IAF drops pamphlets in Gaza outlining terms for cease-fire
Two children hurt by Qassams in Negev; IDF quits north Gaza; at least four Palestinians killed in Gaza on Thursday.
Israel Air Force planes dropped pamphlets on the Gaza Strip Friday, offering Palestinians Israel's terms for a cease-fire, Itim news agency reported.
The pamphlets said the Israeli government was willing to cease Israel Defense Forces attacks on Gaza if abducted soldier Gilad Shalit is returned unharmed and militants stop firing Qassam rockets at Israeli communities.
"Over the past few days the IDF has been attacking terrorists and their collaborators who hide weapons and rockets," the pamphlet read. "These strikes shall continue so long as the rocket fire at Israel does not cease and until soldier Gilad Shalit is returned."
An IDF spokesperson said some of the pamphlets were blown into Israel and landed in the western Negev city of Sderot.
Earlier Friday, two 8-year-old children were lightly wounded when Palestinians launched a Qassam rocket at a kibbutz near Ashkelon. An additional eight people were treated for shock.
Palestinians also fired three Qassam rockets at Sderot. There were no injuries.
Also on Friday, IDF troops and tanks pulled out of northern Gaza, but Israeli aircraft continued pounding the southern Strip.
At least four Palestinians were killed in the Sajiyeh neighborhood of Gaza on Thursday, including three militants and a 75-year-old woman. Another 25 Palestinians were wounded.
IDF troops began leaving Sajiyeh on Thursday night, after having operated there since the beginning of the week. During the operation, code-named Samson's Columns, soldiers from the Givati Brigade and the armored and engineering corps killed nearly 30 armed Palestinians and wounded another 50 people, mostly militants.
The IDF intends to continue with similar pinpoint operations throughout the Gaza Strip over the next few days, as part of the ongoing Operation Summer Rains.
In southern Gaza, an Israel Air Force aircraft hit a metal workshop in the city of Khan Younis early Friday, wounding nine people, including two children, hospital officials said. Nearby buildings were also damaged, and rescue workers were searching through the rubble. The military said the target was a weapons storehouse.
The IAF fired three missiles at a house owned by the family of a militant from the ruling Hamas faction in Gaza City late on Thursday, witnesses said.
They said the family had left the house after being warned by the IDF that it would be targeted. It was not immediately clear whether there were any casualties from the strike.
The IDF said it had targeted a building used by Hamas to store weapons.
In the West Bank town of Qalqilyah on Thursday, a wanted Palestinian died from wounds sustained Wednesday during an IDF attempt to arrest him in the village of Qaddum.