IDF bombs 20 Hamas targets, including a cross-border terror tunnel in response to rocket fire
The IDF bombed 20 Hamas terror targets in Gaza, including another Hamas cross-border terror tunnel on Wednesday morning after a rocket launched by Muslim terrorists in Gaza, exploded in a home in Beer Sheva.
The IDF destroyed a Hamas terror tunnel in the Khan Yunis area in central Gaza. The tunnel crossed into Israeli territory and has been under IDF surveillance.
Additional strikes were carried out on a terror tunnel in Zeitun and a naval tunnel west of Khan Younis.
Israeli fighter jets bombed a number of weapons factories, military bases and other facilities connected to Hamas’s tunnel-building efforts.
The retaliatory strikes hit targets throughout Gaza in Rafah, Khan Younis, Tel al-Hawa, and in northern Gaza near Beit Lahiya.
Seven Israelis were treated for shock after the attack, including a 39-year-old mother and her three children aged 9, 10, and 12, who were in the house when it was hit.
In addition, three people were taken to the Soroka Medical Center in the city suffering from light bruising sustained when falling as they were running for shelter.
Another long-range rocket fired overnight landed in the sea near Tel Aviv.
The IDF said it held the Hamas terror group, which rules Gaza, responsible for the attack, regardless of which group specifically launched the rockets.
Additional rocket sirens sounded in southern Israel communities around 8:30 a.m. The IDF said it had struck a group of Muslim terrorists that attempted to fire a rocket towards Israel and that the sirens were activated during the incident.
The rocket attack is blamed on fringe elements of Hamas, who are opposed to the ‘moderate’ line of the terror group leader Yahya Sinwar and seem to be aimed to embarrass the Hamas leadership as Egyptian intelligence officials arrived for fresh talks in Gaza.
In a joint statement, Hamas and the Islamic Jihad terror groups publicly condemned the rocket attack.
The rocket fired at Beer Sheva was particularly powerful with a modified heavy warhead.
“There are only two organizations in Gaza that have this caliber of rocket: Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad,” said IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus. “It’s not hard to narrow down who’s behind it.”