Israeli Air Force strikes northern Gaza

Two terrorists killed en route to attack

Aaron Kalman is a former writer and breaking news editor for the Times of Israel

An Israel Air Force F-15 (photo credit: Ofer Zidon/Flash90)
An Israel Air Force F-15 (photo credit: Ofer Zidon/Flash90)

The Israeli Air Force killed two members of the Islamic Jihad near Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, on Monday morning.

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IDF spokesperson Lt.-Col. Avital Leibovich said the airstike was unrelated to an earlier attack in the south of Israel, near the Egyptian border, during which Said Fashafsha, an Israeli citizen, and at least two terrorists were killed. Early in the morning a terror cell crossed into Israel from Sinai and attacked two cars with construction workers on their way to build the border fence. The IDF closed down the area as it made sure no terrorists remained in Israel. Two members of the cell may have fled back to Sinai.

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Planes struck targets in Gaza late Sunday night, too, a day after three mortar shells were shot at troops patrolling near the Gaza border. Palestinian sources reported the injury of five people. The planes hit a military training center in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, near Rafah, and a site said to be related to terror activities near the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City.

Leibovich said that so far in 2012 282 rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza, 10 since the beginning of the month.

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