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The IAF bombed two centers of terror activity in the Gaza Strip overnight Sunday, the IDF spokesperson said.
"In response to the intense rocket fire in the past 72 hours, overnight
the Israel Air Force targeted two terror sites in the northern and
southern Gaza Strip. Direct hits were confirmed," the IDF statement
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"The IDF holds the Hamas terrorist organization solely responsible for maintaining the calm in the Gaza Strip and for any terrorist activity emanating from it. The IDF will also continue to respond harshly to any attempt to use terror against the State of Israel," the statement continued.
The strikes come after Hamas said on Sunday that it was in contact with other groups in the Gaza Strip
to reduce the recent attacks in the area so as to avoid another war with
Representatives of the Islamist movement said that they have
urged the groups to abide by an unofficial ceasefire and to stop firing rockets
and mortars at Israeli communities.
Hamas has even threatened any
Palestinian who launches attacks on Israel.
Ayman Taha, a Hamas official,
said that his movement did not want to give Israel an excuse to “wage a new war
against the Gaza Strip.”
He warned, however, that Hamas reserved the
right to “respond to Israeli crimes, but only within the frame of national
Palestinians interpreted his remarks as a sign that Hamas does not believe that any group has the right to
independently initiate a confrontation with Israel.
Hamas leader Mahmoud
Zahar was quoted on Sunday as saying that his movement was “only a few steps
away from achieving a historic victory” over Israel.
however, that the Palestinians would pay a very heavy price for such a
“The victory will cost us many of our sons,” Zahar told
supporters in the Gaza Strip on the second anniversary of Operation Cast Lead.
“But in the next confrontation with the Zionist entity, we will fulfill the
dream of our fathers.”JPost.com staff contributed to this report.