The Israeli armed forces could launch a new military operation against the Gaza Strip 2503111
Defense News - Israel
Friday, March 25, 2011, 08:51 AM
The Israeli armed forces could launch a new military operation against the Gaza Strip.
Israeli Defense Minister Barak said that Israel would not accept terrorism against its citizens and would act to prevent terrorism from raising its head. While meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday (March, 24) at the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv, Defense Minister Ehud Barak was also receiving updates on the continuing rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into Israel.
Israeli Defense Minister Barak said that Israel would not accept terrorism against citizens of Israel
"Only in the last hour, we saw a rocket that came to Ashdod and possibly another rocket north of Ashdod, a continuation of the escalation of recent days," Defense Minister Barak said. "I repeat and emphasize: "Israel will not accept terrorism against its citizens. We will continue to act to prevent terrorism from raising its head in the region again and we will act to restore quiet to the entire region."
"The IDF is Israel's guarantee on the issue of security, in the short-term and in the long-term, and also the support for the Israeli government's continuing pursuit of reaching political agreements in the region," Defense Minister Barak added.
Two Grad rockets fired from the Gaza Strip landed on Thursday in open territory in the Ashdod area and the Eshkol Regional Council.
Alarms were also sounded in Yavne and Rishon Letzion but no rocket landings were identified. A number of people from Yavne and Rishon Letzion were treated for shock following the alarms.
Israeli Air Force aircraft launched a prescision strike on a terror target in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday evening. Illustration: IDF Spokesperson
Israeli Air Force aircraft launched a precision strike on a terror target in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday evening (Mar. 24). A hit was identified and the aircraft returned to their base safely.
The IDF will continue to respond decisively to terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip and will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli civilians or IDF soldiers. The IDF suggests that Hamas not escalate the situation or test the IDF's strength.