While Israel's top nine ministers convene in Jerusalem to discuss a possible ceasefire with Hamas, the army is intensifying its assault throughout the Gaza Strip: Israeli aircraft struck terrorists in the Khan Younis neighborhood in south Gaza as they were preparing to launch rockets toward Israel on Wednesday. The Al-Jazeera network said six people have been killed in IDF strikes during the day.
The army said the strikes are not connected to the terror attack on a bus in Tel Aviv, which took place at around noon.
Israeli aircraft also attacked a terror cell that was preparing to fire rockets from north Gaza's Jabalia neighborhood. Some 1,700 terror targets have been attacked since Operation Pillar of Defense was launched last week two quell the incessant rocket fire on Israel. Meanwhile, Artillery Corps forces shelled areas in north Gaza from which some of the rocket attacks emanate.
IDF strike in Gaza (Photo: AFP)
Terrorists from Hamas' armed wing launched a number of rockets toward Beersheba on Wednesday. The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted one of the rockets, while three others landed in open areas. There were no reports of injury or damage.
Earlier, a rocket struck a house in the Beer Tuvia Regional Council. No one was hurt. Another rocket that landed within the council lightly injured one woman.
News of a terror attack in the heart of Tel Aviv was welcomed with joy by Hamas. Though the Islamist group did not claim responsibility for the attack, its spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said, "Hamas blesses the attack in Tel Aviv and sees it as a natural response to the Israeli massacres... in Gaza."
Abu Zuhri added that "Palestinian factions will employ all means to protect the Palestinian people in the absence of global efforts to halt Israeli aggression."