IDF tanks, aircraft fire on Gaza after mortar attack

Army says Palestinian factions fired projectiles on military outpost.


A US M1 Abrams tank fires during the "Saber Strike" NATO military exercise in Adazi, Latvia, June 11, 2016.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

IDF tanks and aircraft fired towards four positions in the Gaza Strip Thursday after Palestinian Islamic Jihad fired about 12 mortar shells towards an army outpost earlier in the afternoon.

According to IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis, two of the targets hit by IDF fire belonged to Hamas while the other two belonged to Islamic Jihad. Hamas is nonetheless held responsible for this “severe attack.”

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot and the Head of the Southern Division and Intelligence met to discuss the incident and felt that no further restrictions should be imposed on the civilian population of the region.

Last month, the Islamic Jihad terror group vowed vengeance against Israel after 12 of its members were killed when the IDF blew up a tunnel they were digging that stretched under the Israel-Gaza border. In response to the threat, Israel placed protective Iron Dome batteries in central locations around the country.

“It is exactly 1 month since the IDF destroyed the tunnel and PIJ carried out their retaliation today,” Manelis added.

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