The Israeli Air Force, in a series of “precision strikes,” targeted 34 terror sites in the Gaza Strip early Tuesday morning. The IDF confirmed that the strikes were carried out against terror infrastructure belonging to Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
The strikes came in response to a barrage of rocket attacks directed towards Israel by terrorists operating in the Strip. According to various reports, sites in Khan Younes, Rafah and Beit Iahia were struck. Palestinian media reported that four people were injured in the strikes.
“Following over 18 rockets which were fired at Israel since Sunday evening, IAF aircraft carried out a precision strike against 34 targets in the Gaza Strip,” the IDF said in a statement.
“The IDF will continue to act in order to restore the peaceful living to the civilians of the State of Israel. The Hamas terror organization and its extensions are solely responsible for any terror activities emanating from the Gaza Strip,” IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner stated.
Early Tuesday morning, a rocket landed in the Eshkol Regional Council, damaging cars and causing a fire close to a packaging plant. A second rocket landed in the Sdot Negev region, causing no damage.
The IAF operation in Gaza is the third such strike this week. Early Monday morning, following the firing of 16 rockets towards Israel, the IAF conducted targeted strikes against terrorist infrastructure in the Gaza Strip. On Sunday morning, air force planes struck 12 sites in Gaza in response to a barrage of rockets fired towards Israel over the weekend. Two of the rockets hit a paint factory in Sderot, setting off a massive fire.
Tuesday’s airstrikes came hours after the discovery of the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teens – Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16 – by Hamas terrorists in Judea. The boys were found half buried in a field outside the Palestinian village of Halhul, north of Hebron.
The bodies were found by volunteers combing the area around 5:30 p.m. Monday evening. The location of their remains is approximately 20 kilometers (12 miles) from where the teens were originally kidnapped.
Israel has stated that it hold Hamas, the terror organization ruling the Gaza Strip, responsible for the rocket attacks. Hamas has denied all responsibility of the attacks, claiming that it has not fired one single rocket towards Israel since Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012.