One terror operative was killed and 10 people were injured Tuesday in two IAF strikes in Gaza Strip.
Shortly afterwards, a Qassam rocket was fired from northern Gaza at Israel. The projectile exploded on the Palestinian side of the border.
The PA's Maan news agency reported that an Israeli military aircraft targeted a car driving in the center of Gaza City on Tuesday night, injuring at least eight people, who were rushed to the Strip's Shifa Hospital. Two of the injured are said to be in critical condition
The IDF said that IAF aircrafts targeted a World Jihad terror cell gearing to execute a terror attack on the Israel-Egypt border.
According to the military, the cell included former Hamas operative Rami Daud Kufarneh, and Hazam Saadi al-Shuker, also a former Hamas operative.
Scene of the first strike (Photo: Reuters)
Earlier Tuesday, Palestinian sources in Gaza said that an Islamic Jihad operative was killed and two other people were injured in an IAF strike in the Strip's north.
The IDF confirmed that a Gaza terror cell was targeted as part of the joint IDF-Shin Bet operation.
According to the report, Abdulla Talbani, an al-Quds Brigades operative, was killed while riding his motorcycle in a northern neighborhood in Gaza.
The injured were rushed to the Kamal Adwan Hospital in northern Gaza.
"The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israelis and IDF soldiers and will continue to operate against any element which exercises terror against Israel," a military statement said.
Tensions in the southern sector are high: Egyptian border patrol officers fired at smugglers trying to cross over to Israel on Monday night.
The exchange took place as IDF forces were patrolling the sector, leading to initial reports suggesting that the Israeli troops had come under fire.
The incident was quickly determined as one confined on the Egyptian side of the border.
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