IDF: Islamic Jihad terror group responsible for rocket fired from Gaza
Israel minimized on Tuesday the fishing zone for Gazans from 15 nautical miles down to 6, after a rocket fired by Muslim terrorists overnight exploded in sea off Israel’s southern coast.
“This is Bahaa Abu-Ala’ta, the Gaza Commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Last night, his operatives fired a rocket at Israel to bring about an escalation. Thankfully, the rocket landed in the sea. The IDF remains ready and committed to defending Israel against such terror”, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit tweeted.
The IDF named the Islamic Jihad terrorists directly, publishing their photos, and laid responsibility for the attack on the terror group, an unusual move as it normally holds Hamas terror group accountable for terrorism coming out of Gaza.
“Facts in the field show Islamic Jihad does not submit to the authority of Hamas, acts without its knowledge and thus is expected to shirk responsibility for Monday’s incident,” the IDF’s statement said.
Aside from decreasing the fishing perimeter, no targets were struck so far by Israeli forces, as is usually the case after rocket fire.