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Likud minister: Any Gaza rocket fire will now cause Israel to kill Hamas leaders

Finance Minister Israel Katz holds a press conference at the Finance Ministry in Jerusalem on July 1, 2020. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Finance Minister Israel Katz holds a press conference at the Finance Ministry in Jerusalem on July 1, 2020. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Finance Minister Israel Katz, one of the top members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, warns that as part of the Gaza ceasefire, Israel will now respond to any rocket fire by launching targeted strikes aimed at killing leaders of the Hamas terror group.

Speaking with Army Radio, Katz says Hamas’s Gaza governor Yahya Sinwar and the head of its military wing Muhammad Deif should know that if rockets are launched, even by accident, “their heads will be cut off.”

Any fire on the south will prompt “targeted strikes” on the leaders of Hamas, he says.

Katz also says rocket fire on the southern cities of Sderot and Ashkelon — both targeted by many hundreds of projectiles during the recent fighting — will now be considered no different from rocket fire at Tel Aviv.

“The moment there is fire on any community, we will retaliate with full force, even if we know it’ll lead to fire at Tel Aviv,” he says.

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