroopers Brigade company commander during a riot along the southern Gaza border.
The bullet struck the officer’s helmet, which saved his life.
In the video the officer can be seen firing his rifle from a berm across from the Gaza border. A moment later, a gunshot is heard, and the sniper’s bullet is seen striking the serviceman’s helmet, sending up a cloud of smoke and debris. He then grabs his head and takes cover.
A spokesperson for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad confirmed the claim that his group’s military wing Saraya al-Quds was behind the attack.
The injured officer was taken to Beerhsheba’s Soroka Medical Center for treatment. A cut on his head was bandaged, and he was released hours later, the hospital said.
In response to the sniper attack, an IDF tank immediately destroyed an observation post of to Hamas in eastern Gaza, near the el-Bureij camp. Hours later, the Israeli Air Force targeted an additional Hamas site in the strip.
According to Hamas, one of its members was killed in the initial tank strike and two other members were injured, one of them seriously.