Israeli air strike kills Gaza militant

2011-08-24 13:02

Gaza - Israeli air strikes killed a local commander of the Islamic Jihad militant group in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday and wounded two militants who launched rockets at Israel, despite a 2-day-old truce, Israeli and Palestinian officials said.

An Israeli military statement said an attack targeted a militant in the Gaza town of Rafah accused of involvement in weapons smuggling and militant operations in Egypt's Sinai from where gunmen snuck into Israel killing eight last week.

Palestinian medics said the militant died when his car exploded as a result of the strike. Two other people were wounded. A separate Israeli strike wounded two other gunmen who were launching rockets at Israel, the military said.

The violence disrupted a ceasefire agreed on Monday by Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza after five days of intense cross-border violence, following the deadly attacks on an Israeli bus and motorists on Thursday.

Israel struck back at the time, killing seven gunmen at the border with Egypt in fighting in which five Egyptian security personnel were killed, sparking the Jewish state's first crisis with Egypt's rulers since the toppling of former president Hosni Mubarak in February.

Initial findings of an investigation Israel began after Egypt threatened to recall its ambassador to Tel Aviv, showed Israeli soldiers exchanged gunfire with Egyptian troops after entering Egyptian territory to chase after 12 gunmen who carried out the deadly attacks, the Haaretz newspaper said.

Retaliatory attacks

There was no immediate official comment available on the report in Wednesday's edition, which said as well that at least some of the gunmen had worn brown uniforms similar to those of Egyptian troops.

During Israel's counter-assault, an Israeli helicopter fired two missiles at the gunmen and fired machine guns, killing an Egyptian commander and two other officers. Two more Egyptian troops died later, the Israeli newspaper said.

Gunfire also struck an Egyptian military vehicle during the clashes, but it was not immediately clear who fired those shots, the report added.

Israel also killed another 15 Palestinians in a series of retaliatory air strikes in Gaza after the gun attacks, among them the commander of a militant group it blamed for the border assaults, which denied any involvement.

An Israeli man was killed later by one of 150 rockets fired at Israel from Gaza afterwards at the weekend.

  • Poobie-Naicker - 2011-08-24 13:18

    What is happening and all, I can't understand these Palestinians why they are always so aggresive. How do you think the Israeli's feel every time another rocket comes over into their territory? Nice!

      alessandroz067 - 2011-08-24 13:21

      dude, don't comment on something you don't understand. Rather remain silent.

      j4truth - 2011-08-24 13:54

      It is amazing how one tiny little skirmish can get top news if it is involving Israel, while neighbouring Muslim countries commit murder and genocide and 100's die!!! It shows the wicked bias by AlJezeera and News 24!!!! VERY UNBALANCED REPORTING!!!!!!

      Ingwe - 2011-08-24 16:25

      alessandroz it has never stopped you from commenting

  • Romans8 - 2011-08-24 13:21

    Psa 2:1-12 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? (2) The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, (3) Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. (4) He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. (5) Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. (6) Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. (7) I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. (8) Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. (9) Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel. (10) Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. (11) Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. (12) Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

      Andre Grobler - 2011-08-24 13:38

      I used to believe in fairy-tales too once, however I decided to drop the title of judgmental hypocrite and face reality.

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-24 14:52

      You mean, you don't want God telling you what you can and can't do... just because alcohol, sleeping around etc is wrong, just because there are some real hypocrites out there, doesn't make God go away!

  • Anneck - 2011-08-24 13:37

    The militants used this "truce" as nothing more than a chance to regroup and re-arm themselves. Also another good example of the one eyed reporting that comes from this region. No reports as to WHY Israel launched this airstrike. Where is yesterday's report on the unprovoked missile attacks on Israel?

      alessandroz067 - 2011-08-24 13:41

      Are you sure it was unprovoked?

      Anneck - 2011-08-24 14:21

      Gadija, I suggest you go to the library and get some history books. Then you will find out whose land it REALLY is.

  • Tired - 2011-08-24 13:48


      Gadija - 2011-08-24 13:56

      pray for the freedom of Palestine,let the Palestinian people return to THEIR land!!!

      j4truth - 2011-08-24 14:21

      Yes! Return to their land, Egypt, Jordan and Syria! ISRAEL BELONGS TO ISRAEL! by a world decision taken in 1917 - That they return to their ancient Bible land which was desolate and uninhabited. Pallestinians are just migrant-labourers and SQUATTERS, from 1940's!!!

  • Messenger - 2011-08-24 14:00

    Prophecy from the Bible, now historical FACT: * The city of Edom would be overthrown and never be inhabited again. Ezek 35:1-8. Edom is now known as Petra in Jordan, and is a wasteland. * Jews would be gathered from across the globe to Israel. Ezek 37:11. The Zionist movement beginning in the late 18th century brought the gradual emigration of Jews to Israel from around the globe. * Israel would become a nation in one day and an immediate war would follow as a result. Isaiah 66:6-24. May 14, 1948 Israel became a nation after a British mandate expired and the United Nations acknowledged their sovereignty. On the same day, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria attacked Israel and quickly got their collective asses handed to them. * Israel and Jerusalem would be a burden to all the nations in the last days. Zech 12:2 Every modern nation since 1948 has worried itself with "peace in the Middle East" * Babylon would rule over the Jews for 70 years exactly. Jer 25:11,12. In 609 BC Babylon conquered the Assyrians, controlling their land, destroyed Jerusalem and the temple and took the Jews as slaves. In 539 BC, Cyrus conquered Babylon and freed the Jewish slaves.

      Messenger - 2011-08-24 14:01

      * Tyre's fortresses would fall, the city would be destroyed and its rubble cast into the sea. Ezek 26:12; Amos 1:9-10. Alexander the great attacked Tyre in 333 BC. They took rock, timbre and dirt from the mainland and built a causeway over to the island where they used battering rams to break down the walls. * Nineveh would be attacked and destroyed by fire, never to be rebuilt. Nahum 3. Around 612 BC, the Babylonians, Scythians and Medes conquered Nineveh, one of the most powerful cities of the ancient world. Archeologists uncovered the ruins in the 1800s and found a layer of ash over the city. Believe what you want, but before you discount the Bible you must first do something with the above prophecies written thousands of years ago.

      Romans8 - 2011-08-24 14:10

      Thank you my brother for reminding us of these important facts! Much appreciated.

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-24 14:55

      Why have a whole host of our posts been removed? I do think that either News24 is anti-Christianity, or some non-believer was "offended" by the many scientific findings in the Bible. Well deleting posts will not make the Truth go away.

      Messenger - 2011-08-24 15:09

      Some more fulfilled prophecy from the Bible: The Succession of Great World Kingdoms (Daniel 2:37-42). Even negative critics agree that Daniel foretold the governments in order of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. Cyrus King of Persia (Isaiah 44:28-45:1). Since Isaiah lived between about 740 and 690 BC and Cyrus did not make his proclamation for Israel to return from exile until about 536 (Ezra 1), there would have been no human way for him to know what Cyrus would be named or what Cyrus would do. Israel to Be Returned to Its Land A Second Time (Isaiah 11:11-12). The first time God reclaimed a people was from Egypt through the Exodus; the second time is from the Babylonian Exile (Isaiah 51:9-11). The Closing of the Golden Gate (Ezekiel 44:2-3). The Golden Gate is the eastern gate of Jerusalem, through which Christ made his triumphal entry on Palm Sunday before the crucifixion (Matthew 21). Ezekiel predicted its closing and in 1543 Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent closed the gate and walled it up, not knowing he was fulfilling prophecy. It remains sealed to this day exactly as the Bible predicted. Flourishing of the Desert in Palestine (Ezekiel 36:33-35). Since before the turn of the twentieth century, Israel has been renovated and Israel's agriculture is flourishing.

      Messenger - 2011-08-24 15:09

      Destruction of Jerusalem (Mark 13:1-2). Fulfilled literally when the Romans completely destroyed Jerusalem and the temple buildings. According to historian and eyewitness Josephus, some of the stones were 37 feet long, 12 feet high and 18 feet wide. Stones were even pried apart to collect the gold leaf that melted from the roof when the temple was set on fire.

      Romans8 - 2011-08-24 15:16

      I find it amazing that Messenger puts here absolute fact of what the Word of God fortold and has come to pass which is now historical fact, that people can still give a dislike. It shows what type of moral fibre they have!!

      Messenger - 2011-08-24 15:47

      Romans8, I agree. Well, though some people dislike and disagree with these facts, I hope I at least stimulated their thoughts by posting them. You can't run away from the truth forever! :-)

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-24 16:26

      @ Romans8, Messenger, J4Truth - if you want to add me @ Romans8 - Why would someone dislike such truths? Simple. There are some people out there who are trying so hard to deny God, yet in doing so show not a denial, but an actual hatred of God. They'll call it a book of fairytales and some weak Christians would be intimidated by that. When they're shown how wrong they are, they battle - do they agree with an obvious fact (in this case, certain things that came true) and thereby admit there is good in the Bible, or do they still try to fight it? (as a former atheist, that's exactly the dilemma I'd have had)

  • j4truth - 2011-08-24 14:01

    Israel committed a mistake and an act of disobedience to God by giving Gaza to the Palestinians. This should be corrected - Pack them all up and send them back to the VAST Arab states from where they came from!

  • juliusedwa - 2011-08-24 14:15

    And when NATO is going to protect these civillians? are they not important like others!

  • Anneck - 2011-08-24 14:26

    These are not Muslims who fire rockets at Israel. Muslims are not bad people - I know because even as a Christian myself I have still come to know a few Muslim people as friends. They are terrific people to get on with! Unfortunately, you get militants like these who go around giving Islam a bad name!

      Gadija - 2011-08-24 14:49

      @Anneck do you want me to go to the library and read books on history that who wrote?And yes these are Muslims that are fighting for their freedom and servival.

      Romans8 - 2011-08-24 15:17

      Anneck - which grass have you been smoking?

      Anneck - 2011-08-24 15:28

      I don't smoke grass at all. Lol. But I do know the truth, and I stand by what I say. And yes, Gadija, you should go to the library and get those exact history books, and not let yourself be brainwashed by people fighting for something that never existed.

      Anneck - 2011-08-24 16:18

      Roman, I know exactly what you're saying. I am talking more from a people perspective and not not from a religious perspective. Which is one of the reasons why myself and my Muslim friends never discuss our religious views and beliefs because we all know we will have our disagreements.

  • Luapolku - 2011-08-24 14:40

    Every human needs to see this link

      Gadija - 2011-08-24 15:22

      @Luapolku that is a real eye opener more people should go view that pictures,May Allah guide and protect the people of Palestine and masjietul AQSAH Ishaa Allah

      OnlyaGinger - 2011-08-24 16:26

      Romans, how can you say something like that? You are a psychopath in sheep's clothing. So because they are Muslim they are going to hell? What a lovely god you pray to. these people didnt deserve the violence and horrors they have to live through. You are a very dangerous person, if you are not moved and convinced by these photos, no amount of arguing will get through to you. You really are a vile person. I know many muslims, and they are much more tolerant, loving and forgiving than you biblebashers. BTW i was brought up in a Christian home, with Christian values, and although I know there are many loving tolerant Xtians out there, people like you make me so angry, you are a disgrace to your faith.

  • Anneck - 2011-08-24 15:40

    I suggest the book: The Everlasting Hatred, The Roots of Jihad by Hal Lindsey; by the beginning of the 19th century, the Palestinean territories were a total wasteland, populated by very few migrant sharecroppers who rented from the heartless absentee landlords of the Turkish Ottoman Empire who were called "effendis". The Turkish policies had so denuded the land of trees, vegetation, terraces and irrigation systems that the topsoil was eroded leaving only lifeless rocks. The only settled people in the whole territory were mostly Christian or Jewish, who endured enormous hardships to live there for religious reasons. But in between these towns you could go for hundreds of miles and not see a living soul. More to come as their is too much for just one paragraph.

      Romans8 - 2011-08-24 16:02

      Anneck please explain what did not exist?

      Anneck - 2011-08-24 16:19

      Palestine did not and still does not exist.

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