Arutz Sheva spoke to Ashkelon Coast regional chairman Yair Farjun about the latest attacks, which began Friday morning with sniper fire on homes in the farming community of Netiv Haasarah.
The new attacks are particularly frightening because they cannot be predicted and therefore there is no warning, Farjun said. Mortar shell and rocket attacks are often preceded by a Color Red rocket alert, which usually gives a 15-second interval to seek shelter.
In addition, he said, bullets make almost no noise when they hit their target – meaning first response crews are unaware of the attack, which could mean a critical delay in assisting the wounded.
Friday’s terrorist attacks ended in direct hits on two homes and a small local store. In two cases, bullets bounced around an occupied room, changing direction multiple times, but miraculously, did not cause injury.
Previously, a terrorist sniper attack killed a Thai citizen as he worked in fields outside Gaza.
Houses have become a target as well as terrorists make use of upper stories in buildings in Beit Hanoun and Beit Lahiya, Farjun explained.
Their tactic is likely to impede the IDF’s ability to respond, he noted.
Farjun expressed confidence that the IDF would manage with the problem despite the difficulties involved, and preferably without entering Gaza, an option he described as “less than optimal.”