Seven Palestinians were injured Tuesday by Israeli artillery fire, after Palestinian snipers affiliated with al-Qaeda opened fire at laborers engaged in engineering work near the border fence.
Two Qassam rockets hit open areas in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council on Friday. There were no reports of injuries or damage. In response, Israel Air Force jets attacked two weapon smuggling tunnels in the southern Gaza Strip and a building used as a weapon manufacturing facility near Gaza City. There were no reports of injuries on the Palestinian side.
The evening attack came shortly after the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations filed an official complaint with the Security Council and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon over the increased rocket attacks emanating from Gaza.
Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Prof. Gabriela Shalev wrote in the complaint that 13 rockets and mortars had been fired towards Israel in September alone, this in addition to multiple attempts by Palestinian terrorists to infiltrate Israel.
Shalev urged the UN to condemn the attacks and said Israel would continue to defend itself.
Israeli aircraft strucksome 15 smuggling tunnels in Gaza in the past week in retaliation to the rocket attacks on the Negev.