Israeli planes hit a terror cell in the northern Gaza strip on Tuesday night, the Israel Defense Forces said, hours after nine rockets and mortars slammed into open areas in southern Israel.
The army said it carried out a targeted attack against a cell in Beit Lahia planning to launch a rocket. Â One Palestinian was killed and four injured, according to Hamas-run television.
The nine missiles fired out of Gaza all landed in open areas in the Eshkol region within a short time of each other. No injuries or damage were reported.
Earlier this month, reports from the Strip indicated that terrorists in Gaza were beginning to use rocket launchers that can fire several projectiles at once.
The rockets fired at Israel came hours after the emir of Qatar became the first foreign leader to visit the Strip since Hamas took over the territory in 2007.
Earlier on Tuesday, an Israeli officer was seriously wounded when a roadside bomb exploded next to his patrol on the border with Gaza.
On Monday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to protect Israel from missile fire by striking at terrorists and preventing them from rearming, in a response to ongoing rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.
Source: Times Of Israel