Israeli aircraft foiled an attempted missile attack on southern Israel Saturday night by bombing a rocket-launching cell. Gaza sources said five terrorists were killed.
The cell included members of the Islamic Jihad and Popular Resistance Committees terrorist groups. Israel has said it holds Hamas responsible for all attacks on Israel.
Witnesses reported that Israeli unmanned aircraft for several days had been hovering over central Gaza, where the cell prepared to launch a number of rockets Saturday night. Most of the terrorists were residents of a central Gaza village under the auspices of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)..
The Air Force "targeted and identified hitting a squad of terror operatives who were preparing to launch rockets towards Israeli territory,” IDF spokesmen said.
More than 200 missiles, rockets and mortars have been fired from Gaza this year, despite a declared ceasefire by Hamas.