Israel is “preparing a plan to fundamentally change the situation in the Gaza Strip” Defense Minister Naftali Bennett said following a night of deadly retaliatory airstrikes against the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terror group in Syria and throughout the Gaza Strip after rocket fire towards southern Israel throughout the evening on Sunday.
“We are preparing a plan to fundamentally change the situation in the Gaza Strip. I really understand the situation of the people of the South, they deserve peace and security,” Bennett said during a conference in Jerusalem on Monday.
Israeli Air Force fighter jets struck numerous PIJ targets south of the capital of Damascus on Sunday night, killing at least six terror operatives and amid fears of fresh violence, the IDF’s Home Front Command announced that roads, schools, and the train line near the Gaza Strip would be closed.
Within hours, 14 rockets were fired towards southern Israel Monday afternoon, twelve of which were intercepted.
The IDF said that five of the six rockets were successfully intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.
Over 25 rockets were launched towards southern Israel in several barrages on Sunday evening. The IDF confirmed that it had struck a PIJ terror cell preparing to launch rockets from the northern part of the Strip. Palestinians reported that there were at least four injured in the strike.
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