Palestinian attackers fired mortar shells at IDF soldiers on the border with
southern Gaza on Thursday morning. In response, the IAF struck the cell that had
fired into Israel.
The air force hit a small group of armed Palestinian
men as they were preparing to fire again on IDF troops near the security fence,
the IDF added.
There were no casualties on the Israeli side. Palestinian
medical sources reported injuries among the armed Gazans.
Thursday, the IDF released a statement that “terrorist organizations in Gaza
have made it a goal to harm Israeli civilians and IDF forces.
will continue to act with determination for as long as necessary against any
actor who uses terrorism against the State of Israel.”
The army said
Israel would hold Hamas responsible for any hostile activity emanating from the
Palestinian media later said Islamic Jihad took
responsibility for the attack.
Israel’s “recent escalation” in the Gaza
Strip aims to sabotage Palestinian reconciliation efforts, Islamic Jihad leader
Ahmad Mudallal told Ma’an on Thursday.
Israel was “waging a war of
attrition against Palestinian resistance groups, especially Islamic Jihad,”
Mudallal told Ma’an.
He accused Israel of attempt to “break the spirit of
resistance” in order to impose its will on the Palestinians.