Israel Strikes Gaza Weapons Tunnels

by Hana Levi Julian

( Israel Air Force pilots on Friday attacked several smuggler tunnels used to transport advanced weaponry into Gaza from Egypt. The air strikes followed a Kassam rocket attack on the Eshkol region in southern Israel about an hour earlier.

It was the second attack in two days on Israeli communities after more than a week of quiet. On Thursday night, Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists fired a Kassam rocket at a kibbutz near the Gaza border. The missile exploded a short distance away from the community.

No one was injured and no damage was reported in either attack. In both cases, the short-range missiles landed in open areas of the Eshkol region.

An IDF spokesperson said the pilots identified direct hits on the tunnels, all of which were located along the Philadelphi corridor that runs along the border between Egypt and Gaza. According to Palestinian Authority health officials, a terrorist was lightly wounded in one of the air strikes.

The Hamas terrorist organization that controls the region has used the ceasefire following the IDF's recent Operation Cast Lead to bring in advanced weapons through new tunnels built to replace those that were destroyed during the war. On Thursday, two Arab smugglers, or workers, were killed when a tunnel collapsed underneath the border at the town of Rafiah, where an official border crossing terminal between Gaza and Egypt is also located.

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