IAF bombs Gaza smuggling tunnel after rockets hit Negev
Palestinians: Jihad rocket squad member killed in IAF strike; 3 Qassam rockets hit western Negev.
The Israel Air Force bombed a smuggling tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday after militants in the coastal territory fired at least three rockets into Israel.
The rockets fired from Gaza hit the western Negev, causing no injuries or damage.
Meanwhile, a member of an Islamic Jihad rocket squad was killed and two others were wounded Saturday in what a Palestinian medic said was an Israeli airstrike in the northern Gaza Strip.
The Israel Defense Forces, however, said it did not carry out any operations in Gaza at the time of the incident.
The dead man was identified as Mahmoud Fattouh, 25, according to Dr. Moawiya Hassanain, a Gaza health official. Two Islamic Jihad members were wounded in the incident near the northern Gaza town of Beit Lahiya.
The Islamic Jihad squad was targeted as it fired rockets toward Israel, according to Hassanain and Islamic Jihad spokesman Abu Ahmed.
Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers separately declared a cease-fire Jan. 18, after a three-week Israeli military offensive against the group in Gaza. However, talks on a durable truce have hit a snag, and rocket fire and airstrikes continue. Islamic Jihad, far smaller than Hamas, is most involved in rocket fire.