Gaza strike (Archive)
Israeli response to terror: Four Hamas men were wounded Thursday evening after the Air Force targeted terrorists in Rafah, Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported. Initially, the agency said that one man died in the strike, but it later corrected its report.
On Wednesday, a long-range rocket fired from Gaza landed in Beersheba, Israel's largest southern city.
According to the report, an Israeli aircraft fired four missiles at a Hamas government vehicle in Gaza; the car was hit and caught fire. Meanwhile, the wounded were taken for treatment at a nearby hospital.
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The IDF Spokesman's Office confirmed the report, saying that the joint IDF-Shin Bet operation targeted several terrorists in the southern Gaza Strip. The targets were hit by the army, the statement said.
"The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm the State of Israel's citizens and IDF soldiers, and will continue to operate with determination and force against any element that utilizes terror against the state of Israel," The Spokesman's Office said. "The IDF views terrorist organization Hamas as the exclusive responsible party for what goes on in the Gaza Strip and for maintaining the quiet there."
The latest attack was the second in the past 24 hours. Earlier, Palestinian sources reported that the Air Force targeted military sites across the Gaza Strip and caused heavy damage to various buildings. Eyewitnesses reported "ceaseless sounds of fighter jets above the Strip."
Following Wednesday's rocket attack on Beersheba and the IDF's initial response, Hamas' security arms evacuated all their outposts in the Strip for fear of further strikes, sources in Gaza said.
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