For the first time since a cease-fire was declared in November 2006, Israeli troops struck a target in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday afternoon.
According to the army, the target was a Kassam launching cell comprised of three terrorists, who were hit before launching rockets into Israel.
Palestinians reports claimed that at least four were wounded in the attack and that they were civilians. On Thursday Palestinian sources in the Gaza Strip reported that one of the al-Quds Brigades members who was critically injured in the attack has died of his wounds.
“We have decided to adopt a restraint policy, but we have to make it unequivocally clear that we will not compromise under any circumstances in terms of our commitment to defend the State of Israel,” said Defense Minister Amir Peretz. “I am a man of peace, but as far as I am concerned, terror is the main enemy.”
Earlier Wednesday morning at least seven Kassam rockets were fired into Israel with the seventh landing near Sderot. The Color Red alert system was activated and the explosion was heard in the area.
Six of the rockets landed in open areas just south of the coastal city of Ashkelon. There were no injuries, but agricultural products were damaged.
The al-Quds Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.