Israel strikes Gaza in response to Kassams


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Air Force bombed a Hamas weapons factory and two smuggling tunnels in Gaza in response to the firing of two Kassam rockets at Israel.

The retaliatory strikes early Tuesday morning were successful, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

No injuries or damage were reported when the Kassam rockets fell Monday night near a kibbutz, near the Nahal Oz border crossing with Gaza.

The rockets landed in Israel 48 hours after an announcement by Hamas that it had secured the agreement of all Gaza terror groups to halt rocket attacks on Israel.

More than 15 Kassam rockets and mortar shells have been fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip in the past month, according to the IDF. Some 270 rockets and shells were fired at Israel since the end of Operation Cast Lead on Jan. 18.

"The IDF will not tolerate any attacks by terror organizations against Israel and its citizens and will respond to any attempt to disrupt the peace in Israel’s South," the IDF spokesman said.

Meanwhile, Israeli media and news services reported that two Hamas terrorists were killed when the bomb they were building exploded in a building in Gaza City. Four others were reported injured in the incident.

The IDF could not confirm the reports.

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