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Originally posted by sanctum
Among the wounded were three children under the age of 10 as well as a Palestinian cameraman for the Reuters news agency.
IDF forces crossed Salah al-Din road ("the Tancher route") that connects Gaza City and the Erez crossing close to midnight Tuesday and continued several hundred meters westward. This is the first time in the IDF's month-long operations around the town of Beit Hanun that Operation Front Shield has advanced so far west.
The new positions being occupied are several hundred meters west of the previous ones. At this stage, the IDF does not know how long it will remain there.
Qassam-2 rockets have an estimated range of around 10 kilometers while in practice, the maximum launch range identified has been 9.5 km. The distance between the Tancher route and houses on Sderot's western flank is about 8.3 km.
By advancing its line of forward positions, the army hopes to push the Palestinians back to more distant launch sites, making it more difficult for them to fire accurately at Sderot. Up to now even Qassams launched at Sderot from a distance of 8 km have had an accuracy rate of only 30 percent in striking within city limits.