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Another IDF strike kills 2 Gaza rocket launchers

Escalation in south: After IDF strike kills two Islamic Jihad terrorists, a second aerial attack in Hamas-ruled territory leaves two rocket launchers dead. Army: Activity not related to morning's deadly border attack

Two Palestinian terrorists were killed Monday evening when Israeli aircraft targeted a rocket-launching cell in northern Gaza, Ynet reported.


The army said the terrorists were hit as they were attempting to fire rockets towards the western Negev region. Palestinian sources in the Hamas-ruled territory confirmed that two terrorists were killed in the attack.


The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said terror cell was behind the launching of a rocket towards the Negev's Eshkol Regional Council earlier in the day. Another rocket fired by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza at around 9:30 pm landed in an open area in Sderot. There were no reports of injury or damage. 


The aerial strike came just a few hours after Palestinian terrorists fired a rocket from Gaza towards the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council. There were no reports of injury or damage.


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Earlier, at around noon, the Israel Air Force struck targets in the northern Gaza Strip. Palestinian sources said two Islamic Jihad terrorists were killed in the attack.


According to Palestinian reports, the two were targeted while riding a motorcycle near the north Gaza town of Beit Hanoun.


The army said both attacks were not related to Monday morning's terror attack on defense contractor crews building the new security fence along the Israel-Egypt border. The attack claimed the life of Said Phashpashe, 36, from Haifa. Golani Brigade soldiers who were scrambled to the scene killed two terrorists.


"We will continue to operate against any element that initiates terror activity against the State of Israel," an army official said following the aerial attack in Gaza Monday evening.


Israeli officials estimate that Islamic Jihad terrorists were behind the deadly attack along the Israel-Egypt border.


"The terrorists from Gaza attacked from Sinai because Islamic Jihad realizes that it can no longer fire rockets from the Strip because Israel will retaliate harshly," a member of the cabinet's special security forum said.



פרסום ראשון: 06.18.12, 20:02
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