Terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip fired some 40 mortar shells at southern Israel early Monday morning. The shells landed in communities in the Eshkol Regional Council. There were no reports of injuries, although one building was lightly damaged.
Hamas’ military wing Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades and the Ansar al-Quds group have claimed responsibility for Monday morning’s attack on the south. They claimed the attack was a response to the IAF’s airstrike on Gaza on Sunday.
Meanwhile, ten people were injured, two of them severely, when Israeli aircraft attacked two motorcyclists in south Gaza, a spokesperson for the Hamas-run government’s health ministry said Sunday evening.
IDF officials said the attack, carried out in cooperation with the Shin Bet security service, targeted two global jihadists who were planning to carry out a major terror attack over the Simchat Torah holiday against Israeli soldiers and civilians.
The army’s Spokesperson’s Unit identified the men as Tla’ath Halil Muhammad Jerbi (23), a global jihad operative from Rafah; and Abdullah Mohamed Hassan Maqawi (24), a member of the The Mujahideen Shura Council (MSC) in the Environs of Jerusalem, a global jihad group that is based in Gaza.
The army said Jerbi has been involved in extensive terrorist activity against Israel for years, and over the past few days was involved in the preparation of a terror attack in Sinai.
According to the army, Jerbi was also involved in the planting of bombs and the manufacturing of weapons in Gaza. Jerbi, the IDF said, was also a key figure in the planning and execution of the June terror attack on the Israel-Egypt border in which Haifa resident Said Phashpashe was killed while working on the southern border fence.
Last month two ‘Palestinians’ were killed and another was severely wounded when Israeli aircraft attacked vehicles in Gaza. The army said the attack targeted operatives belonging to the Defenders of al-Aqsa organization, a Hamas offshoot.
They said the men planned to carry out a terror attack in Israel.
Hamas, meanwhile, claimed that the deceased were employees of Gaza’s government.