Israeli Air Force (IAF) fighter jets struck eight Palestinian targets in three military compounds throughout the Gaza Strip on Saturday (Oct. 27) morning.
According to the IAF, the sites struck included a weapons manufacturing sites in the northern Gaza Strip and a factory for manufacturing components used in tunnels in the southern Gaza Strip. The IAF statement added that strikes were performed in response to rockets launched from the Strip at communities in southern Israel.
The large-scale night-time strike on approximately 87 Hamas targets throughout the Gaza Strip was conducted by dozens of IAF fighter jets, attack helicopters and aircraft throughout the night.
The targets struck included: two advanced weapon manufacturing facilities in Al-Atatra and in the Netzarim area; five military compounds in Khan Yunis, Deir al-Balah, Tel Zaatar and Jabalia; an integrated training compound in Rafah; the entrance to an offensive tunnel in Khan Yunis; and an anti-aircraft observation post in Beit Lahia.
Fighter jets also struck a four-story building serving as the new headquarters of the Hamas’ General Security Services in Gaza City’s Daraj neighborhood. The building is reportedly owned by Hamas. IAF statement said that Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops called on the building’s residents to evacuate a number of times before beginning the strike adding that this strike represents the IDF’s intelligence and operational capabilities, which will deepen and intensify as necessary.
WATCH: We just struck Hamas’ General Security Services‘ HQ in Gaza in response to rockets fired at Israel. We warned the building’s occupants to evacuate several times prior to the strike pic.twitter.com/ALTzgbTa0k
— Israeli Air Force (@IAFsite) October 27, 2018
34 rockets were reportedly fired from Gaza at Israel as of 9:30AM local time. Iron Dome weapon system successfully intercepted over 13 projectiles while two fell inside the Gaza Strip and the rest fell in open areas.
“Last night, the Islamic Jihad Organization was responsible for several rocket salvos towards Sderot and the Gaza envelope”, said IDF Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis. “The ‘Iron Dome’ combatants have done an impressive work. Every rocket we wanted to intercept was intercepted, and there were no falls in built-up areas. In response, we conducted a large-scale strike of dozens of Hamas targets. We consider the Hamas terrorist organization responsible for everything that transpires in the Gaza Strip. What matters isn’t the declarations but the results, and so Hamas must have control over everything occurring in the Gaza Strip. We also point directly at those who practically performed the launches – the Islamic Jihad Organization, directed from Damascus with clear guidance from Iran and the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds force in Syria”.
“Every week, the IDF Southern Command works to prepare the targets for assault alongside the Operations Directorate and the air force”, added the IDF Spokesperson. “Behind every target there is a building with equipment, computers and munitions inside. We are prepared for any scenario, ready to continue our strikes as much as necessary”.
The Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, held a situation assessment on Friday at the IDF HQ base (“Kiriya”) with senior IDF and ISA officials.
Earlier in the day, approximately 16,000 demonstrators gathered along the Gaza Strip security fence. They reportedly hurled grenades, firebombs and rockets, and lit tires on fire. In addition, during two separate incidents, IDF forces spotted suspects briefly crossing the security fence, said the IAF statement.