Israel pounds Gaza Strip after attack

2011-10-27 12:20

Gaza City - The Israeli air force carried out three raids early on Thursday on the Gaza Strip after a rocket was launched from the Hamas-controlled territory at southern Israel, witnesses said.

The raids targeted areas east and west of Khan Yunes in the south of the Strip, and a base of Hamas's armed wing the al-Qassam Brigades was hit, they said.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed that aircraft had "attacked three terrorist sites in the Gaza Strip as well as an arms factory in the south of the territory".

A rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip late on Wednesday at an area near Ashdod in southern Israel, without causing any casualties, a military representative said earlier.

The firing of the Grad rocket and the subsequent air raids were the first incidents since Israel and Hamas reached an agreement last week under which Israel agreed to release 1 027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for its captured soldier Gilad Shalit.

  • Peter - 2011-10-27 13:25

    Ok... so we all now blame the fairy god mother for starting this.

      Ax - 2011-10-27 13:37

      Are you living in a cave? another one making superficial remarks about a complex conflict. Do yourself a favor and read some history

      Iwan - 2011-10-27 13:47

      Not so complicated Ax, but I will simplify. You hate me, you want to put a knife in my back, and as you are about to do just that, I take out my bazooka (sponsored by my friend)and blow you leg off...and then you run (crawl) to the world crying about the unfair fight.

      mnbain - 2011-10-27 14:18

      Whose version of history should we read? :P

      Leon - 2011-10-27 14:21

      Iwan and here is the problem you must stop blowing legs off and start blowing heads off

      Dirk - 2011-10-27 16:58

      The most extensive and accurate history, is found in Gods word.That is the only Living God- the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Gaza was part of Israel as the original Owner gave it to them.Giving it away to the enemies of Israel, will have consequences.But nevertheless, God bless Israel and its people.

      TheWally - 2011-10-31 10:38

      i prefer to look at INDEPENDANT FACTS rather than distorted history

      Ax - 2011-10-31 16:34

      Ok, let's simplify for the likes of iwan You hate me, you kick me out of my house, you put me in a tight strip of land, i complain to the UN who assigns borders and territories, you say who cares about the international law and you build settlements where you're not supposed to build them, you keep occupying territories that are disputed and not legally yours, i go back to the UN to raise objections and you get your buddy the US to veto over a hundred resolution not in your favor, i give up and start resisting with rockets and you play the innocent baby and make your show about the right to defend yourself bla bla bla, while in the background you build thousand illegal settlement quietly. i retaliate again and you go crawling to the world crying like a baby to justify your acts... i guess the 40 gross ignoramus who agreed with you also dont have a clue

  • Nathan - 2011-10-27 14:30

    What's new, HAMAS escalating violence again and expecting Israel to sit back and watch. Lets see how Ax responds

      Ax - 2011-10-31 16:26

      What's new, isreal keeps building illegal settlements and occupy territories and expect the palestinians to sit back and watch. Let's how how nahan responds.

  • Jaba - 2011-10-27 16:02

    Palestinians need to show Israel that if a state is created in the West Bank that it won't turn into a Hamas-run Islamic Fanatic Terrorist Training camp committed to the destruction of Israel. It happened when Israel withdrew from Gaza. Why should they trust the PA to not let it happen yet again?

  • Adam - 2011-10-28 08:47

    notice the, "The Israeli air force carried out three raids early on Thursday on the Gaza Strip AFTER a rocket was launched..." this nicely sums up every encounter the 2 sides have ever had. palestinians trying to kill jews, israel defending her borders. really not too complicated no matter which side of the coin you look at it from

      Barry - 2011-10-30 18:42

      The blood thirsty USA supported Jews in Israel. Scum !

      TheWally - 2011-10-31 10:43

      yes Adam, these rockets as shown by israeli television:

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