white phosphorous 311.
(photo credit: AP)
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman instructed UN envoy Meron Reuben to file a complaint with the international body over the barrage of rockets and mortar shells fired into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip on Friday, Israel Radio reported.The
Salah al-Din Brigade claimed responsibility for the four mortar shells,
which they said came in response to the IDF assassination of two
members of the Army of Islam, an al-Qaida affiliated group, earlier this
Lieberman told Reuben to turn the UN's attention specifically to the fact that mortar shells containing white phosphorous were fired from Gaza on Friday. The UN-commissioned Goldstone Report condemned Israel for using white phosphorous during Operation Cast Lead.
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On Friday night, the
IAF attacked a smuggling tunnel in the south of Gaza, and claimed the attack was in response to the rockets and mortars fired into Israeli towns in recent days.
"The IDF holds the Hamas terrorist
organization solely responsible for what happens in the Gaza Strip and
for maintaining calm there."
Palestinian sources reported that there were no casualties but damage was caused to property.
Earlier on Friday, also in response to the rocket and mortar fire, IAF jets successfully struck
three terror-related targets in Gaza.
Palestinian sources reported that an Islamic Jihad training base was among the targets attacked by the IAF. Eight total injuries were reported in the airstrikes.
The IDF also reported that the four mortar shells that landed in the
Ashkelon Regional Council area earlier on Friday contained white
In addition to the four mortar shells containing white
phosphorous fired into Israel on Friday, three additional mortar shells
were fired towards the western Negev.
All the the shells exploded in open land.
No injuries were reported and no damage was caused.
Earlier on Friday a Grad rocket was shot from Gaza towards Israel.
Grad rocket was the first since July, and the first to land near Ofakim
since Operation Cast Lead. The rocket exploded in an open area,
injuring three cows and damaging a building.
In addition, two
Kassam rockets landed in the Merhavim Regional Council of the western
Negev. No injuries and damage were reported.
Another rocket was shot on Friday morning. It landed in Palestinian territory.
Kassam rockets have been shot from Gaza towards the western Negev almost
daily since 2001. The IDF Spokesperson's unit reported that over 180
rockets have landed in Israel since the beginning of the year.