Gaza rocket hits sea off Tel Aviv

2012-11-16 14:58

Tel Aviv - A rocket fired from Gaza on Friday crashed into the sea off Tel Aviv in the second incident in as many days, police and an eyewitness said, shortly after sirens wailed across the city.

"We believe it landed off the shores of Tel Aviv," police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said, as an eyewitness said he saw a rocket hit the sea "some 200m" from the beachfront US embassy, sparking panic among beachgoers.

Meanwhile, United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay condemned on Friday the killing of innocent civilians in the escalating Middle East conflict and called on both Israel and Gaza militants to cease hostilities.

"The High Commissioner has repeatedly and unequivocally condemned the indiscriminate firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel," Pillay's spokesperson Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva.

"She is also extremely concerned by the sharp increase in aerial attacks by Israeli forces on heavily populated Gaza Strip in the last two days."

Watching and praying

Pillay placed equal emphasis on the need for both sides involved in the conflict to "pull back from the increasingly dangerous confrontation", the commissioner's spokesperson said.

In a reference to UN leader Ban Ki-moon's appeal on Wednesday for Israel to ease tensions with Gaza militants while also condemning the rocket attacks, Colville said that Pillay "joins with the secretary general and many others to take serious steps to avoid further escalation".

"We are urging both sides to stop," he said, lamenting that civilians were being killed on both sides, including several Palestinian children, a baby and reportedly a pregnant woman.

Colville insisted that both Israel and the Gaza authorities have a responsibility to protect their citizens.

"Everyone is watching and praying that it does not escalate any further," he said.

  • dragonfire47 - 2012-11-16 15:09

    So pissed that they can't piss in a straight line never mind shoot rockets

      Tony-Lapson - 2012-11-16 15:59

      Provoking reaction so that they can prove to the world that Israelis are aggressors. It's Much in the same way they use the "apartheid Israel" slogan to gain support from those who are sensitive and can relate to the apartheid. It's ironic, seeing that Israel was taken over and conquered by the Muslim empires a millennia ago. - 2012-11-16 20:36

      Hamas has Israeli blood and Palestinian blood on their hands

  • solly.rand - 2012-11-16 15:22

    If 9/11 deserves a minute of silence,than palestine deserves that we never speak again. - 2012-11-16 21:01

      Go to YouTube and watch how Palestinians celebrated in the streets of Gaza while 9/11 was taking place.

  • alan.ingram.355 - 2012-11-16 15:38

    viva Jews !!!

  • imam.madi.129 - 2012-11-16 15:40

    Eye for an eye, life for a life, until the dogs of war are eliminated from the face of the earth, irrespective who they are or from which faith. Like a brutalised child, Israel breathes war and hatred, feeds on blood of the innocent and every election time they just kill Palestinians for voter sympathy and misdirected nationalism. My heart is with Hamas, the true defenders of the defenceless and forgotten people of the ancient land of Filistine. Death in dignity is much better than a life of humiliation under zionist military occupation. Let all palestinians and true believers of justice and fairness, be ready to lay down their lives and be ready to embrace martyrdom in defence of a people Jesus would have defended even if it would have been unpopular to do so, like in the present day of islamophobia, zionism and evangelic fundamentalism.

      Gary.desousa7 - 2012-11-16 15:44

      Great thinking, then its your choice to die or live when you leaving for gaza?

      tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-11-16 15:46

      Sooo, Madhi, after your beautiful post, what do you have to say about the rocket that nearly hit Tel Aviv?

      joaquim.maocheia - 2012-11-16 16:05

      Eye for an eye... Really? Imagine where we'd be if Mr Mandela had adopted this approach.

      Tony-Lapson - 2012-11-16 16:07

      Israel speaks of defense, and you and your leaders only speak of their demise and the destruction of Israel...

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-16 17:32

      Your ideas are the reason why HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of your fellow Muslims are being maimed and killed by the unelected dictators and Jihadists in your midsts.

      imam.madi.129 - 2012-11-16 20:39

      Tommy u worry about off target rockets n I will worry about war planes n hi tech weapons targeted at the weakest. Very different from Hitler's efforts I see. Zionists n their holier than though fascists have inherited the F├╝hrer's soul I am sure. Hopefully they will share space with him in hell.

  • kvzanten - 2012-11-16 15:42

    Religion. Not even once.

  • Willie - 2012-11-16 16:03

    War is a symtom of man's failure as a thinking animal

  • tim.brink.1238 - 2012-11-16 16:07

    Hit the USA Embassy in Tel Aviv and its bombs away in gaza.

  • veldt66 - 2012-11-16 16:16

    I hpe these guys get accurate rockets

  • shuaib.jhetamhoosen - 2012-11-16 16:36

    Only those who benefitted from apartheid will support the evil apartheid state of israel. So to all the south Africans who support israel sure you not happy at all that we got democracy in this country and that our Hero Nelson Mandela's face is on our new notes. Good will always overpower in the end. Viva Freedom Viva

      Raymon - 2012-11-16 16:47

      Yes I also hope good overpowers evil. Then the world can be rid of the evil Islam (moslem)

      louis.pienaar1 - 2012-11-16 16:48

      BS dude, a load of BS. Typical sympathy seeking BS.

      tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-11-16 16:51

      Looking for sympathy or support? Sorry dude, apartheid is over, deal with it. I don't normally get personal, but you do sound pathetic trying to drag Mandela into this. So, tell me again how is it going in Syria?

      shuaib.jhetamhoosen - 2012-11-16 17:09

      Raymon dont hate Islam if you dont understand it educate yourself on he religion of peace. @louispienaar1 BS damn right (Beautiful Statement) atleast i know you understand that israel is an apartheid state that surpported apartheid in this country. @tommyjones754918 last i heard was that a some ignorant unjust thief was killing his own people in syria so sad but sure you enjoying it cos they jus fighting for freedom which you dont appreciate

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-16 17:32

      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. Kindergarten. 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. - 2012-11-16 21:07

      Madiba loved Israel and supported Israel. When he visited Israel he called for a viable Palestinian state but with peaceful negotiation not violence. Madiba hated hamas because of their islamic fundamentalisem and supported the more peaceful PA.

  • shuaib.jhetamhoosen - 2012-11-16 16:55

    The UN took a strong stand against apartheid; and over the years, an international consensus was built, which helped to bring an end to this iniquitous system. But we know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians. ~ Nelson Mandela I love you TATA

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-16 17:33

      Note that he did not say the Palestinians are being oppressed by the Israelis.

  • Khadija Osman - 2012-11-16 17:07

    @Raymon - Good will overpower evil(you) . thats why Islam is the fastest rowing religion!

      Gary.desousa7 - 2012-11-16 17:14

      it rows in rocky waters - 2012-11-16 21:11

      370000 Muslims killed by Muslims in Syria in the last few months alone... Lydia, Iraq, Iran, Bahrain, Yemen, the Kurds, turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan vrs India, Muslims in Thailand,.... Religion of peace my @$$.

  • aiazmir - 2012-11-16 17:44

    This is how it works. Israeli's in Palestinian territory shoot a rocket into the sea. The Israeli's claim that the Palestinians are being aggressive, and justify a war against the Palestinians. Sound familiar. Ask the Iraqi's.

  • kennedy.mataruse - 2012-11-16 19:51

    whilist Israel is bussy attacking Gaza,Iran is bussy in nuclear cool ,soon we will see the war which will eliminate Israel from the map. - 2012-11-16 21:17

      With Israel goes the rest of the Arab world... From morocco to Mecca, from Dubai to Iran...the land will be uninhabitable for 3000 years due to the fallout. No hajj for centuries, Ameen.

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