(dover.idf.il). At the cabinet meeting on Sunday morning (Mar. 27), Defense Minister Ehud Barak reviewed for other government ministers the security situation in the Gaza Strip in recent weeks. Barak noted that the IDF is routinely and continuously carrying out operations in Gaza against explosive devices planted along the border and attempts by terrorists in Gaza to launch rockets into Israel.
Barak added that operatives from Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terrorist groups have been wounded in IDF operations, which has caused the groups to fire rockets into Israel, noting that 13 terrorists had been killed and thatterrorist infrastructure had been damaged
"In the past ten days, terrorist organizations in Gaza have suffered serious blows, In our territory, in the communities adjacent to Gaza and in the south, more than 100 rockets and mortar shells fell, fortunately causing no fatalities. Three civilians were injured and a number of buildings were damaged."
"Israel will not accept [the mortar and rocket attacks] and we will continue to act to thwart them in every way required. This morning, we hit a cell that was preparing to launch [a projectile] towards Israel. We have no intention to escalate the situation and it is important to maintain the daily routine of life."