Israel retaliates against rocket fire with Gaza airstrike

Saul Bowman
December 12, 2017

According to the press release, in response to rocket attacks on Israeli territory, a tank and air force aircraft attacked Hamas military posts in the northern Gaza Strip.

The Gazan health ministry, which is controlled by the Hamas terrorist group, identified the two dead men Tuesday as Hussein Nasrallah and Mustafa a-Sultan, members of the engineering unit of the Islamic Jihad's Jerusalem Brigades (Saraya al-Quds).

However apex leaders in Hamas has also declared a new "intifada" in the wake of US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The rocket, fired at about 11:30 p.m., triggered early warning sirens in Ashkelon, the Lachish region and in the area around the Gaza Strip. Iron Dome air defense system intercepted the missile, and no one was hurt.

During the 2014 Gaza war, Hamas militants launched surprise attacks from tunnels that crossed under Israel's security fence and into Israel.

Speaking shortly after it was cleared for publication that the IDF had uncovered a cross-border terror tunnel near the Gaza Strip border, GOC Southern Command Maj. The rocket was intercepted by an Iron Dome anti-missile battery.

The circumstances of the incident, which occurred near Gaza's northern border with Israel, were initially unclear. "The IDF holds Hamas responsible for these aggressive acts originating from the Gaza Strip".

The tunnel destroyed on Sunday ran hundreds of meters into Israeli territory and, though unfinished, was a new project that showed "a significant effort by Hamas", military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus told reporters.

In retaliation, Israel targeted a number of Hamas positions, killing two Hamas terrorists.

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