The IDF attacked 18 terror targets in the Gaza Strip overnight Saturday, just hours after the Israeli Air Force attacked 6 Hamas targets all across the Gaza Strip, including a terror tunnel running from the Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza towards Israel.
Returning fire, a rocket launched from the strip landed on the roof of a residence in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council. The family was home, but no one was harmed as the rocket failed to explode.
The rocket was launched mere hours after four IDF soldiers were wounded—two seriously and two moderately—when an explosive device detonated near the border fence. The IDF responded to the rocket’s launch by again attacking a Hamas outpost in northern Gaza.
Later Saturday, A group of at least four Muslim terrorists attempted to infiltrate the Israeli communities south of Gaza through Rafah. IDF forces picked up on the attempt and opened fire on the infiltrators using tanks and other means. Arab reports said two terrorists were eliminated and two others wounded by tank fire.
Egypt has been appealing to both sides to prevent further escalation. Hamas’s leadership notified Egypt on a visit to Cairo it had no interest in escalation in the strip, as per a source in Gaza.
The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said Hamas terror targets were hit in Gaza, including a military complex on the former grounds of the evacuated Jewish community of Netzarim “belonging to Hamas’s unique military alignments, including weapons manufacturing sites.” A Hamas military complex near Khan Yunis was also attacked.
Hamas terror group responded to the IDF’s attacks by saying Israel will be held responsible for the escalation in Gaza, and then later claimed to have targeted the air force’s planes with antiaircraft fire—the first time Hamas admitted to targeting the army since Operation Protective Edge.
Islamic Jihad terror group added a threat of its own, saying, “Gaza’s guns are ready and the arms of its sons will spread rage against the siege and aggression. Gaza is neither a picnic nor an agricultural farm for Israel”.
The air force reportedly attacked Hamas outposts in eastern Gaza, as well as a rocket launch nook or an armament storage facility not far from the Karni crossing. Attacks have not yet targeted Islamic Jihad. An IDF tank fired at an observation post in the southern strip earlier.