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Top IDF officer: Israel won’t launch operation over a few rockets

GOC Southern Command Sami Turgeman tells mayors in towns bordering Gaza that Israel will respond appropriately, as with recent rocket strikes by Islamic State supporters.

GOC Southern Command Sami Turgeman on Sunday night told mayors of towns bordering Gaza that Israel won’t launch a military operation in Gaza in response to sporadic rocket fire from the Strip that lands in open areas.

Turgeman did stress however, that the military would respond accordingly in such instances, most likely with targeted air strikes – as seen in the early hours of Sunday morning.
5493614099177490490noIDF General Sami Turgeman during Operation Protective Edge last year. (Photo: Motti Kimchi)

Hamas, claimed Turgeman, is working hard to prevent sporadic attacks like the three instances seen in the last several days – rocket strikes for which Islamic State supporters claimed responsibility.

The general added that great effort was going toward increasing the IDF’s defense capabilities against such attacks from rockets and tunnels dug by Hamas.

The mayors at the meeting told Turgeman that they understood that the situation was complicated and said that they trusted the IDF to act appropriately.

After the meeting, head of the Sdot Negev Regional Council, Tamir Idan, said that he had asked Turgeman to consider changing the air raid sirens in the south to a voice that would announce the words “Code Red”, possibly helping the ease the shock of the sirens. According to Idan, Turgeman promised to consider the request.

Meanwhile, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon decided Sunday that the Kerem Shalom and Erez border crossings with Gaza would reopen as usual Monday morning after they were closed all day Sunday in reaction to Saturday night’s rocket fire.


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