IDF activity in response to terror attacks and rocket fire

IAF targets 15 terror sites and four militants in Gaza; over 70 rockets launched at Israel 

Date: 20/08/2011, 10:59 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

Following the combined terror attack against Israel, on Thursday (August 18), IAF aircraft targeted a number of sites in the Gaza Strip in order to restore the calm to Israel’s southern communities.

IAF aircraft targeted five squads of terrorists in the northern and central Gaza Strip, who had fired rockets and mortars at Israel.

In addition, IAF aircraft targeted fifteen terror sites across the Gaza Strip, including: terrorist infrastructures, terrorist outposts, smuggling tunnels, terror tunnels used for storage of weapons and rockets and to attack Israel, and manufacturing facilities. 

In a joint IDF (Zahal)- Israel Security Agency activity, an IAF aircraft targeted senior militants of the Popular Resistance Committee terrorist organization in the southern Gaza Strip. Among those targeted: Kamal Nirab, head of the organization in the Gaza Strip, Imad Hamed, head of the military wing of the organization, and Khaled Sha’at, a senior operative. These officials were behind the malicious terrorist attacks, with the primary objective of kidnapping an Israeli civilian or soldier.
 
IAF aircraft targeted Matez Karika, 29 years old from Sajiya, who was an operations officer in the Islamic Jihad and played a major role in planning and executing rocket fire against Israel.

Terror organizations in Gaza fired over 70 Grad rockets, Qassam rockets and mortars at Israel.

The IDF (Zahal) will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli civilians and IDF (Zahal) 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.