Israeli military strikes Gaza in retaliation for mortar fire

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s military struck Gaza twice in response to rocket attacks.

Israel Air Force planes launched two separate attacks on Gaza Thursday morning in response to mortar fire at Israeli soldiers patrolling near the Israel-Gaza border fence.

Following the first attack early on Thursday, the IDF hit a group of terrorists about to launch more mortars, the army spokesperson said in a statement. Several hours later the IDF announced a second strike on what it called a “terror site.”

“This ongoing conflict that we are facing on a daily basis cannot be endured by Israeli civilians,” IDF Spokesman Lt.-Col. Peter Lerner said in a statement. “It is the IDF’s obligation to operate to the best of its abilities to prevent such malicious terroristic intentions from terrorizing Israeli civilians and assaulting IDF soldiers. We will continue in our activities to deter all threats originating from the Gaza Strip.”

Israeli farmers were warned Thursday not to work any land located within one kilometer of the Gaza border, Haaretz reported.

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