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Israeli F-15 "Eagle" fighter jet

Israeli Air Force fighter pilots struck terror targets in Gaza overnight Monday into Tuesday after terrorists fired a rocket at southern Israel earlier in the evening.

The missile was intercepted at around 8:30 pm by Israel’s Iron Dome aerial defense system.

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Shortly after midnight – providing enough time for Gaza terrorists to evacuate their positions – the IAF attacked several targets in the enclave, including a Hamas weapons factory.

During the air strikes, Gaza terrorists fired anti-aircraft missiles at IAF combat planes, but failed to hit them, the IDF confirmed.

“In response to the launch from Gaza into Israel, we just targeted a Hamas weapons manufacturing site in Gaza,” the IDF said in a brief statement.

“The terrorist organization Hamas is responsible for all terror activity emanating from the Gaza Strip.”

One day earlier, on Sunday afternoon, Gaza terrorists also fired three rockets toward southern Israel, but none made it over the security fence into Israeli territory.

The IDF called that attempted attack an “false alarm.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.