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Israel Warns Gaza on Mortar Barrage

Thursday, 07 Jan 2010 10:38 AM


The Israel Air Force dropped thousands of leaflets over Gaza on Thursday, after Palestinian militants launched a barrage of at least ten mortar shells at Israel, none of which caused injuries or damage.

Six shells exploded in the northwestern Negev, three others struck near the Kerem Shalom crossing with Gaza, while another exploded in the coastal strip.

The Defense Ministry on Thursday closed the Kerem Shalom crossing until further notice. Dozens of aid trucks that were prepared to deliver humanitarian supplies to Gaza were waiting at the crossing Thursday morning, Israel Radio reported.

The fliers warned Gaza residents to stay away from the border with Israel and to avoid involvement in smuggling, Ma'an news agency reported.

One of the fliers featured a map, and warns Gazans that anyone within 300 meters of the security fence is endangering himself.

Another flier urges Gazans not to sit idly by as smugglers put them and their communities in harm's way. It includes a phone number and E-mail address for anyone willing to provide information about the smuggling tunnels.

On Wednesday, GOC Southern Command Yoav Galant warned Negev residents that the quiet Israel has recently expereinced along the Gaza border may only be temporary, adding that the IDF was prepared to face tensions should they arise.

Galant also urged civilians in the Negev to "prepare themselves for another round of fighting."

"It is important that we fully appreciate the value of this calm period for the residents of the area," he said. "The quietness allows the development of the regional infrastructure, agriculture and economical prosperity."

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