IDF fighter jets strike Hamas targets in Gaza

Military post in Rafah hit; Palestinians say 4 injured; attack comes after girl injured as Kassam falls near Ashkelon.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
December 21, 2010 18:32
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IDF fighter jets strike Hamas targets in Gaza

IAF jet 248.88. (photo credit: AP [file])

The IDF Spokesman unit on Tuesday confirmed that IAF aircraft attacked terrorist activity targets in the southern Gaza Strip. The attack came as part of an overnight attack in which seven terrorist targets were hit.

Specific targets were hit and all IAF planes returned safely to their base.

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The statement said "the IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli citizens and IDF soldiers will continue to act with determination and strength against any party who operates terror attacks against Israel. The IDF views the terrorist organization Hamas solely responsible for what is happening in the Gaza Strip and responsible for preserving quiet.

Palestinian sources claimed that the IDF attacked targets in the Gaza Strip belonging to the military wing of Hamas, Izzadin Kassam Brigade and eye witnesses reported that four people were injured during the attacks.



The reports follow an incident in which a Kassam rocket landed near a kindergarten in a kibbutz near Ashkelon on Tuesday morning, injuring a 14-year-old girl. Four more Israelis were treated for shock.

The 'Army of Islam' organization in Gaza claimed responsibility for the Kassam rocket attack.

In their statement, the Army of Islam said the Kassam was in response to the three members of the organization that were killed during an Israeli attack last month.

The IDF spokesperson's office said that the Air Force hit three terror tunnels in the northern Strip and a smuggling tunnel in southern Gaza.

Palestinians claimed the IAF struck several targets in the Gaza strip late Monday or early Tuesday, AFP reported.

Palestinians claimed that three raids targeted the towns of Khan Younis and Beit Lahiya, AFP reported. Two terrorists from the Izzadin Kassam Brigades were reportedly injured in the Khan Younis strike.

Ten mortar shells were fired from the Gaza Strip into the Eshkol regional council Monday.

No injuries were reported and no damage was caused as a result of these attacks.


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