Benjamin Netanyahu threatens Hamas following escalation in violence (TELEGRAPH UK) By Phoebe Greenwood, Jerusalem 06/25/12)
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Benjamin Netanyahu exchanged bellicose threats with the Hamas
leadership on Sunday following a week of escalated violence between
Israel and Gaza.
"The IDF is taking strong action against those who are attacking us
and it will take even stronger action if need be. Our policy is to
use force in order to restore security and quiet to the residents of
the south," he told ministers.
In spite of a truce agreed last Wednesday, 20 rockets were fired from
the Gaza Strip into southern Israel on Saturday, injuring an Israeli
factory worker, bringing the total number fired this week to 150.
The barrage of homemade Qassam rockets landed mostly in uninhabited
areas – rather than Grad missiles fired towards urban centres –
suggesting they were designed as a display of force rather than a
serious attempt to upgrade the conflict. They were answered with
three targeted Israeli air strikes, in which two Palestinians were
reportedly killed and ten injured.
For the first time in more than a year, Hamas has claimed
responsibility for the missiles – apparently abandoning a policy of
passive resistance the leadership publically in an Egypt-negotiated
truce more than a year ago
On Saturday afternoon, the faction´s military wing- the Qassam
Brigade – issued a statement warning of further violence: "If the
last rounds were not enough to deliver the message ... we are ready
to crush the enemy and to curb its arrogance and to respond to
aggression in a strong way." (© Copyright of Telegraph Media Group
Limited 2012. 06/25/12)
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