Peres Responds to Gaza Escalation
Rockets Still Fired After Reported CeasefireAfter Islamic Jihad announced a ceasefire, rockets still landed in the Negev.
Rocket fire from the Gaza Strip has still not stopped. Six rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip tonight and landed in open areas in the Negev regional council, Sha'ar Hanegev, and in the Sderot area. There were no casualties or damages. It was also eventually decided to resume school in the south as scheduled.
At around 20:00 (8 PM) there was a red alert and security forces are searching to locate rockets that may have landed. Earlier, after Islamic Jihad sent a message out that there was a ceasefire with Israel, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon proclaimed a forceful message against the terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip. He said that Israel "is preparing for all options. Quite will be answered with quiet, but we will strike the right people to strike if the provocation will continue." Shortly thereafter, two rockets exploded in open areas in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council. There were also no reported casualties.
"We are not eager for escalation , but we will not ignore any provocation by any of the organizations in the Gaza Strip," said the defense minister. "The IDF response to the rocket attacks initiated by the Islamic Jihad was strong. Islamic Jihad was responsible for the firing, so it paid a heavy price." Ya'alon also sent an explicit warning to Hamas and said that it was responsible for the events in Gaza. "If it (Hamas) does not enforce the quiet in Gaza, it will be responsible."
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