Attack on undisclosed target near Egyptian border follows Israeli announcement that the Kerem Shalom Crossing would be closed Sunday
The Israeli military saids its jets targeted “terror infrastructure” in the southern Rafah region of the Gaza Strip late Saturday night.
The Israel Defense Forces would not elaborate on the nature of the “infrastructure” that was bombed.
The army added, “The Hamas terror organization is accountable for all activity in and from the Gaza strip.”
The attack came shortly after the military announced it would not be opening the Kerem Shalom Crossing into the Gaza Strip on Sunday, following a “situational assessment.”
The army said the decision to not open the crossing, which ordinarily sees hundreds of goods-bearing trucks pass through each day, was made after extensive rioting took place along the security fence surrounding the coastal enclave on Friday.
Once a rare move, this will be the second time Kerem Shalom is punitively closed in under a month, as Israel seeks to force the ruling Hamas terrorist group to restore quiet to the Gaza Strip.
On December 14, following multiple rocket attacks from Gaza, Israel also shut down the Kerem Shalom Crossing, along with the Erez Crossing, through which people enter and exit the Strip.
The Erez Crossing opened a day later, and Kerem Shalom was reopened on December 17.
On Friday, approximately 1,000 Palestinians took part in violent demonstrations in four separate locations along the security fence surrounding Gaza, rolling burning tires and throwing rocks at the barrier and the soldiers on the other side, according to the IDF.
In response, “troops fired live rounds selectively towards three main instigators, who posed a threat to IDF soldiers and the security fence,” the army said.
The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry said dozens of Palestinians were injured by live fire, rubber bullets and tear gas during the riots.
On Saturday, the Defense Ministry’s chief liaison to the Palestinians warned residents of the Gaza Strip that the Hamas terror organization was using them in its quest for violence against Israel.
“Hamas terrorists send young people to riot at the [Gaza border]… while hiding behind them and claiming that these riots are spontaneous and peaceful,” Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), said on Facebook.
Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.