A car hit by IAF airstrike in Gaza 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)
Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Friday that "Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip will not be able to break the will of the Palestinian people."
He also called for the cessation of IDF attacks in Gaza.
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Haniyeh's comments came after the IDF on Friday evening attacked the terror cell in Gaza that launched
rockets at Ashkelon earlier in the day. The military wing of Hamas
announced that an area commander of Hamas was killed in the attack along
with another member of the organization.
At the same time,
Palestinians reported that two Palestinians were killed and 10 wounded
by gunfire in the neighborhood of Sajaiya.
In a day when 22 mortars had already landed in the South,
Palestinians launched two mortar shells on Friday evening from Gaza
which landed in the grounds of a kibbutz in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional
Council. No one was injured, but damage was caused to one of the
buildings on the kibbutz. Less than an hour later, three mortar shells landed in the Eshkol Regional Council. Two further mortar shells landed on Friday night in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council. A total of 33 mortars and rockets landed in Israel on Friday.
Also on Friday evening, Defense
Minister Ehud Barak praised the successful
interception by the Iron Dome
missile defense system
of three Kassam rockets fired towards Ashkelon.
Less than hour later, three mortar shells landed in the Sha'ar
Hanegev Regional Council. Earlier in the afternoon, five mortar shells
landed landed south of Ashkelon and three in the Eshkol Regional
Council. All landed in open areas, causing no casualties or damage.
Palestinian sources reported that IDF strikes in Gaza earlier on Friday
afternoon left one woman, her daughter, and a third man dead in a
village near Khan Younis. Two Hamas members were also reportedly
killed during the strikes.
Since Thursday night, ten Palestinians were killed in various IDF attacks on terror cells throughout Gaza.
The IDF said that in
response to rocket fire from deep
inside a residential area in southern Gaza, IAF air craft struck two
terror cells. According to to the Palestinian media source, an
Israeli aircraft struck a group of civilians.
explosions occurred in the afternoon hours, and schools held students from returning to their homes until the attacks passed. The explosions caused no casualties.
Earlier on Friday, Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that Thursday's school bus
attack "crossed the line," and adding that "the IDF acted immediately
last night and would continue to act with determination."