Airstrike in Gaza (archives)
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IDF attacks 3 Gaza tunnels
Air Force bombs targets in southern, northern Strip in response to rocket which hit Ashkelon Coast Regional Council. IDF: Hamas solely responsible for maintaining calm
Israel Air Force jets attacked three tunnels in the Gaza Strip in a joint Israel Defense Forces and Shin Bet operation on Thursday night, several hours after a Qassam rocket hit the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.


Two of the targets attacked were in the southern Strip and one was in the northern Strip. According to the IDF, terrorists were using the tunnels to try to infiltrate Israel.


The IDF Spokesperson's Office said the tunnels were located about 1 kilometer (0.62 miles) from the border fence and that the targets were hit. There have been no reports of injuries among the Palestinians.


The army accused the Gaza government of digging the tunnels, saying that "the Hamas terror organization is solely responsible for maintaining the calm in the Strip."


Earlier in the night, Palestinians reported of a loud explosion heard in the northern Gaza Strip.


Thursday evening's rocket violated the relative calm in the Gaza vicinity, after 10 days without any Qassams fired from the Strip towards Israel.


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