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Video: IAF Strikes Blow Up Gaza Terror Sites

IAF footage shows the air strike retaliation Thursday following Gaza's missile barrage.
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 1/16/2014, 4:45 PM

A barrage of rockets hurtled from Hamas-controlled Gaza towards the city of Ashkelon on Wednesday night, leading to an airstrike retaliation by the IAF on Thursday morning.

The IDF released dramatic video from the explosive air strike on a concealed rocket launcher and Hamas military site; the latter immediately set off chain detonations of the weapons stored at the site, as indicated with red arrows. The video can be viewed here:

Five of the rockets fired from Gaza were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system, while several other rockets may have exploded in open areas. There were no reports of physical injuries or damages caused by the barrage, and the “Red Alert” rocket siren successfully sounded prior to the explosions.

“The IDF sees as very serious any firing at Israeli territory and will continue to act strongly against anyone who uses terror against the State of Israel,” noted the IDF statement, adding that the Hamas terrorist group is held as directly responsible for the attacks.

On Monday, Gazan terrorists fired 2 rockets at former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's funeral in the Negev.

The attack was particularly poignant as Sharon's 2005 "Disengagement" plan, which expelled all Jews from Gaza, created the vacuum of control over Gaza that the terror group Hamas soon filled, going on from there to fill Israel's air space with rocket attacks.

Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations (UN), Ron Prosor, complained to the UN on Tuesday over the attack.

"Since 2005, Gaza has become a terrorist base used by Hamas to shoot rockets, carry out kidnappings, and launch attacks on Israeli citizens," wrote Prosor. “Israel holds Hamas responsible for the recent escalation in violence. I urge the Security Council to condemn Hamas’s attacks, loudly and clearly, before the situation escalates.”

Hamas has reportedly been gathering long-range missiles, test firing the new long-range M-175 rocket two weeks ago.