After four IDF soldiers were injured along the Israeli-Gazan border on Saturday afternoon, Israeli fighter jets attacked a total of 18 Hamas targets in Gaza. “The IDF holds Hamas accountable for this incident and its consequences,” the IDF spokesperson explained on Twitter.
Watch: Damage caused by rocket in Israeli community (Video Credit: Photo Credit: Adi Meiri, Spokesperson Shaar HaNegev Regional Council)
Israeli fighter jets continued to target Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip early Sunday morning after eight targets were attacked late Saturday night. The Israeli Air Force struck a total of 18 targets in Gaza, including an attack tunnel in al-Zaytun Quarter and a weapons production factory in Khan Yunis.
The escalation along Israel’s southern border with Gaza began when an explosive device was detonated on Saturday afternoon near the border as an IDF patrol was in the area. Four soldiers were wounded. Two of them suffered serious injuries. In response, IDF tanks struck two observation posts near the border.
A few hours later, a rocket siren was sounded in the Israeli border communities after a rocket was fired from Gaza. The rocket hit a house in a Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council community but failed to explode. The incident occurred while the family was inside the house. None of the family members were injured but damage was caused to the home.
The Gaza Strip Photo Credit: Kobi Richter/TPS
Early Sunday morning, several rocket sirens were activated in the area. However, the IDF stated that these sirens were false alarms.
Earlier this evening , in response to the IED that wounded 4 IDF soldiers near the S Gaza Strip, IAF fighter jets struck 8 more Hamas military targets near Deir al-Balah, including weapons manufacturing infrastructure. In total, 18 Hamas military objectives were targeted tonight
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) February 18, 2018
Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum released a statement in light of the situation, saying that the group holds Israel fully responsible for the escalation. Another Hamas spokesperson told Arab news agencies that the organization “does not intend to forfeit its duty to protect the people in Gaza.”
Meanwhile, the IDF stressed that it considers Hamas responsible for escalating violence. “The IDF holds Hamas accountable for this incident and its consequences,” the IDF spokesperson said in a statement. “The IDF is determined to provide the civilians of Israel safety and security and will do so.”
— Jonathan Conricus (@LTCJonathan) February 17, 2018