Israeli Forces Strike in Gaza a Second Time

A ball of fire is seen following an Israeli airstrike in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, early Wednesday. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

Israeli forces struck a second time in Gaza early Wednesday, hitting additional terror targets, after having bombed numerous targets Tuesday night. The Israeli attacks were in response to rocket attacks by Gaza terrorists Tuesday night. Two rockets were fired at Sderot Tuesday night. One was destroyed by an Iron Dome defensive missile, and the second fell in an open area. One woman was treated for shock.

Commenting on the Israeli response, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that “if anyone in Gaza thinks they can try anything after our recent ‘Black Belt’ operation,” in which Israeli forces eliminated top Islamic Jihad terrorist Abu Alata, “they are making a grave mistake. We will respond with full force and we will continue to ensure the security of Israel on all fronts.”

Relating to the fact that the two missiles fired Tuesday night did not hit any targets, Defense Minister Naftali Bennett said that it didn’t matter. “The rules are the same for missiles that miss targets as for missiles that hit targets. Anyone who fires missiles will get attacked in response,” Bennett said.

Most of the targets belonged to Hamas, and a Hamas spokesperson said that “if the Israeli enemy thinks that blowing up Hamas military outposts will bring about a change in the nature of the struggle, it is wrong. Hamas has the ability to bring failure to the Israeli occupation.”

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