Netanyahu: Israel has dealt strong blow to Gaza terrorist groups

PM says Israel remains on high alert for terrorist attack on Israel-Egypt border; volley of rockets intercepted over Ashdod on Sunday.

By Barak Ravid 

 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel has struck a strong blow against terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip over the past several days.

„We have collected a high price from them and we are still collecting,” Netanyahu said at a cabinet meeting. „We will continue to operate as long as it is necessary.”

Iron Dome March 11, 2012 (Ilan Assayeg)

Iron Dome battery in action in Ashdod area, March 11, 2012.

Photo by: Ilan Assayeg

Netanyahu said that Israel remains on high alert for a terrorist attack on the Egypt border. On Friday, the Israel Air Force launched a strike in Gaza that killed the leader of the Popular Resistance Committees, Zuhir al-Qaisi, who was believed to be planning a large terror attack on Israel’s southern border.

Netanyahu said there was „no doubt” that the IDF action disrupted preparations for a terrorist attack.

More than 110 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza since Friday.

More than 30 rockets have been shot down by the Iron Dome, which is designed to only intercept rockets identified as heading toward populated areas.

On Sunday afternoon, two rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome over Be’er Sheva. Shrapnel from one of them damaged a vehicle in the center of the city.

On Sunday morning, a volley of rockets fired from Gaza was intercepted by the Iron Dome system in the Ashdod area, as the escalation in Israel’s south continued for a third day.

15 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza on Sunday. Seven have been intercepted by the Iron Dome.

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