Terrorists in Hamas-controlled Gaza resumed rocket attacks on Israeli civilians Wednesday afternoon, firing two missiles. One of them struck the separation-security barrier and the second one landed in an open agricultural field. No injuries were reported.
Israeli armed forces usually carry out a retaliatory attack shortly after terrorist attacks, which have continued despite a ceasefire in January 2009 following Israel’s three-week Operation Cast Lead counterterrorist campaign.
More than 150 rockets and mortars have been fired at Israeli civilians since the beginning of 2010, and more than 440 rockets were fired at Israel since the end of Operation Cast Lead.
Two weeks ago, the Air Force targeted and identified hitting a number of terrorists preparing to fire rockets from the central Gaza region.
Terrorists also have struck in Judea and Samaria, where rock-throwing Arabs try to break windshields and cause Jewish drivers to overturn in a fatal crash. Earlier this week, a car was damaged by rocks on the road that leads from Jewish communities in Samaria to Kfar Saba, part of metropolitan Tel Aviv. Several days earlier, a Molotov cocktail was hurled at a car on the same highway.
Two weeks ago, several terrorist groups claimed responsibility for shooting a pregnant woman and her husband in a suburban Be’er Sheva community in the southern Hevron Hills. The woman was wounded, but she was able to deliver a baby boy through a Caesarean section, who was circumcised several days ago.
The military wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Imad Mughniyeh Squad of Fatah's Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed joint responsibility for the attack. Fatah is the faction headed by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.