IAF Strikes Two Gaza Targets as Escalation in South Continues

Around 55 rockets and mortars fired at Israel from Gaza since Wednesday morning; rocket directly hits home in Sdot Negev Regional Council.

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The Israeli Air Force on Wednesday evening struck two targets in the northern Gaza Strip, in response to earlier rocket fire.

The two targets were terrorist bases, according to an IDF statement.

Earlier on Wednesday, a rocket fired from Gaza directly hit a home in the Sdot Negev Regional Council, one of around 55 rockets and mortars fired into Israel since the morning. Several people suffered from shock.

The Iron Dome anti-rocket system intercepted a rocket fired at Netivot on Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday, the IAF carried out a strike in Gaza which targeted a World Islamic Jihad operative who was involved in the terror attack on the Israel-Egypt border on Monday. The strike killed the operative and seriously wounded another operative.

The Home Front Command instructed residents of communities near Gaza border to remain in protected spaces and avoid groupings of more than 500 people.

On Tuesday night, the IAF struck six sites in the Gaza.

A Border Patrol officer was moderately wounded on Tuesday when a rocket hit a residential area in the western Negev. Three other officers were lightly injured.

Since the start of the weekend, around 100 rockets and mortars have been fired into southern Israel.

Hamas took responsibility for rocket fire overnight Monday, and announced on Tuesday afternoon that its military wing had fired 10 Grad rockets toward Israel. The rocket fire marked an unusual move for the group, which has been avoiding launching rockets toward Israel for many months now.

On Sunday morning, a terrorist cell crossed the border from Egypt into Israel and detonated an explosive device which ended up killing an Israeli citizen who was working on the construction of the Israel-Egypt border fence.

Remnants of a Qassam rocket that hit southern Israel.Credit: Eliyahu Hershkowitz

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