Smoke rises after an IAF airstrike in Gaza 311 (R).
(photo credit: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters)
Close cooperation between the air force, the IDF’s Southern Command, and the
intelligence services led to one successful strike after another against Gazan
terrorist targets during the recent round of violence, the Southern Command said
The comments came after an examination by the Southern
Command into its performance during the five-day period of
Islamic Jihad, which led the firing of rockets at southern
Israel, and Hamas, which sat on the sidelines, are more deterred by the IDF now
than before the escalation, according to the findings.
senior officer from the Gaza Division said the relatively low casualty rate
among Palestinian noncombatants was made possible by surgical strikes on
rocket-launching crews that were carefully assessed beforehand. His comments
were made available in a report by the IDF Spokesman’s Office.
strikes away from Palestinian noncombatants is important to the IDF, the officer
said, adding that decision-makers “thought twice before every attack” to ensure
“We succeeded in coming full circle and hit rocket and
mortar-launching squads before they attacked, or afterwards in a short period of
time,” a senior officer said.
“Our attacks were better [than previous
rounds] from an overall view.
We succeeded in locating terrorists and
thwarting their activities,” he added.
The officer described the damage
sustained by Islamic Jihad as being “significant.”
acknowledged that a large number of rockets were fired into Israel, those behind
the rockets were hit on many occasions, the officer said. “We will be even
better prepared for the next escalation,” he added.