Gaza leader dies in air strike

2012-10-14 14:23

Gaza City - A leader of a hardline Islamist group that has claimed a spate of rocket attacks on Israel in recent days was among three Palestinians killed in Israeli air strikes on Gaza, sources on both sides said on Sunday.

Sheikh Hisham al-Saedini, 43, also known as Abu al-Waleed al-Maqdisi, one of the founding members of Salafist group the Mujahedeen Shura Council, was killed in a strike late on Saturday on the north Gaza town of Jabaliya, Palestinian security sources said.

Fellow Salafist militant Fayek Abu Jazar, 42, died with him as they rode a motorbike. Two other people, one of them a 12-year-old boy, were wounded.

A second air strike early on Sunday killed Yasser Mohammad al-Atal, 23, of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the sources said. One other person was wounded.

An Israeli military statement said that its "aircraft targeted a terrorist squad in the southern Gaza Strip in its final preparations to fire rockets at Israel. A hit was confirmed."

The strike came hours after Gaza militants fired a rocket that exploded in an open field in the Eshkol region of southern Israel, a military spokesperson said. 

  • joe.bute.7 - 2012-10-14 15:18

    Wait for the terrorist sympathisers to jump on the band wagon. Another example of hiding behind children.

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-14 17:08

    The comments on this page are sad. Whoever he was and whatever he did, however wrong, he was still a human being.

      danny.levin.351 - 2012-10-14 18:31

      Fred, before you lament their death please ask yourself if you would be so sad if they had been firing rockets and mortar bombs at your home. try to imagine living with 80 rockets raining on your home each day (this has been the case for the past week) .

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-10-14 19:23

      Sorry Fred, the sooner these enemies of humankind are eradicated by pinpoint execution, the sooner we will all find peace in this world. Not just for Israel, but for all freedom loving nations.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-14 20:19

      I understand that when people choose to die and harm as many of their perceived enemies as possible, there's really only on way to respond to save other lives. But I think it's still important to hold a reverence for human life, and some form of compassion.

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-10-14 18:28

    Typical of news 24, they ommited from the report that the late terrorists were killed within minutes of having fired mortar bombs towards the nearby CIVILAN population of Israel.

      anneck.cranke - 2012-10-14 19:14

      Freedom from what, Patrick? The Palestinians are free to go wherever they like! Jordan, Egypt, even Israel!

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-10-14 19:24

      Correction. Murderous terrorists targeting women and children because they are Jewish.

      anneck.cranke - 2012-10-14 19:36

      Larry, not to mention while they hide behind their own women and children in the process...

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-10-14 19:46

      They will get nothing but death and suffering, because this is what they love more than anything else, so they behave in a manner which brings this upon themselves. They dont want freedom. They have no concept of freedon, because islam does not allow freedom.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-14 20:20

      Patrick, you're editing the main part of the story. In so doing, you're falling for the lies sold to you by the unelected dictators and Jihadists in the region. 100 million Muslims of the region have seen through them. You haven't. You're in danger of being left behind.

      anneck.cranke - 2012-10-14 21:26

      Patrick, or lesego, whatever your name is... What is freedom to you my friend? Surely freedom allows even some ordinary Palestinians to see the truth about what Hamas really stands for. Hamas simply executes fellow Palestinians who say a bad word about them - accusing them of spying for Israel! Is that freedom? Who is the little idiot now????

      Larry - 2012-10-15 15:47

      Lesego, it is the Palestinians who support their own suffering. Their greatest suffering is their Islamic induced humiliation, which they can only deal with by subverting the humiliation into irrational hatred and death. They must fix their own psychosis and become humble humans.

  • peter.t.solomon - 2012-10-14 18:58

    Good news

  • Fox Trixter - 2012-10-14 23:02

    If you havent been to Palestine, then shut the f*ck up! if you havent seen the kind of oppression, segregation and humiliation experienced by Palestines in security checkpoints like the one close to Qalandia, then just shut the f*ck up! Palestinians need permits to even move within their own Country! I didnt read about it on news24, I was there!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-15 05:24

      Israel was created in 1948 from 52% of the land formerly occupied by the Jewish and Palestinian people, and Palestine 43%. Most of the Israeli territory was the Negev Desert. Jerusalem fell into neither territory. Palestinians with their unelected, self-serving neighbors declared war on Israel the very next day. In the 1960's they even invaded Israel twice. Full military invasions. The result: Israel survived and pushed them back, gaining territory in the process. This is the origin of what you wrongly call "stealing land". There have been almost daily attacks by Palestinians, incited by their self-serving unelected backers. Palestinians even teach their children at Kindergarten to attack Israel, rather than be peaceful. Children in Kindergarten. Think about this. From day one, and even today it's wage war on Israel. Israel defends herself. Yes sometimes going too far, which is unacceptable, but self-defense nonetheless. All that needs to happen is for Palestinians to choose peace side by side with Israel. This is more likely going forward now because the unelected dictators are being removed from power by their people, one by one. They will no longer use the Palestinians for their own internal political ploys. Unfortunately you haver fallen for the lies hook-line-and-sinker, while 100 million Muslims of the region, the new generation, have seen through them. You're being left behind.

      ashraaf.fakier - 2012-10-15 07:03

      @ fred.fraser what a distorted version of history, all of course lies. Stop being such a flip-flopper.

      moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-10-15 12:17

      Fox no one has to 'shut the f*ck up'! I have been there just like you have! The Palestinians are suffering, I agree with you 100%! But while you think that Israel is to blame for their suffering I believe it is the Palestinians leadership itself that is to blame for the lack of peace - not Israel. Furthermore, the ruthless dictators of the Middle East are to blame for forcing the Palestinians to refuse peace with Israel, so that they could use ‘Israel’ in uniting their people with hate – and securing their leadership. I know Israel wants peace... and when the Palestinians elect a leadership that has the courage to make peace – there will be peace. Until that day comes Israel has EVERY right to defend her citizens. I am pro freedom & democracy; right now the leadership in Gaza is much like the Nats of the apartheid years here – just ask the Christians that live there.

  • Noel Skhona Nkomo - 2012-10-14 23:58

    Got what he wanted

  • peanutcluster - 2012-10-15 06:27

    Israelis were settlers from Russia and Eastern Europe who fled persecution like the French Hugenots fled to the Cape in the 19th century. It doesn't give the settlers the right to claim the country of their host! Israel is a colonial experiment that is doomed to fail no matter how hard Fred Fraser tries to spin and revise history! A tiny pocket of Europeanhood in the middle of the Arablands was a dumb idea when it first sponsored 200 years ago by the Zionist movement and its a dumb idea now! As for raining home made rockets onto Israeli civilians - that will happen because the Palestinians believe those civilians stole land that belonged to them!

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-10-15 06:50

      Peanut, 60% of Jewish Israelis are made up of the 850 thousand ARAB Jews, and their progeny, who survived the violent expulsion from Arab lands from Tunisia to Iraq. They fled to Israel and for the first time in 2000 years, they flourish as a normal society should. They belong exactly where they now find themselves - still in the Middle East, as ethnic Arab Jews. If it were not for European Jews bolstering their numbers, they quite possibly would now be extinct. Regardless of your contentions, Israel is now firmly entrenched in its little bit of space, and to Jews the world over, it is a great idea made real.

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-15 08:40

      ladlarry you haven't responded to peanutsclusters comment satisfactorily but then we are used to your copping out whenever a superior argument is put to sad!!

      richard.bosmano - 2012-10-15 10:34

      Please peanut.What drivel. Even the muslims accept that 2 disgusting buildings now sit on the JEWISH temple mount. Even in the koran,muhammad spoke of the jews living in the holy land. Israel is where it belongs , in their homeland

      martin.prinsloo.37 - 2012-10-15 11:57

      @Peanutcluster, Dunkie - Sephardi Jews and Mizrahi Jews (Arab Jews to which Larry refers to above) are not from Russia or Eastern Europe. Go read a bit about them.

      moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-10-15 12:20

      There were Jews on this specific strip of land 1500 years before Islam, yet alone Palestinians Arabs inhabited the land. If anything the Jews came home and it doesn’t matter if they came from Morocco or Poland. Another fact that you forget peanut is that there were Jews on this land who never left at all in 3000 years – take Jesus for example.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-15 08:26

    Israel: Has Our Expiration Date Arrived? The question is not whether Israel will still exist in 10 years, but what kind of Israel will be here in 10 years? By Kobi Niv

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-15 10:24

      On a thread about Israel!

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