IDF strikes two Gaza targets, at least three dead

Joint Israel Air Force and Shin Bet operations kill at least three terrorists, injure at least ten in Gaza Strip.

December 28, 2011 01:09
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A car in Gaza damaged by an IAF airstrike [file]

A car in Gaza damaged by an IAF airstrike 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Ismail Zaydah)


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The Israel Air Force, working with the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), launched two missile attacks against terrorist groups in Gaza Tuesday night, killing at least three and, according Palestinian reports, injuring at least 11. Several hours later, Palestinians fired a Kassam rocket from inside Gaza but it exploded inside the Strip.

Hamas identified the man killed in the earlier strike as Abdullah Telbani, an operative of World Jihad's Saraya Al-Quds wing in his 20s. Two other Palestinians were also injured in the attack when the explosion ripped through their tuk tuk, a motorized rickshaw, according to medics in the Strip. They were taken to Amal Adwan Hospital in northern Gaza.

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The IDF Spokesman's Unit confirmed a second strike targeting terrorists planning to infiltrate into Israel.
One of the terrorists targeted was Rami Douad Jabber Kafarna, a Jebaliya resident born in 1984 who was active in the armed wing of Hamas and took part in firing high-trajectory weapons at Israel, the IDF said.

Another target was Hazam Mohammed Sa'adi Al-Shakar, an Islamic Jihad militant from Beit Hanoun born 1985 who had been a Hamas activist and hid munitions in Gaza.

The IDF confirmed directly hitting their target, but the fate of the men remains unclear; Palestinian sources did not report any additional deaths.

In a statement, the IDF Spokesman said, "The IDF will not tolerate attempts to harm Israeli citizens or IDF soldiers and will continue to operate strongly and decisively against anyone who uses terrorism against Israel," adding that it holds Hamas responsible for all terrorist activity coming out of Gaza.

Army radio reported that the defense establishment was preparing for rockets in response to the attack.

Palestinians fired two short-range rockets into Israel on Sunday and Monday, causing no damage. No Gaza factions claimed responsibility for those attacks.

Israel has also said it is on alert for attempts by Gazan gunmen to slip into neighboring Egypt and attack it from there.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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