IAF PILOTS DESTROY 3 GAZA SMUGGLER TUNNELS – RESPONSE TO MORE ATTACKS ON ISRAEL!
by Hana Levi Julian
The “tit-for-tat war of attrition” has resumed between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
PA Arab terrorists are increasing the number of daily attacks against Israeli drivers on the roads of Judea and Samaria, and Gaza terrorists have returned to lobbing one or two Kassam rockets at southern Israel at least several times a week — with the IAF retaliating by destroying a few smuggler tunnels in retaliation for each attack.
The latest attack came late Tuesday night when the Israel Air Force bombed three smuggler tunnels in southern Gaza, destroying all intended targets. All IDF personnel returned safely to base.
The air strike came as part of the government’s stated policy of immediate retaliation for any terror attack originating from Gaza.
One mortar was fired and two rockets were launched by Gaza terrorists at southern Israeli communities earlier Tuesday evening.
One Kassam rocket exploded in an open field belonging to Kibbutz Zikkim, in an area south of Ashkelon. The other rocket landed in the Eshkol region. A mortar shell was fired toward Ashkelon as well.
No one was injured in either attack, and there were no reports of property damage.
Also Tuesday night, Palestinian Authority Arabs hurled rocks at an Israeli bus traveling on the Gush Etzion road near the Judean city of Hevron. No one was injured in the attack.
In addition, Arab terrorists attacked Israeli civilians driving near the Gush Etzion tunnels on the same road. The firebombs hurled by the attackers missed the car, and the intended victims escaped injury, but the vehicle was slightly damaged by the explosions.
Binyamin Regional Council Director Avi Ro’eh told reporters Tuesday that a shooting attack that had taken place earlier in the day was the fourth such incident in the region in recent months.
“This attack is the direct result of the removal of security roadblocks,” he charged, “a move that has resulted so far, miraculously, only with injuries to Israelies. But we cannot base our defense policies on miracles,” he warned.
Unknown gunmen had ambushed an Israeli who was driving on the internal road that connects the Jewish communities of Shilo and Givat Shilo, in the Binyamin region north of Jerusalem. The driver sustained moderate gunshot wounds in the attack and was taken to the hospital, fully conscious.