A tense night was experienced by thousands of Israelis as dozens of rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli communities in the country’s southern region closest to the Gaza Strip. Over a dozen have been reported injured, with a foreign-worker in the country sustaining severe injuries and is being treated at an Israeli hospital.
The rise in rockets attacks, which began yesterday, also targeted a playground in Sderot during Israel’s school summer vacation.
The reality in Israel for the last 8 hours pic.twitter.com/CrcASE6c6h
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) August 9, 2018
In retaliation, IDF fighter jets targeted 12 terror sites in the Gaza Strip, including a tunnel-part and concrete factory, an offensive maritime terror tunnel shaft along the coast and several terror sites in military compounds throughout the Gaza Strip, among them rocket manufacturing facilities and a central logistical military complex.
A short while ago, IDF aircraft fired towards a vehicle used by a Gazan rocket launching squad to launch a rocket at Israeli territory pic.twitter.com/E7mLpaNB0d
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) August 8, 2018
The tunnel-part factory is a site which was intended to be used as a hotel, and was overtaken by the Hamas terror organization in 2012. The factory manufactures parts for offensive terror tunnels under civilian disguise.
The strike was conducted in response to the shots fired at civilian engineering vehicles earlier today, and in response to the multiple rockets launched from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory a short while ago.
The Hamas terror organization continues to target IDF troops and security infrastructure as well as its terror efforts aiming to harm Israeli civilians.
The IDF spokesperson was quoted as saying, “The IDF views Hamas’ terror activity with great severity and is prepared for a wide variety of scenarios while continuing to fulfill its mission to defend Israeli civilians“.