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Netanyahu Vows 'No Immunity' for Terrorists, Rocket Fire

PM warns that Israel will continue to respond to rocket fire along every border, even if it means continuing into the school year.
By Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 8/24/2014, 12:30 PM / Last Update: 8/24/2014, 12:34 PM

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu vowed to continue hitting Hamas hard Sunday, after a barrage of over twenty rockets pelted Israel's southern cities.

"We've shown in the last several days that there will be no immunity for those who shoot at the people of Israel," Netanyahu warned.

"Hamas is paying, and will continue to pay, a heavy price for the crimes it carries out," Netanyahu said. "I call on residents of Gaza to immediately leave any structure from which Hamas carries out terror activity against us. All such sites are a target for us."

The Prime Minister addressed Saturday night's rocket fire in the Galilee and Golan Heights as well.

"This is true for all sectors, along every border," he said. "We are determined to complete the tasks of Operation Protective Edge, even after the school year opens [next week - ed.]."

Controversy has continued over whether or not to begin the school year as rockets continue to fall, after three rockets struck near kindergartens in the past six weeks. 

Education Minister Shai Piron (Yesh Atid) asserted Thursday that the school year would continue as usual, despite the ongoing rocket fire on civilians; the Ashklelon and Be'er Sheva Regional Councils have all pledged to ignore Piron's statement, however, citing security concerns and potential psychological toll on the area's children.  

Netanyahu's statements also follow a renewed rain of rocket fire, with over twenty rockets on Sunday alone and a series of mortar shells fired into Israel from Lebanon and Syria.

The most recent salvo of rockets saw four strikes in Sdot HaNegev, one interception over Ashkelon, one strike in the Ashkelon Regional Council, and several interceptions over Ashdod. 

Reports surfaced earlier Sunday that the Lebanese Army had located the rocket launcher responsible for Saturday night's rocket on the Upper Galilee, after harsh words were exchanged between Israel and Beirut via UNIFIL. 

The IDF holds both Syria and Lebanon directly responsible for the rocket fire from their respective countries, and has vowed to take action over the barrages.