IAF strikes tunnel, terror center in northern Gaza

By JPOST.COM STAFF
November 16, 2011 01:27

After rocket attack from Gaza causes damage near kindergarten in southern Israel, IAF aircraft hit multiple terrorist targets.

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IDF jet 311. (photo credit: IDF spokesperson)

The Israel Air Force struck terror targets in the northern Gaza Strip overnight Tuesday, following earlier rocket attacks on southern Israel emanating from the coastal territory, the IDF Spokesman's Office said in a statement.

IAF aircraft recorded direct hits on a terror tunnel and on an additional center of terrorist activity. All of the aircraft involved in the strike returned safely to Israel, according to the statement.

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The IDF Spokesman's Office said that terrorists had planned to use the tunnel as a means to infiltrate Israel and perpetrate a terror attack against Israeli citizens and IDF soldiers.

The IDF reiterated that attacks on Israeli citizens and IDF soldiers will not be tolerated and Hamas will be held responsible for any such action.

Earlier on Tuesday, two Kassam rockets fired from Gaza exploded in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council area in the South. One rocket slammed into a storage house adjacent to a kindergarten in a kibbutz. A structure sustained damage in the attack, but no injuries were reported. A second projectile fell in open territory.

The attack came after IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Tuesday that the IDF will be forced to launch an offensive if rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip continue to be launched into southern Israel.

Yaakov Lappin and Lahav Harkov contributed to this report.


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