A terrorist operating out of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip was killed Tuesday morning, after an Israel Air Force aircraft opened fire on a terror cell involved in launching rockets at southern Israel. A second terrorist was killed Tuesday morning after he infiltrated into Israeli territory and damaged the Israeli security fence on the Gaza border.
Gaza health officials identified the terrorist killed in the airstrike as 26-year-old Khaled al-Sultan. A second terrorist was reportedly injured in the airstrike, which hit the rocket-launching cell in the northern Gaza Strip.
According to the health department in the coastal enclave, a total of six people have been killed since Israel began its retaliation for a massive wave of rocket attacks Monday evening.
Two terrorists from Gaza managed to infiltrate into Israeli territory Tuesday morning and damage the Israeli security fence.
The pair then attempted to flee back to Gaza.
An IDF spokesperson said an Israeli attack helicopter and Israeli aircraft fired towards the infiltrators.
"A short while ago, IDF troops spotted several suspects crossing the security fence from the northern Gaza Strip, infiltrating into Israeli territory. In response, an IDF attack helicopter and an IDF aircraft fired towards the suspects. IDF troops monitored the incident from the start."
Health department officials in Gaza later said one of the two terrorists was killed by Israeli fire.
The terrorist was identified as 20-year-old Mossaab Hus.
Some 400 rockets and mortars were fired at southern Israel from the Gaza Strip since Monday. The IDF reported earlier Tuesday morning that it had struck some 150 terrorist positions across the Gaza Strip since last night.
One person was killed and another injured when a rocket fired by terrorists operating out of the Gaza Strip slammed into a residential building in the coastal Israeli city of Ashkelon.
A 40-year-old man was killed in the attack, with several others injured.
Fighting broke out between Israel and Hamas after an Israeli special operations unit was uncovered deep in the Gaza Strip Sunday night, leading to a firefight between Israeli forces and Hamas terrorists.
Israeli aircraft were later called in to hit Hamas targets in the Khan Yunis area of southern Gaza
One Israeli officer was killed and another wounded in the fighting.
Seven Hamas terrorists were eliminated.