Gaza Division, "We continue to hold Hamas responsible for all fire coming from the Gaza Strip"

Deputy Commander of the Gaza Division explained that Hamas is responsible for terrorist activity in the Gaza Strip no matter what organization claims responsibilty for it and that Hamas is not doing enough to stop it

Date: 17/04/2011, 11:51 AM     Author: Jonatan Urich

“We don’t know, specifically, who is responsible for this weekend’s shooting at Israel’s southern communities, but we continue to hold Hamas responsible for all fire coming from the Gaza Strip,” said Deputy Commander of the Gaza Division, Col. Amir Avivi, on Sunday (Apr. 17) in an interview with Army Radio.

Col. Avivi believes Hamas is not doing enough to stop the continual fire from the Gaza Strip, as it has the power to prevent it. “Hamas is responsible for all shooting from the Gaza Strip toward the State of Israel. It doesn’t do enough to stop it and we expect it to gain control over the situation and confront other terrorist organizations,” said Col. Avivi.

Col. Avivi addressed the murder of the Italian human rights activist, Vittorio Arrigoni, killed by Al Queda terrorists sometime during the course of last week (Apr. 10-16). Col. Avivi said that the IDF (Zahal) has no absolute indication about the identity of Arrigoni’s killer, but said there are “complex conflicts exist between Jihad operatives and Hamas and, sadly, he was a victim of these conflicts. I can’t say if this has to do with Al Queda but Hamas is definitely bothered by the Jihadists’ presence in the Gaza Strip.”

He also mentioned that “Hamas is not doing enough to stop terrorists from becoming more powerful. To gain control they need to stop them. We predict internal, armed conflicts between Hamas and other terrorists.”

To calm residents of the South, the Deputy Commander of the Gaza Division said he invites all residents of Israel to continue with their daily routines and to visit southern Israel. “We invite everyone to travel to the South and enjoy its amazing sites. It is very important to heed the Home Front Command’s instructions, but we gain strength by continuing our daily lives. My family and I plan to visit the South, and I think all of Israel can feel calm,” concluded Col. Avivi.