More than 40 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip landed in Israel on Wednesday prompting multiple Israel Air Force strikes on terror targets in the coastal territory.
The hostilities continued amid reports that Egypt was attempting to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, which has taken responsibility for some of the rocket fire.
The IDF’s Iron Dome rocket defense system on Wednesday intercepted the first rocket in the recent escalation in the past three days. The system intercepted a rocket in the Netivot area.
Palestinians have fired over 80 rockets into Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip since Monday. The latest IDF response came Wednesday evening when the IAF struck two terror camps in the northern Gaza Strip.
Early in the day on Wednesday, the Israeli Air Force attacked and killed a global jihad terrorist in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah. The IDF said the man was involved in the terrorist attack that emanated from the Sinai Peninsula on Monday. One of the central planners of the attack was seriously injured.
The air strike was a joint operation of the Air Force and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), who said the killing was a confirmation of the declaration of responsibility issued Tuesday by the previously unknown global jihad organization.
The defense establishment is particularly concerned with the development and growing presence of global jihad and al-Qaida-affiliated organizations in the Gaza Strip, some of which are made up of former Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas members. Others, it said, come from Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt.