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Israel strikes Gaza after rocket fire

February 2, 2009


— Israel threatened “harsh and disproportionate” retaliation after Gaza militants fired at least 10 rockets and mortar shells across the border Sunday and warplanes later bombed the area where Hamas smuggles in weapons from Egypt through tunnels.

The flare-up raised the risk of growing violence in the days leading up to Israel’s parliamentary elections on Feb. 10.

Since an unwritten truce ended Israel’s offensive in Gaza two weeks ago, rocket and mortar fire from the Palestinian territory ruled by Hamas has increased steadily. Israeli retaliation, including brief ground incursions and bombings of rocket launchers and smuggling tunnels, is also intensifying.

“If there is shooting at residents of the south, there will be an Israeli response that will be harsh and disproportionate by its nature,” Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told his Cabinet.

Israel launched its three-week offensive with the aim of ending years of Hamas rocket fire at southern Israel. It left nearly 1,300 Palestinians dead, more than half of them civilians, according to Gaza officials. Thirteen Israelis were killed, including three civilians.

A late afternoon mortar barrage on the southern Israeli village of Nahal Oz, next to the Gaza border fence, wounded two soldiers and a civilian, the military and rescue services said. Earlier, a rocket landed near a kindergarten, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

Late Sunday, Palestinians reported huge explosions as Israeli warplanes dropped bombs on the Egypt-Gaza border area, where Hamas operates tunnels to smuggle in weapons, food and other goods, Palestinians said.

Israeli aircraft first flew over the area in southern Gaza setting off sonic booms. Residents said hundreds of people who work in the tunnels fled, then waited in the streets of the border city, Rafah, for the attacks to end so they could return.

The Israeli military said warplanes attacked six tunnels and also an unspecified Hamas post in northern Gaza. No casualties were reported from any of the bombings.

Hamas spokesman Taher Nunu said Olmert’s threat was an attempt by Israel to “find false pretexts to increase its aggression against the people” of Gaza.

Hamas has not taken responsibility for the new attacks, which have been claimed by smaller militant groups. But Israel says it holds Hamas, which has ruled Gaza since seizing power in June 2007, responsible for all attacks coming from there.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years ago

“If there is shooting at residents of the south, there will be an Israeli response that will be harsh and disproportionate by its nature,” Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told his Cabinet.------------------Sort goes without saying, doesn't it?

jaywalker 9 years ago

Not in this case, bozo, where Israel warned them before striking back. They said it and the militants kept on keepin' on. It's like a chihuahua instigating a mastiff, unbelievably moronic and self-destructive.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years ago

I would deny that there are plenty of Palestinian morons with mortars, but that still doesn't excuse Israeli war crimes.

Flap Doodle 9 years ago

When mortars are outlawed, only outlaws will have mortars.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years ago

But it should also be pointed out that many of those morons with mortars likely saw their entire families blown up by Israeli bombs or tank shells. That sort of thing tends to make people do unreasonable things, but around here, that only excuses Israeli violence.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years ago

A final solution to Israel's problem, madmike? A little bit of what, Lebensraum, maybe?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years ago

Would you allow a country to put a permanent blockade around yours, invade on regular basis, killing hundreds of civilians, and bulldoze your farms, schools and industries, mike?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years ago

Actually, I'm Clark Coan. I mean David Burress. I mean Boog.Aw, heck, I'm just a bozo, just like you Pilgrim.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years ago

"How can you people not see that Israel is doing exactly what Hamas wants them to do?"And Israel's leaders are doing exactly what Hamas wants them to do. Each side needs the cover of violence to carry out their policies and remain in power.

oldvet 9 years ago

"Today, Hamas is stronger than ever before,” said Asad Abu-Sharq, a professor of linguistics at al-Azhar University, as we sat in his third-floor apartment in Tel al-Hawa, a Gaza City neighborhood.Right... Sure... and that's why they get their collective butts kicked every time they fire another mortar into the civilian populations in Israel...

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years ago

If you lived in Linwood, and Lawrence had a blockade around you, and regularly dropped 2000 lbs bombs (among other truly destructive assaults) on you, what would you do, Tom?

TacoBob 9 years ago

Bozo, I predict your long-standing wish for 'equity' will soon come true. One of Hamas rockets will hit a prime target and the Israeli death toll will meet or exceed the Hamas total. Then you can move on to a different defense of these thugs. Until then, Israel is the enemy and Hamas is the 'victim'.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years ago

" Then you can move on to a different defense of these thugs."You're the one defending thugs, but just the Israeli thugs.I condemn thuggery on both sides, unlike you hypocrites.

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