JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Air Force struck two tunnels in Gaza in response to mortar shells fired at Israel.
Direct hits were identified late Tuesday night in the northern and southern Gaza Strip on tunnels located about one mile from the security fence separating Israel from the strip, according to an Israel Defense Forces statement. The statement said the tunnels were intended for infiltrating into Israel to carry out terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers.
The strikes were carried out in response to the firing of two mortar shells from Gaza that hit the Ashkelon Shore Regional Council earlier Tuesday, according to the IDF..
Four rockets and mortars fired from Gaza have hit Israel in the past week. About 50 rockets have been fired at Israeli territory since the beginning of 2010.
Also Tuesday, Palestinian terrorists blew up a bomb planted on a donkey cart near the northern Gaza border fence. It likely was meant to kill Israeli soldiers on patrol along the border in the area.