IAF F15 fighter jet 311 (R).
(photo credit: Baz Ratner / Reuters)
The Israel Air Force (IAF) struck
a terrorist cell that was making final preparations for firing a rocket
into Israel, an IDF spokeswoman said on Saturday night. Several hours later, anther cell fired a rocket that exploded south of Ashkelon. No injuries were reported in that rocket strike.
terror cell struck earlier was hit by a missile fired by an aircraft. The strike
occurred in Ak-Karara, east of Khan Younis, in southern Gaza.
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said one Islamic Jihad member was killed and two were injured.
Palestinian sources in Gaza said three were wounded in the attack in
which they reported that three missiles were fired into an agricultural
The terror organization threatened to respond to the strike.
IDF attack came a day after a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip into
southern Israel, landing in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council area. No
damage or injuries were reported in the attack.
Palestinian terrorists opened fire on IDF engineers carrying out work on
the security fence on the Gaza border, prompting a prolonged exchange
of fire in which two Palestinian gunmen were killed. No IDF soldiers
The attack occurred near Kibbutz Zikim in the
western Negev, which borders the northern section of the Gaza Strip.
Palestinian gunmen opened fire on army engineers using machine guns and
Soldiers who were securing the site returned fire, and directed tank
fire at the terrorists as well. Local commanders called for aerial
support. An air force helicopter was dispatched to the scene and also
opened fire on the terrorist cell.
Palestinian medical sources later said two gunmen were killed.
The attack ended a short period of calm that came after an upsurge in rocket attacks from Gaza on southern Israel earlier this week.
Some 40 rockets were fired at Israel during the escalation, killing a
civilian in Ashkelon and damaging residential neighborhoods in a number
of southern cities.