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A person riding a motorcycle in the Gaza Strip was killed an IAF strike, the IDF spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday.
IDF needs to step up its attacks on Hamas
According to a statement released by the spokesperson, an IAF aircraft targeted an Islamic Jihad operative, Mohammed Najar, who was involved in planning a "massive" terror attack in Israel.
The statement added: "This operation disrupts the execution of an attack by Islamic Jihad, a terrorist organization that has been involved in the firing of rockets towards Israeli territory and IDF forces in the past few days."
Earlier, Adham Abu Salmia said the airstrike took place in the southern Gaza Strip. He had no details on the man's identity.
Also Tuesday, Israel Radio cited an Asharq Alawsat
report that Hamas is trying to convince groups in Gaza to stop firing rockets at Israel. The report was published as a rocket from the Strip landed south of Ashkelon, causing no casualties or damage.
According to the report, Hamas also deployed operatives along the border with Israel in order to maintain control over the Strip.
Palestinian sources quoted by Asharq Alawsat
said that representatives
from the different Gaza groups refused to commit to a ceasefire with
Israel or to prevent retaliation for Israeli actions. They did, however,
agree not to initiate an escalation.
On Monday evening, three Kassam rockets were fired into Israeli
territory and exploded in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council. The rockets
fell in an open area and did not cause any injuries or damage.
Over 20 Qassam rockets and mortar shells fired from the Gaza Strip landed in Israeli territory since the beginning of 2011.Associated Press contributed to this report.