Air Force attacks Gaza in response to mortar fire against IDF forces

The escalation continued near the Gaza border Friday morning as at least two mortar shells were fired at IDF soldiers operating near the border fence.

The IDF spokesman said, “High-trajectory fire was employed against an IDF force operating near the security fence in the southern Gaza Strip. No casualties or damage were reported.”

In the last two days, about 16 mortar shells were fired at the IDF in at least 12 incidents, twice the amount of total mortars and rockets fired at Israel since the beginning of the year.

In light of the escalation Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to convene the security cabinet Friday morning.

Meanwhile, the military wing of Hamas issued an announcement in which it first referred to the discovery of the tunnel in southern Gaza Thursday. According to its military wing, this tunnel is the same one from which the people carried out their first raid into Israel during Operation Protective Edge in July, 2014.

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