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IAF planes on Saturday attacked a terror cell in the southern Gaza Strip that was involved in firing rockets at Israel.
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Palestinian doctors reported that two people were killed in the attack on the cell that belonged to the Islamic Jihad.
"Hamas is responsible for what takes place in Gaza," the IDF said.
Earlier on Saturday, the IAF attacked another Islamic Jihad camp
in the southern Gaza Strip, killing a commander of the Palestinian faction and four
other terrorists, officials on both sides said.
The strike in Rafah followed an unprovoked long-range rocket attack
on Israel on Thursday.
Islamic Jihad's propaganda wing released a video on the Internet on
Saturday showing a mounted multi-rocket launcher. The video is part of a
boast by the Iranian-backed terror group that its rocket launching
capabilities have improved over recent years. The group's claim that the
video was taken from Saturday in Gaza could not be independently
confirmed. But the organization has been the recipient of large-scale
Iranian support, both military and financial.
Jihad's leader in Syria, Ramadan Abdullah, recently attended a
conference in Iran dedicated to calling for Israel's destruction.
During the conference, Abdullah said Iran's supreme
leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamanei, is following a "plan is a road map to
the liberation of the occupied territories," referring to the whole of
Israel. The Islamic Jihad has long been Iran's closest proxy in the
In the past, the organization's
leadership described itself as "one of the many fruits on our leader
[former Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah] Khomeini's tree."
The Islamic Jihad initiated the latest escalation last
week, when it fired a long-range rocket deep into Israel, reportedly to
mark the assassination of its former leader, Fathi Shkaki, in Malta in