Two Air Strikes in Response to Rockets

Ad Feedback - GAZA STRIP - The Israel Air Force (IAF) targeted two Hamas posts in the Gaza Strip early Monday in response to weekend rocket attacks.

IAF aircraft hit a Hamas security facility in Khan Younis in southern Gaza and also destroyed a rocket-launching pad in northern Gaza early Monday morning. No one was injured in either strike.

Both air strikes were in retaliation for Palestinian rocket attacks over the weekend.

In a separate incident, an Islamic Jihad terrorist died overnight Sunday when IDF (Israel Defense Forces) troops opened fired, detonating his explosives belt, as he attempted to cross the border.

Islamic Jihad confirmed the report in a statement faxed to reporters, which said he had been dispatched to attack an IDF patrol along the Gaza border.

Over the weekend, a Kassam rocket exploded in a kibbutz parking lot in Sha'ar Hanegev region, heavily damaging two vehicles.

Later, a Grad-type Katyusha rocket hit the coastal city of Ashkelon, where a low-level emergency status remains in place, two weeks after Operation Cast Lead, municipality spokeswoman Anat Wienstein-Berkovits said.

No one was injured in the attack.

"We thought this [rocket attacks] would continue," Ashkelon Deputy Mayor Shlomo Cohen said. "Whoever believed Operation Cast Lead would end the rockets in one fell swoop is beginning to understand that the reality is different," he said.

In the two weeks since the cease-fire was announced, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have fired more than 35 Kassam rockets, mortar shells and Grad Katyusha missiles on southern Israel, an IDF official said.

Meanwhile, despite the continuing rocket fire, Israel has opened the border crossings to transfer humanitarian aid to Gaza residents.

Truckloads of meat and dairy products, eggs, flour, sugar and rice, cooking oil, and nearly 2,000 tons of grain have been delivered to the Strip.

The Nahal Oz Fuel Depot transferred nearly 800,000 liters of diesel fuel.

According to IDF Major Peter Lerner, more than 77,000 tons of humanitarian aid and nearly 570,000,000 liters of fuel for the Gaza power station have been delivered since January 18.

Sources: YNet, Haaretz, israel national news

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