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Israel raid kills top Gaza militants

2011-10-29 17:24

Gaza - Israel's air force bombed an Islamic Jihad camp in the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday, killing a commander of the Palestinian faction and four of its munitions experts, officials on both sides said.

The strike in Rafah, a town in Gaza's border with Egypt, followed a Palestinian cross-border rocket launch this week which the Israelis blamed on Islamic Jihad. That attack caused no casualties but a rocket landed deep enough to set off sirens on the outskirts of Tel Aviv.

Islamic Jihad said an explosion in the Rafah base killed commander Ahmed al-Sheikh Khalil and four senior comrades who oversaw the manufacture of bombs and rockets for the faction.

Doctors said two other militants were hurt in the incident, during which witnesses reported Israeli helicopters overhead.

In Jerusalem, the Israeli military said in a statement that its aircraft had "targeted a terrorist squad... that was preparing to launch long-range rockets".

Ceasefires

It said those struck were responsible for the rocket launch late on Wednesday, though no Palestinian faction had claimed responsibility.

Islamic Jihad, a sometime ally of Gaza's ruling Hamas, has chafed at recent efforts by the powerful faction to impose de facto ceasefires with Israel.

Hamas and Israel carried out the first stage of a major Egyptian-brokered prisoner exchange last week which stirred speculation a more enduring detente could be in the works.

"There is no chance of speaking about a truce now, following such a big crime against leaders of the group," said Islamic Jihad spokesperson Abu Ahmed.

"Now we are talking about the suitable response to this crime."

Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri accused Israel of a "serious escalation against our people".

In keeping with Israeli government policy, the military statement said: "The Hamas terror organisation is solely responsible for any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip."

Comments
  • Selwyn - 2011-10-29 18:04

    If someone kept on poking me in the back I will eventually bliksem them, why does Hamas keep on firing rockets into peaceful Israel???

      Dirk - 2011-10-29 19:32

      I came here expecting Ali Baba and his 40 robed friend to be here.And what do I find- just pro- Israel comments. This must be a first because the name Israel, attracts them like flies. God bless Israel.They have every right to defend their sovereignty.

      Barry - 2011-10-29 21:23

      @Selwyn You got to be kidding. Surely. Israel are is not a peaceful nation. Go look at their shocking history.

  • David - 2011-10-29 18:30

    Dont worry Selwyn,they will be bliksemed.

  • Leon - 2011-10-29 19:13

    Israel hit them and hit them hard, hamas doesn't want peace All the way behind you. moer hul goed

  • Yar - 2011-10-29 19:20

    Bullseye!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • braamc - 2011-10-29 20:23

    Enough of this already

      Jaba - 2011-10-30 16:16

      the only party tht has the power to stop this cycle of violence is Iran. in the same way the sponser the terror - they could also unsponser it.

  • John - 2011-10-29 20:37

    "There is no chance of speaking about a truce now, following such a big crime against leaders of the group," said Islamic Jihad spokesperson Abu Ahmed. "Now we are talking about the suitable response to this crime." Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri accused Israel of a "serious escalation against our people". So, they could talk peace while sending out rockets? What about the crimes against Israel? You can talk peace while killing PEOPLE? What warpped mind have you got?

  • Jaba - 2011-10-30 00:34

    It seems like the only way to fight terror is with terror. and please don't take any prisoners - terrorist should face the death penalty. raise the bar - show them that a Democratic peaceful nation can and will lower themselves to their level (1000 to 1 ratio). educate them that terrorism doesn't pay. they started firing rockets again a few days ago... they want their stupid holy war - i say f the world -and give them what they truly want - martyrdom. I think it is time .... ... to turn Gaza into a big pile of rubble. Gilad is home; nothing left to care about. There's only so long Israel can let indiscriminate missile fire continue, especially if the assorted terrorist rabble in Gaza is ratcheting up the ante. Rabble to rubble. Has a nice ring, doesn't it?

  • Adam - 2011-10-30 10:37

    amazing how news24 has not reported on missiles being launched into israel SINCE the ceasefire. lesson learned: never trust a rat

      Barry - 2011-10-30 18:38

      @Adam. Its amazing why Israel is governed by apartheid. That is never reported either.

      BA - 2012-01-31 00:38

      Barry: You are so full of crap. Where were your comments when the muslims kill hundreds of Christians in Nigeria, when the Bangladeshis were killed in their hundreds by muslim separatists, when the muslims "honour" (what a joke) murdered 4 of their family in Canada, when a muslim tried to bomb a newspaper company in Norway? All of these stories appeared TODAY on News24. Besides telling you something about the muslim culture and religion, it says a lot about you, you hypocritical, Jew-haters. You suck - objectively and empirically, you are horrible person

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