Daily Israel Report

IDF Thwarts Rocket Launching Attempt

IAF aircraft target a squad of terrorists who were preparing to launch rockets at Israel. Direct hit confirmed.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 8/24/2011, 11:10 PM

IAF Counterstrike (Gaza)
IAF Counterstrike (Gaza)
Flash 90

At approximately 11:00 p.m. this evening (Wednesday) IAF aircraft targeted a squad of terrorists who were preparing to launch rockets at Israel.

The IDF Spokesperson said that a hit was confirmed, thwarting the rocket launch attempt.

“The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli civilians, and will not hesitate to respond with strength and determination to any element that uses terror against the State of Israel, until calm is restored,” the IDF Spokesperson said in his statement.

“The IDF holds the Hamas terrorist organization solely responsible for any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip.”

Sources said the operative killed was a key commander of the Islamic Jihad's Grad launching unit.

Earlier in the day, the IDF killed Ismail al-Asmar, a local commander in the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization's Rafiah branch.

Meanwhile, the rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip continue. Terrorists fired at least seven rockets Wednesday evening from Gaza at the Eshkol Regional Council. Warning sirens were reportedly activated during the launch. Moments earlier, a Kassam rocket landed in an open field in the Gaza Belt region. No injuries or damage were reported.

Gaza terrorists launched another Grad Katyusha missile attack on Be'er Sheva at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night. One was intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system, but the second landed in the city. A third missile exploded in the coastal city of Ashkelon about half an hour later.