Netanyahu: Israel will continue to target attackers

Israel will continue to attack the groups that fire rockets on her citizens, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu’s statement during a meeting with Mideast Quartet envoy Tony Blair on Oct. 22 came after Israeli air strikes targeted what the Israel Defense Forces described as “launching squads” in two locations in the northern Gaza Strip. Two Palestinian men were killed in the strikes. Hamas’ military wing claimed one as a fighter and Islamic Jihad claimed the other, according to the Palestinian Ma’an news agency. At least two others were reported injured.

The IDF said the attacks were in response to mortar shell fire at a routine IDF patrol on the border with northern Gaza, near the kibbutz of Nir Am.

Also Oct. 22, five Kassam rockets were fired at the Shaar HaNegev Regional Council, with no injuries or damage reported, according to Ynet.

Since the beginning of this year, more than 500 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip hit Israel, including some 50 in October, according to the IDF. — jta