Israel launches airstrike on Gaza

2012-10-17 11:10

Jerusalem - Israeli airplanes carried out a sortie in the Gaza Strip early on Wednesday morning, the army said, hours after a rocket from the enclave exploded in southern Israel.

Military "aircraft targeted a terror activity site in the northern Gaza Strip. A direct hit was confirmed", a statement read.

"The site was targeted in response to the rocket fire at southern Israel," the army explained in the statement.

There were no immediate reports of injuries from Gaza.

On Tuesday night, militants from the Gaza Strip fired a rocket at southern Israel that exploded near a home, causing damage but no casualties, police said, two days after the latest cross-border violence abated.

Police spokesperson Luba Samri said "a rocket fired at the Lakhish region exploded in the yard of a home, causing minor damages to the building. Two people were treated for shock".

First strike

The rocket was the first to be fired since Sunday, when five missiles from the enclave hit southern Israel.

The latest bout of unrest began on 7 October when an Israeli air strike targeted two Salafists in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, killing one and critically wounding the second.

Five children and three adults were also wounded in the strike, prompting a rare armed response from Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants, who fired a barrage of rockets at Israel.

The violence rumbled on until the weekend, when several Israeli air strikes killed five militants, including a top Salafist leader.

According to the Israeli army, Palestinian militants in Gaza fired at southern Israel over 505 projectiles since the beginning of 2012, of them over 45 in October.

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

  • neutedop.opinie - 2012-10-17 11:40

    When will they learn not to try and kill innocent Israeli citizens, and Israel will not bomb them. Why is it never that you read that Israel just launched jets to fire, without first reading about Hamas that send rockets over the border?

      alan.jerrold - 2012-10-17 11:46

      Totally agree. I had friends who lived in Israel and they told me about the numerous times that rockets were fired into Israel without the news ever reporting it. Also that the Hamas terrorists used to fire their rockets from civilian areas so if Israel retaliated, Hamas claimed 'civilian casualties.'

      hallo.daar.56 - 2012-10-17 11:48

      Rocket probably missed anything. Can't set off a firecracker in Gaza without getting isreali air strikes

      Willie - 2012-10-17 11:51

      When will they learn not kill innocent Palistnian citizens

      Desilusionada - 2012-10-17 11:56

      The question is: "Would Israel waste fuel, fighter craft maintenance and the costs of rockets as well as the support costs for these, just to fire at will into Gaza.?" These people are like kids. Keep on teasing the dog and when they get bitten, they blame the owner that he has a vicious dog. That in spite of the sign that say: 'Please do not tease the dog' Must be the dumbest people on earth. And now you will hear the howl-chorus carrying on about the Israeli apartheid and the rest of their pet gripes. Perhaps if they stopped firing rockets into Israel, someone might give credence to their claims and moans. Including Israel...

      alistair.parkinson - 2012-10-17 11:57

      Exactly, Hamas' Obsession with Israel is causing more harm to their own people than anything else. Israel is ready for peace and has been for ages. Stop targeting innocent Israeli's with your rockets and you just might find peace.....

      tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-10-17 11:59

      Halo.daar, It's about intent. And please don't come with the "it's only unguided rockets VS big brother USA military equipment", argument.

      neutedop.opinie - 2012-10-17 12:00

      Makenawn. When are those people killed? After a rocket fired at Israel....or 505 this year. Revel - they shoot it from even schools and playgrounds.....believe me I know. They love the propoganda, and people who actually believe this, without checking facts. When Israel was at war with Libanon a few years ago, tey will fly over an area, drop leaflets to tell people the area will be bombed in an hour, and then bomb it. They do not want to kill normal man on the street. But after all that, people still gets hit in the strike, and Israel gets blamed! that is the most human way of war in the world, and still Israel gets blamed. And before people start yasa yada, that war was caused by Libanese hostage taking of an Israeli soldier...on the Israeli side of the border.

      hallo.daar.56 - 2012-10-17 12:12

      Can't pop a balloon in Gaza without attracting airstrikes.

      moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-10-17 14:11

      neutedop i agree with you 100% Hamas must stop their violence so that we can stop reading about Israeli self defence.

      alimayet - 2012-10-17 14:24

      Because terrorist Israel has STOLEN LAND!! Its not about learning, RETURN what does not belong to you!

      moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-10-17 15:20

      alimayet please provide proof of stolen land. Just because that is what you are told on Friday afternoons doesn’t make it true. The land was divided to Muslims & Jews. Muslims got Jordan Jews got Israel. Muslim were not happy and went to war... they lost... they went to war again... they lost... they went to war again... they lost... they went to war again... they lost... they went to war again... they lost... they went to war again... they lost etc etc FYI, a viable Palestinian state in Gaza & West Bank will be born when Palestinians renounce violence and recognise Israel. As long as you (alimayet) see Israel itself as stolen land there will never be peace and your fellow Muslim brethren will continue to suffer, for Israel is not stolen, Jews lived there thousands of years before the birth of the “religion of peace”

  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-17 12:09

    Well let's just say that if the Palestinians are going to fire rockets at Israel then you better believe it they will retaliate. It's and eye for an eye. Why didn't you start the headline with "Palestine fires rocket into Israel - they fire back"

      hallo.daar.56 - 2012-10-17 12:17

      Because Israeli airstrikes tend to kill multiple innocent targets for every so-called militant.

      richard.bosmano - 2012-10-17 13:01

      hallo.daar And falestinians rocket attacks are on innocent targets period.

      hallo.daar.56 - 2012-10-17 13:16

      @richard - and those could be considered terrorist attacks, unless any military/government units and buildings are targeted. Fine. So the Isrealis could also be considered terrorists?

      richard.bosmano - 2012-10-17 13:48

      "aircraft targeted a terror activity site in the northern Gaza Strip. A direct hit was confirmed", a statement read. "The site was targeted in response to the rocket fire at southern Israel," the army explained in the statement. Targeting a launch zone/pad is a military target. Randomly firing rockets at civilian area is terrorism.

      saintbruce.bruce - 2012-10-17 13:48

      Can I have my Ball back ? Maybe Israel is being kind to the Hamas Militant Government in Gaza and simply returning their 'lost'rockets ? They just seem to be able to return them more accurately to their source and with a better, improved bang attached. Did you know that Reunert SA in Midrand designed a radar that tracks mortar shells or missiles and works out exactly where they are fired from so return fire can land on the source? Israel probably helped in that design so launching a missile from a school playground gets the 'ball back'into the playground! Hallo.Daar - are you a Salafist?

      hallo.daar.56 - 2012-10-17 13:53

      Yes because anyone who dares speak against the Israeli gov must be a jihadist.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-10-17 19:09

      Hamas practices perfidy. They intentionally and wishfully contrive civilian deaths and injuries because the headlines of bleeding children are more valuable than the lives lost in gaining them.

  • alimayet - 2012-10-17 14:22

    Its not about ROCKET or Israel Retaliation, SIMPLE: Terrorist Israel have STOLEN land from the Palestinians!! If I steal your land/house would you SIT BACK. THAT IS THE FACT!! A freind of mine just returned from a trip to Palestine, and he was humilated , searched, inmterogated kept for +two hours , you dont want to read how bad it is. Worse than Apartheid South Africa.

      moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-10-17 15:23

      Worse than Apartheid South Africa? please provide proof. because i too have been to Israel & the West Bank.

      moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-10-17 15:25

      btw alimayet - rather spend your time and effort saving Syrian lives rather then the Palestinians who already get billions in aid - and are not being killed like you would like us to believe. Your propaganda is weak, and your actions reek of hypocrisy.

      tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-10-17 15:31

      You say a lot of things then call it FACT. Please enlighten me exactly what is the FACT you are referring to. A freind of mine just returned from a trip to Palestine, and he was humilated , searched, inmterogated kept for +two hours , you dont want to read how bad it is.....I wish SA would do the same.

      richard.bosmano - 2012-10-17 16:26

      FYI. Did the Jews and Xtians living in the holy land in 634 Anno Domini welcome the arab/palestinian invaders/land theives/imperialists/murderers/rapists/filth ? The palestinians should not be squatting on other peoples lands,full stop. In fact Israel should just drive them all out,send them back to arabia where their terrorist forefathers came from.

      alistair.parkinson - 2012-10-17 17:36

      @alimayet Israel is NOTHING like Apartheid South Africa. Muslims are completely equal under the law in Israel, have the highest standard of living in the entire middle east, and there are many Muslim members of the Knesset. I'm quite sure your friend was searched etc, the security situation unfortunately necessitates these measures, that is a FACT....

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-10-17 19:37

      Wow, Lesego. You actually have a friend in this world? I actually dont believe you. Poor boy

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-10-17 21:37

      Sure, it will happen, when Palestinians learn to swallow their loss and humiliation and come to accept Israel and its Jewish character. When they learn to become decent neighbours, Palestine will be free.

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