Smoke rises in Gaza after IAF air strike 370 (R).
(photo credit: Amir Cohen/Reuters)
The Israel Air Force struck a terror center in the northern part of the Gaza Strip overnight Wednesday, in response to continued rocket fire from the coastal territory, the IDF Spokesman's Office stated.
AFP quoted Palestinian officials as saying the IAF targeted a training
camp belonging to Hamas's Izzadin al-Qassam Brigades terrorist force. No
injuries were reported in the strike.
The IAF strike came following an escalation in rockets from the Gaza Strip in the past week. On Wednesday, rockets fired from Gaza exploded in the western Negev, with two rockets landing in Sderot and two in Netivot. The rockets landed in open areas. No injuries or damage were reported.
IAF also hit terrorist tunnels in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday,
following several rockets fired earlier that day at the Negev.
On Monday, the IDF struck targets in Gaza from the air and land in response to a barrage of more than 30 rockets
and mortar shells fired by Hamas and Islamic Jihad at farming districts
in the South.
Local residents in the Eshkol Regional Council reported awakening
to the sounds of explosions and rushing for cover in safe rooms designed
to protect them from the projectiles.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad said they
targeted the rural district as a response to an Israeli air strike on Sunday
night, which struck and seriously injured two members of an al- Qaida-inspired
terror cell as they rode on a motorcycle.
The two men, Talat Jarbi, 23,
and Abdullah Makawai, 24, were in the final stages of preparing a large and
complex terrorist attack on Israelis, and were plotting on launching it from the
Sinai Peninsula, the IDF said.Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report.
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