IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz held a situation assessment on Saturday night following the escalation in the south, and toured the border area on the northern Gaza Strip to examine troop readiness.
During his visit he met with commanders from the infantry and armored corps. Gantz was accompanied by the OC Southern Command, the head of the Planning Directorate and the head of the Computer Service Directorate.
"Hamas is responsible for the continuous rocket fire from the Gaza Strip," Gantz said. "IDF forces are prepared to respond to any scenario in order to allow the residents of the south to continue with their daily lives. We will respond with force if the calm is not restored."