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IAF Strikes Terror Targets in Gaza

IAF aircraft strike a weapons manufacturing site in southern Gaza and a center of terrorist in central Gaza.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 6/18/2012, 1:02 AM

IAF air strike in Gaza
IAF air strike in Gaza
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IAF aircraft struck a weapons manufacturing site in southern Gaza and a center of terrorist in central Gaza on Sunday night.

According to a statement by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, direct hits were identified at the targets. All Israeli aircraft returned safely to their bases.

The statement said that the attack came in response to high trajectory fire into Israeli territory.

Over the Sabbath, remains of two Grad rockets were found in southern Israel. One may have been fired from Jordan.

On Friday night, residents of southern Israel heard explosions. On Saturday morning, the remains of a Grad rocket were located in the southern Arava, not far from Eilat. Saturday evening, the remains of another 122 mm. Grad were found near Mitzpe Ramon in the Negev.

It is still not clear whether the rocket found near Eilat was fired from the Sinai Desert or from Jordan. The IDF did not say where either rocket was fired from – only that it is investigating both events.

On Sunday afternoon, Arab terrorists fired three mortar shells at IDF troops in the Eshkol region. The soldiers were on patrol near the Gaza border fence.

The rockets exploded in an area not far from where the patrol had been set to enter. No one was physically injured and there was no damage.

“The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli citizens and IDF soldiers, and will continue to act against anyone who uses terror against Israel,” said the IDF statement, adding that “the terror organization Hamas”, which controls Gaza, is responsible for any attacks on Israel.

In March, terror gangs in Gaza fired over 200 rockets into Israel over a period of four days following the targeted killing of Popular Resistance Committee leader Zuhir Musa Ahmed Qaisi and his deputy, Mahmoud Ahmed Mahmoud Hanani.

The quiet in the south has mostly been maintained since Egypt brokered a ceasefire between the sides. However, a ‘ceasefire’ for the terrorist groups mean that they do not fire barrages of rockets, but periodically send a reminder to Israelis that they have the ability to disrupt their lives.