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PostSubject: Israeli airstrikes in Gaza enter third day   Sun Dec 28, 2008 10:18 pm

Israeli airstrikes in Gaza enter third day

GAZA CITY (CNN) -- Israeli jets pounded Hamas targets in Gaza for a third day Monday, continuing an operation that Palestinian security sources said has killed more than 270 people.

Hamas militants, meanwhile, had launched more rockets into Israel on Sunday. Israel has said its airstrikes are a necessary self-defense measure after repeated rocket attacks from Gaza into southern Israel.

Early Monday, an Israeli jet bombed the Islamic University of Gaza, a journalist who witnessed the attack told CNN. There were no immediate reports of casualties from that strike.

In Jabalya, Israeli jets fired on a metalwork shop, killing two people, according to Hamas security sources and medical officiaIs.

The U.N. called for a halt to hostilities, but Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said at a Cabinet meeting Sunday that the operation "is liable to continue for some time, perhaps more than can be foreseen at the present time."

Israel will call up 7,000 reserve soldiers, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said during the meeting. He told ministers he planned to present the measure to two Knesset committees, which must approve the action.

Meanwhile, Israeli ground troops and tanks were deployed around Gaza. There is no indication of a ground operation inside Gaza, but a senior military official said the air raids would continue and that troops around Gaza will "be activated if needed."

Palestinian security sources said Sunday that at least 277 people, most of them Hamas militants, have been killed and hundreds more wounded.

On Sunday, black plumes of smoke rose above Gaza City as makeshift ambulances screamed down rubble-strewn streets, taking wounded Palestinians to hospitals already crowded with hundreds of patients injured this weekend.

Terrified people huddled in their basements for safety, with few venturing outside, said Dr. Eyad El-Sarraj, a psychiatrist who runs Gaza's mental health program.

"The children are terrified," El-Sarraj said. "Adults are unable to provide them with security or warmth. Hospitals are stretched out of the limits. We need blood and medicine and surgical equipment."

He further warned that Gaza is heading for "a major humanitarian disaster" unless the fighting ends.

The U.N. Security Council ended a four-hour emergency meeting Sunday with a call for an immediate halt to hostilities and a re-opening of border crossings to allow humanitarian supplies to reach Gaza.

The Palestinians' U.N. envoy said if Israel does not halt attacks within 48 hours, Arab delegations will demand stronger action from the Security Council.

Israel gave in to requests from the Red Cross and others to allow 16 trucks loaded with fuel, food and medical supplies into Gaza through the Kerem Shalom crossing Sunday morning. Egypt sent 20 ambulances to its border with Gaza, an Egyptian official said.

The Red Cross and World Food Program trucks, which carried rice, wheat and medical supplies, were the first deliveries allowed by Israel since 80 trucks moved through Friday after Israel opened three border crossings.

More than 110 Hamas rockets have been launched into Israel by Hamas militants since Saturday morning, an Israel Defense Forces spokesman said. An Israeli man died when a rocket slammed into a home Saturday, IDF said.

An Israeli police spokesman said that one rocket landed north of Ashkelon, which sits about 6 miles (10 kilometers) north of the Gaza border. The city has been a frequent target of missiles launched from Gaza.

Gaza City's main police station and jail were hit by Israeli missiles Sunday morning, according to a Gaza-based journalist.

At least two people were killed when a missile struck the Seraya compound, which houses various Hamas military organizations in central Gaza City. Another two people were killed when an airstrike hit a vehicle.

Missiles also hit near the Beit Hanoun City Hall, according to a reporter there, and Palestinian sources said Israeli bombs fell on the Palestinian side of the Rafah tunnels on the Egyptian border with southern Gaza.

An Israeli army spokesman confirmed the airstrike. He said it targeted 40 tunnels on the border, which he said Hamas uses to smuggle weapons into Gaza.

Two tunnels were hit by missiles, eyewitnesses said, and others collapsed. Two people were killed.

An Egyptian soldier was killed and two other troops were wounded by Palestinians who opened fire at the Rafah border crossing, Egypt's state-run news agency reported, citing security sources.

Palestinians began trying to cross over into Egypt through a hole in the wall after the bombing, witnesses said, but Egyptian police and Hamas gunmen began firing in an attempt to stop them.

More than 40 airstrikes were carried out Sunday, the Israeli army said. An IDF spokesman said Sunday that Israel had struck 210 Hamas targets since Saturday morning.

Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian envoy to the U.N., said the casualty toll in the past day forced U.N. Security Council members to confront Israel to end the attacks.

The Security Council issued a brief press statement, which fell short of the resolution that the Palestinians requested.

The statement expressed "serious concern at the escalation of the situation in Gaza," but it did not single out Israel or Hamas when it called for "an immediate halt for all violence."

Israel's ambassador to the U.N., Gabriela Shalev, responded that her country was only defending itself from Hamas rocket attacks.

"The last days were so bad that we had to say, and did say, 'Enough is enough,' " Shalev said. "The only party to blame is the Hamas."

Hamas, however, vowed to retaliate, saying Israel had violated an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire intended to stem violence in the region.

"We will stand up, we will defend our own people, we will defend our land and we will not give up," senior spokesman Osama Hamdan said.

The U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Zalmay Khalilzad, supported Israel's contention that it was up to Hamas to stop the violence.

"Israel has the right to self-defense and nothing in this press statement should be read as anything but that," Khalilzad said.

The United States has cautioned Israel, however, to avoid civilian casualties. Israeli leaders maintain they are attempting to do so.
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Anti-Israeli demonstrations erupted in the West Bank. One person was killed and three others injured in a demonstration in Niilin, a Palestinian official said. An Israeli military spokeswoman said hundreds of Palestinians threw rocks and then fired shots at Israeli forces that were attempting to disperse them.

The power base for Abbas' Fatah party is in the West Bank. The party is locked in a power struggle with Hamas, which won parliamentary elections in January 2006 and wrested Gaza from Fatah in violent clashes last year. Abbas, a U.S. ally, wields little influence in Gaza.

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PostSubject: Re: Israeli airstrikes in Gaza enter third day   Sun Dec 28, 2008 10:20 pm

The wife and I have been watching this on the news over the past few days. It's really horrible.

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PostSubject: Re: Israeli airstrikes in Gaza enter third day   Sun Dec 28, 2008 11:51 pm

It's beyond horrible. I HATE war! It makes not flippin' sense.

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PostSubject: Re: Israeli airstrikes in Gaza enter third day   Mon Dec 29, 2008 1:08 pm

Sad for all concerned. It's terrible for the innocent Palestinians but it's difficult for Israel who has every right to protect her borders and citizens if that means going into Gaza city and bombing targets that HAMAS has purposely put in public places then thats the difficult descion you make.

HAMAS has said there will be no truce till Israel but I think Israel belives that if they stop the rocklets will be launched again.

One thing that bother me about this is that why is there only condemnation when Israel fights back nobody said anything when Hamas was firing rockets last week like people should accept that happening.
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PostSubject: Re: Israeli airstrikes in Gaza enter third day   Mon Dec 29, 2008 3:13 pm

lodgebo wrote:
One thing that bother me about this is that why is there only condemnation when Israel fights back nobody said anything when Hamas was firing rockets last week like people should accept that happening.

I dont think its a purposeful omission. Its just a dynamic of our global news, the less spectacular news gets under-reported.

Say some dork finds a sleeping bear and pokes it with a stick, not newsworthy. ''Bear castrates tard'', now thats newsworthy
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PostSubject: Re: Israeli airstrikes in Gaza enter third day   Mon Dec 29, 2008 9:44 pm

According to many people, Israel isn't only bombing government and military targets. A few residential areas have gone up.

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PostSubject: Re: Israeli airstrikes in Gaza enter third day   Mon Dec 29, 2008 9:59 pm

Yeah but Hamas are very much like Iraq under Saddam Hussain in that the military and government instalations are placed in residnetial areas in the hope that the bombers wont hit them.
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PostSubject: Re: Israeli airstrikes in Gaza enter third day   Mon Dec 29, 2008 10:20 pm

Makes sense. But none of that gives Israel the right to just up and bomb them the way they have. Although the Hamas aren't totally blameless in any of this, these were fairly unprovoked attacks that have already cost... what? More than 300 lives, right?

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PostSubject: Re: Israeli airstrikes in Gaza enter third day   Tue Dec 30, 2008 8:53 am

Iran = Hamas + Hezbollah (sic?)

US = Israel

Israel vs. Hamas (Gaza)

Proxy war.

CNN = front row.

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PostSubject: Re: Israeli airstrikes in Gaza enter third day   Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:21 pm

Exactly.

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