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Tags: Israel | Hamas | Gaza Strip

Israel Targets Terrorist 'Infrastructure' in Gaza

By    |   Wednesday, 12 February 2014 01:14 PM EST

The Israeli military said it struck two terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip early Tuesday in response to rocket fire coming from the Hamas-ruled territory the previous day.

The Israeli Air Force raids targeted  what the military said were two terrorist sites, one of them an underground rocket launcher in central Gaza.

The raids “targeted sites that were part of the infrastructure used to terrorize Israel and its civilians,” said Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israel Defense Forces  (IDF) spokesman.

Lerner said Israel “would continue to act against the threats emanating from Hamas’ Gaza Strip,” Israel Hayom reported.

No Israelis or Palestinians were reported injured in the rocket attacks or retaliatory strikes. 

On Sunday, the Shin Bet and the Israel Air Force launched what they said was a targeted strike aimed at a terrorist responsible for a series of rocket attacks and ambushes.

Abdallah Kharti, a member of the Hamas-linked Popular Resistance Committees who is also affiliated with a global jihadist network, was critically injured in the attack, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Violence has spiked in recent weeks after a period of relative quiet that followed Operation Pillar of Defense, an-eight-day-long military campaign launched by Israel in November 2012 in an effort to wipe out rocket and missile firing sites in Gaza.

[Citing Arab media outlets, Israel National News reported last week that Hamas’ military wing had planned to retaliate for an earlier Israeli airstrike, but Hamas’ political leadership had called off the operation. But it is unclear whether this move is a sign of Hamas infighting or a calculated decision to tamp down on violence until Hamas believes it is ready to launch a larger-scale attack.]

Israeli military officials say that since the operation ended, Hamas has invested substantial resources in to building an elaborate network of underground  tunnels to move its fighters from location to location and to protect the group’s senior leadership from Israeli airstrikes.

IDF officials say that Hamas has invested substantially in producing its own M-75 rockets, which have a range of close to 50 miles and have the capability to reach Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and other targets in central  Israel, The Times of Israel reported.

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The Israeli military said it struck two terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip early Tuesday in response to rocket fire coming from the Hamas-ruled territory the previous day.
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