Israel hits Gaza Strip targets

2012-10-13 09:16

Jerusalem - The Israeli air force launched attacks at three sites in the Gaza Strip on Saturday morning, the military said, hours after a rocket fired from the enclave exploded near a house in southern Israel.

A statement from the army said that its "aircraft targeted a terror activity site in the northern Gaza Strip, and two terror activity sites in the central Gaza Strip. Direct hits were confirmed".

"The sites were targeted in response to the rocket fire towards southern Israel," the statement added.

On Friday night, Gaza militants fired a Grad rocket that exploded in the yard of a residential building in the southern Israeli town of Netivot.

The last time Hamas militants fired on Israel was during a flareup in June when militant groups fired more than 150 rockets, wounding five people, and Israel hit back with air strikes that killed 15 Palestinians.

According to the Israeli military, over 480 projectiles have been fired at southern Israel from Gaza since the beginning of 2012.

  • larry.lachman.54 - 2012-10-13 09:42

    The Pestinians never seem to learn from past experience. They are persisting in calling for death and destruction upon themselves.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-10-13 16:41

      Shakes, were you there when Hamas and Fatah fought a brief civil war between themselves after their first and only democratic elections, which ended with Fatah officials being thrown to their deaths off rooftops and otherwise banished from Gaza. Do you understand the Hamas charter and obsession which is to kill non-muslims, and specifically Jews, as an expression of holy worship. Do you perhaps consider that Israel disengaged from Gaza under a USA brokered 'Land for Peace', and were thereafter subjected to incessant rocket attacks, kidnapping of Israeli soldiers, and terror attacks from Gaza. Israel wants nothing more than to leave Gaza completely alone, but it is the Hamas leadership, among others who have made it their Jihad duty to continue indescriminate attacks on Isreali innocent civilians living in the towns bordering Gaza. Gaza and all Palestinians will continue to suffer at the hands of Israel, until they recognise Israels right to exist and behave in a peaceful manner as good neighbours.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-13 16:50

      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 "stolen property" Shakes. 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 that. Would you do that, to your children and the world? I hope not. 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. You're falling for their lies hook-line-and-sinker, unfortunately, while 100 million people of the Middle East, the new generation, have seen right through them.

      shakes.tshabala - 2012-10-13 21:02

      @Larry....Firstly, I do not suffer from Alzeimers or any memory loss illness, and cannot remember that you accompanied me. I wasn't there as you described be assured. I am only going to ask you one question and there are obviously tens of them. How many deaths did the Israelis suffer as a result of rocket attacks and how many innocent lives was destroyed as a result of bombings in Palestine. The answer is NIL in Israel. They are a bunch of cowards. See whats happening in the Middle East the youth are controlling and electing the governments and those American stooges are gone. Obama also came to his sensses now despite of presure. I reiterate, ONE DAY IS ONE DAY. Israel is sitting on a time bomb, and their army and artillery won't safe them, mark my words. I am not a MUSLIM nor a FUNDAMENTALIST SUPPORTER.

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-13 21:02

      larry you are seriously biased because you are Jewish to your countrymen fatal errors.Let me explain..true Israel was attacked by the Arab aligned states in 1967 who underestimated Israel's ability to defend themselves..also largely cause the old USA then at the pinnacle of its post 2nd world power supported the Israeli's!After this the Israeli's decided to hang on to the land they had conquered,which was very shortsighted cause this has laid the plot for all the animosity that has followed since then.Israel now feels and has felt for some time that uncle Sam will always support them and have even been allowed to develop nuclear weapons.So they now feel themselves invincible but we all know that no country has ever been invincible forever,so their ability to look forward with clear vision has been badly compromised!Israel has fallen into a trap of supreme arrogance that is reflected in their land grab policies and a atrocious wall they have built to control Palestinian movement in and out of Israeli areas!Any idiot would now ask for how much longer can they commit such wrongs..they live in the past are surrounded by hostile states that in their hearts want Israel control over Palestine to be ended.They even think that the Arab spring is to their benefit but as usual fail to comprehend the problems that are to follow with Muslim brotherhood led governments now in power in Egypt and Libya and who knows what will eventually be the outcome in Syria.Israel is stuffed!

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-13 21:10

      larry..Israels nuclear weapons will never be used to protect Israel cause the very use of such weapons will make a large area that the world knows as Israel and Palestine unfit for human occupation..and the threat of such a war will cause massive Israeli immigration to where ever the world will accept them.So what does it help them to bully a small strip of land called the Gaza strip!Where an Arab population grows more numerous every day learning to hate Israeli's more with every passing minute.Israel is doomed to disaster and the only hope for Israeli's is to fly somewhere in the world where they can hope to survive.Such is the policies of a mad Israeli government who have no plan except to stubbornly resit any attempts to find an amicable solution to their problems..they are proving to be the most stupid nation this world has ever seen..may God help them to their senses!

      shakes.tshabala - 2012-10-13 21:35

      @ Fred... I agree and disagree with you. What happens when they are going too far as you admitted. Who is stopping them? No one not even UN who is pro US & Israel. In the interim thousands of innocent lives are taken. How do you comprehend that. I have seen that with my own eyes. The Israelis control their houses, fences, borders and movement. In 1960 when Israel won the battle how do you explain that territory was won by Israel. Territory wasn't won the ground was stolen from them. This is what it is all about. Isn't it normal the teach your children who your anemies are. As a black person who grew up in SA do I know what those people are going through. Our situation here was bad but theirs are much worst, believe me. The Zionist are total Rubbishes. I can tell you first hand stories of my daily experiences while being there. I said it long ago and am a firm believer, GOD doesnt sleep. That situation is unbearable you won't be able to tolerate that, I bet you.

      joe.bute.7 - 2012-10-14 02:39

      @Shakes, look objectively at the situation and leave your emotion out of it. It can't be easy for Palestinians but who got them into that situation in the first place? Their "brothers" who told them to leave in '48 so they could wipe out Israel. They left hoping it would be the case. It wasn't. Do their "brothers" open their arms to help them? No, because its better for them that someone suffers otherwise they have no "excuse" to attack Israel. These terrorists are violent. They will die for their cause. Unfortunately they hide amongst children and woman and for that reason I feel they are the cowards. Israel has nothing to apologise for.

      joe.bute.7 - 2012-10-14 02:49

      Must agree with Larry here. 2 major idiots on this forum 1. Shakes, who I jut feel sorry for as he believes in the cause but doesn't really understand. 2 Duncan, who seems to be able to put down a few sentences but honestly his rants make the hobbit seems like a light read. If they support Hamas just say so.

  • scholesss - 2012-10-13 09:59

    israel vs aggressor

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-13 21:27

    friedbrainfraser "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." Three comments that lack reasonable rational sense! Firstly,Its true Israel goes to far but not sometimes,all the time! Secondly,How will Palestinians ever imagine peace with Israel when Israel refuses to contemplate Palestinian views on how that peace should look and dictates rather then discusses insulting with this arrogance? Thirdly,the Arab spring is about the Muslim brotherhood who were banned under Mubarak coming to power and once they have their hold firmly over their countrymen will they turn their attention to Israel and support the Palestinians so as to gain control over new gas fields that have been found of Israel's coastline,never mind their ideological refusal to accept a Zionsit state in their part of the world..and they do number in the 100's of millions not a paltry 7.3 million Israeli's of whom many will flee in the face of full scale war to safer climes..even the orthodox Jews believe that Israel should not exist as a state now! So please expalin your stupid remarks about how strong is the IDF and how they can beat any kid on the block and how millions of Palestinians will allow themselves to be dictated to!

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-10-13 21:40

      Quite simple really. Palestinians do not get to make any demands, because they lost the 1967 war and their territory. We must remember that this was a war of their own making. So only Israel may set the terms of peace. failure to accept these terms means that they will be forced to accept the terms or suffer continued oppression. This is it. You and them can stamp your feet and wail 'unfair' and bash your stupid heads in, but nothing will change until Israel is accepted, the loss of Jerusalem is accepted, peace is guaranteed, Jews in palestine are accepted etc. etc.

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-13 21:46

      larry larry larry get a grip on yourself you are way out of line you have neither the guile or the common sense to argue my comments so I take it you deep down agree which means there is some chance for you down some long and winding troublesome road..but buck up, if you look carefully you just might see the light!

      joe.bute.7 - 2012-10-14 02:55

      Go live in an Arab country mate. Pick any one. I dare you.

  • bobo.jane.1 - 2012-10-14 10:00

    Israel has the right to exist. If attacked they will respond - Simple as that.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-10-15 06:35

      alot of the world agree (sic).

  • ivan.schoultz - 2012-10-15 07:18

    Not all Jews are in favour of the state of Israel which they say is not lawful according to Jewish custom, and they also oppose the Zionist government, and they seek to live in peace with their Arab neighbours ... see more here What is really interesting is the "Zionism" section and particularly "telling" is the page called "10 Questions to the Zionists"

      shakes.tshabala - 2012-10-15 11:25

      Well said Ivan, and we all agree. Remember they stole the ground from the Palestinians. Israel was a tiny little state and the Palestinians was robbed from their ground thats bottom line. These Jews and their Zionist supporters defend a corrupt state, and if you tell the truth on this blog then they report your comment and have it removed. News 24 is also pro Israel. I FIRMLY BELIEVE, ONE DAY IS ONE DAY...

  • pierre.joubert.338 - 2012-10-21 23:46

    Hundreds of rockets fired indiscriminately into Israel territory with the hope of possibly hitting an old age home, hospital, pre-school or even an Arab home(the dead would then be martyrs with plenty virgins waiting to please them). What do you expect??? For Israel to sit back? Not a chance. Unlike Hamas rockets, their missiles are well aimed and not at some hospital or creche. Israel will never cease to be a nation again; mark my words!!!

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