Two Grad-type rockets land near Netivot
Three struck southern Israel on Thursday evening, IDF jets bombed smuggling tunnels in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for rocket and mortar shell attacks earlier in the day.
A Kassam rocket landed in the Sha’ar Hangev region, followed by two Grad-type rockets in Netivot – the first time long-range rockets were fired at the city since the end of Operation Cast Lead. All of the projectiles landed in open areas and did not cause any casualties or damage.
Hours earlier, the IAF carried out three air strikes along the Philadelphi Corridor, destroying six arms smuggling tunnels. The IDF said «large secondary explosions» followed the strikes, «proving the presence of weapons and munitions.»
Palestinians said that there were no casualties in the strikes.
Overnight Wednesday, Palestinians said that the IDF carried out operations in the northern Gaza Strip. Exchanges of fire were reportedly heard in the area.
The IDF said that the strikes came in response to continued rocket-fire on the South. An IDF statement said that four rockets and mortar shells were fired at the western Negev on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, bringing the total rockets fired since the end of Operation Cast Lead on January 18 to approximately 50.
On Thursday morning, meanwhile, IDF troops spotted a terrorist attempting to a bomb near Kerem Shalom under the cover of darkness and heavy fog. The soldiers shot and lightly wounded the Palestinian suspect after he ignored orders to stop.
The terrorist was arrested, and evacuated to Beersheba’s Soroka Hospital for medical treatment.
The IDF statement added that, despite continued terrorist fire from the Strip, 400,000 liters of fuel and approximately 130 trucks carrying had been scheduled to cross into Gaza later Thursday via the Kerem Shalom and Nahal Oz crossings.