IDF fighter jets, tanks striking Hamas terror targets in Gaza in response to heavy rocket fire
Israeli fighter jets and tanks targeted at least 20 Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror groups sites in Gaza in a series of ground and air strikes in response to a massive barrage of rocket and mortar fire from Muslim terrorists in Gaza.
According to Arab reports, at least 3 Hamas terrorists were eliminated in the strikes.
According to the IDF, approximately half of the targets were located in northern Gaza, including terror facilities and observation posts. The other half were located in southern Gaza.
“In addition, a number of rocket-launching cells were attacked,” the IDF says in a statement.
“The IDF is continuing at this time to attack terror sites throughout Gaza,” the IDF added.
Over 200 rockets were fired by Muslim terrorists on Monday afternoon at civilians in southern Israel. Rockets launched from Gaza hit houses in Sderot, Netivot, and Ofakim.
A number of them have been intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system.
A 19-year-old IDF soldier was seriously injured after an anti-tank missile from Gaza struck a bus next to him. Doctors are working to stabilize his condition.
“God loves you”, the Israeli-Arab bus driver said while being treated for shock. “I just left 50 soldiers from the bus. A minute later the bus was hit. 60 seconds earlier and you would have had 50 dead soldiers”, he added.
Rockets landed in the city of Sderot Netivot and Ofakim. A rocket also hit a home in Ashkelon causing a fire to break out.
Seven people are lightly injured from a rocket strike in the southern town of Sderot.
Firefighters are working to extinguish a blaze in Sderot that was caused by a gas leak ignited by a rocket from Gaza.
A rocket hit a house in Netivot, killing the family dog.
Residents in southern Israel, including Ashdod, Ashkelon and Beer Sheva were instructed to remain near shelters and protected areas.
As a part of an undercover very complex rescue mission, IDF Special Forces entered 2 miles into Gaza in a civilian vehicle on Sunday evening.
IDF Lieutenant Colonel ‘M’ was killed and another officer was moderately wounded in a fire exchange that erupted between the IDF force conducting the mission and Hamas terrorists late Sunday night.
At least seven Muslim terrorists, including a Hamas leader in the Khan Yunis area, were eliminated. All the eliminated terrorists are part of the Hamas terror group armed wing Izz ad-Din al-Qassam, whose sole mission is to murder Jews.
According to Arab reports, the vehicle was destroyed by the IAF after the troops were extracted from the area.
Lt. Col. M was the most senior soldier killed in Gaza since the 2014 Operation Protective Edge.
The Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson’s Unit said about the lieutenant colonel that “His actions will not be published in the media but he deserves our salute. His actions led to Israel having superiority over its enemies.”