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The IDF Spokesman unit overnight Tuesday confirmed that IAF aircraft attacked three terrorist activity targets throughout the Gaza Strip.
IDF needs to step up its attacks on Hamas
Specific targets were hit and all IAF planes returned safely to their base.
The strikes came after the IAF assassinated a top Islamic Jihad operative earlier on
Tuesday in the Gaza Strip, who security officials said was planning a
large-scale terror attack inside Israel.
The dead man was
identified as 24-year-old Mohammed Najar. He was killed by an IAF-fired
missile while riding a motorcycle near the border with Israel near Khan
Security sources said that Najar was part of a terror cell involved in planning a large-scale attack inside Israel. “His assassination will hopefully prevent that attack,” one official said.
"All options in response to the crime are available to us. Our martyr's blood will not be spilled in vain. We will respond at the right time and place," the Islamic Jihad al-Quds Brigades said.
The IDF said that the assassination was carried out in coordination with
the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency).
It came just after Defense
Minister Ehud Barak warned that Israel would respond aggressively to
Palestinian attacks from the Gaza Strip. On Tuesday morning, a rocket
landed just south of Ashkelon, a day after four rockets hit Israel.
“I want to tell the other side – Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Popular
Resistance Committees – that I recommend they don’t test us,” Barak said
during a meeting with soldiers from the Paratrooper’s Brigade stationed
along the Gaza border. “If the rocket fire against us continues there
will be more attacks on the other side as well.”