IDF pummels Hamas targets in Gaza in response to rocket attacks

Israel Destroys Hamas Tunnel from Gaza into Territory
IDF Warns Hamas: Terror Tunnels will Become Your 'Death Trap'

12 December, 2017

At the end of October the IDF destroyed a tunnel built by Palestinian Islamic Jihad, killing twelve terrorists from both PIJ and Hamas.

Shortly afterward, an Israeli tank responded by bombarding a Hamas military position in the northern Gaza Strip, the military said.

Two Palestinians were Tuesday killed, while others injured, in an Israeli strike in the town of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip.

Smoke was seen rising from the Gaza Strip, where the area where the attack was reported to have taken place.

Tensions along Israel's border with the Gaza Strip flared up Monday, capping a week of rocket fire at Israel by terror groups and responses in turn from the army.

The move, which Israel believes Hamas was responsible for, was dubbed "aggressive acts" by the IDF.

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It also came as Palestinian factions tried to meet Sunday's deadline for an Egyptian-mediated handover of Gaza by Hamas to Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas after a decade's schism.

"The IDF (Israel Defence Forces) will continue to discover, expose and demolish these terror tunnels", he said. A third rocket was shot down by Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system.

In addition to the missile found in the kindergarten, another hit a Sderot street, causing damage to nearby cars and a house, officials said late Friday. The group vowed revenge on Sunday.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, told reporters that Israel had used a new set of "tools" developed since a 2014 war with Hamas in order to destroy the tunnel.

Hamas last week called for a new intifada against Israel and urged Palestinians to confront soldiers and settlers, allowing thousands of Gazans to confront Israeli troops at the Gaza border fence in recent days.

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