A short while ago, the IAF struck a tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip. A direct hit was confirmed.

The site was targeted in response to the recent rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. Over the past two days two Grad missiles and a mortar shell hit Ofakim, Netivot (landing near a wedding celebration) and the Eshkol Regional Council, respectively, causing damage.

Since the beginning of 2011, over thirty Grad missiles, Qassam rockets and mortar shells have landed in Israeli territory.

The IDF (Zahal) holds the Hamas terrorist organization solely responsible for maintaining the calm in the Gaza Strip and for any terrorist activity emanating from it. The IDF (Zahal) will also continue to respond harshly to any attempt to use terror against the State of Israel.