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      IAF Strikes in Gaza After Rocket Barrage on Sderot

      IAF aircraft strike a terror activity center in northern Gaza, several hours after terrorists fire on Sderot.
      By Elad Benari
      First Publish: 10/17/2012, 3:46 AM

      IAF Counterstrike (Gaza)
      IAF Counterstrike (Gaza)
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      IAF aircraft struck a terror activity center in northern Gaza on Tuesday night, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit announced.

      According to the statement, direct hits at the target were detected. All Israeli aircraft safely returned to their bases.

      The attack came in response to the constant rocket attacks into Israeli territory.

      “The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli citizens and IDF soldiers and will continue to operate against anyone who carries out terror attacks against Israel,” said the IDF statement.

      Several hours before the air strike, terrorists in Hamas-controlled Gaza fired a barrage of at least seven rockets at the city of Sderot and the nearby area.

      One of the rockets exploded next to a local kindergarten. No one was physically injured but damage was caused to the building. The other rockets exploded in open areas. There were no reports of casualties or damage.

      Gaza-based terrorists have fired dozens of rockets at southern Israel this past week, most of which have fallen in open areas. The escalation in rocket attacks began after an Israeli air strike on Sunday in Gaza hit two Global Jihad terrorists.

      The terrorists responded by firing over 50 rockets at Israel during the holiday of Simchat Torah alone, with more being fired in the days that followed.

      The Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) terror group vowed to retaliate against Israel on Sunday after announcing that two men killed earlier in an IAF air strike were members of the group.