Israeli aircraft struck Hamas outposts in south Gaza during the early hours of Monday morning in retaliation for Sunday's rocket fire on Israel. Palestinian sources reported that Islamic Jihad member Khaled Kaparana, 22, was critically injured in the strike and died of his wounds at the hospital several hours later.
Palestinian sources in the Strip said the Air Force attacked a Hamas outpost and a structure belonging to its security forces in Khan Younis. According to reports, the structures were damaged and a fire broke at the scene. Reports of another IAF attack in Gaza were received a short while later.
The IDF conformed that fighter jets attacked two Hamas outposts, one in north Gaza and another in the southern part of the coastal enclave. A hit was identified in both attacks, the army spokesperson's office said, adding that the strikes came in retaliation to two rockets that were fired toward Israel on Sunday.
The first rocket landed in a parking lot located in a western Negev kibbutz. No injuries were reported, but some vehicles caught fire. The second rocket hit south of Ashkelon, but caused no injury or damage.
The attacks emanating from Gaza have continued despite reports of progress in the negotiations on a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas and advanced talks regarding a prisoner exchange deal that will see kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit returned to Israel.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met Sunday morning with Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni to discuss the Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire in Gaza and for Shalit's release.
Olmert later tried to lower expectations, telling the cabinet meeting that the media reports were "exaggerated in their definition of the situation of the deal for Shalit's release".