SOUTHERN GAZA STRIP – Following a rocket attack by Gaza-based Palestinians, Israel Air Force (IAF)sorties targeted the terror infrastructure in Rafah, Khan Younis and Gaza City.
The Kassam attack occurred as Gianni Alemanno, the mayor of Rome, was touring Sderot with Noam Shalit, the father of kidnapped Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Cpl. Gilad Shalit.
"Islamic Fundamentalism Problem for Entire Western World"
The mayor accompanied Shalit to the site of the attack, where he told reporters he does “not envy” life under the daily threat of Palestinian rocket fire.
“(Islamic) fundamentalism is the problem of the entire Western world, not only Israel’s,” the mayor said.
One woman, who sustained light shrapnel wounds, was evacuated to Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon. Several residents were treated for shock at the scene. The explosion damaged a number of buildings in the area.
Hamas, the Palestinian faction controlling the Gaza Strip, said recently they were limiting rocket attacks on southern Israeli communities to avoid IAF counterattacks, especially on the tunnels at the border with Egypt.
During Operation Cast Lead, the IDF’s three-week military incursion in the Gaza Strip last January, the air force destroyed approximately half of the arms smuggling tunnels.
Hamas Rebuilt Tunnels
In the months since the operation, Hamas has rebuilt many of them, now estimated at about 300.
Last Friday, Egyptian security forces, patrolling the border with Gaza in northern Sinai, discovered nearly 300 Kassam rockets and 80 mortar shells, along with machine guns and ammunition, land mines, grenades, and anti-tank missiles, waiting to be smuggled through the tunnels to Palestinians in the Strip.
Source: YNet news