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Fragile lull dissipates further as southern communities come under Gaza fire. 10 Qassam rockets were fired at Israel's south on Thursday evening, exploding in open areas. Mortar shell damages Erez crossing, no injuries reported. IAF strikes Gaza targets; two Islamic Jihad operatives killed
Hamas man planned terror attacks on Israeli targets - Court charges 28-year-old Hamas operative from Jordan for planning terror attacks on Israeli targets, including devise to kidnap diplomat, fire at embassy in Amman
Latest Update: 08.25.11
Palestinians sources in Gaza Strip reported Thursday that IAF aircrafts struck targets in the southwestern Gaza neighborhood of Sudaniya. Medical sources in the Strip reported two Islamic Jihad operatives were killed. Military sources said that the strike targeted a terror cell gearing to fire projectiles at Israel. It followed yet another rocket salvo at Israel's south, which gnawed further in the fragile armistice achieved with Gaza's terror groups.
Ten Qassam rockets were fired at Israel's south on Thursday evening, exploding in open areas in the Eshkol, Sha'ar Hanegev and Hof Ashkelon Regional Councils. No injuries were reported.The Color Red alert sounded beforehand. The IDF confirmed that a mortar shell fired from Gaza damaged a building in Erez crossing. No injuries were reported. The crossing was closed and security forces evacuated the Palestinians present on the premises to safety.
Earlier Thursday, a projectile exploded in open territory in the Sdot Negev Regional Council. No injuries were reported but damage was caused to a high voltage line. On Wednesday night, At least 20 rockets were fired at Israel's southern communities with calm nowhere in sight. A 9-month-old baby sustained light to moderate wounds in the attack. Meanwhile, Islamic Jihad Deputy Secretary General Ziad a-Nahala said that his organization was not interested in an escalation in Gaza, the London-based daily al-Hayat reported on Thursday. Earlier, Palestinian sources in the Gaza Strip reported that rescue forces have discovered two more bodies in a tunnel following the Israeli Air Force bomb.
Hamas man planned terror attacks on Israeli targets - An indictment was filed Thursday against 28-year-old Hamza Mahmood Yusuf Usman from Jordan, accusing him of cooperating with Hamas in order to attack Israeli targets and kidnap its citizens. According to the charges, Usman and his counterparts devised a plan to kidnap an Israeli citizen, apparently a diplomat in Amman, attack the Israeli embassy in the Jordanian capital and launch rockets from Jordan towards Israel.
In the indictment, submitted to the Petah Tikva District Court, prosecutors claimed Usman has been working as a Hamas operative for a while now. He and other members of the terror group had allegedly plotted to establish a military cell to help carry out their plans. Usman is said to have joined Hamas in 2009. He arrived in Gaza in 2010, where he met with Hamas officials and underwent military training. Usman later returned to Jordan, followed by a visit to Syria - where he attempted to attain communication equipment, such as GPS devices and walkie-talkies, on behalf of Hamas. In 2011 he tried to set up a military cell destined to assault Israeli targets, contemplating a possible attack on an IDF patrol unit along the Jordanian border.
Usman later suggested his fellow group members rent an apartment near the Israeli embassy in Amman, so as to enable them to monitor the location and its security arrangements. The terror group also considered purchasing RPG rockets to use as part of their planned attack on the embassy.
Usman, arrested in the West Bank back in July, has been indicted for being in contact with a foreign agent, being a member of an illegal organization, taking part in illegal military training, conspiring and other firearm offenses. The prosecution has requested the court extend the remand of Usman pending the conclusion of the legal proceedings against him.
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