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Israelis finally finishing off Gaza ::breaking news::

Posted by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 4:56 PM
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I am on mobile and can't link it but Gaza is under siege by Israel. Guess they are finally finishing up their genocide of the Palestinians. My heart goes out to them all. Our tax dollars at work :(
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OHgirlinCA
by Platinum Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 5:00 PM

 

 Israel kills Hamas military chief, 5 others in airstrike campaign, officials say

Ahmed Al-Jaabari, commander of the military wing of Hamas has been killed by an Israeli airstrike. Dozens of targets were hit in Gaza in the most intense attack since an Israeli offensive 4 years ago. NBC's John Ray reports.

By Lawahez Jabari, NBC News

Updated at 1:00 p.m. ET: TEL AVIV -- The head of the militant wing of the Palestinian Hamas movement and five others were killed as Israel launched a series of airstrikes in Gaza Wednesday, officials said.

Hamas spokesman Fauazy Brehom told NBC News that Ahmed Jabari was killed in the attack by Israeli forces. Jabari was the most senior commander of Hamas' military wing, the Ezzidine Al-Qassam Brigades. 

A statement from the Al-Qassam Brigades said that Israel had "opened the gates of hell."

"If I were a senior Hamas activist - I would look for a place to hide," Israel Defense Forces spokesman Brgi. Gen. Yoav (Poly) Moredechai said in a statement published online.

Moredechai said the possibility of a ground invasion would not be ruled out, and emphasized that all options remain on the table. "Infantry brigades have been shifted in preparation for the operation," his statement read. "All options that allow us to cause seriously damage to Hamas and the other terrorist organizations are on the table."

Jabari is the most senior Hamas official to have died due to Israeli military action since the killing of Saeed Seyam four years ago.

Sources at the Kamal Adwan and Al-Shifa hospitals said a total of six people had been killed and 30 injured.

A statement on the IDF website said that Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz had "approved an expansive strike against terrorist organizations in Gaza."

Ali Ali / EPA

Emergency services extinguish the burned out destroyed car of Qassam top leader Ahmed Jabari after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012.

"As a part of the program, a short while ago, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) struck Ahmed al-Jabari and other senior officers of Hamas' Military Wing, who were involved in planning and implementing dozens of attacks, including the kidnapping of SFC [Israeli soldier] Gilad Shalit," it said.

The airstrike took place in central Gaza, according to the statement, which was headlined "Chief of Hamas' Military Wing Ahmed al-Jabari assassinated." The headline was later changed to "Senior Hamas operative targeted," and the statement dropped the reference to Shalit.

Hamas Office via Reuters, file

Ahmed Al-Jabari, top commander of Hamas armed wing Al-Qassam brigades, poses for a picture after a prisoner swap deal between Hamas and Israel, in Cairo, in this October 18, 2011 file photo.

The statement quoted IDF spokesman Mordechai as saying military action began following the "intolerable situation in the south of the country, and seeks to harm terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip."

'Forward base for Iran'
The IDF later announced it had begun "Operation Pillar of Defense." Israel confirmed there had been several airstrikes.

In another update, the statement said the IDF had "targeted a significant number of long range rockets sites ... owned by Hamas. This deals a significant blow to the terror organizations' underground rocket launching capabilities and munitions warehouses that are owned by Hamas and other terror organizations."

"The Gaza strip, has turned it into a forward base for Iran, firing rockets and carrying out terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens. The IDF will continue to target terrorist sites that are used to carry out terror attacks against Israeli citizens," it said.

"The IDF will continue to target sites that are used for carrying out terror attacks against the citizens of Israel while improving their daily security," it added.

An IDF statement Monday said more than 120 rockets fired from Gaza had hit Israel since Saturday and that the Israeli air force had responded with airstrikes on a number of sites. 

Jabari had survived numerous assassination attempts in the past and had served close to a decade in an Israeli jail, according to NBC's Ayman Mohyeldin.

He was widely considered the second most important figure within Hamas' overall structure after Khaled Mishaal, the head of the organization's political bureau.

Jabari was instrumental in negotiations about the release of Shalit, Mohyeldin said. Jabari was rarely seen in public and even more seldom filmed but he was seen accompanying Shalit to the border crossing with Egypt ahead of his handover.

Egypt, UN react
Egypt's foreign minister called Israel's airstrikes on Gaza a dangerous escalation at a critical time for the region, and called on the Israeli government to quickly halt the offensive.

Egypt's ruling Freedom and Justice Party condemned the killing of Jabari, and said Israel was using the military operation as a card in its own political game, ahead of elections in January. The party called on the international community and Arab states to act immediately to stop the massacre against the Palestinian people, adding that Israel's attacks were meant to create instability in the region.

The U.N. chief also called on Israel and Palestinian Hamas militants to prevent an escalation of hostilities, urging both sides to ensure civilians will be protected, a U.N. spokesman said Wednesday.

"The Secretary-General calls for an immediate de-escalation of tensions," U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said, adding that it was a reiteration of Ban's already-stated position.

"Both sides should do everything to avoid further escalation and they must respect their obligations under international humanitarian law to ensure the protection of civilians at all times," he told reporters

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candlegal
by Judy on Nov. 14, 2012 at 5:02 PM
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Four rockets fired at Israeli town on Egyptian border; several explode inside town, one near school. No injuries or damage reported. IDF suspects rockets fired from Sinai Peninsula

Ilana Curiel

Published: 11.14.12, 14:54 / Israel News

Four rockets were fired at an Israeli town on the Egyptian border on Wednesday. Several rockets exploded inside the town. No injuries or damage were reported.

 

The Color Red alert did not sound. The defense establishment is checking where the rockets had been fired from – Sinai or the Gaza Strip. Security forces were called to the scene.

 

A short while later a mortar shell landed in an open area within the Eshkol Regional Council. There were no reports of injury or damage.

 

A resident of the community in which the rockets landed told Ynet, "We heard a whistling sound and then explosions. We initially thought it was the army because there was no siren and there are training grounds nearby, but we were later informed that one of the rockets landed inside the community, about 50 meters from a school. Other rockets landed nearby, but not as close to the homes."

 

More than 110 rockets were fired at Israel since Saturday's IDF jeep attack. The last was fired on Tuesday and landed in Ashdod.

 


מקום נפילת אחת הרקטות (צילום: עירא איתם)

One of the rockets' exploding location ( Photo: Ira Eitam)

 


Also on Tuesday, the Popular Resistance Committees' military wing released a video documenting the attack on the IDF jeep.

 

The group claimed responsibility for the attack that left four IDF soldiers wounded – one in serious condition, two in moderate condition and one in light condition.

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muslimah
by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 5:09 PM

 

Quoting candlegal:

 

Four rockets fired at Israeli town on Egyptian border; several explode inside town, one near school. No injuries or damage reported. IDF suspects rockets fired from Sinai Peninsula

Ilana Curiel

Published:  11.14.12, 14:54 / Israel News

Four rockets were fired at an Israeli town on the Egyptian border on Wednesday. Several rockets exploded inside the town. No injuries or damage were reported.

 

The Color Red alert did not sound. The defense establishment is checking where the rockets had been fired from – Sinai or the Gaza Strip. Security forces were called to the scene.

 

A short while later a mortar shell landed in an open area within the Eshkol Regional Council. There were no reports of injury or damage.

 

A resident of the community in which the rockets landed told Ynet, "We heard a whistling sound and then explosions. We initially thought it was the army because there was no siren and there are training grounds nearby, but we were later informed that one of the rockets landed inside the community, about 50 meters from a school. Other rockets landed nearby, but not as close to the homes."

 

 

More than 110 rockets were fired at Israel since Saturday's IDF jeep attack. The last was fired on Tuesday and landed in Ashdod.

 


מקום נפילת אחת הרקטות (צילום: עירא איתם)

One of the rockets' exploding location ( Photo: Ira Eitam)

 


Also on Tuesday, the Popular Resistance Committees' military wing released a video documenting the attack on the IDF jeep.

 

The group claimed responsibility for the attack that left four IDF soldiers wounded – one in serious condition, two in moderate condition and one in light condition.

source

 And this has what to do with Gaza?


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radioheid
by Libertarian on Nov. 14, 2012 at 5:11 PM
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 I just hope the US stays out of this. I think most of us are pretty damn sick of war, especially foreign wars in which we are not party, at this point.


"Roger that. Over."

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Donna6503
by Gold Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 5:11 PM
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In the past 3 weeks over 500 rockets have been fired on Israel by Hamas. We need to stand with Israel. It is the terrorists that are committing genocide. Hamas has controlled Gaza for the past seven years.

Anyone who supports Hamas as no moral sense of goodness, what so ever.
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muslimah
by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 5:14 PM
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trippyhippy
by Gold Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 5:57 PM
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6 people killed in a blast is "finally finishing off Gaza"?

BlueRay
by Bronze Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 6:10 PM
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Its only the beginning


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6 people killed in a blast is "finally finishing off Gaza"?


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ethans_momma06
by Bronze Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 6:25 PM
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Yeah, I fail to see how this is 'finishing off'.

I guess if you continue to lob rockets into a place, they don't take kindly to it and at some point decide to be proactive.

Not surprising, it's been in the media that they were probably going to revert to targeted killings of leaders. Voila.

I've honestly wondered why (since Israel gets such crap for using their weaponry as "excessive force") Israel doesn't just collect the ... what was it? 750 rockets fired at them and fire them back? Would that be 'fair fighting'?

My guess is it would be criticized louder because the innocent casualties would skyrocket in gaza. Israel wouldn't be able to prevent as much death outside the target since those aren't equipped with anything to minimize the damage- only maximize it.

So, if hitting them with advanced artillery aimed at reducing civilian casualties isn't fair, and returning fire with the same stuff they are being hit with isn't fair- can someone PLEASE tell me what IS appropriate for Israel to do when fired on?

StarburstKisses
by Bronze Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Oh geez here we go.

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