Netanyahu vows tough action if truce fails

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM - Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israeli troops had responded “forcefully” to rocket fire from Gaza and could step up their response if a fragile truce failed to hold.

By (AFP)

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Published: Sun 24 Jun 2012, 10:02 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 2:42 PM

“Regarding the situation in the south, the Israeli army acted forcefully against those who try to attack us and, if necessary, the army will act more forcefully still,” Netanyahu warned at the start of a cabinet meeting.

“Our policy is to use force to restore security and calm to the residents of the south,” he added. Netanyahu spoke as a fragile second attempt at a truce between Israel and armed groups in Gaza wobbled, with the Israeli military saying three rockets fired from the Palestinian territory landed in the southern Eshkol region.

The rockets caused no damage or injuries, a military spokeswoman said, but they threatened the prospects for the ceasefire that began at midnight on Saturday. A previous truce, announced on Wednesday, had begun to unravel after Hamas threatening to call it off altogether, as Palestinian officials said three people were killed and dozens wounded in seven Israeli air strikes on Saturday.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that by Saturday evening 28 rockets had slammed into southern Israel that day and on Friday, with another 10 brought down by Israel’s Iron Dome air defence system.

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