Chief of Staff bolsters IDF forces in south due to terror warning

Move follows a concrete warning that Islamic Jihad plans to conduct attack in region

Date: 29/08/2011, 11:42 AM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz on early Monday morning (August 29) ordered the reinforcement of IDF (Zahal) forces near the southern Gaza Strip and on the Israel-Egypt border due to a concrete warning that the Islamic Jihad organization is intending to carry out a terrorist attack in the region.

The decision to bolster IDF (Zahal) forces in the south was coordinated with Egypt.

The IDF (Zahal) views the Hamas terrorist organization as responsible for any terrorist activities emanating from the Gaza Strip.

Last Friday, Lt. Gen. Gantz visited the Israel-Egypt border.

“Residents of the border region rely on us to protect them,” Lt. Gen. Gantz said. “Terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip are exploiting the security situation in Sinai to use it as a springboard to execute attacks on the border with Israel.”

“Peace with Egypt has great strategic importance,” Lt. Gen. Gantz added.

Following the terrorist attacks north of Eilat on August 18, Lt. Gen. Gantz ordered the reinforcement of IDF (Zahal) soldiers in the south and the implementation of new methods to secure the border. Lt. Gen. Gantz also ordered the bolstering intelligence capabilities in the border area, including unmanned aerial drones.