Air force pounds Hamas bases in response to rocket fire from Gaza

At least 20 Palestinians injured in Saturday morning strikes; IAF killed two terrorists on Friday

Smoke rises in Gaza after Israeli warplanes strike Hamas targets in June 2012. (photo credit: Majdi Fathi,@RichardDufek, Twitter)
Smoke rises in Gaza after Israeli warplanes strike Hamas targets in June 2012. (photo credit: Majdi Fathi,@RichardDufek, Twitter)

Israeli Air Force jets bombed three Hamas military bases in the Gaza Strip early Saturday morning. Palestinian sources reported that at least 20 people were injured in the airstrikes.

The IDF Spokesperson said the strikes against targets in northern and central Gaza came in response to the ongoing firing of rockets at Israel over the past several days.

Palestinian terrorists fired a total of six rockets at Israel on Friday, causing no damage or injuries. Twelve rockets hit Israel on Thursday, according to the spokesperson’s office.

Multiple IAF strikes carried out Friday against terrorists operating in the Strip killed two and injured at least four others.

One of those airstrikes came after at least three rockets were fired into Israel. According to Palestinian sources, the IAF targeted a motorcyclist driving northwest of Gaza City, killing him.

Earlier on Friday, a terrorist was killed and two others injured as they prepared to fire rockets into Israel near the al-Bureij refugee camp in the Strip, reported the IDF Spokesperson.

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Palestinian officials in Gaza reported that the terrorist killed in the strike on al-Bureij belonged to a pro al-Qaeda, fringe Salafist Islamist group, which Israel holds responsible for a deadly cross-border attack from Egypt’s Sinai on Monday, in which an Israeli civilian was killed.

A Gaza health official, Ashraf Al Kedra, confirmed the death and injuries in the refugee camp.

The latest escalation of rocket attacks from Gaza began Monday. Since then, more than 130 rockets and missiles have been fired into Israel. Israeli airstrikes on Gaza terrorist targets have since killed at least six Palestinians.

A Hamas spokesman said his organization would respond severely to any aggression on Israel’s part and rejected reports that a ceasefire had been reached between the sides.

On Thursday, Israeli Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor lodged a formal complaint with the Security Council and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon regarding the recent barrage of attacks from the Strip. He called on the international community to recognize Israel’s right to self-defense.

“So long as there are no quiet towns in southern Israel, Gaza won’t be quiet either,” Prosor said. He also protested what he said was the fact that Israel’s compliance with UN demands to allow aid into Gaza is met with rocket fire.

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