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IAF Launches Airstrikes on Terror Targets in Gaza

IAF attacks terror targets in Gaza after Hamas violates ceasefire and fires rockets at Israel.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 8/14/2014, 12:44 AM

Israeli airstrike in Gaza
Israeli airstrike in Gaza
Reuters

The Israel Air Force attacked targets in Gaza on Wednesday night, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit confirmed in a statement.

The attacks came after Gaza terrorists fired rockets at southern Israel, the statement said.

“The IDF is prepared for this possibility and is determined to continue to maintain the security of the State of Israel,” the statement noted.

An official from the Palestinian Authority’s interior ministry told AFP there were four air strikes over open ground.

Gaza terrorists fired a barrage of rockets towards southern Israel on Wednesday night, just moments before one ceasefire was set to end and a new one to begin.

The Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted one rocket over the city of Netivot. Two other rockets exploded in the Sdot Negev region.

There were no physical injuries or damages.

The latest rocket fire came just before midnight, when a 72-hour ceasefire was set to end.

Moments before midnight, Israel and the Palestinian Arabs agreed to extend the 72-hour ceasefire.

The new ceasefire will last five days, said senior Palestinian negotiator Azzam al-Ahmed, after he and other officials initially spoke of another 72-hour lull.