Sharon announces new Israeli buffer zones
JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Thursday that Israel would create new buffer zones along its borders. The announcement came as Israel launched attacks against Palestinian targets,
"In order to increase the security of Israeli subjects, we have decided to set up buffer zones in order to achieve security â€¦ and to set up obstacles along the border zones," Sharon said during a televised speech. "We all want peace we all are committed to peace."
When pressed by reporters, Sharon provided few details of the buffer zones.
Just prior to Sharon's address to the nation, Israeli forces launched strikes in Gaza against Palestinian targets in Rafah and Gaza City, the Israel Defense Forces said.
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The offensive comes in response to what Israeli officials are now calling a "guerrilla war" against Israel by the Palestinians. A surge of Palestinian attacks that began with the suicide bombing of a West Bank pizzeria Saturday culminated Tuesday with an ambush at a military checkpoint that left six Israeli soldiers dead.