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Israel launches strikes on Gaza

Posted by on Dec. 9, 2010 at 9:11 AM
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Israel launches strikes, warns on Gaza

Reuters
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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel launched retaliatory air strikes on the Gaza Strip Thursday hours after its top soldier warned troops to be prepared for possible "wider action" on the enclave's volatile border.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said the strikes were aimed at three separate targets, two of which Gaza militants confirmed were sites they used for training. No casualties were reported.

The air strikes were launched overnight after a mortar fired by Gaza militants wounded an Israeli man at a farm.

"The situation on the Gaza Strip border is fragile these days," Israeli armed forces chief General Gaby Ashekenazi told troops based near the Gaza border, according to the Maariv daily.

Ashekenazi cited a large number of explosive devices on the border and rising activity against Israel at the northern edge of Gaza, predicting more incidents.

"We may need to be prepared for wider action. The next round will be big and it needs to end in a way that leaves no doubt who won. We are significantly stronger than the other side," the commander said, according to Maariv. Militants in the enclave ruled by the Islamist Hamas faction have fired some 200 rockets and mortars at Israel this year, the Israeli army says.

They fired about five mortar rounds late Wednesday and fragments from one wounded a man. He was taken by helicopter to hospital in Beersheba, but his injuries were not life-threatening, the army spokeswoman said.

He was the first casualty since March, when a Thai farm laborer was killed by a mortar shell.

HEAVY BLASTS

Israel usually responds to the attacks with tank fire or air strikes against militant targets or the tunnels they use to smuggle goods and arms into the territory from Egypt.

Thursday, Israeli missiles hit a training field of the Hamas armed wing, causing damage to several nearby houses and a primary school of 700 students, witnesses said.

"All the windows in the three floors of our houses were smashed. Our bedroom door was blown in," said one woman. "Every time they hit the training camp we get hurt," her son said.

Israel holds Hamas responsible for all mortar and rocket attacks, regardless of which of Gaza's militant factions fires them. Thursday's attack was claimed by the Popular Resistance Committees and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, who said their fighters had confronted Israeli army forces that penetrated the border fence with the enclave.

Israel ended 38 years of Gaza occupation in 2005 but it began blockading the strip in 2007 after Hamas Islamists hostile to the Jewish state seized power from Palestinians prepared to negotiate peace with Israel.

Palestinians and some United Nations officials say Israel's occupation can only truly end when it gives up control of Gaza's borders, coast and airspace.

(Additional reporting by Nidal al-Mighrabi in Gaza and Maayan Lubell in Jerusalem; Writing by Douglas Hamilton; editing by Noah Barkin)

 


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muslimah
by on Dec. 9, 2010 at 9:20 AM

 Dirty low down bastards. Not only was their target a police station but also a power company. It's not bad enough that Gaza is already running on only 2 out 3 power generators thanks to operation cast lead and Gazen citizens spend up to 7 hour black outs a day.

Oh did I mention it is almost like pulling teeth to get fule into Gaza to run those two power generators as it is.

muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Dec. 9, 2010 at 1:49 PM

BUMP!

Della529
by on Dec. 9, 2010 at 2:01 PM

 "...Hamas Islamists hostile to the Jewish state seized power from Palestinians..."

I wasn't aware an election was considered a "seizure".

toomanypoodles
by Ruby Member on Dec. 9, 2010 at 7:49 PM

 Israel launched retaliatory air strikes

This is the only part I read. 

Della529
by on Dec. 9, 2010 at 7:56 PM

 What do you know about Gaby Ashekenazi?  Why do you think his last name ends in those last four letters?

Quoting toomanypoodles:

 Israel launched retaliatory air strikes

This is the only part I read. 

 

muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Dec. 9, 2010 at 8:32 PM

 

Quoting toomanypoodles:

 Israel launched retaliatory air strikes

This is the only part I read. 

 Maybe you should read the entire article?

Israel holds Hamas responsible for all mortar and rocket attacks, regardless of which of Gaza's militant factions fires them. Thursday's attack was claimed by the Popular Resistance Committees and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, who said their fighters had confronted Israeli army forces that penetrated the border fence with the enclave.

Ash-hadu alla ilaaha illal-laahu wahadoo laa shareeka lah, wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan abduhu wa rasooluh

toomanypoodles
by Ruby Member on Dec. 10, 2010 at 12:43 AM

 I don't follow these stories...I just want PEACE over there!

BOTH sides need to lay down their weapons and HUG. 

Goodwoman614
by Satan on Dec. 10, 2010 at 12:55 AM

*gag****

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and now on to my comment:

OP, really.  Reuters?  Posting a story that uses terms such as islamist, besides what Della noted about the framing of democratically elected Hama as having 'seized' power.

Looks like the has bar a ops in Reuters got it done.

muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Dec. 10, 2010 at 1:06 AM

 

Quoting Goodwoman614:

*gag****

*********

and now on to my comment:

OP, really.  Reuters?  Posting a story that uses terms such as islamist, besides what Della noted about the framing of democratically elected Hama as having 'seized' power.

Looks like the has bar a ops in Reuters got it done.

 I dont care for the term Islamist at all. Yes, of course the story is slanted to Israel. When are they not?

Jackrabbitmomma
by Silver Member on Dec. 10, 2010 at 1:09 AM


Quoting toomanypoodles:

 I don't follow these stories...I just want PEACE over there!

BOTH sides need to lay down their weapons and HUG. 

i fear this may be another case of Americans asking others to do as we say not as we do.

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