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Gantz: 'Rocket Trickling' is Unacceptable

Chief of Staff says that the operation in Gaza will continue as long as necessary until complete quiet is restored in the south.
By Kobi Finkler and Elad Benari
First Publish: 8/11/2014, 3:45 AM

Chief of Staff Benny Gantz
Chief of Staff Benny Gantz
IDF Spokesperson's Unit

Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz visited the Gaza Belt on Sunday, where he met and spoke with IDF officers and local mayors.

During the visit, Gantz made clear that a “trickling of rockets” from Gaza towards Israel was unacceptable.

"We dealt a serious blow to Hamas," he said. "Over the past 48 hours we attacked between 130 and 140 targets in Gaza. The trickling of rocket fire is unacceptable.”

Gantz made clear that “even if it takes another week, two weeks, or three more weeks," the calm to the south will be restored. He said that the achievements of the IDF in recent weeks have been significant.

"Hamas was hit very hard and so have the other terrorist organizations,” he said, adding that “we are attacking dozens of targets on a daily basis and we insist on continuing until there is absolute quiet in the south.”

On Sunday, the sides agreed on a 72-hour ceasefire, which went into effect at midnight Israel time.

The announcement of the ceasefire came after Hamas terrorists fired over 20 rockets at southern Israel throughout the day on Sunday.

16 rockets exploded in open areas and four were intercepted by the Iron Dome system. The Israeli Air Force attacked targets 36 terror targets in Gaza on Sunday.

Just moments before the ceasefire began, Hamas fired a barrage of rockets towards Israel, including Tel Aviv.