Gaza rockets hit Israel after overnight air strikes

AFP – December 29, 2011

Palestinian militants fired two rockets at southern Israel on Thursday, after Israeli warplanes attacked “terror sites” inside the Gaza Strip, the army said.

The first, which landed in an open field on Thursday morning, was claimed by the Popular Resistance Committees in a statement sent to AFP.

A second fell during the afternoon, the military said, reporting no injuries or damage in either case.

Overnight, Israeli warplanes targeted “terror sites” in central and northern Gaza in retaliation after rockets were fired across the border on Wednesday.

“Israeli air force aircraft targeted a terror activity site in the central Gaza Strip, and a terror tunnel in the northern Gaza Strip,” a military statement said, indicating it was a response after five rockets landed in Israel, none of which caused any damage or injuries.

Palestinian security sources said the air strikes hit a training ground used by Islamic Jihad militants near central Gaza and another training ground northeast of Gaza which belonged to Hamas’s armed wing, causing no casualties.

An earlier series of Israeli strikes overnight Tuesday had killed a Palestinian and wounded about 20 others, as the military struck what it described as “global jihad” targets who were planning cross-border attacks on southern Israel from the Egyptian Sinai.

Late on Wednesday, a senior Israeli officer said the military was preparing for a possible large-scale military campaign in Gaza if the Palestinians did not halt their rocket attacks.

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Comment – December 30, 2011

As the correspondent who sent this report pointed out, the one feature that these recurrent rocket attacks from Gaza share is that they hardly ever cause casualties let alone damage.
At best they only seem to provoke an Israeli retaliatory strike. Or is that the intention?
For we know that Mossad operatives have been caught previously masquerading as Palestinian terrorists/freedom fighters. As illustrated in the photo on the right, where a supposed Palestinian fighter forgot to hide his Star of David.
Are undercover Israeli operatives similarly staging these rocket attacks from Gaza in order to justify another incursion into Palestinian territory?
Israeli Defence Force Chief of Staff Benny Gantz warned as much earlier this week. Speaking on the third anniversary of Operation Cast Lead Gantz said the IDF was preparing for a repeat of the campaign that resulted in the deaths of 1400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis.
Are these rocket attacks from Gaza part of those preparations?
Are they being staged in order to justify another bloody incursion to kill hundreds more Palestinian civilians?