Saturday, December 27, 2008

Israel Starts the Killing Again

The aftermath of an IDF...


Scores killed in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza

Israel has launched a massive wave of air strikes on Hamas targets in Gaza after warning of a fiery riposte to ongoing rocket fire, officials said.

Israeli military spokesman Avi Benayahu told army radio the massive bombardment of Gaza was only just beginning.

"At least 140 people perished in these operations and more than 100 others were wounded thoughout the Gaza Strip," Hamas health minister Bassem Naim told AFP.

The bombardments killed at least 70 people in Gaza City itself, most of them believed to have been inside Hamas police headquarters, medics said.

The mid-morning air raids followed days of rocket and mortar attacks on Israel by militants inside Gaza, which the Jewish state had warned would be met with harsh reprisals.

"This is only just the beginning of an operation launched after a security cabinet decision. It could take time. We have not fixed a timeline and we will act according to the situation on the ground," Benayahu said.

Thick black smoke billowed over Gaza city, where the port and security installations of the Islamist Hamas group were badly damaged.

Television footage showed dead bodies scattered on the ground and wounded and dead being carried away by distraught rescuers. There was widespread damage to buildings.

more - Telegraph UK

Also see: Guardian UK

& Al-Jazeera TV Carries Special Coverage of Israeli Raids on Gaza

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Smoke rises from Israeli missile strikes in the northern Gaza Strip as seen from the Israeli community of Netiv Hasara, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008. Israeli aircraft struck Hamas security compounds across Gaza on Saturday in an unprecedented series of simultaneous strikes. Hamas and medics reported that dozens of people were killed and that others were still buried under the rubble. Health Ministry official Moawiya Hassanain said at least 120 people were killed. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov) Breitbart.com

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Smoke rises from Israeli missile strikes in the northern Gaza Strip as seen from the Israeli community of Netiv Hasara, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008. Israeli aircraft struck Hamas security compounds across Gaza on Saturday in an unprecedented series of simultaneous strikes. Hamas and medics reported that dozens of people were killed and that others were still buried under the rubble. Health Ministry official Moawiya Hassanain said at least 120 people were killed. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov) Breitbart.com

Hamas security compounds are often located in civilian areas. The first air strikes took place as children were leaving school. Plumes of black smoke rose over Gaza City, sirens wailed through the streets and women frantically looked for their children.

One man sat in the middle of a Gaza City street, close to a security compound, alternately slapping his face and covering his head with dust from the bombed-out building.

"My son is gone, my son is gone," saud Sadi Masri, 57. The shopkeeper said he sent his son out to purchase cigarettes minutes before the airstrikes began and now could not find him. "May I burn like the cigarettes, may Israel burn," Masri moaned.

Civilians rushed to the targeted areas, trying to move the wounded in their cars to hospitals.

Television footage showed Gaza City hospitals crowded with people, civilians rushing in wounded people in cars, vans and ambulances. "We are treating people on the floor, in the corridors. We have no more space. We don't know who is here and what the priority is to treat," said one doctor who hung up the phone before identifying himself at Shifa Hosptial, Gaza's main treatment center. Breitbart.com


One killed as Kassams barrage begins

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Less than two hours after IAF airstrikes hammered Hamas installations throughout the Gaza Strip, Palestinian gunmen launched on Saturday what many expect to be the beginning of a massive Kassam rocket barrage into Israeli territory.

Over 20 rockets struck areas throughout the western Negev. In Netivot, one person was killed, one person was seriously wounded, and four others sustained light to moderate injuries when their house was hit by a rocket. Another rocket struck an open area in the city.

All the wounded were evacuated to Soroka hospital in Beersheva.

In Ashkelon, at least eight rocket strikes were reported, with one hitting an apartment building.

For the first time ever, a Kassam rocket struck Kiryat Gat. The "Color Red" warning siren also sounded in Ashdod, although the location of a rocket strike had yet to be reported.

Nobody was hurt in any of the other attacks.

more - Jerusalem Post


IDF: Weekend strike in Gaza 'only the beginning'

http://www.ynetnews.com/PicServer2/28102008/1761313/JER05_a.jpg The IDF's deadly strike on the Gaza Strip, which began Saturday morning, is far from over: The IDF said that while the first wave of fire was concluded, the military has to study the strike's results before deciding on the next stage of the assault, which was launched in response to the nonstop rocket fire from the Strip at the western Negev.

As the IAF launched its attack, Defense Minister Ehud Barak declared the Gaza vicinity communities under a "special situation in the home front," giving security forces special jurisdiction over the area and allowing them to make municipal decision the likes of how the local schools and industries will operate.

The special situation status includes all communities within a 13-mile radius of the Gaza Strip.

more - ynet


Hamas urges military wing to fire long-range rockets


Prepare for More Rockets

Another lesson from the Lebanon War, which the cabinet should have posted on the walls of the room while instructing the army to embark on an operation in Gaza, is as follows: Be prepared for the possibility that hundreds of rockets will be fired at Israel for an extended period of time.

This includes rockets with a 40-kilometer range that may hit the Ashdod Port, Beersheba, and in fact every large southern city. These rockets will be fired until the last day of the war, yet this will not be considered an Israeli failure.

What will be considered an Israeli achievement is a Hamas request for a ceasefire – after significant assets that make up its power will no longer exist: Government, military, and civilian facilities. Any less than that would be a waste of time; if Hamas leaders will be able to emerge out of their bunkers, restore the group’s infrastructure within two months, and renew the fire and the balance of terror, it means they won.
more - ynet


Israel gives Gazans New Year Surprise

Bodies lie outside the Hamas police headquarters following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City. At least 180 Gazans have been killed and 800 others have been wounded.
World silence on the collective punishment of the native people of Gaza has prompted a devastating Israeli attack on the coastal strip. Press TV


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Mohammed Saber/European Pressphoto Agency The attack came in mid-morning, when buildings were filled. NY Times
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