IDF deliberating ways to stop Kassams

IDF kills Al Aksa operatives in Gaza; Two wounded by Kassam in Sderot.

October 1, 2006 00:13
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IAF copter cool 298.88. (photo credit: IDF [file])

IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz said Sunday that IDF was considering a broader ground offensive in the Gaza Strip to try to stop Palestinians from firing homemade rockets into Israel. Asked on Israel Radio about the ongoing Kassam rocket fire, Halutz said the military was deliberating the possibility of a "deeper, more ongoing ground offensive." "We have to find military means to reduce the Kassam fire," he said. Halutz spoke the morning after two Al-Aksa Martyrs' Brigades operatives were killed and three other Palestinians were wounded on Saturday night in an IAF airstrike in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, medical officials said. The IDF said it had targeted a vehicle carrying a group of Palestinian operatives involved in attacks on Israel. The airstrike occurred shortly after IDF troops attacked a target along the Israeli border in northern Gaza. Witnesses said there were no casualties. The IDF said it had targeted a Palestinian operative who had tried to fire a rocket into Israel. Earlier Saturday, two people were lightly wounded and seven others suffered shock when a Kassam rocket, fired from the northern Gaza Strip, landed in the yard of a house in Sderot. The causalities were evacuated to Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon. AP contributed to this report

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