Moments ago, an Israeli Defense Force helicopter fired missiles at two targets in Gaza City, striking two metal factories and injuring four passersby, an Israeli official confirmed to WorldNetDaily.
The official says Palestinian terror groups were using the factories under Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat's guidance to manufacture rockets, including long-range Katyusha's and other munitions.
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The latest Israeli air raid was launched hours after a Kassam rocket fired from Gaza landed in a backyard in the southern Israeli town of Sderot, causing slight damage but no casualties.
Israeli officials have expressed concerns this week that Palestinian terror groups will try to manufacture or smuggle long-range missiles into Gaza to shoot into Israeli towns after Sharon's unilateral withdrawal plan takes effect next year.
As WND reported today, the Jewish state is constructing an 80-foot-deep moat, possibly to be filled with water, between Egypt and Gaza as a way to block Palestinian terrorists from constructing arms smuggling tunnels. The moat would be deep enough to block terrorists from digging tunnels underneath it.
The army has said it found and destroyed more than 80 smuggling tunnels in the past three years.