Israel, Nov. 19 – Southern Israel was hit by 11 rockets and mortars fired from Gaza from Thursday to Friday, including four white phosphorous-filled mortars shot by an Iran-backed terror group. That brings to almost 200 the number of rockets, missiles and mortars fired from Gaza at Israel since the beginning of 2010 .
The Israel Air Force struck back Friday (Nov. 19), hitting three terror bases including a Palestinian Islamic Jihad training area. Eight people were injured, according to Palestinian reports.
The Salah al-Din Brigades, the military arm of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), claimed responsibility for the mortar shells. White phosphorous, a dangerous substance that causes burns and other injuries, is an illegal substance by international standards unless used for illumination purposes. The PRC said it hit at Israel to avenge the killing of two Army of Islam members.
Most of the projectiles hit open fields in Israel; one struck Palestinian land. The attacks didn't cause any human injuries, but a Grad rocket – the first such rocket fired since July - injured several cows and a building.
The Army of Islam is an al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group that together with Iran-backed Hamas kidnapped Israeli-French citizen Gilad Shalit four-and-a-half years ago. Shalit has been held captive by Hamas since then.