Israel bombs 50 targets in Gaza

2014-07-08 08:26

Gaza - Israel launched an offensive against Islamist Hamas in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, bombing some 50 targets, including homes, in a campaign meant to end Palestinian rocket fire into the Jewish state.

The Israeli military urged Israelis within a 40km radius of the southern coastal territory to stay within reach of protected areas and ordered summer camps shut as a precaution against rocket fire.

The military said it targeted about 50 sites in aerial and naval assaults. Palestinian officials said more than 30 of them were bombed in little more than an hour before dawn, including two homes in southern Gaza, one of which was identified by a neighbour as belonging to a Hamas member.

Nine people suffered shrapnel injuries. There were no other reported casualties because the buildings were believed to have been evacuated beforehand.

Witnesses said a house bombed in Khan Younis was flattened. The Palestinian Health Ministry said nine neighbours were wounded by debris from that strike.

The Palestinian Interior Ministry said the family in the targeted home had received a telephone call from an Israeli intelligence officer asking them to leave the house because it would be bombed, and the family evacuated in time.

Military spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner said Israel was preparing for the possibility of sending ground forces into Gaza as part of the campaign, which it has dubbed "Operation Protective Edge".

"We are mounting the forces to enable us to mobilise if required. I can't see that happening immediately but we have a green light to recruit more reserve troops that will enable us to carry out a ground mission," Lerner told reporters.

Hamas' armed wing threatened an "earthquake" in response to Israel's attacks.

In a statement, the group denounced Israel's bombing of houses as "exceeding all red lines" and threatened to shoot rockets at longer distances. "We will respond by broadening the range of our targets," the militants said.

Lerner said Gaza militants had fired more than 80 rockets at Israel on Monday and military officials said more than 200 rockets had been shot at Israel in the past month, an enormous increase in shootings.

Security cabinet decides

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet decided on Monday to step up air strikes against militants in coastal Gaza. Political sources said ministers stopped short of ordering a ground offensive for now.

Netanyahu had earlier pledged "to do whatever is necessary" to restore quiet to southern Israeli communities although he cautioned against any rush towards wider confrontation with Hamas, whose arsenal includes long-range rockets that can reach Israel's heartland and its business capital, Tel Aviv.

Far-right cabinet ministers pressed for a firmer response to silence rocket fire. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman quit an alliance with Netanyahu's party citing dissatisfaction with Netanyahu's policy on Gaza.

The surge in violence has raged since the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli youths last month in the occupied West Bank and a Palestinian teen last week. Israel has arrested six Jewish suspects over the latter case.

Air raid sirens wailed as far north as the outskirts of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem on Monday night. Israeli police said those were false alarms but the military said rockets had triggered alerts as far as 80km away, the farthest of the latest crisis.

Two Israelis were wounded in Monday's rocket strikes.

Hamas claimed responsibility for firing rockets at Israel on Monday for the first time since a 2012 war with Israel that ended in an Egyptian-brokered truce.

The group's death toll on Monday had also been the highest Hamas suffered since the 2012 fighting.

Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri accused Israel of committing a "grave escalation" in violence and threatened to retaliate, saying Israel would "pay the price".

  • Alan Smith - 2014-07-08 08:39

    good stuff.

      Razz Tazz - 2014-07-08 09:24

      So hypocritical!!! When the ANC applied this type of action which was not even to this extent they were regarded as terrorist. Today the same people that made that statement condone Israel’s Zionst brutality action. Remember GOD doesn’t SLEEP…

      Muhammad Pandor - 2014-07-08 13:17

      Youl only realise the truth once you have left this world

  • mica gogome - 2014-07-08 08:50


  • Ben - 2014-07-08 08:53

    They should just double KO each other with nukes. Both these factions are retarded.

  • Laura De Villiers Kenigsberg - 2014-07-08 08:57

    A better headline should be over 80 missiles fired into Israel from Gaza including long range missiles.

      Razz Tazz - 2014-07-08 09:33

      This is typical what happened in SA. The blacks threw stones and was gunned down by the Apartheid regime police and army with live ammunition. The cause for fighting was exactly the same, fighting for freedom, against oppression, for their human rights and their land.

      Steph Papenfuss - 2014-07-08 09:52

      Razz Tazz, If you think the Palestinians live anything like the black people of South Africa during apartheid you are sorely mistaken. You are undermining the apartheid struggle by even suggesting that this is the same thing. The only reason Palestinians live the way they do is because they threaten the lives of Israelis on a daily basis and Israeli government did what they had to do to keep their people safe. Do u think it's acceptable for rockets to be fired into Israel in a daily basis? Do u think the Israeli government should just sit back and let it happen? They are doing what any country in the the same position would do, protect their people.

      Laura De Villiers Kenigsberg - 2014-07-08 09:54

      It is not the same as apartheid! Palestinians are not Israeli citizens nor do they want to be. They have their own elected government which fired rockets at the State of Israel. Gaza isn't occupied by Israel. The Israeli government has nothing to do with Gaza. Apartheid SA was the government placing restrictions on their own citizens, south african citizens and treating them unfairly.

      Razz Tazz - 2014-07-08 10:35

      With your ignorant expertise tell us why are rockets being fired…why did the blacks and people of colour throw stones in SA and protesting against an unjust government. It boils down to the same. You have no idea nor any experience what the Palestinians are going through. I consulted in Israel for two months and experienced it first hand on a daily basis. Police and army brutality openly displayed. Why, because Palestinians are protesting against an unjust Israel government supported by US. Their land was stolen from them. You personally would never have tolerated this. Are you a Saint that will not retaliate? Do you know how many Israeli Jews appose Israel’s action? So why do you defend their action. I am neither a Muslim nor a sympathiser, but I can distinguish between right and wrong.

      Laura De Villiers Kenigsberg - 2014-07-08 11:09

      Razz, where did you live in Israel? In gaza that you saw first hand what the Palestinians go through because of Israel? When did the land ever belong to the Palestinians? In any case, the Palestinians are still not Israeli citizens so it still isn't the same as apartheid. Blacks were oppressed by their own government in South Africa. Israel is just defending their citizens. So Peter, you admit then that Israel no longer occupies gaza and so there is no need to be firing rockets still. That is why Israel gave them gaza, to put an end to rocket attacks!! Hamas is the one who oppresses the Palestinians, bringing violence to them. And if you speak out against hamas, you are killed.

      Laura De Villiers Kenigsberg - 2014-07-08 11:58

      Arab Israeli citizens are not second class citizens or treated as such. So what's the bad thing if Palestinians come to work inside Israel? They have work, Israel provides them with jobs, and allows them access to work... still don't see the comparison with apartheid. Regarding Gaza and Westbank being two parts of same place they sure don't act as it!! The only thing they have in common is their hate for Israel. They are each run by different groups who hate each other. Hamas actually kills Fatah members in Gaza!

      Razz Tazz - 2014-07-08 12:07

      @Laura.. for your information I stayed in Netanya and commuted regular to the West Bank. It seems you portraying an image that you are a frequent traveller. Firstly, thank GOD that you not a Palestinian or your parents a black South African during the Apartheid years. You are right the Palestinians are not Israeli citizens, but remember they will one day. Your parents also said the black man will never rule this country and today it is a reality. So why didn’t the apartheid government defend you (white citizens) instead they gave your country (as claimed) to the blacks. They couldn’t sustain the pressure from the outside world. If it wasn’t for the US the whole world would have been at war with Israel. Apartheid lasted for about forty years and it diminished, remember one day is one day…

      Laura De Villiers Kenigsberg - 2014-07-08 13:45

      So you never saw any arabs walking around freely in netanya? Going to beach, walking around malls? Did you travel to Hebron, Jenin for example in the westbank? Ever have rocks thrown at your vehicle when travelling into these areas? I live in Israel and have for 6 years. I have been treated by arab doctors, shared hospital rooms with arab patients, been on public transport with arab drivers, had arab checkout workers in supermarket play with my kids while doing the checkout, holding them if need be. This is not what went on in apartheid SA!! Could blacks and whites go on same buses? Be treated by same doctors?

      Zee Komani - 2014-07-08 15:12

      You know, Laura, I believe in the right of Israel to exist and provide security to her citizens. I also believe that the state of Israel is not facilitating the peace process as it well as it can. The permanent aggressive posture as displayed through the Gazza blockade, disproportionate use of force against protesting Palestinian civilians, the refusal to recognise Palestine as an independent Arab state and the ever ridiculous continuous annexation of Palestinian territory with settlements. It all points to a simple fact, that Israel is not prepared to coexist with Palestinians in peace, and if it is, it's manifestly unwilling to create conditions for such an existence to come about. As things stand, doll, Israel is part of the problem.

      Laura De Villiers Kenigsberg - 2014-07-09 07:03

      If Israel was an apartheid state they wouldnt even be allowed to work within Israel, and Israeli Arabs wouldnt be allowed to vote as well as lots of other things. So if you have such a problem with the Palestinians working within Israel, let them find their own jobs where they live. They going to have to learn to fend for themselves when they have their own state

  • Ogone Thataone - 2014-07-08 09:17


  • Muhammad Pandor - 2014-07-08 09:20

    Why do they refer to them as Islamist?? and not the Israeli's as Israelist?? surely they are the true terrorist

      Marlette van der Merwe - 2014-07-08 09:46

      Islam is your own religion, you halfwitted dumb ass.

      Steph Papenfuss - 2014-07-08 09:56

      No shock there that someone with a name like Muhammad would call the Israelis terrorists. Laughable really!

  • Fathima Moosa - 2014-07-08 09:25

    Why is there no coverage on the 16 year old palestinian mohammed khudair who was abducted, tortured, made to drink gasoline, and Burnt alive....what about the other palestinian deaths and random arbitrary detention without charges....and the approximately 200 CHILDREN languishing in Israeli prisons...Israel is an occupying power that is festering hatred with its racist laws and rhetoric. ...the muslim puppet governments who watch while Gaza burns are equally complicit

      Gary Zvi Jonathan - 2014-07-08 09:50

      stop whinging, u stupid bint

      PhillipHoffman - 2014-07-08 09:51

      Fatima what about the three Israeli Teenagers that were kidnapped and murdered. Has HAMAs detained the perpetrators. At least the Israelis acted and apprehended the culprate. HAMAS not so.

      Quinten Armstrong - 2014-07-08 09:53

      I quote "Netanyahu, who has condemned Abu Khdeir's death and tried to calm the public, said he had expressed his condolences to the family. "I would like to express my outrage and that of the citizens of Israel over the reprehensible murder of your son," a statement quoted Netanyahu as saying." Strange how the Palestinian leaders did not express the same resolve Netanyahu did in bringing those responsible for the abduction and murder of the 2 Israeli teenagers to justice. 200 rockets were fired into Isreal before the IDF responded when the first one would already be an act of war. What other nation would warn people to evacuate before they bombed their houses? You Palistinians can consider yourselves lucky, you have a compassionate adversary. If your adversary was Bashar Assad there would be no Gaza to speak of. Get over yourselves.

      Steph Papenfuss - 2014-07-08 10:01

      The Israeli government has condemned the attack on the Palestinian boy unlike the Palestinians who celebrated the death of the three Israeli boys. Israel is doing whatever they can to find the people who murdered the Palestinian boy, what are the Palestinians doing about the three Israeli boys... Celebrating it and the have the kidnappers mother saying how proud she is of her son. In Judaism what was done to the Palestinian boy is called a chillul hashem, meaning a desecration of the name of God. Palestinians celebrate this and believe that this kind of behaviour is what Allah wants.

      Marlette van der Merwe - 2014-07-08 10:04

      The millions the UK gave the Arabs to build schools was used to set up terrorist training camps for CHILDREN - I take it you will consider 12 to 15-year olds as children? - and that your brothers have always used their wives (who count as nothing) and children (who count as less), as human shields. Too cowardly to put on a uniform and be seen as soldiers, they dig and crawl around tunnels underground. In 1967 the closed-down old Cape Town station held a huge bazaar to help Israel after the 6-day war, and it was most amusing to see the large number of Arab boots nailed up on the walls, so everyone could see how they ran away from the Israelis and left their boots and everything else lying in the desert.

      Boaz Yarmarkov - 2014-07-08 10:06

      there were 6 articles about the 16 year old Palestinian Mohammed Kudair on News24 this week. The Arab propaganda is actually doing very well taking away coverage from real human atrocities around the world. Over 50 died today in Iraq - silence, Syria - silence, Pakistan... you get the drift

  • Rendani Nemavhidi - 2014-07-08 10:26

    If there ever was a winner in a wat its got to be Satan. No one ever benefits from this cycle of violence and hatred.

  • Tshikovhele Tangulani - 2014-07-08 10:52

    New world order by khazars state of Israel of slaughtering Palestinians

      Gary Zvi Jonathan - 2014-07-08 11:05

      stupoid idiot parroting what the muslims tell him..trained puppet

      Ben - 2014-07-08 11:19

      pretty sure that door swings both ways dude

  • Louie Walshe - 2014-07-08 10:55

    hey news 24, the people deserve to know that a global conflict is currently being assembled. All our lives hang the balance here and there you are deleting comments that expose this truth. CNN mouthpiece perhaps?

  • Faatimah Bibi Peerbhay - 2014-07-08 10:59

    The Prophet (SAW) raped no one! Maybe you should do some research and get your facts straight. And stop being so gullible and believing everything the media tells you. @russel maybe if you did more and proper research and stopped believing the media, you would see that it was Israel that ultimately started the war by firing rockets first!

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