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Attacks From Gaza Raise Tensions in Southern Israel

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19 Aug 2019 (All day)
Attacks From Gaza Raise Tensions in Southern Israel
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters as he boarded his aircraft for a flight to Kiev on Sunday evening that political considerations would not affect a decision on how strongly he would order the IDF to respond to a recent escalation in terror attacks against Israelis emanating from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. "I've heard statements saying that I would refrain from embarking on a broad campaign because of the elections," he said. "This is not true. My considerations are case-relevant. If it is necessary, we will go into broad action - with or without elections- we will do what is necessary for the safety of Israel."

His statement followed a violent weekend on the Gaza border which also included a terrorist car-ramming attack on Israeli teenagers near Jerusalem.

Attacks included the launching of several rockets towards Israel over the weekend, with most being intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system. On Saturday night, three terrorists were killed as they attempted to infiltrate into Israel from the Strip armed with weapons. This followed a terrorist ramming attack on Friday which targeted two Israeli teenagers, a brother and sister from the Elazar settlement in the Etzion bloc south of Jerusalem. A nearby police officer shot the driver of the ramming car dead at the scene and at press time the two victims were in stable condition at a Jerusalem hospital.

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