The Israeli Air Force struck eight Islamic Jihad targets in the Gaza Strip on Saturday following Islamic Jihad rocket attacks that took place on Saturday morning and Friday night. Islamic Jihad announced it accepted an immediate cease fire brokered by Egypt effective immediately, Channel 10 reported, the IDF did not as of yet confirm or denied this. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman convened high ranking IDF officers and members of the security services to evaluate the recent developments in the Gaza Strip following Friday night and Saturday morning rocket attacks by Islamic Jihad on southern Israel, his office stated.
The security assessment was attended by Chief of the General Staff Gadi Eizenkot and other senior officials.Palestinian media reported dozens of school children in Khan Yunis suffered panic attacks following the IAF strike. Thirty-four rockets were fired on southern Israel during Friday night and five rockets were fired on Saturday morning. Several residents of Gaza border communities suffered shock, and they were taken to a local hospital, Channel 2 reported. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the Friday night attack, saying in a statement that ”we can not stand with our hands tied.”During the Friday March of Return protests four Palestinians were killed by IDF sniper fire and 85 were injured, the Palestinian Ministry of Health reported. IDF Spokesperson Ronen Manelis said on Saturday that Hamas is expected to have control over events in the Gaza Strip."Islamic Jihad did not wait to get green lighted by Hamas to fire rockets," he said."Once they [Hamas] allow violence near the security fence," he claimed, "they can't be surprised other factions fire [rockets]."