Several hours ago, in a joint ISA-IDF operation, the Israel Air Force struck a Hamas operated tunnel located on the Rafah Border in the Southern Gaza Strip. Secondary blasts were identified.
This specific tunnel was used to smuggle terrorists into the Gaza Strip so that they could execute attacks against Israeli civilians.
Since the beginning of the week, 14 rockets and mortars have been fired into Israel. Today, Wednesday, September 15th, 2010, one Qassam rocket and eight mortar shells hit the Eshkol Regional Council, making it the largest number of projectiles fired from the Gaza Strip in a single day since March 2009.
More than 150 rockets and mortars have been fired at Israeli territory since the beginning of 2010, and over 440 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel since the end of Operation Cast Lead.
The IDF remains committed to protecting the citizens of Israel and will continue to act against terror. The IDF holds Hamas solely responsible for any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip.