Israel strikes 87 Hamas terror group targets after 40 rockets over Friday night, Saturday morning
The IDF struck 87 Hamas terror group targets in Gaza over Friday night and Saturday morning, after 40 rockets were fired by Muslim terrorists from Gaza at civilians in southern Israel.
40 rockets were fired on southern Israel during Friday night and Saturday morning. Several residents of Israeli towns near the Gaza border suffered shock, and they were evacuated to hospital.
The Iron Dome system intercepted about 15 of them.
One rocket hit the area in which ambulances from Gaza park at the Erez humanitarian crossing, where Gaza patients wait to get treatment in Israel.
Dozens of fighter jets and IDF drones carried out retaliatory strikes in Gaza. Among the terror sites bombed include two major weapon manufacturing locations and five terror training compounds.
One of the targets destroyed was a building that served as Hamas’ general security headquarters in Gaza’s al-Daraj neighborhood.
Among the targets attacked were two main sites for the manufacture of advanced weapons in Al Atatra and the Netzarim area, a tunnel shaft in Khan Yunis, five military compounds in Khan Younis, Deir al-Balah, Tel al-Zaatar and Jabaliya, an integrated training compound in Rafah, and an observation post against aerial targets in Beit Lahia.
On Saturday morning, the Islamic Jihad terror group claimed responsibility for the rocket fire.
According to the IDF, the rocket fire from Gaza by the Islamic Jihad was directed by Syria and Iran. “What happened tonight in Gaza is directed from Damascus. We consider the Syrian regime and the Iranian Quds Force responsible,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said.
The IDF Spokesperson’s unit said in a statement that it “views with great severity the rocket attack tonight against Israeli communities. The attacks are carried out in a terror-enabling atmosphere led by Hamas near the border fence, which led terror groups in the Strip to carry out tonight’s attack.”
“Hamas bears responsibility for everything happening in and out of the Gaza Strip, and it will bear the consequences for the terrorist acts carried out against Israeli citizens. The IDF will act with great force against terrorist attacks of any kind from the Gaza Strip and see with severity the terror activity being led by the organizations. IDF is prepared for a variety of scenarios and is determined to continue its mission to protect the citizens of Israel,” the IDF Spokesperson’s unit added.
Following the barrages, the Home Front Command updated its instructions to the residents of the Gaza border communities. According to the new guidelines, residents should stay near protected spaces, and gatherings up to 500 people in a closed place and up to 100 people in an open space are permitted. In addition, farmers working in areas near the Gaza border fence must coordinate their work with the army.
As every Friday after mosque, 16,000 Hamas-sponsored terrorists rioted along the security border fence with Gaza. The terrorists burned tires, launched firebombs, explosive devices and attempted to infiltrate into Israel in order to murder Jews.
The Hamas-ruled health ministry in Gaza said 5 Muslim terrorists were shot and eliminated by IDF snipers during the riots and invasion attempts.