IDF Targets Iran-Backed Islamic Jihad Positions in Gaza Following Mortar Attacks

An Israeli Air Force fighter jet releases flares during an acrobatics display during a graduation ceremony in the Hatzerim air force base near the southern city of Beersheba, Israel, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
AP/Ariel Schalit

The Times of Israel reports: The Israeli Air Force on Monday afternoon conducted fresh strikes on two Palestinian Islamic Jihad positions in the central Gaza Strip, in response to a mortar attack by the terror group against an IDF post earlier in the day, the army said.

According to the Gaza Health Ministry, three Gazans were lightly wounded in the Israeli bombing. The additional airstrikes came even as the Israel Defense Forces said it was not looking to escalate the security situation in the Gaza and would only conduct further attacks in response to aggression by the terror group.

At approximately 2 p.m., operatives from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad launched 10 to 12 mortar shells at an Israeli military post northeast of the Gaza Strip. The attack appeared to be retaliation for the army demolishing the group’s attack tunnel, which stretched from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory, exactly a month ago, according to IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus.

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