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Sunday, October 28, 2018
IDF strikes over 80 targets in Gaza amid flare-up
Israeli Air Force aircraft
struck dozens of terror sites across the Gaza Strip early Saturday in response
to some 39 rockets launched into Israel from Gaza, in the heaviest exchange of
fire since August.
Despie recent reports that
Egypt has forged understandings between Israel and Hamas, 18 Code Red rocket
alert sirens sounded on Friday night and Saturday morning in Gaza border
Out of the 39 rockets launched into Israel, the Iron Dome missile defense
system intercepted 17. Two rockets landed inside the Gaza Strip and the rest
landed in open areas in Israel. This was the heaviest barrage of rockets since
early August, when 150 rockets were fired in
Dome intercepts rockets
On Saturday morning, the
Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the rocket fire.
"The enemy must understand
that the resistance will not accept the equations it imposes, based on killing
from their side and silence on our side.
The IAF struck dozens of terror
sites across the Gaza Strip in response to nearly 40 rockets launched into
Israel from Gaza. One of the targets destroyed was a building that served as
Hamas' general security headquarters in Gaza's al-Daraj neighborhood.
Among the targets attacked were two main arms manufacturing sites
in Al Atatra and the Netzarim area; a tunnel shaft in Khan Yunis; five military
complexes in Khan Yunis, Deir al-Balah, Tel al-Zaatar and Jabaliya; an
integrated training complex in Rafah; and an observation post in Beit Lahia.
The IDF Spokesperson's Office
said in a statement that it “gravely views the rocket attack tonight (Friday)
against Israeli communities. The attacks are carried out in a terror-enabling
atmosphere led by Hamas near the border fence, which led terror groups in the
strip to carry out tonight’s attack.”
The Coordinator for Government
Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Maj. Gen. Kamil Abu Rokon, said in
Arabic "Tonight the terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip fired mortar
shells towards the Erez Crossing and hit the ambulances' entrance."
"How low could the terror
organizations in Gaza go when striking the passage of the ambulances at the
Erez Crossing, a crossing through which children in need of medical care enter
Israel every day?" he continued.
"The terror organizations
do not feel sorry for you, residents of the Gaza Strip. They have not even a
drop of compassion for babies, the elderly, and the poor patients among you.
These terror organizations harm you first and foremost," Rokon added.
On Friday, at least 16,000 Palestinians gathered
at five locations along Gaza border fence, burning tires and throwing rocks,
grenades and firebombs at Israeli troops who responded with tear gas and
occasional live fire.
Five Palestinians were killed
Friday in the border riots.