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Don`t test us, Israel Army warns Gaza militants

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 23:54

Jerusalem: Israel`s top military chief has
warned Gaza militants not to "test" Israel`s strength as
troops and police were today on high alert over warnings of a
planned attack from Sinai.

Speaking late last night, Chief of Staff Benny Gantz
warned that any attempt to attack Israel would result in a
harsh response.

"Hamas and other terrorist organisations in Gaza must know
that they are wrong to test our strength and that any attempt
to harm the citizens of Israel will result in a severe
response," Gantz said in remarks which were released by the
army today.

Troops are on high alert in southern Israel over
intelligence warnings that a group of 10 militants from Gaza
have entered the Sinai and are looking for ways to stage an
attack along the lines of August 18 ambushes when gunmen
crossed the Egyptian border and killed eight Israelis on a
road near the Red Sea resort of Eilat.

The deadly attacks, which Israel blamed on Gaza militants,
sparked a week of bloody clashes, with the air force staging
multiple air strikes on Gaza killing 27 people, and militants
there lobbing over 150 rockets over the border, killing one

"The continuous rocket fire on the communities of southern
Israel, including the city of Ashdod, the malicious terror
attack in Tel Aviv on Sunday night, and the severe terror
attack at the Egypt border less than two weeks ago, prove to
us yet again, that beside striving to maintain the quiet in
our area, we must be prepared for any threat," Gantz said.


First Published: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 23:54
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