Despite reduction of boots on the ground, clashes continue in Gaza

Soldiers uncover cache of 150 mortar shells and continue to find tunnels despite apparent scaling back in the IDF's offensive; rocket fire continues to rain on South; IDF leaflets warn Gazans that terror won't go unpunished.

August 3, 2014 15:21
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IDF discovers 150 mortars in Gaza. (photo credit: IDF SPOKESMAN'S OFFICE)


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The IDF continued operations in the Gaza Strip on Sunday despite its decision to redeploy some forces to staging areas within Israel.

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Paratroopers in the Gaza Strip detected four terrorists preparing to fire an anti-tank missile on Sunday. Acting on the information, the Armored Corps fired shells at a home in which the terrorists were stationed at.

The building collapsed and the terrorists were killed.

Meanwhile, Givati infantry soldiers uncovered150 mortars, as well as a new tunnel shaft.

Earlier in the day, Givati soldiers also detected terrorists who had surfaced from a tunnel. The IDF fired shells at the cell, which escaped to a nearby home. Soldiers then fired at the home, and killed three terrorists. The IDF then destroyed the tunnel from which the terrorists had emerged.

In addition, the Israel Air Force killed eight terrorists in air strikes on Sunday. The IDF has attacked more than 40 terrorist targets since midnight on Sunday.

Leaflets were distributed throughout the northern Gaza Strip warning Gazans against participating in terrorist activities.

Communities in southern Israel saw no let up in the number of rockets fired from Gaza. Since Sunday morning, the IDF Spokesman's Office has reported that 35 rockets had been fired at Israel. 31 of those exploded in Israeli territory.

Palestinian officials said that an Israeli air strike killed 10 people and wounded about 30 others on Sunday in a UN-run school in the southern Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military said it was looking into the reported attack, the second to hit a school in less than a week.

Earlier on Sunday, Israeli shelling killed at least 30 people in Gaza, according to Palestinian health officials.

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