JERUSALEM (JWN)—Israel Air Force planes flew two bombing raids into the northern Gaza Strip early Friday morning after Palestinian terrorists fired four Kassam rockets at civilian communities in southern Israel.
One of the raids hit a terrorist squad as it was preparing to fire a second salvo of rockets, after two of the missiles hit farm land in the Eshkol and Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Councils.
Terrorists later fired two more Kassams into the Eshkol Regional Council area. No injuries or damage were reported in the attacks.
The retaliatory raids followed an IAF strike at several Gaza Strip targets on Saturday in response to the firing of a number of Grad-model Katyusha rockets into Israel. One of the more powerful Grads hit in Beersheba on Saturday.
The ongoing rocket attacks have reportedly led to serious discussion in the IDF’s Southern Command about the possibility of a large-scale operation to root out Gaza’s terrorist infrastructure.
“There is no need to wait for a provocation to launch an offensive against terrorist infrastructure in the Gaza Strip,” a senior officer in the Southern Command told The Jerusalem Post. “The ongoing attacks–by rockets and along the border–are cumulatively more than enough to justify immediate action.”
The paper reported last month that the IDF General Staff had ordered the Southern Command to speed up preparations for a possible big operation in the Strip within the coming months.