In the large-scale attacks, a Hamas terror tunnel was destroyed near the Kerem Shalom border crossing.

Two Israeli F-15s

Two Israeli F-15s Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The IDF has announced that dozens of terror targets were hit in multiple counterattacks on Tuesday after dozens of rockets and mortars were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip. The attacks from Gaza came in several salvoes.

The latest bombardment, which included four rockets, took place shortly before 3:00 PM. Two of the projectiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system. The other two fell in open areas near the border. No injuries have been reported on the Israeli side.

According to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, among the targets that were attacked by the Israeli fighter jets were six terror training camps where weapons were being stored, naval facilities and terror headquarters.

“As part of the attack, an attack tunnel belonging to the terrorist group Hamas in the Kerem Shalom border crossing area was neutralized,” the Israeli army explained. “This was a terror tunnel that began in the Gaza Strip, passed through Egypt and then crossed into Israeli territory.” The IDF added that the tunnel had two purposes: to transfer weapons to and from Egypt and to attack Israel. “This was the second neutralized tunnel in the Kerem Shalom border crossing area and the 10th since October,” the army added.

The military described that the mortar barrages as “serious” terror activity, adding that the projectiles were launched with the aim of harming civilians and children in Israel. “The Palestinian Islamic Jihad organization is a terrorist group guided by Iranian ideology and funding, and in the attacks today, [they] used weapons manufactured in Iran,” the IDF said.

Meanwhile, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman tweeted: “This afternoon, we attacked terror infrastructure, including an additional tunnel, throughout Gaza in a massive and powerful manner. Hamas and the Islamic Jihad are already paying a heavy price and the bill was only served to them today. We do not intend to let these attacks go unnoticed or tolerate them.”

Earlier today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented on the attacks from Gaza: “Israel will exact a heavy price from anyone who tries to attack it, and we view Hamas as responsible for preventing such attacks against us.”

Netanyahu reportedly met with intelligence and government officials at the Prime Minister’s Office in an emergency meeting to assess the situation. Liberman convened with the heads of the security establishment at the Kirya military and intelligence hub in Tel Aviv.

Meanwhile, in light of the attacks, the Eshkol Regional Council has instructed residents to remain in close proximity to bomb shelters until further notice and the Israeli army has ordered the immediate evacuation of Ashkelon’s Zikim Beach.