Daily Israel Report

Gaza Salafists Fire Rockets into Israel

Rockets fired from Gaza landed in southern Israel.
By Scott Krane and AFP
First Publish: 10/11/2012, 12:00 AM

Kassam  rockets
Kassam  rockets
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Terrorists in Gaza fired two rockets into southern Israel on Wednesday evening in the midst of a recent cross-border fracas. Israeli police told AFP that nobody was injured.

Wednesday morning the IAF hit targets in the northern Gaza Strip.

Palestinian security sources told the AFP the air strike “hit a training camp in Beit Lahiya which was used by militants from the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the ruling Hamas movement.”

The Israeli military described the target as "a terror tunnel" and said that it was attacked "in response to over 40 rockets that were fired at Israel this week."

A small group of Salafists claimed responsibility early on Wednesday for the rocket fire. Salafists, such as the Islamic extremists in Egypt have been gaining strength throughout the Middle East, and especially in Hamas controlled Gaza.

Earlier in the week, Hamas and Islamic Jihad fired a round of rockets at southern Israel a day after the IAF raided the border town of Rafah.

The recent activity marks the end of a de facto cease-fire that began in June.