Palestinians Fire Kassams, Israel Hits Tunnels

Ad Feedback—JERUSALEM—Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) struck weapons smuggling tunnels in the Philadelphi Corridor between Egypt and Gaza Wednesday, after terrorists fired two Kassam rockets into Israel.  No injury or damage was reported.  Since Israel declared a cease fire on January 18th, the Iranian-backed Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups have fired nearly 70 rockets and mortars in an effort to kill both Israeli soldiers and civilians.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert declared the unilateral cease fire because he said all of Israel's goals in the Operation Cast Lead military campaign against Hamas in Gaza had been achieved.  But two of the stated goals—to end rocket attacks and to stop weapons smuggling through the tunnels—have yet to be realized.  Tunnel traffic has continued almost unabated since the end of Operation Cast Lead.  Israel and Egypt are still negotiating a longer-term truce involving open border crossings, and end to rocket fire and the return of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

In other incidents Wednesday, IDF soldiers stopped a potential stabbing attack when they found knives on two Palestinian men near Hebron, and security forces arrested a Palestinian carrying a pipe bomb near the West Bank city of Jenin.

Sources:  ynet news, The Jerusalem Post, The Israel Project

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