February 13th, 2009
In Response to Palestinian Rocket Fire: IAF Strikes Smuggling Tunnels and Terror Operative
In response to the two Qassam rockets and one mortar shell fired at Israeli cities this morning and the continuous firing of more than 40 rockets and mortars since the holding of fire on January 18th, the Israel Air Force (IAF) recently attacked targets in the Gaza Strip. IAF fighter planes hit four tunnels used for arms smuggling on the Gaza-Egypt border. Large secondary explosions were noticeable following part of the strikes, proving the presence of weapons and munitions.
East of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, the IAF attacked and identified hitting two terror operatives who were known to be planning a terror attack against Israeli civilians within Israeli territory. The two operatives are known to operate for a faction of the Global Jihad Movement.
Despite the ongoing rocket and mortar fire, 73 humanitarian aid trucks carrying medical aid, food and other commodities crossed into Gaza today via the Kerem Shalom Crossing. The Erez Crossing was open for the movement of journalists and civilians in need of urgent medical care.
As the sole authority in the Gaza Strip, Hamas bears full responsibility for all terror activities originating within its area of control.