Police Chief: South knows how to live with threats

Police Insp.-Gen. Yochanan Danino says security are working non-stop in face of terror threat in south, but that residents are resilient.

December 6, 2011 19:12
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IDF soldiers in desert exercise 311. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)


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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.

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IDF alert remains; school trips to resume

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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