Target likely additional tunnel located by IDF; Several rockets fired into Israel from Gaza Wednesday; IDF: The IDF will continue and will proceed with all the tools at its disposal above and below the ground to thwart attempts to harm Israeli citizens. Jan. 4. 2018.
The Israel Air Force retaliated to rocket fire on Israel from the Gaza Strip overnight, the IDF reporting that it had hit a “significant terror infrastructure”.
Rockets were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, the IDF carrying out airstrikes in retaliation. It confirmed the strikes in a statement following “In response to the 3 rockets fired at southern Israeli communities throughout yesterday from Gaza, IAF fighter jets targeted a significant terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip… We are prepared and ready for a range of scenarios and we will act against every attempt to violate Israeli sovereignty.”
The infrastructure is being reported to be a tunnel, the IDF not giving specifics on the mission carried out, just that it would continue and “will proceed with all the tools at its disposal above and below the ground to thwart attempts to harm Israeli citizens.”
The IDF last discovered a tunnel from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory in December of 2017. The terror tunnel ran from the city of Khan Younis into Israel, the IDF destroying the tunnel during escalation and clashes on the border between Hamas militants and IDF forces.
The tunnel, which the IDF confirmed belonged to Hamas, was the second tunnel destroyed in the past month. The IDF had detected and destroyed a tunnel in October of 2017 around the same time the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) also reported that it had also discovered of a Hamas tunnel under one of its schools in the Gaza Strip.
The IDF was able to locate the tunnel from recent technology implemented along the underground barrier being built on the border with the Strip, confirming at the time “Locating two terror tunnels in recent weeks is an operational success based on advanced technology, attesting to a rise in the level of the tools developed and used by the IDF.”
The underground barrier on the border with Gaza is Israel’s third defense barrier to be constructed on the border. The first barrier was constructed post-Oslo Accords in 1994, the second following the disengagement from the Strip in 2005. During the disengagement, over 8,500 Israeli, Jewish citizens were pulled from their homes as an effort for resuming peace negotiations with the Palestinians. The Gaza Strip was then taken over by Hamas. Since then, Israel has been subject to rocket attacks and terror tunnels into Israeli territory for over a decade.
Photo: F-16 jet, Wikimedia Commons, 2017.