Israel bombs Gaza sites after rocket fire

2011-07-14 09:24

Gaza City - Israeli jets bombed three sites in Gaza overnight after rockets were fired from the coastal strip, Palestinian officials and the Israeli military said on Thursday.

The Israeli air strikes were the second in as many days, as rocket fire from Gaza into Israel increased suddenly after months of relative quiet.

In a statement, the Israeli military said its aircraft targeted three tunnels, two used for smuggling in southern Gaza and one "used for terrorist activity" in the north of the Palestinian territory.

"The tunnels were targeted in response to the firing of rockets at Israel's southern communities during the previous day," the military said.

Palestinian medical sources said five people were moderately wounded by the raids and two people had been reported missing.

Shortly after the air strikes another "projectile" was fired from Gaza into southern Israel, causing no damage or injuries, the Israeli military said.

One injured

According to Israeli military figures, it was the 11th rocket or mortar shell to be fired from Gaza into the Jewish state since the beginning of July.

The Israeli strikes came after similar raids a day earlier, which the military said targeted two "weapons manufacturing sites" in northern Gaza.

Palestinian medical sources said one woman was moderately injured in Wednesday's raids.

The rocket fire and retaliatory raids represented the first significant uptick in violence in the area since April, when tensions rose after an anti-tank missile fired from Gaza hit an Israeli school bus, killing a teenager.

Israel responded with a series of strikes that killed at least 19 Palestinians in the deadliest violence since Israel's devastating 22-day assault on Gaza in 2008-2009.

The violence raised fears of another such assault, but on April 10 the Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip declared a return to the truce that ended Israel's Operation Cast Lead in January 2009, and the calm has largely held since then.

  • ZACommentator - 2011-07-14 10:02

    Cowards with big guns

      DAB - 2011-07-14 10:07

      No, cowards with rocket propelled grenades.

      mecan - 2011-07-15 08:16

      If they were cowards they would retaliate until there was no one left in Gaza. Yes. get rid of you'll. You people are pathetic - firing at a stronger more peaceful side. STOP FIRING ROCKETS AND LIVE IN PEACE FOR GOD’S SAKE I could never understand why the Israelis are so peaceful with you violent bunch of scum. Vote for peace - your religious violence will lead no where. I have ZERO feeling for the Palestinians because they are violent and get what they deserve... the deserve much worse!

      MosesMabhida - 2011-07-15 08:18

      ZA you are making the lives of Palestinians even worse! Mecan - could not agree with you more!

  • ZACommentator - 2011-07-14 10:10

    An eye for an eye eay chaps? The bullies always cry foul the loudest.

      JMO - 2011-07-14 10:45

      This is not a sarcastic question, but how would you suggest a country responds to rocket fire at its' cities and civilian population?

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-07-14 11:20

      If people were shooting rockets at MY cities and people, i wouldn't just make airstrikes on the rocket launch sites and the infrastructure used to make and smuggle in these rockets. Especially not if the rockets have been fired into the country for YEARS. Always a wonder to me, Israel REACTS to agression, and to my mind in a relatively restrained way, yet they are always labled the agressors. Logic. You have none.

      pop101 - 2011-07-14 13:17

      Next time and ant bites you in the ass, don't scratch or kill it. Because by your logic, you will be the bully.

      pierreedge - 2011-07-14 18:40

      logic you have none duplessis. Why is there a rocket fired? When you will stop judging in a reactive mode from the comfort of your recliner and use your brain a bit you might have valid comments. Why is there a blockade on gaza declared illegal by the UN but that isreal enforce anyways? Why is isreal occupying territories illegally with the support of their population? why is isreal building illegal settlements when the UN declared them illegal and even the US strongly asked them to stop the expansion? Try to use the logic you pretend to have and dont judge a single incident without looking at the history of the conflict like a simple-mind.

      Realist72 - 2011-07-14 18:59

      @pierreedge: I think it's you that should use you brain and stop blindly following the mainstream Islamist backing media. The 'Jordanians' have no claim to the land. Remember the 6 day war in 1976... How is building settlements on their own country illegal... Aah what's the use. You are an IDIOT troll!

      The huntchback - 2011-07-14 19:13

      @realist you the biggest trol around here, your blinkers have caused you to lose you ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong

      MosesMabhida - 2011-07-15 08:23

      pierreedge you ask why?? BECAUSE THE PALESTINIANS CHOSE AND VOTED FOR WAR (HAMAS) INSTEAD OF PEACE. If they would have voted for peace then there would be no siege, war deaths nor violence. The Palestinians made their bed - not they must sleep in it. Israel does not have to accept you religious violence any longer. I am very surprised there isn’t a blood bath in Gaza. If you fired rockets at my family I would have got rid of you long ago. GAZA - THE REAL APPARTHEID STATE!

      pierreedge - 2011-07-15 11:22

      @irealist72: If you ask how it is illegal ti build those controversial settlements, then you didnt open a newspaper since 1976 it seems, or watched CNN or read any recent media. My opinions are based on international non partisan organisation like amnesty international and the UN resolutions. Last, i dont appreciate your "idiot" comment, if you are unable to debate in mutual respect then keep quiet.

      pierreedge - 2011-07-15 11:30

      MosesMabhida, the same can be said of the isreali voters who keep electing a pro war gvt. The palestinians voted plo/fata for years (40 years) and it got them nowhere, and they thought well what have we got to loose to try something else, as simple as that. However imposing a total blockade to sanction people simply for exercising their democratic right is a bit too much. Last i dont know what you mean by ".. have to accept you religious violence any longer" First, it is not MY religion, second the issue is about injustice, blockade, occupation and illegal settlement. DONT get personal and try being objective by removing your spiritual blinkers.

      Zionist - 2011-07-15 11:44

      pierreedge Your opinions are based on your religious beliefs – not on anything else. Mine are based on justice – not on a vote in the United Nations where Israel gets one vote while Muslims get an automatic 50, as there are 50 Muslim & Arab states in the world. Justice for Jews who like Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, and Hindus deserve a home as well. A home the size of the Kruger National park – but a home nonetheless. It is off no surprised Israel does not listen to organisation and people who want their demise like Amnesty and the UN. Israel wants peace. But not at any price. Settlements are build on contested land (land that still needs to be negotiated) (this land is neither Israeli nor Palestinian) until the Palestinians renounce terror – settlement will continue to flourish. In the 90's more than 80% of Israeli's supported peace - but then the Palestinians declared violence as their mean for freedom, and as busses and shopping centres in Israel proper started blowing up so too Israeli's started building on contested lands. Like you friend ZAcommentator said, its eye for an eye - and now we are all blind.

      pierreedge - 2011-07-15 11:58

      Since i dont have any religious beliefs, i dont see how that would be possible. But i am used to you making declarative statements without any foundation, seems you like to build your own little reality that suits your views. So to sum up, you dont recognise amnesty international, you dont recognize the UN, you dont recognize when Obama's administration insist on stopping the illegal sttlements, the only thing you recognize is what comes from your country isreal leaders. well that's gonna help... Last point, if there are 50 arab states (i need to count but i doubt it), you conveniently ignore the fact that there are then over 150 NON arab states who are also part of the UN.... Lastly, opinions are better based on facts, hard concrete facts, justice is always debatable, that's why justice have so many contention points and at the end of the day it's the one with the better lawyer who gets justice on his side. My facts can not be denied, unless if you have blinkers like you do unfortunately.

      Zionist - 2011-07-15 12:28

      pierreedge. You give two quotes and then talk about facts. Well done Well… fact is Israel is the stronger side here. Anther fact is that Israel might get pushed against the corner one of these days – whereby even I will feel sorry for the Palestinians when that day comes. Another fact is that: Go read and maybe you will understand why we can’t make peace with them … because they don’t want us to be alive when making that peace. The UN, amnesty – no body can force us to compromise with these people. Go read under goal & Charter. It’s called the reasonable men’s test in law. Lastly, I am pro-peace (even though you hate my name) but there is no partner for peace. The Palestinian people have been used and abused by the Arab world (and yes there is exactly 50 Arab &/or Muslim countries) to make sure there is never peace with the Jewish state. Likewise Palestinians leaders have stolen from their own. The Palestinians have become a nation of beggars, and you, you help their cause in remaining exactly where they are today. Well done.

  • Phantom - 2011-07-14 11:01

    People who know nothing about Israel and its enemies and rely on what they hear and read in the news, should stop commenting on these news reports. Go do research and get some background knowledge.

      pierreedge - 2011-07-14 18:42

      back at you. isreal made ennemies by their total disregard for international laws and UN resolutions. So before acting all high and might, you should stop commenting too.

      The huntchback - 2011-07-14 19:13

      @phantom you are a fool

      Phantom - 2011-07-14 20:31

      Okay, Pierreedge, you so strongly think that it is all Israel's fault. What do you have to say about the following? Way back on March 31, 1977, the Dutch newspaper Trouw published an interview with Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member Zahir Muhsein. Here's what he said: The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct "Palestinian people" to oppose Zionism. For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan.

      Phantom - 2011-07-14 20:35

      And this, Pierreedge: On the same day Arafat signed the Declaration of Principles on the White House lawn in 1993, he explained his actions on Jordan TV. Here's what he said: "Since we cannot defeat Israel in war, we do this in stages. We take any and every territory that we can of Palestine, and establish a sovereignty there, and we use it as a springboard to take more. When the time comes, we can get the Arab nations to join us for the final blow against Israel." Do you think it is fair what the Palestinians are doing against Israel? Do you think it is legal? To me it looks like a wicked plot against Israel.

      MosesMabhida - 2011-07-15 08:24

      Phantom is 100% right!

      Paco7 - 2011-07-15 09:33

      Phantom = brain dead moron

      Phantom - 2011-07-15 10:48

      The truth hurts, eh Paco?

      pierreedge - 2011-07-15 11:16

      Phantom, The person you quote was incidentally assassinated by the isrealis typical hitman style... Anyway, he wasnt the main figure of plo and this specific view went against the plo ideology which didnt encompass the panarab vision of muhsein. For arafat quote, i will reply with this one from ben gurion (who is a "tad" more representative of the isreali gvt stance at inception): "We will not be able to win the war if we do not, during the war, populate upper and lower, eastern and western Galilee, the Negev and Jerusalem area, even if only in an artificial way, in a military way. . . . I believe that war will also bring in its wake a great change in the distribution of Arab population." this in relation to Expulsion Of The Palestinians. The war he refers to is the occupation of palestine, and some of the words are quite explicit: Populate, even artificially, expulsion And another one: Ben-Gurion comments on the proposed Peel Commission Partition plan as follows in 1937: "We must EXPEL ARABS and take their places .... and, if we have to use force-not to dispossess the Arabs of the Negev and Transjordan, but to guarantee our own right to settle in those places-then we have force at our disposal." Need i say more??? This state was built on forceful expulsion, occupation, settlement, is it any wonder that they have a strong feeling of injustice throughout???

      Zionist - 2011-07-15 11:26

      What are your smoking? The land belonged to the Jews 2000 years before Islam was born, then the Romans controlled the land (killed Jesus) then the Ottomans took over, then the British who handed it over to the UN who divided the land. The Arabs went to war. The Arabs told Muslims on the land to leave so they could wipe out the Jews. The Arabs lost the war (Israel did not kick out anyone) and the rest is history. The only people ‘kicked’ out were the Jews. who got kicked out of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, Saudi, Lebanon, Tunisia, Syria and Yemen... you lost your return note when the Arab world told you to leave... but you can take up any one of the empty spots the "Jew" left for you anywhere in the countries above. TRUE Palestinians are the Jews. The Arabs co-opted the name (and the identity) in 1966. I remind you that during the Mandatory period, the British referred to Jews as "Palestinians." The Arabs were just always referred to as "Arabs." During World War Two, when the call went out to form a Palestine Brigade, the only people who signed up were -- you guessed it -- Jews. The Arabs were aligned with the Nazis, in case you didn't know.

      pierreedge - 2011-07-15 11:37

      yes zion (with a name like that we can be assured of ovjectivity lol) You can believe any kind of colorful history, end of the day, palestinians were living there for centuries, then they were expelled as ben gurion said it very clearly without any ambiguity. You do know ben gurion dont you?

      Zionist - 2011-07-15 12:06

      With a person who thinks Zionism is a bad word - we can be assured of your objectivity pierreedge. If Jewish Patriotism is appalling for you then I would rather talkback with someone less discriminatory.

      pierreedge - 2011-07-15 12:20

      Hmmm where did a say bad word??? Come one, you cant deny that that makes you biased somehow to the situation since you have a clear interest on one side. You know, we talk here and debate and disagree, but i just want to make one precision, i disagree with you but i do not hate you, and i sincerely wish you a happy peaceful life, same as i wish to all humankind, paletsinians included. However, something has to be done here guys, this conflict has been going on for over half a century now, it's getting ridiculous. In this day and age, it's crazy to think that with all the nobel prize winners and the evolution stage we're supposed to be at nobody can find a mutually agreeable solution. Anyway, i wish you good luck in any case. Shalom man.

      Zionist - 2011-07-15 12:37

      Salam pierreedge.

      pierreedge - 2011-07-15 19:37

      I dont get it, i say shalom without any sarcasm or mockery as a greeting to you and to show that i am as comfortable using a jewish as as i would a german one and you reply with salan??? So you keep assuming that anybody who disagrees with your country must be without a doubt part of the arab world even if i explained to you that i am not??? Ok, super, fine, keep your illusions buddy!!

  • Jason - 2011-07-14 11:23

    They are firing missiles at civilian targets FROM schools and residential buildings in Gaza!!! ZARCommentator, at you and your family!!

  • end of earth - 2011-07-14 21:05

    jmo what you do if your people are subject to daily harassments of not being allowed here or there without passing check point charlie with the israeli soldiers,not being allowed past fenced areas to a hospital and having your wife deliver her baby on the road,and praying that the new born survives, and this is just the tip of the iceberg, jmo. for first hand knowledge go and live in palestine for a while,& see for yourself. there are always 2 sides to a story. So learn to be objective,before your emotions run away with you. It looks like both sides are going for a life for a life and it does not seem to be for justice,my opinion its for revenge, a very dubious reason for such bilateral carnage

      BrassCopper - 2011-07-15 08:32

      Check point? Israeli soldiers? Cant cross a fence? Your brain is an iceberg endofearth! All the Palestinians must do is renounce terror. If they don’t they deserve the life they have created themselves. There is no way I can support freedom of movement for Palestinians over a life of an Israeli. Freedom over life? No-ways! Go read Hamas's charter on Wikopedia and tell me why Israel should make their lives any easier. When someone want to kill you - you can’t support them... its pathetic. I am with Israel all the way... self defence comes first! when the Palestinians talk peace - call me.

  • end of earth - 2011-07-14 21:11

    phantom, stop being paranoid ,who took the land away from the palestinians post-world war II

      Phantom - 2011-07-14 22:23

      Who said I'm paranoid? I'm just making people aware of this Palestinian lie. And stop this "who took the land away" nonsense! Israel was found on an agreement and is recognised as a sovereign state, except by a few troublemakers. What do you have to say about my posts above? Why are you dodging it?

      Realist72 - 2011-07-15 08:45

      end of earth: Uh... don't know any Palestinians existed post-war II. So your whole statement is absurd. As far as all factual historic documents indicate, that area was inhabited by Jordanians. And also, look it up, those people attacked Israel and LOST the land. There is a difference. Also, the surrounding Arabs used to call the Israeli's 'Palestinians'... It was only in the 70's that Arafat labeled those people (the Jordanians) Palestinians. There has never been a Palestinian state/goverment in Gaza. It's all fabricated BS. The current day so called 'Palestinians' are none other than Jordanians, Syrians and others that where abandoned by their Arab 'friends', and being used as cannon fodder by their 'own people' to further the struggle of surrounding Islamic countries to destroy Israel. I'm no expert, but all the REAL FACTS are there and a little research will go along way. (And don't do your research on Jihadist' sites ... go to independent, reputable sources)

  • Peter Smith - 2011-07-15 11:28

    I have zero feeling for either the israeli or palastine government. legalized criminals who are beyond sanity.

      Zionist - 2011-07-15 11:57

      Peace could have been achieved several times in the last 60 odd years, if it was not ruined by a small number of bad leaders (Arafat) that rode the gravy train while their people suffered on Israel's self defence policy. Today Hamas / PA are so financially rich that any advances in peace with Israel would mean an end to financial support from Iran / US, EU, World bank; respectively. We (Israeli) have elected many governments in the last 60 years. The Palestinians refuse to make peace with us no mater who we voted for. For the Palestinian leaders peace will come when Jews are dead… that is what they teach and indoctrinate in their schools. We will continue to protect ourselves.

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