In the 18 days since the terrorist group Hamas kidnapped three Israeli boys, over 40 rockets have been launched from the Gaza strip into southern Israel, including at least 15 Monday morning. Monday’s rockets come after a Saturday rocket attack striking an industrial factory in the southern Israeli city of Sderot, causing a large fire in the area.
The Saturday attack injured two of the four workers who were inside the factory. The two injured were taken to the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon suffering from light burns.
According to reports, the fire in the factory led to smaller explosions inside the factory, caused by paint canisters that caught on fire. ‘’A fireball rose 200 meters from the burning factory, it was horrible,’’ said one of the people injured.
The Saturday attack led to an air force strike that killed a terrorist preparing to fire rockets into southern Israel on Sunday evening.
The IDF is checking to see whether the terrorist killed belonged to Hamas, a senior security source said Monday morning. Hamas has announced that the casualty was a member of its military wing.
"We know unequivocally that the terrorist killed in the strike was preparing to fire rockets," the source added.
The security source noted that a Givati infantry unit operating along the Gaza border came under fire on Sunday as well.
Hamas has not been behind recent rocket attacks on southern Israel, but rather, smaller terrorist groups in the Strip, according to military assessments. "[But] we are more interested in who is responsible [for Gaza]," he added.
"We are weighing our steps and managing a responsible policy regarding all aspects linked to Gaza," the source said. "We understand that this rocket fire is becoming daily. Our responses are in accordance to that. The policy of the Southern Command is one of escalating responses, both in scope and the quality of targets," he added.
The IDF is aware of the fact that Hamas has a problem in restraining smaller Gazan terror groups from firing rockets, the source stated, "but we also understand that the motives are less interesting [to Israel], and the results are what count," he added. "Our aim is to stop this rocket fire."
Reacting to the Monday morning rocket barrage, Prime Minster Netanyahu "warned Hamas that it is responsible for reining in the rocket fire. 'I want to make clear that if the silence from Operation Pillar of Defense is violated and the shooting continues, their are two options: either Hamas will stop the rocket fire, or we will.'"
On Thursday, Israel named the two Hamas terrorists whom they believe are responsible for the kidnapping of the three Israeli teenagers on June 12. While the United States has officially announced its approval of the terrorist Hamas organization's participation in the Palestinian Authority government, as of this writing President Barack Obama has yet to make a public statement on the kidnapping of three Israeli boys by Hamas.