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IAF Targets Terrorist Sites in Gaza after Mortar Shell Attack

Hamas never has held its fire for very long. The recent escalation in violence suggests it is acting out of weakness and not of strength, knowing Israel will retaliate every time, as it did again Tuesday.
The Israel Air Force bombed Islamic Jihad terrorists after a mortar shell attack on soldiers.

The Israel Air Force bombed Islamic Jihad terrorists after a mortar shell attack on soldiers.

The Israel Air Force bombed a weapons manufacturing factory and two terror tunnels Tuesday evening in retaliation for a mortar shell attack on soldiers who were “engaging in a counter-terrorism activity,” according to military spokesman  Lt. Col. Peter Lerner.

“The IDF maintains the right to combat terrorists abusing the Gaza Strip as a springboard for such attacks against Israeli civilians and its forces,” he added.

Reporting by Palestinian Authority media, often quoted without verification by foreign media, illustrates why Palestinian Authority Arabs cannot be expected to believe that Israel acts in self-defense.

Gaza sources said the aerial strikes hit “two chicken farms” and a Hamas tunnel, accord to the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency.

It also said a fourth strike bombed an empty Islamic Jihad “training site.”

Earlier in the day, The Jewish Press reported here that a Hamas terrorist was killed and four others were wounded in a “work” explosion.

Hamas has renewed escalation of attacks on Israeli civilians and soldiers the past month after several weeks of relative quiet, a possible sign of weakness to divert its residents’ attention from poverty and economic pressure from Egypt in the form of occasionally shutting down the crossing into the northern Sinai from Rafiah.

Last Friday, Hamas marked one year since massive rocket fire on Israel that sparked the IDF’s Pillar of Defense counter-terrorism operation.

Terrorist commanders came out from underground to join a military parade.

Hamas commander Raed Sa’as, appearing in public for the first time in years, said, “Next time you [Israel] will not enjoy security in any spot on our occupied land. Our fighters are more capable, ready and trained. Our plans are more comprehensive and our arsenal is more developed.”

The military parade and escalation in rocket attacks, mortar shelling and planting of bombs near the IDF patrol road draws the attention of Gaza residents away from streets flooded by sewage following a power outage at a treatment facility.

Although Egypt has closed down smuggling tunnels that are a big income source for the Hamas regime as well as a source of goods and merchandise for residents, Palestinian Authority media both in Ramallah and Gaza blamed Israel for the “siege.”

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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2 Responses to “IAF Targets Terrorist Sites in Gaza after Mortar Shell Attack”

  1. Funny how they are calling the shutting down of tunnels dug illegally across the border from Egypt to Gaza and siege? They can not get so many missles and Rocket6s and guns and explosives into Gaza to attack Israel as they did. This is an siege???? it is more like an diversion to explain where all the funds to maintain the water and Power systems has been going. Which is of course, armaments to use againsr Israeli civilians . which the world media seems to forget a lot.

  2. Wendell Newman says:

    You are right. I wish our elected officials could understand and oppose the terrorist
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