CBNNews.com - Day seven of Israel's operation in the Gaza Strip began with a pre-dawn air strike on houses belong to Hamas terror leaders.
One of the first to be targeted was the Jabalya residence of Muhammad Maatuk, a known terrorist, whose house doubled as a weapons warehouse, explosives lab and also housed an entrance to an arms smuggling tunnel.
In an effort to minimize casualities, residents were given sufficient time to evacuate the house, Palestinian sources reported.
Two people were killed and 12 wounded in the strike.
On Friday afternoon, the IAF hit the home of Atef Adwan, former minister of prisoner affairs, also known for his involvement in terror activities.
Other targets included the headquarters of Izz al-Din al-Qassam, the military wing of Hamas; a truck transporting anti-aircraft missiles; smuggling tunnels in the Philadelphi corridor at the border with Egypt; rocket launch sites, weapons warhouses and explosive labs.
"The IDF will continue to attack any target used for terrorist activity and will not hesitate to strike those involved in terrorism against the citizens of the State of Israel, even if they deliberately choose to operated from locations of religious or cultural significance," a statement from the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) Spokesperson's Office read.