Wednesday, December 9, 2009

90% drop in rocket attacks since Cast Lead

(Ynet).Since the end of Operation Cast Lead almost one year ago, there has been a 90% decline in rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza. According to IDF data, since the last of the Israeli soldiers left the Strip, 242 rockets, mortar shells, and Grad missiles have been fired at Israel. Only a marginal part of these exploded in populated areas.

According to estimates, Hamas will continue to maintain quiet on the front at this point. But the IDF is also preparing for other scenarios, out of the understanding that the security situation could quickly deteriorate.

"While Hamas may not be firing rockets at this time, it is is intensively working to gather strength, mainly by smuggling weapons through the Philadelphi route.

Since the end of the operation, 91 attempted attacks on IDF forces on the Gaza border have been recorded. Most of the incidents were of small arms shootings.

The IDF, which also deals with defensive activity, has been required to respond to the rocket attacks. IDF numbers show that since the end of the operation, 143 targets have been hit in Gaza, including Hamas facilities, tunnels and terrorists.