This morning, the Israeli Air Force bombed several bomb launching sites in Gaza near the Nuseirat Refugee Camp in response to terrorists shooting over the border on Friday.
According to news reports, the IAF struck a bomb factory and a tunnel used by terrorists to cross into Israel around 3AM. Palestinian officials say seven were injured and at least one died of injuries from the strike. Palestinian News outlets claim Israel bombed the refugee camp itself and injured several children. The official IDF statement said that two tunnels in the Gaza Strip were destroyed as were three weapon manufacturing facilities with “direct hits”.
On Friday, Palestinians linked to the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) opened fire on a Golani brigade in the area. Staff Sgt. Netanel Moshiashvili, an IDF solider, was killed in the ensuing firefight as was the instigator of the incident, Ahmed Abu Nasser. Nasser was tasked with the mission of capturing an Israeli soldier who could be used as a bargaining chip to get more Palestinians released from Israeli prisons. The IAF struck launching sites in Gaza in response once Nasser was confirmed to be shot dead.
On Sunday morning, a terrorist crossed the border and a missile launching cell linked to the PRC launched a rocket into Israel that landed in an open area in the Eshkol region near the town of Sderot. The attack on Friday was traced back to Islamic Jihad, who has been embroiled in a conflict with Hamas for control of the Gaza Strip. Hamas denied any connection to the incidents over the weekend.
Hamas reacted to this morning’s strike by blaming Israel and insisting that it has the right to attack Israeli civilians in response. Ismail Radwan, a Hamas spokesperson, said that “Israel is trying to incite against the Gaza Strip” and is looking for excuses to attack.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday following the first strike that Israel would continue to use air strikes against terrorists “as long as necessary”. The constant air strikes helped end the Second Intifada that left thousands of Israelis and Palestinians dead and wounded and has kept the country reasonably safe for the last several years.