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IDF hits over 70 Gaza targets in overnight strikes

July 29, 2014 10:05

Military confirms Israeli forces struck home, offices of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh that IDF says were being used as terror command centers.


A Palestinian firefighter works during efforts to extinguish a fire at Gaza's main power plant.. (photo credit:REUTERS)

The IDF struck over 70 targets in Gaza overnight between Monday and Tuesday, including the home and offices of Ismail Heniyeh, head of Hamas's political wing. Both buildings were used as a command center to manage terrorism, the IDF said.

Four mosques used to store weapons, a terrorism tunnel, and an underground rocket launcher located near a mosque were also attacked, the IDF added.

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One of the four mosques struck also housed a tunnel shaft, and a second mosque had been turned into a command and control center by Hamas.

Early on Tuesday morning, the air force hit a complex used by Hamas's finance ministry that is used to manage and finance terrorism.

The IDF also hit Hamas's Al-Aqsa television and radio stations, used to incite against Israel, pass along messages to Hamas members, and to instruct civilians to ignore IDF warnings about the need to vacate areas in Gaza, the army said.

Ten terrorists were killed in targeted strikes, the army added.

Paratroopers came under fire from a Hamas cell inside Gaza, and returned fire, striking the gunmen.

Later in the morning, soldiers from the 7th Armored Brigade working with Engineering Corps destroyed an additional terrorism tunnel, the army announced.

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