Fighting flares in Gaza, shattering lull

2011-04-07 22:43

Gaza - An anti-tank missile fired from Gaza hit an Israeli school bus on Thursday, wounding two people, and Israeli forces retaliated by shelling the territory, killing three Palestinians, Palestinian medics said.

A teenage boy aboard the bus was seriously wounded, and at least eight people including a 4-year-old girl were injured in the densely populated Gaza Strip by the Israeli response, which included tank, warplane and helicopter fire.

An Israeli F-16 warplane bombed a major security compound of the Islamist Hamas group which rules Gaza, rocking Gaza City with a big explosion and wounding at least one person there.

The Israeli military said 45 rockets and mortars were launched into Israeli territory from Gaza in the space of three hours, the heaviest fire in two weeks. There were no immediate reports of further Israeli casualties as a result.

'Iron Dome'

In its first known combat launching of a system built to defend against cross-border rocket and missile attack, an Israeli "Iron Dome" interceptor missile destroyed a rocket fired from Gaza in the direction of the city of Ashkelon.

An Israeli helicopter gunship flying over Gaza machine-gunned a target in Gaza for the first time since the January 2009 war and fired a missile at some targets in the centre of the coastal territory.

Helicopter machinegun fire killed a 17-year-old collecting scrap from the enclave's derelict airport, medics said, and a 50-year-old man was killed by tank fire.

Palestinian sources said militants in the enclave fired back at the helicopter with a heavy machinegun.

The Israeli bus had been taking pupils home from school when it was hit by what a police spokesperson said was an anti-tank missile. Forty pupils had got off the bus at a previous stop, he said.


Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak issued a statement saying he had ordered the military to "swiftly take all the necessary steps and respond to the attack" and that Israel held Hamas responsible for all events taking place in the enclave.

The missile attack followed a relative lull in cross-border attacks between Gaza and Israel after a sudden rise in violence last month in which at least 16 Palestinians were killed.

Israel and Hamas had signalled readiness to return to a de facto ceasefire which has kept the border relatively quiet since the end of the December 2008-January 2009 Gaza war.

  • Brandon - 2011-04-07 23:36

    These Palestinians are absolute idiots, they constantly provoke Israel. If peace is ever to be achieved, it will be down to the Palestinians attitude towards Israel, but then how can the Israelis ever trust the Palestinians? Every time Israel hint at extending a hand out, the Palestinians go and do something ridiculous. The Palestinians were effectively squatters in the land that rightfully belonged to the Jewish People, the Palestinians are offshoots of Syrians, Egyptians and other Arab nations, they should not have been there to begin with. They need to realise this, and more so, realise that its the other Arab states who are pushing the tension out of their own desire to negatively affect Israel, states like Iran and Syria don’t give a damn about the Palestinians lives and well-being, all they care for is satisfying their own hatred of the Jewish people. The Palestinians need to wise-up, Israel is not to be messed with, continue to do so, and they will meet their own demise, slowly, but certainly.

      alfred - 2011-04-08 00:20

      @Brandon Please give me your address. I will be coming to collect what rightfully belongs to my people. You are but a squatter in Africa who doesnt belong here in the first place.

      Brandon - 2011-04-08 02:10

      @alfred My address is Berlin, Germany...I returned to my ancestors' origin 10 years ago, I watch from the comfort of my civilised and well run country, the degradation and squander of a country that could have been great. You're welcome to come and try take my possessions from me, but I doubt you will succeed, considering here, our police actually do their jobs very well, and our immigration will deal with you swiftly before you might even step out of the international airspace that is the port you attempt to enter at.

      alfred - 2011-04-08 02:35

      @Brandon So what are your feelings about the Turks in Frankfurt? Or the Russians or Vietnamese? Or the Roma? Will you voice your opinion to remove them from your newly adopted homeland?

      Brandon - 2011-04-08 02:57

      @alfred The Turks came here as guest workers due to the rapid expansion of the German economy, they had children, these children being born in Germany are German citizens. The few Russians are wealthy and pay their way(the Eastern Europeans you might be confusing the rest for Russians, are from countries that are members of the EU and have legal right to work here ie. Lithuanians etc), the Vietnamese were exchange workers in East Germany due to sharing socialist/communist values between the 2 countries and like the Turks bore children in Germany and are German citizens...the Roma are illegals and should be sent back,not due to their origins, but due to their parasitic nature in acquiring moneys and possessions, but Germany with its dark past of Genocide by way of the Nazis, is today an extremely liberal country and choose not to go the route that the French have gone. I, unlike yourself, educate myself on matters before spewing garbage online, take this free 'ejookeshen' and continue to educate yourself.

      alfred - 2011-04-08 03:22

      @Brandon you are dodging my question. Do you believe the Turks, Russians and Roma who, as EU citizens(the law you know) is allowed to be there, are merely renting their space in Germany. Its a simple analogy. Do you, as a apparently German person, have the right to evict said Turks or Russians or Roma? In terms of the law!!!

      lordwabbitspam - 2011-04-08 06:49

      @alfred, he did answer your question. I also suppose you are going to now take all your possessions and give them to the few remaining koi tribesman. They were here in africa before any of us. If the cradle of humanity theory is to be believed we ALL start in africa. Some of us have decided to come back home, while others never left.

      PDP - 2011-04-08 07:38

      And let's not forget how Shaka raped & plundered his way in.

      alfred - 2011-04-08 07:39

      @lordwabbitspam. My point exactly. No I will not give up all of my possessions and neither could anyone expect me to if the land was empty for hundreds of years. And how does your cradle of humanity idea work? How far back do we go? 10 years? 100 years or 1000 years? Give me a figure because the Isrealis sure as hell werent there there when it all started (if the theory is to be believed).

      pop101 - 2011-04-08 09:05

      Alfred, do you believe in the "promised land" theory? I guess it depends whether you are religious or not, despite, do you think that King David existed.

  • BernieK - 2011-04-08 05:59

    Alfred, your question is not relevant. Whites in South Africa emigrated here more than 350 years ago. The Turks etc in Germany were not there 350 years ago! The Turks were invited, so they could possibly be asked to move out again which I very much doubt is going to happen, so please not be worried about that. In SA we have a very very different scenario, so please compare apples with apples. The whites arrived here when the world was a very different place. If you want to remove the whites then you may just start to do that world wide. In history people have always migrated so did blacks as well years ago. They were moving from East Africa INTO southern africa, before them the SAN people was here. So if you want to argue that whites must leave then please be so kind and apply the same to the blacks in south africa, move them back to where they came from and encourage the remaining SAN people to multiply and to take back their land. The same also applies to people the rest over the world, so be not biased o lord and go and present those peoples with your stupid argument and see what is going to happen to you...

      alfred - 2011-04-08 07:46

      I agree but, are you saying it doesnt apply to Palestinians? They also migrated and settled there. You say the same applies to the rest of the world but why doesnt it apply to Israel and Palestine?

  • BernieK - 2011-04-08 06:09

    By the way Alfred, the Palestinians are the ones provoking Israel, if my neighbour keeps on throwing stones on my roof I will surely sort him out there and then - he will not do that again. I will deal harsher than the Israelis. Will you accept it if people are throwing things in your yard. Perhaps by the look of your argument. The Pallies are getting what they ask for. There are reasons why certain people do not want peace in the middle east. Hamas and its cronies from Syria and Iran do not want peace. They want war for certain reasons just as much as the ANC wants poverty in SA. This gives them the reason to blame someone else for their own incompetent actions.

      alfred - 2011-04-08 07:59

      If your neighbor has a clearly defined border and yet every year, takes a piece of your property and claim it as their own, how would you react? Would you deal harshly with that neighbour?

      pop101 - 2011-04-08 08:56

      Alfred, if your neighbor have clearly demarcated proclaimed boundaries, would you keep throwing hand grenades into his property? Also, land taken during war is the legal property of the victor. This is how borders between opposing countries were shaped for years and years.

  • Jaimo - 2011-04-08 07:44

    The Palestinians should be resettled back from whence they came - Migrant labour for the British in 1930/40s from Egypt/Jordan/Syria! Blair/Cameron should pay for this in British pounds! The whole of Israel for all the Jews! Viva Israel. - 2011-04-08 12:07

      Amen Jaimo! Am Yisrael Chai - 2011-04-08 12:08

      Amen Jaimo! Am Yisrael Chai

  • John Gillow - 2011-04-08 09:00

    My god ,most of you guys are idiots!!!Palestinians should resettle where they came from, do you think before you speak?Look at the bible where Jesus cursed the jews not to mention the history,the arab jews stayed in palestine and live with muslims.The problem is when the European jews started to settle in palestine and now steal land.@brendon the palestinians where jews before but converted to Islam and hence has every right to be there.And if the west feels so guilty about what happened to the jews in world war 2 then europe should give these european jews a place to live in Europe.People like brandon and the rest of the clan are hypocrits,let zimbabwe blacks take land from the whites because its theres ,then they want to cry.Israel does it and its there given right.Where is the justice or do you have to european to be correct?Such a shame that people do not even know there history!

      Jaimo - 2011-04-08 11:18

      wow - your brains are messed!

  • JT4 - 2011-04-08 10:01

    Every action has to have a reaction and whether or not you 'feel' that Israel is legitimate or not has absolutely ZERO bearing on the outcome... how about all teh commentators on this forum direct their narrow minded prejudices elsewhere, preferably closer to home (SA)

  • Mike - 2011-04-08 10:17

    @John Gillow Yes, coz u now ur history perfectly urself. Muslims were never Jews, they come from Ishmael, the son of Abraham, yes, but there was no such thing as Judaism then, just monotheism.

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