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The Israel Air Force struck a center of terrorist operations in the southern Gaza Strip overnight Tuesday, the IDF Spokesman's Office said in a statement.On Monday afternoon,
an IDF force opened fire on a Palestinian terror cell that was planting
two explosive devices along the Gaza Strip-Israel border fence.
IAF aircraft recorded a direct hit of the intended target, which was struck in response to an earlier rocket attack on southern Israel.
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Earlier on Tuesday, a Kassam rocket fired into southern Israel from Gaza exploded in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council area. No injuries or damage were reported in the attack.
The IDF Spokesman's Office said fire was opened after the cell was
identified planting the bombs, adding that an "accurate strike" was
confirmed by the army. The army directed tank fire at the terror cell.
Three Palestinians were injured in the IDF response, Palestinian news
agency Ma'an reported, citing medical sources in Gaza.
"Terrorist elements exploit their presence near the border fence to
plant explosives, and plan attacks and kidnappings on IDF soldiers. This
presence poses a threat to Israeli citizens and to security forces that
operate in the area," the spokesman added.
Over the weekend,
a foreign worker from Thailand suffered slight injuries from a rocket
fired from the Gaza Strip that landed in the Hof Ashkelon Regional
Council area.Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report.