Archive for December 27th, 2008

Palestinian Rocket Misfires, Kills Two Girls in Gaza

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – A crude rocket fired by Palestinian militants fell short of its target in Israel on Friday, striking a house in the northern Gaza Strip and killing two schoolgirls.

The attack came as Israel sent mixed signals over its plans to respond to continuing Palestinian rocket fire. Israeli defense officials say politicians have approved a large-scale incursion into the territory once rainy conditions clear. But at the same time, Israel appeared receptive to international pressure against an invasion, opening the Gaza border Friday to allow in deliveries of humanitarian aid.

None of Gaza’s militant factions claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on the house in Beit Lahiya. Gaza Health Ministry official Dr. Moiaya Hassanain said the two victims, ages 5 and 12, were cousins. Three other children were wounded, he said.

The girls were the first Palestinian civilians inadvertently killed by militants since their truce with Israel began collapsing six weeks ago. Family members and medics said they were killed by rocket fire.

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Pali Terrorist Push Israel to Violence

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

If anyone is actually interested in why Israel is dropping bombs on the Pali terrorist, here is the reason:

“…Palestinian militants have fired some 300 rockets and mortars at Israeli targets over the past week, and 10 times that number over the past year.”

This while there was a “truce” between Israel and Pali-land.

My comment to the Israelis; “go for it and don’t stop”.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli warplanes sent more than 100 tons of bombs crashing down on key security installations in Hamas-ruled Gaza on Saturday, killing more than 200 Palestinians at the launch of an open-ended campaign mean to stop rocket and mortar attacks that have traumatized southern Israel.

Gaza sources told FOX News 225 people were killed in in the attacks, and the Associated Press is reporting more than 400 were reportedly wounded in one of the bloodiest days in decades of Israeli-Palestinian fighting. One Israeli was also killed and six Israelis were wounded.

The unprecedented assault sparked protests and condemnations throughout the Arab world, and many of Israel’s Western allies urged restraint, though the U.S. blamed Hamas for the fighting.

But there seemed to be no end in sight.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told FOX News his country “cannot really accept” a ceasefire with Hamas.

“For us to be asked to have a ceasefire with Hamas is like asking you to have a ceasefire with Al Qeada,” said Barak, in the televised interview Saturday afternoon. ” It’s something we cannot really accept.”

Militants often operate against Israel from civilian areas, and that has led to steep civilian casualties in the past when Israel has retaliated. Late Saturday, thousands of Gazans received Arabic-language voice mails on their cell phones from the Israeli military, urging them to leave homes where militants might have stashed weapons.

The offensive began eight days after a six-month truce between Israel and the militants expired. The Israeli army says Palestinian militants have fired some 300 rockets and mortars at Israeli targets over the past week, and 10 times that number over the past year.

“There is a time for calm and there is a time for fighting, and now is the time for fighting,” said Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, vowing to expand the operation if necessary.

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