IDF IAF fighter jet airstrike air strike 311 (R).
(photo credit: Ho New / Reuters)
The Israel Air Force struck a number of targets throughout the Gaza Strip early
Tuesday morning in response to the firing of a Grad-model Katyusha rocket into
Beersheba late Monday night.
One Palestinian was reported killed and
several others injured in the IAF airstrikes which included an attack against
the terror cell that has been behind a series of rocket attacks in recent months
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In another bombing of a smuggling tunnel along Gaza’s
border with Egypt, three people were reported injured. The Palestinian killed
was identified as an armed terrorist.
Noting the sharp increase since
July in rocket attacks – mostly carried out by terror groups affiliated with
al-Qaida and based in the Gaza Strip – defense officials warned that the
counter-terror operation launched by Egypt earlier this week in the Sinai could
potentially lead to further rocket fire into Israel.
On Sunday, the
Egyptian military deployed 1,000 soldiers and hundreds of armored personnel
carriers in the Sinai with the aim of uprooting terrorist infrastructure and
restoring order to the peninsula which was lost following the revolution in
Egypt in February.