The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have staged an attack on Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip, using tanks and fighter jets, local media report. The IDF claims it is retaliation for a mortar shelling of an Israeli outpost by another militant group.
The Israeli security forces stopped several train lines in the area, as well as ordering all local farmers to evacuate, according to media reports, which add that work on the border fence was also halted.
The attacks follow a mortar shelling of an Israeli outpost, which the IDF said was carried out by Islamic Jihad. “We know exactly who shot, on a personal level, their names,” IDF Spokesman Ronen Manelis said, as cited by local media.
Between 10 and 12 shells landed in the area near the outpost but no one was hurt, according to reports. IDF tanks and warplanes then attacked four Hamas positions near the town of Beit Hanoun located in the northeastern part of the Gaza Strip. Israel says Islamic Jihad is affiliated with Hamas.
In late October, the IDF blew up a tunnel stretching from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory. Six militants were killed in the blast, including Islamic Jihad’s field commander in Central Gaza and his senior associate, as well as two Hamas fighters.