PM to security chiefs: Act strongly to protect the South

Netanyahu holds briefing with Barak, Gantz over continued Gaza violence, southern Israel; Hamas: Cease fire to take effect within hours; Kassam injures Sderot man; Palestinians report 2 dead, 30 injured in IAF strikes.

June 23, 2012 20:32
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Smoke seen as rockets are fired from Gaza.

Rockets fired from Gaza smoke 390. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Saturday told top security officials to continue acting strongly in order to ensure the safety of residents in Israel's South, following six days of rocket fire from Gaza Strip.

The prime minister made the remarks during a situational held Saturday afternoon at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, Channel 10 reported.

Later Saturday evening, Hamas said that an Egyptian-brokered cease fire between Palestinian groups in the Gaza Strip and Israel was expected to take effect Saturday night, Channel 10 reported.

IDF officials responded to the report saying "quiet will be answered with quiet and fire will be answered with fire," according to the report.

Palestinians have fired over 23 rockets from Gaza into Israel since midnight.

The IAF struck a rocket-launching cell in the northern Gaza Strip making final preparations to launch projectiles into Israel Saturday evening, the IDF Spokesman's Office said. Palestinian reports said one person was killed and ten were injured in the strike

Earlier Saturday, the IAF struck another Palestinian terrorist who was preparing to launch a rocket into Israeli territory from northern Gaza, the IDF stated. Medical officials in Gaza said at least 30 people were injured in IAF strikes Saturday.

In the earlier strike, the IDF said it recorded a direct hit and thwarted a rocket launch. A video released by the IDF Spokesman's office showed the targeting and attack of a man it said was an operative of the Popular Resistance Committees.