Daily Israel Report

IDF Foils Rocket Attack from Gaza

IAF aircraft foil a rocket attack on southern Israel, hit terrorists who were preparing to launch a rocket into Israeli territory.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 2/24/2012, 2:12 AM

IAF Counterstrike (Gaza)
IAF Counterstrike (Gaza)
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IAF aircraft were able to foil a rocket attack on Israel’s southern communities late Thursday night, the IDF Spokesman reported in a statement.

According to the statement, the aircraft hit a terrorist cell in northern Gaza, whose members were just about to launch a rocket into Israeli territory.

The shooting was thwarted, the statement noted.

The IAF attack comes after earlier on Thursday evening, a Qassam rocket launched by terrorists in Hamas-controlled Gaza exploded in an open area next to one of the communities in the Sha'ar Hanegev region. No physical injuries or damages were reported.

Last weekend, a barrage of rockets fired from Gaza brought about several IDF retaliations. IAF aircraft attacked a rocket production site, a terrorist base and a weapons storehouse in Gaza on Saturday night, after terrorists fired at least six rockets at southern Israel on Friday and Saturday.

Gaza terrorists also fired an RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) anti-tank missile at IDF soldiers patrolling near the southern border last Friday evening. None of the Israeli soldiers were wounded in the attack, and IDF forces responded with tank fire.