Israel Hits Back at Hamas After Shots Fired at Sderot

Palestinian rioters seen during clashes with Israeli forces near the Gaza-Israel border east of Khan Yunis on Tuesday. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

The IDF early Thursday hit back at Hamas terror targets in Gaza, after the terror group fired shots that hit Sderot. IDF planes hit four Hamas terror targets, including a structure that was used to manufacture weapons. The IDF said in a statement that it considered Hamas responsible for terror attacks from Gaza, and that the army would continue to defend Israeli civilians and soldiers.

Overnight Wednesday, Israeli forces seized tens of thousands of shekels in terror funds from Arabs in Beit Lechem, controlled by the Palestinian Authority. Also seized were vehicles used by terrorists. The money was part of payments made by Hamas and the Palestinian Authority to the families of terrorists for committing terror acts against Israelis, officials said. Several arrests were made, as Arabs rioted when soldiers entered the city.

Also overnight Wednesday, security officials said they arrested eight wanted security suspects in other areas in Yehudah and Shomron. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.

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