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A terrorist from the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) was critically wounded Sunday morning in an Israeli Air-force attack in Deir al-Balah, central Gaza Strip, while riding his motorcycle, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s office.
The assassination attempt was executed in cooperation with the Shabac-GSS. Palestinian sources report a second injury as a result of the same attack.
According to the IDF, the attack’s target, Abdullah Harti, 29, had taken part in shooting rockets into Israel and in planning additional high-trajectory rocket attacks.
“The IDF is seriously concerned about every shooting attempt into the State of Israel and will continue to act with force against any terror attempt. The IDF is laid out and prepared to defend the citizens of the State of Israel,” the IDF Spokesperson stated.
Harti, a resident of the Nuseirat Refugee Camp, had been involved in recent years in planning and executing different kinds of attacks against Israel in the Gaza Strip and along the Sinai border. Among other acts of terrorism, Harti has been collaborating with the Global Jihad Ansar Beit al-Maqdisi group in the northern Sinai, an attack on Rt. 12 in August 2011, and several rocket volleys against Eilat last January.
Terrorists form Gaza attacked Israel with one and possibly two missiles on Thursday despite pledges by Hamas that it would halt rocket firing.
Either Hamas is not capable of controlling rival terrorist gangs, which has been the situation off and on for more two years, or it has returned to its old tactic of pledging ceasefires and allowing others to break them.
One rocket exploded south of Ashkelon early Thursday afternoon south of Ashkelon, exploding in an open area without causing damage, and a second blast was heard at night. The point of impact has not been determined.
The IDF contradicted a report from local officials that the Iron Dome system intercepted the first missile.
One rocket also was fired on the area on Tuesday.
Terrorists from Hamas-ruled Gaza attacked southern Israel again Sunday morning with two more rockets that exploded in open areas and caused no damage or injuries.
Military officials said last week that Israel will not allow a return to the days of “tit-for-tat” retaliation, with Hamas and other terrorists launching a couple of rockets a day and Israel slapping them on the wrist with an attack on isolated “terror targets.”
The IDF so far has made good on its threat, bombing an Islamic Jihad terrorists while he was riding his motorcycle Sunday.
The military has not responded to Monday morning’s rocket attacks, but it is only a matter of hours before it does. The question is to what extent.
The Israeli Air Force almost immediately retaliated to Wednesday night’s multiple rocket attacks on Israel and scored direct hits on an underground rocket launcher, a weapons storage facility and a factory manufacturing weapons.
The Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted the rockets from Gaza before they could hit their targets in Ashkelon, approximately 5 miles from northern Gaza.
“The IDF response was precise, swift and efficient in eliminating terror capabilities that only exist in order to terrorize, kill and maim Israelis,” said IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner.
The video below shows how it was done.
During the early hours of Thursday morning, Jan. 16, five rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel. The rockets set off the Tzeva Adom Code Red Alert sirens along the western edge of Israel’s borders.
The Iron Dome defense system intercepted the five rockets, while one additional rocket landed in an empty field. The rockets were aimed at or near the Israeli city of Ashkelon.
No injuries were reported.
This most recent round of rockets started on Monday when the Gazans decided to send a farewell barrage to former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon who was laid to rest at his Sycamore Ranch in the Negev on that day.
The IAF retaliated for the rocket launches by striking four terror infrastructure sites in northern Gaza.
The new railway station in rocket-battered Sderot in southern Israel now is one of the safest places in town following its opening Tuesday afternoon.
The terminal was built with special reinforcements to protect passengers from Kassam rockets, thousands of which have exploded in the small city since the Oslo War, otherwise known as the Second Intifada, which broke out in 2000 and escalated with Israel’s expulsion of Jews and withdrawal of the IDF from nearby Gaza in 2005.
Sderot now is the southern tip of the rail line that extends from Tel Aviv to Ashkelon, and tracks are being built to sonnet it with Be’er Sheva.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu attended Tuesday’s ceremony opening the station and declared that Sderot now is a”suburb of Tel Aviv.”
Israel Air Force aircraft targeted two concealed rocket launchers in northern Gaza early Thursday afternoon after terrorists in Hamas-controlled Gaza attacked with two mortar shells , one on Wednesday and one Thursday morning.
“Launching rockets against Israel and its civilians is a breach of our sovereignty,” said IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner.
As usual, the IDF added,” We maintain the right to operate against those who are involved in terror.”