IDF observing Hamas strides to deter Gaza rocket fire

Hamas is reportedly deploying troops on Gaza-Israel border to deter attacks by smaller terrorist factions.

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January 21, 2014 09:46
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Hamas security forces.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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The IDF was seeing substantial Hamas attempts to cease rocket fire emanating from Gaza by smaller terrorist factions.



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Hamas has reportedly deployed hundreds of forces along the border fence with Israel in attempt to deter escalations and prevent further rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israel, Israel Radio reported Tuesday.



In light of the recent slew of rocket fire on Israel, the ruling organization in the Gaza Strip has pointed toward rogue elements as responsible for the attacks.



Late Monday night, Palestinians terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired three projectiles at southern Israel. All three exploded in open territories in the Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries or damage were reported.



Meanwhile, Egypt has reportedly been exerting third-party mediation efforts between Israel and Hamas to prevent further escalations, according to Israel Radio.



"All parties are interested in calm, both with us, and with you," a security source in Gaza told the radio station.





A senior Islamic Jihad official alleged that his organization was also not interested in an escalation, Israel Radio reported.



On Sunday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu responded to the possible escalation in Gaza warning Hamas of a "powerful" repercussions to any attacks on Israel.



"We must preserve quiet in the South. We will do this through the policy of preemptive strikes, and through a powerful response to those trying to hurt us," he said, adding, "I recommend that Hamas take note of this policy."



The prime minister's comments followed an IAF strike on targets in Gaza on Sunday morning, seriously injuring a member of the Islamic Jihad who was involved in a rocket launch on Israel last week.

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