South knows how to live with threats, police chief says

December 6, 2011 18:06


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Southern Israel is still facing a terrorism threat, but security forces have all the tools they require to deal with the situation, Police Insp.-Gen. Yochanan Danino told a conference in Eilat on Tuesday, two days after the IDF went on high alert for possible attacks originating from Egypt.

The southern region "knows how" to cope with the threats and continue life as normal, Danino added. On Monday, the Education ministry instructed schools to cancel trips with pupils near Route 12, a road straddling the border with Egypt where a deadly terror attack in August claimed the lives of eight people.

Army and police forces "didn't sleep last night," Danino said. "We're all dealing with it," he added. The police chief said it would be irresponsible to provide further details.

Police and IDF units are heavily deployed across the area and on the border to thwart a possible repeat attack.

Earlier, Danino visited the police station in Rahat, the largest Beduin town in the Negev desert, where he praised police efforts to serve the local community.

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