IAF Targets Terror Sites in the Gaza Strip

In response to more then 22 rockets fired at Israel, IAF targets sites in the Gaza Strip. The IDF (Zahal) will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli civilians and soldiers

Date: 20/08/2011, 3:12 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Site

A short while ago, IAF aircraft targeted two weapons manufacturing sites in the central Gaza Strip and a terror activity site in both the northern and southern Gaza Strip. Hits were confirmed.

This is a response to the terror attacks executed against Israel in the last 24 hours.

Around 22 Grad and Qassam rockets were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip on Thursday night (August 18) and Friday morning (August 19).

Most fell in open areas in the Ashdod, Ashkelon, Be’er Sheva and Kiryat Gat regions. But two rockets hit populated areas in Ashdod and seven people were wounded, including one critically.

All the wounded people were transported to Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot.

Overnight, IAF aircraft targeted seven sites in the Gaza Strip, in response the terrorist attacks that took place near Eilat in southern Israel on Thursday as well as rocket fire.

In northern Gaza, two terror activity sites and a weapons storage facility were struck. In southern Gaza, two smuggling tunnels, a terrorist tunnel and a terror activity site were struck.

“The IDF (Zahal) will continue to prevent terrorism and will respond decisively and with force in the Gaza Strip,” IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Mordechai said on Friday. “At the same time, we are setting up investigations to learn the lessons of Thursday’s events.”

The IDF (Zahal) will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli civilians and soldiers, and will respond with determination to any attempt to use terror against the State of Israel. The IDF (Zahal) holds the Hamas terrorist organization solely responsible for any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip.