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IDF hits terror cell near Gaza fence

Tensions rising in south: Air Force fires at Palestinians as they attempt to plant explosive device near Gaza fence early Tuesday; army killed four terrorists in two separate airstrikes earlier

Gaza escalation in cards? Air Force aircraft fired at a Palestinian terror cell early Tuesday as its members were attempting to plant an explosive device near the central Gaza Strip border fence.


The army said the attack target was hit. Palestinian sources later confirmed that the strike left casualties on the Palestinian side; no further details were provided.  


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“The IDF will not tolerate any bid to harm the State of Israel’s citizens and IDF soldiers and will continue to operate against any element that utilizes terror against the State of Israel,” the military said following the strike. “The Hamas terror group is the address and it bears the responsibility.”


The latest attack marked the third Israeli airstrike in the Strip in the past 24 hours.


Rocket cell hit

Earlier, the Air Force struck a terror cell as it prepared to fire rockets at Israel; two terrorists were killed in that strike, including a member of Hamas’ military wing, Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades. The strike was carried out after a rocket exploded in southern Israel, causing no injuries.


Another rocket was fired from Gaza following the strike and exploded in an open area in the town of Sderot; no injuries were reported.


Also Monday, the Air Force killed two terrorists belonging to the Islamic Jihad’s military wing in a midday strike.


Army officials said that Gaza strikes were not connected to the terror attack on the Egypt border Monday morning that left one Israeli laborer working on the border fence construction project dead.


Elior Levy contributed to the story






פרסום ראשון: 06.19.12, 01:35
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