The IDF said Thursday evening that Israelis living north of the Gaza Strip can return to their normal lives after a series of strikes in Gaza. The army will, however, beef up its security in the area and will remain on high alert for the time being.

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The IDF says it does not want an escalation of tensions following a series of strikes on several Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Thursday.

“We’ve hit the targets successfully,” stated the IDF’s Southern Command. “Hopefully the situation can return to normal as quickly as possible.”

Until then, though, the army will remain on heightened alert in the area. Schools will be open on Friday, but security forces will be accompanying students on school rides in order to increase the feeling of security.

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Earlier, the IDF Spokesperson stated that the mortar attack on IDF soldiers near the northern Gaza border was carried out by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in response to the IDF’s demolition of a terror tunnel early in November.

According to Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis, the IDF knows the names of the perpetrators and that they belong to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, though it still holds Hamas responsible.