Southern Israel, Gaza, calm after four days of violence
Residents of southern Israel and the Gaza Strip awoke Wednesday after spending the first night since the weekend without any violent incidents along the border, dpa reported.
A military spokeswoman in Tel Aviv said Palestinian militants had launched no rockets from the Gaza Strip, and the Israel Air Force had flown no sorties against targets in the salient.
Israel officials, from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu down, had warned throughout the escalation that Israel would intensify its attacks if Gaza militias continued to launch missiles and mortars at southern Israeli towns and villages.
Military officials quoted by Israel Radio said a forum of key ministers which met Tuesday had discussed a range of measures to take against Gaza militias, but these would only be implemented if a new round of violence were to break out.
Palestinian militants fired over 120 rockets at southern Israel, and Israel hit 15 targets in the Gaza Strip, since heavy clashes erupted Saturday after a rocket attack on an Israeli military patrol along the border with the Gaza Strip.