Smoke trails from rockets being fired in Gaza 311 (R).
(photo credit: Yannis Behrakis / Reuters)
Two mortar shells fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in open areas in the Eshkol Regional Council on Wednesday morning. No injuries were reported, but light damage was caused.
The mortar fire comes after the IDF on Wednesday morning confirmed that a
member of the terrorist group Islamic Jihad was killed in a car
explosion in the Gaza Strip as a
result of an IAF strike. The IDF said that specific targets were hit.
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Islamic Jihad identified the man as a local leader in the
southern Gaza city of Rafah. A spokesman for a medical service run by
Hamas said two other people were wounded after the car was targeted by
On Monday, a senior diplomatic official said that Israel did not enter a ceasefire agreement with Hamas, and it would
continue to take action to thwart any terrorist action, be it the firing
of rockets or attempts to infiltrate Israel coming from the Gaza Strip.
At the same time
the official said if there were quiet from the other side, Israel would
not initiate a major military action inside Gaza. This decision, he
explained, was motivated by a number of factors, including the situation
in Egypt, Syria and the Palestinian Authority, as well as the number of
Iron Dome batteries Israel could deploy.
said throughout the day that Israel was concerned that a large scale
military action at this time could severely damage ties with Egypt,
which is currently in transition; could divert attention from the
situation in Syria; and might not be wise until Israel has more Iron
Dome batteries deployed in the South – it currently has two – to defend
larger swaths of the population from the missiles that would inevitably
rain down in the area in the event of a wider military action.
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu convened a highlevel security and
diplomatic consultation that extended to 3 a.m. on Monday, where the
decision to act to thwart terrorist acts, but not initiate a major
military action, was taken.
According to the senior official, while Israel was ready for a war, it
did not want to be dragged into it at a time not of its own choosing. He
said that wider considerations needed to be taken into account,
including relations with Egypt and the US.