1 killed in IAF strike against rocket cell in northern Gaza

Palestinian sources say 2 injured, 1 critically, in attack; IDF spokesperson says terrorists were preparing to fire rockets into Israel.

By JPOST.COM STAFF, ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 17, 2010 09:30
Gaza strike aftermath

Gaza rocket strike 311 AP. (photo credit: ap)

 
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One person was killed and two wounded in an IAF strike in northern Gaza early Sunday.

The IDF Spokesperson said that the air force targeted, identified and hit "a squad of terror operatives who were preparing to fire rockets from the northern Gaza Strip into Israel."

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Hamas officials said Israeli forces opened fire at one of their training grounds north of Gaza City. Palestinian hospital official Adham Abu Salmia confirmed one dead and two wounded, one of them critically.

"The IDF remains committed to protecting the citizens of Israel and will continue to act against terror," the spokesperson said. "The IDF holds Hamas solely responsible for terror emanating from the Gaza Strip."

According to the IDF, more than 165 rockets and mortars have been fired at Israel since the beginning of 2010.

Last Sunday, a Kassam rocket landed in a field south of Ashkelon.

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