In response to the firing of a rocket that hit an open territory near the city of Ashdod last night, the IAF targeted three terror activity sites in the central Gaza Strip and an additional weapons storage facility in the southern Gaza Strip. Direct hits were confirmed.
The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers, and will continue to operate with strength and determination against anyone who uses terror against the State of Israel. The Hamas terror organization is solely responsible for any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip.
UPDATE: Following the targeting of a Global Jihad affiliated-terrorist and an additional member, in a joint IDF-ISA activity, IAF aircraft targeted an additional terrorist squad affiliated with the Global Jihad terror movement, in the northern Gaza Strip. The squad was previously known to the IDF due to its attempt in carrying out a terror attack on the Israel-Egypt border. A direct hit was confirmed.
The terrorist squad included: Rami Daoud Jabar Khafarna, born 1984, a Global Jihad-affiliated terrorist from Jabalia. Khafarna is a former member of the Hamas military wing who is known to have taken part in firing rockets at Israel; Hazam Mahmad Sa’adi Al-Shakr, born 1985, a Global Jihad-affiliated terrorist from Beit Hanoun, is a former member of the Hamas terror organization. He has planted and detonated explosive devices against IDF soldiers, along the border with the Gaza Strip.