With pinpoint air strikes, IAF thwarts additional rocket fire attacks from the Gaza Strip against Israeli civilian communities in southern Israel
Date: 14/03/2012, 7:17 AM Author: IDF (Zahal) Website
A short while ago, IAF aircraft targeted two terror activity sites in the northern Gaza Strip. Direct hits were confirmed.The targeting of these sites is in response to the rockets fired at Israel over the past day.
During the recent escalation in the Gaza Strip, terrorists launched over 200 rockets at communities in southern Israel, including the cities of Be’er Sheva, Ashdod, Ashkelon, and more adding up to 1,000,000 people.
The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system has successfully intercepted 56 Grad rockets out of 73 directed at densely populated regions. The system’s exceptionally high success rate has been praised by Defense Minister, Ehud Barak as well as by IAF commander.
In response the IAF targeted several terror activity sites and terrorists preparing to launch rockets, thwarting additional attacks. As a result 26 Palestinians were killed 22 of which were unquestionably involved in terror activity against Israel. Chief the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz expressed his deep regret over the deaths of the four uninvolved civilians and explained that our enemies operate from within residential areas, He assured that IDF (Zahal) does everything possible to targets only those responsible for the rocket fire.
The IDF (Zahal) will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli civilians or IDF (Zahal) soldiers, and will continue to operate with determination at any given time against anyone who uses terror against the State of Israel. The Hamas terror organization is solely responsible for any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip.