JERUSALEM (JTA) – Dozens of rockets and mortar shells were fired into southern Israel after Israel’s Air Force struck a terrorist squad in Gaza, killing one.
Residents of southern Israel’s Kibbutz Kerem Shalom, located at the border of Israel, Gaza and Egypt, were instructed to stay indoors after the start of the barrage on Sunday night.
Israeli tanks reportedly returned fire, aiming at launching areas inside Gaza, Palestinian sources reported, according to Israeli media.
The strike against the terrorist squad, announced by the Israel Defense Forces in a statement Sunday afternoon, targeted Global Jihad-affiliated terrorists.
The dead man was identified by Haaretz as Eyad Okel Hijazi, 22.
One of the squad members, Ahmed Sai’d Isma’il, was among those responsible for the execution of the June 18 terror attack adjacent to the Israel-Egypt border in which an Israeli civilian was killed, according to the IDF.
Sai’d was among several Global Jihad members who were planning to execute a terror attack against Israeli civilians via the Israel-Egypt border, the IDF said.
"Whoever intends to attack us must know that our long arm will find him," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement praising the operation.