Two mortar shells were aimed at the Eshkol region from the Gaza Strip early Thursday, the third day of these attacks from the Palestinian enclave. The Qassam and mortar attacks Wednesday were claimed by Al Qaeda-affiliated Salafist “Jihad Brigades in Jerusalem.”
The Israeli military will destroy the sources of fire on civilians and soldiers as soon as they are identified, said Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon early Wednesday. No steady trickle will be tolerated. He spoke after the first Israeli air strikes against the Gaza Strip in five months responded Wednesday night to Palestinian mortar fire from the Gaza Strip.