IDF: Air Force kills Gazan who planned Sinai border attack
20.06.2012 09:07 |
The Israeli Air Force attacked and killed a global jihad terrorist in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah on Wednesday. The IDF said the man was one of the planners of the terrorist attack that emanated from the Sinai Peninsula on Monday.
The air strike was a joint operation of the Air Force and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), who said the killing was a confirmation of the declaration of responsibility issued Tuesday by the previously unknown global jihad organization.
The defense establishment is particularly concerned with the development and growing presence of global jihad and al-Qaida-affiliated organizations in the Gaza Strip, some of which are made up of former Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas members. Others, it said, come from Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
Hamas said the man was Ghalib Rmelat, a member of Palestinian Islamic Jihad's Al-Quds Brigades.
Moments before the airstrike, Palestinian terror groups fired six rockets from the Gaza Strip into the Eshkol region of southern Israel. Four of the rockets landed inside a farming village and two exploded in an open field. Hamas's military wing, the Izzadin a-Kassam Brigades, claimed responsibility for the rocket fire.
Police said that no one was injured. Three women were suffering shock from the rocket and that the rocket caused damage to buildings and sparked a fire.
Since midnight Wednesday morning, Palestinians have fired 19 rockets into southern Israel. Seventeen of the rockets landed int he Negev region and two in Lachish, police said.
Earlier Wednesday morning, Palestinian terror groups fired a Grad rocket into Israeli territory that exploded in the Bnei Shimon region near Beersheba. The rocket exploded in an open area, causing no injuries or damage. Shortly after, three Kassam rockets exploded in open areas in the Eshkol region.
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