Two Palestinian terrorists were killed by Israeli army fire on Sunday morning in an operation in Nablus, bringing the death toll of Palestinian gunmen since the weekend to eight.
Israeli operations in Jenin, Nablus and Gaza began on Saturday shortly after gunmen fired Kassam rockets at Israel, which directly hit a home in Sderot. No injuries were reported.
Five Palestinians were killed in the Jenin area on Saturday. Late Saturday night, the sister of a wanted Islamic Jihad member was also killed. A Palestinian police officer was also among dead in the exchanges of fire with Israeli soldiers.
Hamas member and Palestinian Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyeh, condemned the killings.
“These crimes are new proof on the brutality of the occupation (Israel), its pursuit of liquidation and is a futile attempt to break the will of the Palestinian people and push them to surrender,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for firing three Kassam rockets, one landing in Sderot and the other two landed outside of the city. Six people suffered from shock and three were evacuated to a hospital in Ashkelon.
Yigal Babian, whose house was hit by the Kassam, said that “we were sitting in the living room and suddenly heard the whistle. The rocket virtually flew in front of us into the sitting corner. The entire house shook. We quickly ran to the shelter.
“The children panicked. My daughter-in-law, who is pregnant, was on the second floor and suffered from shock. She was evacuated to a hospital. We sat for a minute or two in the shelter, but then we understood that it was too late because the rocket caused damage.”