Five Israeli soldiers were injured when an Israeli tank crew opened fire at them responding to an attack claimed to be by a Palestinian group near the Kfar Darom settlement in the southern Gaza Strip.

The tank crew shelled an armored personnel carrier seriously the four soldiers and their officer.

Dan Harel, commander of the Israeli army southern front in the Gaza Strip described the tank fire as ‘a very great failure.’

The incident took place at around 3 A.M.  Israeli sources said the shooting targeted tents where hundreds of the opponents of the disengagement plan live.

The troops fired two tank shells, and one of the shells hit an APC carrying soldiers.

The army closed the Kissufim road to all traffic, after the incident.  The army plans to use this road for the evacuation of the Gush Katif settlers.

This incident comes few hour prior to the beginning of the disengagement plan.  While Israeli sources accused Palestinian resistance groups of carrying out the initial shooting, no Palestinian group claimed responsibility for the attack.