IAF Responds to Mortar Fire in Gaza Strip
18 August 2010 , 10:20
IAF struck terrorirsm tunnels in the Gaza Strip
In Response to Mortar Fire Causing Injuries to IDF Soldiers, IAF Targets Smuggling Tunnels, Weapons Manufacturing Site and Terror Tunnel in Gaza Strip . Archive Photo: IDF Spokesperson
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In Response to Mortar Fire Causing Injuries to IDF Soldiers, IAF Targets Smuggling Tunnels, Weapons Manufacturing Site and Terror Tunnel in Gaza Strip

In response to mortar shells fired at Israel and injuring two IDF soldiers during the last 24 hours, the Israeli Air Force struck a weapons manufacturing site in the southern Gaza Strip, two weapons-smuggling tunnels and a terrorism tunnel, tunnels which lead to Israel and are used in kidnapping attempts, for example, in the central Gaza Strip Tuesday night (Aug. 17). The mortar shells fired at Israel had hit the Eshkol Regional Council, the same area where IDF soldiers thwarted an attempted attack by Islamic Jihad militants on Monday (Aug. 15).

The IAF forces returned to their bases unharmed.

Over 115 rockets and mortars have been fired at Israel since the beginning of 2010, and over 400 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel since the end of Operation Cast Lead.

The IDF is ever committed to protecting the citizens of Israel and will continue to act against terror. The IDF holds Hamas responsible for any terrorist activities in the Gaza Strip and for keeping the area quiet.