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Ending rocket fire from Gaza unlikely, say unnamed Israeli army officials

Smoke rises from different points of the city as Israeli attacks continue in Khan Yunis, Gaza on December 30, 2023 [Abed Rahim Khatib/Anadolu Agency]

Smoke rises from different points of the city as Israeli attacks continue in Khan Yunis, Gaza on December 30, 2023 [Abed Rahim Khatib/Anadolu Agency]

Israel’s ongoing war on Gaza is unlikely to end rocket attacks from the Palestinian enclave into the country, unnamed military officials said Sunday, Anadolu Agency reports.

“The deepening of the fighting certainly contributes to reducing the missile capabilities in Gaza,” the officials said, according to Israeli Army Radio.

“However, even if the war ends with Israel’s success in achieving its goals, estimates indicate that it will be possible for rockets to still be launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel,” the sources added

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said the aims of the ongoing onslaught on Gaza include returning Israeli hostages held there, as well as ending Hamas’ rule in Gaza, and eliminating the resistance group’s military capabilities.

“The Israeli army’s ability to hit long-range rocket launchers is good, but it is difficult to reduce short-range fire from the Gaza Strip to zero,” the sources added.

“Even after two years from now, the residents of areas surrounding the Gaza Strip may still hear sirens sounding due to rocket launches from Gaza,” a senior Israeli officer told the radio station.

The Israeli onslaught has left Gaza in ruins, with 60% of the enclave’s infrastructure damaged or destroyed, and nearly 2 million residents displaced amid acute shortages of food, clean water and medicine.

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