IDF on Alert Following Attacks from Gaza

February 17, 2012  

Rocket and missile fire from Gaza put the IDF on high alert on Friday evening, Channel 10 News reported.

According to the report, an IDF force on patrol near the border with Gaza heard an explosion heard near the border fence.

An IDF statement said the explosion was from an RPG anti-tank missile that was fired at the soldiers. As additional forces arrived on the scene, the statement said, an explosion was heard from within Gaza. No soldiers were hurt. The IDF responded using tank fire.

Earlier on Friday evening, terrorists from Gaza fired two rockets towards Israeli territory, one at the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council and the other at the Eshkol Regional Council. There were no reports of physical injuries or damages.

A spokesperson for IDF’s Southern Command told Channel 10 that following the attacks, IDF forces have been instructed to maintain maximum vigilance.

“If it is proven that this was a terror attack we will respond accordingly,” the spokesperson said.

Earlier this week, the IAF struck two centers of terrorist activity in northern and central Gaza. The attack came after terrorists from Gaza fired at least four rockets at southern Israel.

Last weekend, a barrage of rockets  were fired at southern Israel. On Saturday night, Gaza terrorists fired a short-range Qassam rocket at southern Israel. The missile landed in the Eshkol Regional Council district, in an open area.

No one was physically injured and there were no reports of property damage.

On Friday night, a Grad missile attack blew open a small crater between two homes in the Hof Ashkelon Coastal Region district.

A nearby electric pole was damaged, cutting power to both homes. The shrapnel also penetrated the walls of at least one of the houses as residents were sitting in theliving room enjoying the evening. By a miracle, no one was physically injured in the attack.

IAF aircraft later struck three terror tunnels in southern, northern and central Gaza. A weapon manufacturing site in northern Gaza was hit as well.

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