IAF Strikes Hamas Militants and Smuggling Tunnel in Gaza Strip

Strike comes shortly after upsurge in the number of rockets being fired from Gaza; southern country hit Saturday by over 50 rockets.

An Israel Air Force fighter jet struck a Gaza tunnel running along the border with Israel, as well as Hamas militants in the northern Gaza strip on Monday, an IDF statement confirmed.

The IDF spokesperson's office released a statement saying that the Gaza tunnel was used to smuggle terrorists into Israeli territory with the intent to execute attacks against Israeli citizens.

Gaza tunnel- AP- July 29, 2008
A Palestinian man receives goods from Egypt through a tunnel underneath the border in Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip July 29, 2008AP

The strike came shortly after a recent upsurge in the number of rockets being fired from Gaza, the peak being on Saturday when the southern part of the country was hit by over 50 rockets.

Also on Saturday, IDF soldiers killed two Palestinian terrorists near the Gaza border. Later in the day, a grad rocket fired from Gaza exploded in an open area in the industrial district of Ashkelon. A few people were treated for shock following the explosion, which caused no damage.