Barak: Those who attack our civilians will be punished

March 12, 2012 10:18

Defense Minsiter Ehud Barak warned Monday that if rocket fire escalates from Gaza, Israel will continue air strikes against terrorist targets throughout the strip.

Speaking at a ceremony welcoming the arrival of Italy's Defense Minister Giampaolo di Paola, Barak praised the success of the Iron Dome in intercepting over 40 rockets since the beginning of the violence on Friday and said that it also contributed to boosting Israel's deterrence in light of the threats it faces in the region.

"The IDF will continue to protect Israeli citizens and will strike all those who rise to attack us," Barak said. "Those who attack our civilians will be punished."

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