Israel bombs 200 Islamic Jihad, Hamas terror targets in response to rocket fire from Gaza

Israel bombs 200 Islamic Jihad, Hamas terror targets in response to rocket fire from Gaza

The Israeli Air Force continues to bomb Islamic Jihad and Hamas terror targets in Gaza in response to about 450 rockets fired from Gaza at Israeli civilians in the last 24 hours.

A 58-year-old Israeli man was killed in the city of Ashkelon and dozens were wounded across southern Israel overnight, as a result of the rocket fired from Gaza.

The massive rocket attacks occurred in advance of Israel’s Independence Day and 10 days before the Eurovision Song Contest.

Israel has bombed over 200 terror targets in Gaza, including private homes of more than 30 Muslim terrorists mid-level commanders of the Islamic Jihad and Hamas terror groups.

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Some of the buildings were housing weapons.

Among the targets: rockets launchers, terror tunnel shafts, Hamas and Islamic Jihad weapons manufacturing factories, Islamic Jihad compound and command center located inside a mosque, Hamas weapons depots.

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The IDF is currently widening its air strikes and began moving tanks toward the Gaza border, preparing for an escalation that will last a number of days.

The IAF destroyed underground infrastructure for making rockets, leading to secondary explosions from the explosive materials.

The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry says ten ‘innocent civilians’, including a pregnant woman and a toddler have been killed since Friday afternoon, when the current flareup with Israel began after an IDF officer and a female soldier were wounded by Muslim terrorists who opened fire, leading to a retaliatory strike by the IDF. 

The IDF confirmed the death of a pregnant woman and toddler, however, the Islamic Jihad was responsible for a rocket that fell on a Gazan home in a jihadi workplace accident, killing Saleh Abu Arar and Saba Abu Arar.

Three of the eliminated terrorists have been identified as members of the Hamas terror group and three others as members of Islamic Jihad.

Four of the Muslim terrorists were eliminated in the strikes that followed the shooting attack on Friday.

In a joint statement, Hamas and the Iranian-backed Islamic Jihad terror groups threatened to increase the range of the rockets launched at Israel.