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October 14, 2012 1:34 pm

Israeli Air Force Strikes Gaza Terror Cell Killing 2

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A house in Sderot hit by Qassam rocket. Photo: Oren Rosenfeld.

The Israeli Air Force struck a Gaza rocket launching crew moments after they launched an attack earlier today.

“This afternoon a terrorist squad fired a rocket from the central Gaza Strip at Israel and was targeted, moments following, by IAF aircraft. A hit was confirmed,” said the IDF in a release to reporters.

The IAF initiative is the 4th strike on Gaza terror infrastructure in the last 24 hour period, and comes as Israel moves to stem a recent uptick in rocket attacks. “Over 500 rockets have hit Israel since the beginning of 2012, over 40 in October alone,” said the IDF statement. Two rockets fired this morning from the Strip exploded in areas in the Eshkol Regional Council.

According to Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot citing “Palestinian sources”, one terror operative was killed instantly, and another terrorist died of his wounds in hospital. Two other were injured according to the report.

AFP provided more information on those killed in the strike naming them as Ezzedine Abu Nasira, 23, and Ahmad Fatayer, 22.

Israel has consistently held the Hamas terror organization responsible for all attacks on Israel emanating from Gaza. “The Hamas terror organization is solely responsible for any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip,” writes the IDF in its communiques.

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