Daily Israel Report

IDF Uncertain About Gaza Ceasefire

The IDF Southern Command chief says he is unsure how long the current ceasefire will hold saying 'no one body has full control of Gaza
By Gabe Kahn.
First Publish: 3/14/2012, 7:47 PM

OC Southern Commander Tal Russo and officers
OC Southern Commander Tal Russo and officers
IDF Spokesperson

The head of the IDF Southern Command said Wednesday he isn't sure how long the 'cease-fire' with Gaza's terror groups will last.

"There are many different organizations in Gaza and there is no one body that has full control," Maj.-Gen. Tal Russo told reporters.

"The IDF is following the events and is preparing for all possibilities," Russo said. "If the silence is broken we have many tools to respond with, and in the last round we did not use them all", Russo emphasized. 

"Much greater action may be required in the future, but we need to know that there are no magic solutions," he said.

Despite reports that Egypt had brokered a ceasefire between Israel and the Gaza-based terror groups,late Monday night, terrorists continued to fire rockets and missiles into Israel throughout the day on Tuesday.

Just hours after Russo spoke to reporters while touring schools in Israel's south, the Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted a Beer Sheva bound Grad missile.

One person was lightly injured on Tuesday evening after being hit in the hand by flying glass when a rocket hit Netivot and 11 people suffered shock. The attack came just hours after a pair of rockets slammed into the Ashkelon beach. No physical injuries were reported in that attack.

IAF fighters subsequently launched twin airstrikes on terrorists trying to launch more rockets into Israel – reporting direct hits.

During the four days of hostilities, terror groups fired more than 200 rockets at Israeli civilians, while the IAF responded by carefully targeting the cells firing the rockets and arms caches. Between 25 and 27 Gazans were killed in the strikes, at least 22 of whom were terrorists.

IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz has vowed “quiet in return for quiet and fire against fire.”