TEL AVIV – Advisers from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Units are in the Gaza Strip helping to oversee the firing of long-range rockets by jihadist groups there, according to informed Middle Eastern security officials.
The information comes as the Iranian-backed Islamic Jihad group today claimed responsibility for what it said was missile fire at Tel Aviv. The organization has claimed it fired Iranian Fajr-5 missiles aimed at Tel Aviv.
Earlier today, one rocket launched from the Gaza Strip landed in Rishon Letzion, some seven miles south of Tel Aviv. About three hours later another explosion was heard in the Tel Aviv area.
No casualties were reported in either Tel Aviv or Rishon Leztion.
Since yesterday, Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile defense system has intercepted 105 rockets, while 274 rockets have struck Israel, mostly in cities near the Gaza Strip.
The escalation began last week, when Hamas fired more than 120 rockets and mortars into Israel in a four-day period.
Yesterday, Israel eliminated Ahmed Jabari, the head of Hamas’ so-called military wing. Israel also launched dozens of surgical strikes in Gaza targeting the Hamas militant infrastructure.
IDF spokesperson Yoav Mordechai addressed the media regarding Operation Pillar of Defense.
“The IDF continues to operate surgically in the Gaza Strip – precise strikes, not against outposts, not against police stations, but against rocket-launching sites,” he said. “So far, a very harsh blow has been dealt to the long-range fire of Hamas and Islamic Jihad.”