Escalation in the south: The IDF struck at least 150 Hamas targets in Gaza since Wednesday night, targeting terrorist training compounds as well as weapons factories and storage warehouses.
“Among the sites targeted were a weapons manufacturing and storage facility, a complex used for the Hamas’ naval force, and a military compound used for rocket launching experiments,” IDF Spokesperson said in a statement. “Additionally, five training camps were targeted, as well as a main warehouse and a meeting point used by the senior commanders of the Khan Younis Brigade.
“The strike was conducted in response to the rockets launched from Gaza at Israel throughout the night. We are determined to secure the safety of Israelis, we’re on high alert and prepared for a variety of scenarios. Hamas is responsible and bears the consequences for the ongoing events,” the IDF Spokesperson added.
At least 180 rockets were fired at southern Israel by Gaza terrorists overnight through Thursday morning.
The Iron Dome air defense system intercepted 25 rockets that were headed for heavily populated areas in the region, the IDF said. The Israel Air Force also struck a vehicle being used by terrorists to launch rockets at southern Israel, according to the military.
Most of the rockets landed in open areas, but those than reached their targets did a great deal of damage to homes and vehicles in Jewish communities. Nearly a dozen Israelis suffered physical injuries, and many more were traumatized as well.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is holding meetings with Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot, ISA Chief Nadav Argaman and National Security Advisor Meir Ben Shabbat in an emergency situation assessment and to decide on the next step.
Meanwhile, the IDF has begun to deploy additional Iron Dome aerial defense batteries around major Israeli cities in the south in preparation for a possible further escalation.
[Source: The Jewish Press]