IDF Foils Rocket Attack From Gaza After 7 Missiles Fall On Israel
October 23, 2012
Second IAF Air Strike Targets Rocket Firing SquadFor the second time in several hours, IAF aircraft hit a terror squad making final preparations to launch a rocket at southern Israel. By Elad Benari First Publish: 10/24/2012, 1:02 AM
IAF Counterstrike (Gaza) Flash 90
For the second time in several hours, IAF aircraft targeted on Tuesday night a terror squad in northern Gaza, as it was making final preparations to launch a rocket at southern Israel.
According to a statement by the IDF Spokesperson's Unit, a direct hit was identified at the terrorists and the rocket attack was thwarted.
"The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli citizens and IDF soldiers and will continue to operate against anyone who operates terror against Israel," said the statement.
The latest air strike, shortly after midnight local time on Tuesday night, took place about an hour and a half after another terror squad was hit as it was preparing to launch rockets at Israel. In this attack, as well, direct hits were identified.
The air strikes came after terrorists from Gaza fired seven rockets at Israel earlier in the evening. The rockets came in three rounds – with one round landing in one town in the Eshkol Regional Council, a second round landing in another town, and the third round landing in an open area.
No one was injured and no damaged was reported in any of the attacks.
Tuesday night's attacks were a continuation of what appeared to be an escalating deterioration of the security situation in southern Israel.
An IDF officer was wounded Tuesday morning when an explosive device blew up during an IDF exercise in the Gaza border area. The officer was flown by helicopter to Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva, where he was declared by doctors to be in serious condition, with his life in danger. The officer's condition was little-changed Tuesday night.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu promised a "hard response" after the attack which wounded the officer.
"We will fight and we will hit them [Hamas] very, very hard – very hard. That's the only way to fight them. The way to fight terror is to fight terror, and that we shall do with great force," the Prime Minister told visiting Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev