Police in Center preparing for Gaza rockets (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV LAPPIN 03/26/12)
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Police in central Israel are preparing for long-range Palestinian
rocket attacks from Gaza, a senior police commander told The
Jerusalem Post on Sunday.
“We assume that in the next round, some rockets will fall in central
Israel,” Cmdr. Bentsi Sao, head of the central district, said.
During the recent escalation with Palestinian terrorists, a couple of
rockets slammed into territory that falls under the police’s central
district, while the remainder fell in the southern district.
The southern district is well accustomed to rapidly dispatching bomb
squad units to the sites of rocket explosions after gaining over a
decade of experience in dealing with the attacks.
But as rocket ranges grow, the police’s central district has found
itself needing to prepare for rockets as well.
Sao said his district is now working with the IDF’s Home Front
Command in anticipation of rockets that could strike central areas.
Meanwhile, the website of Islamic Jihad in Gaza carried an interview
with terrorists responsible for the firing of rockets at Israel.
“We said... we would expand the range of rocket fire – and we hit
Ashdod, Ofakim, Kiryat Gat, Kiryat Malachi,” one of the operatives
“The enemy knows that the al-Quds Brigades [of Islamic Jihad] is
capable of making good on its promises,” he added.
Islamic Jihad fired most of the approximately 200 rockets directed at
Israeli cities, towns and villages. Of all the terrorist
organizations in Gaza, it is the group most openly aligned with, and
sponsored by, Iran. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 03/26/12)
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