IAF aircraft attack terror tunnel in northern Gaza

Attack comes in response to recent rocket fire from Gaza into Israel; direct hits identified; Gaza sources: No casualties reported.

July 6, 2011 00:43
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Palestinian sits in Egypt-Gaza smuggling tunnel

Gaza smuggling tunnel 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS)


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The IDF spokesperson on Tuesday overnight confirmed that Israeli Air Force (IAF) aircraft attacked a terrorist tunnel in northern Gaza.

Precise hits were identified in the attack, and all IAF aircraft returned safely to their bases, according to an IDF statement.

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The attack was a response to rocket fire launched from Gaza into Israel in recent days, the spokesperson said.

Gaza sources said there were no casualties in the strike.

The targeted tunnels are used to infiltrate terrorists into Israel and to carry out terror attacks against Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers, the spokesperson added.

"The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli citizens and IDF soldiers and will continue to act firmly and strongly against anyone who engages in terrorism against Israel," the statement said.

Earlier Tuesday, two Palestinians were killed after the IAF bombed a Global Jihad terror cell preparing to launch a rocket into Israel in the central Gaza Strip.

The attack was a joint IDF-Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) operation and the two Palestinians killed were identified as Mohammed Said and Kamal Abu Moamer, two known Global Jihad operatives based in the southern Gaza Strip. Security officials said that the two were attacked as they were preparing to launch a rocket into Israel.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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