IDF intel chief: We exposed 10 terror cells in Sinai (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yoav Zitun Published: 04.05.12, 18:59)
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After Grad rocket hits Eilat, Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi tells new
Military Intelligence officers Sinai will be characterized
by ´increased instability´ in coming years
Over the past two months the army has exposed more than 10 terror
cells in the Egyptian-controlled Sinai Peninsula, IDF Military
Intelligence chief Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi revealed Thursday.
Terrorists fired a Grad rocket at Eilat early on Thursday morning. No
injuries or damage were reported.
Speaking at a graduation ceremony for new Military Intelligence
officers, Kochavi said, "The Middle East, which has the highest pace
of armament in the world, is changing its ultimate character beyond
recognition. The winds of change may be carrying opportunity and a
new message, but in the short and medium terms the risks are
increasing. One of them is the Sinai sector. The attack on Eilat, the
shooting attacks that emanated from Sinai – these are mere
expressions of the fundamental change the region is undergoing.
"Meanwhile, terror organizations are continuing to strengthen their
hold (on Sinai). We will have to prepare for the security-related
instability that will characterize this sector in the coming years,"
Earlier, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, IDF Chief of Staff Lt-Gen Benny
Gantz, GOC Southern Command Maj-Gen Tal Russo and Military
Intelligence Chief Kochavi met to discuss the rocket fire on Eilat.
The IDF has been on high alert across the Israel-Egypt border
following several attempts to mount terror attacks in the sector.
"The situation in Sinai requires a different kind of deployment,"
Barak said. "This was a serious incident. We´re studying it and we
will go after those who fired on Eilat and targeted Israeli citizens."
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also commented on the rocket fire
on Eilat, saying that the defense establishment is "well aware of the
fact that Sinai is turning into a rocket launching pad for
"We are building a fence. It can´t stop missiles but we will find a
solution for that. We will strike those who aim to harm us," he said.
The IDF estimates that three rockets were fired towards Eilat at
around midnight. One of them exploded not far from a residential
area, while two others were not located as of yet. (Copyright 2012 ©
Yedioth Internet 04/05/12)
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