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IAF bombs Gaza targets after Qassams hit south

Israeli aircraft bomb underground tunnel, terror activity hub in Hamas-ruled territory in response to launching of rockets towards Negev

Israeli aircraft bombed overnight Thursday an underground tunnel used by terrorists in north Gaza and a terror activity hub in the central part of the Hamas-ruled territory.


The army said direct hits were identified.


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The aerial strikes came in response to the launching of four Qassams towards Israel Wednesday evening and night.


Two of the projectiles were fired around 7:30 pm, landing in open areas in the Eshkol Regional Council.


Two more rockets were fired around 11:30 pm, exploding in fields in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.


No injuries or damage were reported in either attack.


Another Qassam rocket fired from northern Gaza just after 7 am Thursday exploded in an open area in the Negev's Eshkol Regional Council. There were no reports of injury or damage.


תקיפת צה"ל בעזה. הרוג ושני פצועים (צילום: AFP) 

Scene of IDF strike in Gaza overnight Wednesday (Photo: AFP) 


Israeli aircraft launched two strikes in Gaza overnight Wednesday, leaving one terrorist dead and at least 10 others injured.


Palestinians sources in Gaza said the first IAF strike killed Abdulla Talbani, a member of Islamic Jihad's armed wing, the al-Quds Brigades. Two other people were wounded in the attack.


The second IAF strike, launched about two hours later, targeted a Global Jihad terror cell planning to execute a terror attack on the Israel-Egypt border. According to the Palestinians, the attack left eight people injured – two of them critically. However, the IDF said two Palestinians were killed.


The Maan news agency reported that a vehicle carrying the terror cell members was targeted by an Israeli aircraft as it was travelling in Gaza City.


The military said the terror cell included former Hamas operative Rami Daud Kufarneh, and Hazam Saadi al-Shuker, also a former Hamas operative.


Shortly after the attack a rocket was launched towards Israel, but it exploded on the Palestinian side of the security fence.


IDF officials said Wednesday that while 2009's Operation Cast Lead achieved the majority of its goals, the military will not hesitate to stage another Gaza campaign should the security situation in the sector deteriorate.


Shmulik Hadad contributed to the report



פרסום ראשון: 12.29.11, 07:40
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