WATCH: IAF strikes targets in Gaza Strip in response to mortar fire

Army says four terror targets were hit after morning projectile fire at soldiers in Eshkol region.

November 19, 2013 21:09
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IAF strikes in Gaza 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Darren Whiteside)


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The air force struck four terrorist targets in Gaza on Tuesday evening in response to Palestinian mortar fire earlier in the day at soldiers in the Eshkol region.

The IDF said it hit a weapons manufacturing site and two attack tunnels in southern Gaza, and a fourth terrorist activity center in the north of the Strip.

“This is in response to the projectile fire on our forces who were working near the [border] fence this morning,” the IDF Spokesman’s Office. It added that the military will not tolerate any attempt to harm civilians or soldiers, and will act against any element seeking to activate terrorism against the State of Israel.

“The terror organization of Hamas is the address, and it bears responsibility,” the IDF Spokesman’s Office said.

On Tuesday morning, a Gazan mortar shell struck in the Eshkol region. No injuries or damage were reported.

Soldiers were operating in the area where the mortar shell landed near the Gaza border fence.

Also on Tuesday, a Palestinian terrorist was killed and four others were injured in an explosion in Gaza City, the Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported. Ma’an quoted security sources in Gaza as saying the explosion was accidental and not the result of an Israeli strike.

Tuesday’s events came after the air force bombed two underground rocket launchers in the northern Gaza Strip last Thursday, in response to a mortar attack on southern Israel earlier in the day. Palestinians did not report any injuries or damage in the strikes.

The Palestinian attack and IAF reply occurred a year to the day after the IDF launched the week-long Operation Pillar of Defense, which began with the targeted assassination of Hamas military wing head Ahmed Jabari, and which was aimed at reducing Hamas rocket fire on southern communities.

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