Israeli attacks claims 5 lives

2012-11-11 08:04

Gaza City - Five Palestinians have been killed and 30 injured by Israeli shelling after militants fired on an Israeli jeep, wounding four soldiers, sources said on one of the deadliest days of fighting for years.

The flare-up on Saturday was one of the most serious clashes in a single day since Israel's devastating 22-day operation in the Gaza Strip over New Year 2009.

A Palestinian militant was killed and two other people wounded in an Israeli air strike on northern Gaza just before midnight, medical sources and witnesses said.

The dead man was named as Mohammed Shwikani, a 20-year-old militant with the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, the group said.

The Israeli army launched a series of six air raids to the north and east of Gaza City, which left two more people injured, Palestinian witnesses and medical sources said.


The army said in a statement that the raids had targeted arms dumps and an arms factory "in response to recent events".

It was just the latest in a spate of attacks and counter-attacks between the army and Palestinian militants.

Earlier on Saturday, violence flared along the border east of Gaza City when militants fired an anti-tank missile at an Israeli jeep, wounding four soldiers.

In response, Israel fired a barrage of artillery fire and shells, killing three people and wounding 25, five of them seriously, medical officials and witnesses said.

One of the injured died later in hospital.

A spokesperson for Gaza's Hamas government said the four killed were aged between 15 and 20.


Ashraf al-Qudra, spokesperson for the Hamas-run health ministry said some of the injured were in "serious to critical condition", adding the dead and the wounded appeared to be civilians.

Witnesses said the shooting took place after an anti-tank missile slammed into the Israeli jeep near the Karni crossing east of Gaza City, in an attack claimed by the armed wing of the left-leaning Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

The Israeli army confirmed that four soldiers had been wounded by an anti-tank missile.

Military sources said two of the soldiers were in serious condition.

Medics also said five Palestinians were wounded in another instance of Israeli shelling near Khan Yunis in southern Gaza.

The Israeli military said armed groups fired 25 rockets at southern Israel in a matter of hours on Saturday.

  • cameronrh1 - 2012-11-11 08:10

    Another deceptive headline by News24, at least they got the content right this time.

      danie.antwerpen - 2012-11-11 08:52

      Should read 5 dead after Palestian Mility attacked Israel...

      cameronrh1 - 2012-11-11 08:56

      @Open mind, exactly! Israel only retaliated as a result to being attacked.

      anneck.cranke - 2012-11-11 11:51

      Unfortunately the whole world will paint Israel as the bad guys here, because the news headlines don't read: '30 Palestinians, used as human shields by Palestinian militants, wounded'.

      lownabester - 2012-11-11 15:56

      The last time I defended Israel I was called names, Well, Israel forever, They will defend what is theirs,

  • Sibusiso - 2012-11-11 08:22

    I can see Israel is winning militarily but unfortunately for them they are NOT winning the PR/diplomatic war!If you rely on military strength more than you rely on diplomacy then you are in trouble.

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-11-11 08:26

    Attack Israel and expect to get it in the neck x 10 times back. These guys just dont learn.

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-11-11 08:37

    Continue to defend your borders,your independance and your constitutional right to live peacefully in the state you have Israel. I support you fully against any attack be it terriorists or from any stupid political body set up by those terrorists.

      dylan.sciarappa - 2012-11-11 16:20

      So what Palestine are not allowed to defend there borders? U comments are very ill informed. Do u not know that Palestine is being occupied by Israel?

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-11-11 18:33

      Dylan, fair question. Here is one for you - do you know why Israel is occupying Palestine?

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-11-11 08:38

    Good Israel, fgiht fire with fire.

  • zach.vincent.37 - 2012-11-11 08:50

    not "Israeli retaliation...."?

  • zaid.khan.9028194 - 2012-11-11 09:24

    Five Palestinians have been killed and 30 injured by Israeli shelling after militants fired on an Israeli jeep, wounding four soldiers. Sounds fair enough!

  • kamil.hendricks - 2012-11-11 09:51

    To all you guys that r anti palestine. Surely u are all spoiled and do not no what is struggling is about in a apartheid regime . All they want is the land back. The pple that got hurt was mostly civilians is this the pple you support shame on you . My god open you're eyes and. See how that pple are suffering ubder a Zionist state . Free Free Palestine

      kamil.hendricks - 2012-11-11 12:31

      Surely u are uneducated . Isreal / Palestine belong to the ppple yes but not a ziomist regime . Please understand that Palestinian all that support the Palistians have nothing agaist the Jews it the Zionist that should fall . With tactics that killing and just taaking the land by force . Jews have histoory there and muslims so stop that we also no about Moses as explaind in our quran . Viva Palistine

      anneck.cranke - 2012-11-11 14:23

      To all of you, you will notice that Kamil has remained silent since my fact posting, indicating for one he can not find anywhere in the Koran where Jerusalem is mentioned - therefore indicating there is no merit to what you Palestinian lovers are saying at all... Mess with Israel at your own peril!

      kamil.hendricks - 2012-11-11 15:00

      Crank you missing. The point . I am not a Imam or priest . Zionists are oppressing the Palistinians hope you have read the hole Quran with a open mind surely you will see the truth . The truth will set you free . Like I said Islam has nothing agaist jews or any other religion .also to remind that masjid ul aqsa is close to all moslims . If Jerusalem is mentioned or not menioned this still besides the point pple die every day because this zionist state will not. Allow them to live in peace . They tanks air strike what to the palestines have . Much less that what Isreal have . Thanks crrank for opinion and I will surely do more research onn what you said . Thanks and peace be apon you .

      anneck.cranke - 2012-11-11 15:24

      Kamil, believe it or not, I can see the point my friend! This is based on nothing but Islamic hatred of the Jewish people - Jewish people that turned a once dry and arid wasteland into fertile land (something the Arabs could not do) - land where Muslims migrated to in search of jobs which the Jews so happily provided. This stirred jealousy amongst the Arab leaders who in turn stirred the Muslim migrants up to say "The Jews stole our family lands."

      anneck.cranke - 2012-11-11 15:32

      What's more Kamil, you have not answered my question: Is JERUSALEM mentioned anywhere in the Koran? Furthermore I suggest you find a Bible and have a little read through that yourself, specifically Ezekiel chapter 36!

  • yaseen.bux.5 - 2012-11-11 10:18

    I'm sure what these palestinians are doing are the same what d right wing of ANC did during apartheid,,fighting for their rights of independence,if it's the only way to breakthrough the shackles!anyone would do it!if u can't make it through dialogue as a result of the land greedy president,what options do you have?protest and get shot at??

      yaseen.bux.5 - 2012-11-11 12:53

      Palestine existed long before israel existed!so they are entitled to an indepndant state without interference from israel!

      anneck.cranke - 2012-11-11 13:19

      Ah, yaseen? See my comments posted under Kamil's? Thank you.

      anneck.cranke - 2012-11-11 13:38

      And Yaseen, it is also worth noting that during apartheid the ANC never aimed at killing others. These Palestinian militants have only one mission: to kill as many Israelis as they can and to drive them out of Israel!

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-11-11 15:28

      anneck.cranke You give a very bad disservice to the women and children who died in Wimpy bar restaurants bombings and other bombings that targeted the civilian population of white SA and it's a knowN fact that the ANC publicly stated that they could not defeat the SA military so they would attack the civilians who supported that military in their public everyday lives...women and children my friend innocents just like the innocent Jews during the intifada..the difference here is that we acknowledged that they were justified in doing what they did because of how Apartheid had made them suffer especially their women and children.This is why 60%of us gave them this country in a referendum..would Israel have a referendum on how to incorporate the Palestinians in a greater Palestine or Israel..not as long as the good old US of A gives them carte blanch to continue in their misguided ways.So get your facts straight before you compare Apartheid South Africa to what's happening in Israel today!

      anneck.cranke - 2012-11-11 15:53

      Actually Dunkie, it is Yaseen comparing Apartheid to what is going on in Israel, you idiot! I suggest YOU get your facts straight before you even DARE pass judgement on Israel!

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-11-11 16:14

      anneck.cranke you are supporting a dying cause and what makes it worse when the reasonable people have to repair the damage later on it's you lot who will be absent in the healing process that will have to follow.You people make me sick to my stomach YOU have no right to tell anyone what is right and wrong..YOU with your attitude is what is wrong with the world today..what we did here in South Africa is testament to the Christian faith and we live every day with the difficulties of our decision not knowing whether we will see a better day or not..we probably regret what we have done but at least we have morality on our side and we sleep at night and if necessary we will fight to keep this country a decent place for people to live and raise their families..but you and your ilk cant even lick our have only your Palestinian cousins to contend with not an entirely different culture!So you get your facts straight you fool!

      anneck.cranke - 2012-11-11 16:19

      Dunkie, what are we actually talking about here? The Israeli-Palestinian conflict or Apartheid and the real idiots running South Africa today?

      dylan.sciarappa - 2012-11-11 16:26

      Good point yaseen. Even the great Mandela went 'militant' performing 'terrorist' acts to fight for h

      dylan.sciarappa - 2012-11-11 16:26

      His freedom.

      dylan.sciarappa - 2012-11-11 16:29

      Annecke. Officially Israel was created after ww2. It was land allocated to them by the uk and us. Get ur facts straight

      anneck.cranke - 2012-11-11 17:14

      Dylan get this fact straight: Jews were on that land long before Israel became a state.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-11-11 20:59

      The majority of the world are idiots. Therefore the majority of the world are against Israel. Fortunately, this world is run by sensible humanitarians and sensible democratic western governments.

  • Sibusiso - 2012-11-11 10:18

    When it comes to this conflict my point of departure is simply:When u talk about the Palestinians ,u are talking about human beings ,not a bunch of terrorist.Those that use violence are in the minority.They seem to get support from ordinary civilians simply bcos negotiations ,to them ,have not brought anything tangible.This talk of 'wiping out' as if u are talking about rats won't help.It's in the nature of human beings to resist any form of authority that denies them rights.Hence the Palestians continue to resist sometimes using terrible methods.Trying to claim a piece of land based on yo religion never works.Some people tried it here in my country but they eventually realised that it doesn't work.Women ,homosexuals ,Palestinians and other oppressed groups will eventually get their full freedom one day.It happened with blacks in (apartheid) SA.

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-11-11 10:22

    The one sided bully tactics of Israel continue..taking all the comments so far it would seem that Jews will never learn anything else but the use of force to subdue that which needs to be dealt sad especially when this will bring death and destruction down onto their heads..eventually.Mankind's inability to use reason instead of force is perpetrated throughout history and merely being echoed by the Israeli's once again.But then you have to reason that our recorded history only goes back 5000 years and this is a mere flicker of a moment on the age of life on this planet.So the fact that we continue as we do is indicative of our infancy that maybe we will still out grow..if not then expect the end of man kind sometime in the foreseeable future!

      marc.schnehage - 2012-11-11 10:40

      One sided? Are you blind as well as stupid? Palestnians were the first to use force and the IDF merely retaliated. Too little Palestinian casualties in my view!

  • velvybokov - 2012-11-11 10:26

    U pro palestine ppl make me sick. U claim how disgusting the IDF are for mainly hurting civillians but u don't even mention the rockets fired into civillian settlements over the past 3 days.\r\nIsraeli children running to school bomb shelters 3 / 4 times a day and only when ur idiotic attacks eventually cause damage and IDF strikes back u start crying that we hit your innocent palestinians. Don't dish out what you can't take. Hypocrital pigs. Speaking of pigs I'd like to see if palestinians would continue to fire missiles into israel if israel fired rockets specially for palestinians made from pig.

      phaldiemeyer - 2012-11-11 12:27

      The settlements are on illegally occupied land sj*tface!!! So they are defending their land!!!

      boaz.yarmarkov - 2012-11-11 13:39

      Not occupied land but disputed land. Remember that there was never a Palestine pre Israel... The UN divided the land, Jews got Israel Arabs got Jordan. The west bank belonged to Jordan, but Jordan lost this land when they attacked Israel and lost that war. Gaza was owned by Egypt, but they too lost it to Israel. The PLO was only born in the 60's to represent Arabs on the disputed land... But not stolen land. History is not higher grade, but if you choose to ignor it, you continue to suffer.

      anneck.cranke - 2012-11-11 13:42

      Phaldie the settlements are on Israeli soil! Period! Do your neighbours dictate to you whether or not you may build a garden shed in your own back yard?

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-11-11 18:51

      The issue is Gaza. The Palestinians own Gaza outright and this was handed to the by Israel in a deal brokered by the USA called 'Land for peace'. Then Hamas came to power by tossing Fatah Palestinians from rooftops to their deaths in a civil war, and proceeded to hostile aggression against Israel. Israel does not occupy Gaza, but is at war with Gaza because gaza wants to attack and eradicate Israel.

      anneck.cranke - 2012-11-12 10:30

      Also worth pointing out these Arab refugees only started identifying themselves as "Palestinians" in 1967. 19 years AFTER the formation of the state of Israel.

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-11-11 10:41

    Very biased reporting. Israel did not attack. They were attacked. They simply defended themselves.

  • Gorden Park - 2012-11-11 10:48

    Just like all the conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan the apparent innocent civilians are being killed, problem is in some cases this is true because the cowards hide behind the woman and children then again some of the so called innocent civilians shield these cowards. As for those of you claiming Apartheid do you even know the meaning of the word or do you just believe all the crap you hear.

  • rory.n.price - 2012-11-11 13:58

    Israel has never attacked first, these brave young terrs launch their attacks from schools, hospitals and residential areas, no country in the right minds would sit by, and watch wave after wave of rockets fired into Israel

  • rory.n.price - 2012-11-11 14:05

    Anneck, agree with the points on Israel, but the fact that the ANC never intended to kill anyone, the ANC's armed wing targeted more civilians than anything else, Mogoo's in Durban, Mcbride was responsible, Church Street car bomb, goes on

      anneck.cranke - 2012-11-11 14:29

      Rory, apologies as I did not take that into consideration with the ANC... Although Nelson Mandela did say they worked more on sabotage than killing? But as we both know, Israel should not be blamed for current events in the Middle East.

  • rory.n.price - 2012-11-11 14:41

    No problem, no matter what anyone says, Israel has done more for the Moslems than any nation on this planet in terms of medical help, the Moslems say they should boycott Jewish produce, that would be funny, as most medical discoveries were made by Jews, the only thing invented by the Arab was the suicide bomber, unless I can be corrected

      anneck.cranke - 2012-11-11 14:55

      The sad thing about it is that the suicide bombers we see going into Israel are Palestinian women and children! Hence why Israel are forced to put blockades in place.

  • gert.swart.393 - 2012-11-11 15:55

    If Israel stop occupying Palestine, there would be no violence.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-11-11 18:55

      there was violence against Israel before the 1967 occupation, which came about as a result of violence against Israel. Just as with Gaza, if Israel were to withdraw from the West Bank, then Israel will be targeted once again, but with greater intensity. palestinians will remain under Israels heel until it accepts Israel's terms for peace. That's all there is to it.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-11-11 21:01

      Not FACT, Lesego. Just your delusional day-dream. Sooooreeee.

      anneck.cranke - 2012-11-12 10:31

      Patrick (real name lesego), you are the one living in dreamland my friend as you stand for something that does NOT exist!

  • gcodi.mahomed - 2012-11-12 06:16

    Besieged Palestinian Gaza is an experiment in provocation. Stuff one and a half million people into a tiny space, stifle their access to water, electricity, food and medical treatment, destroy their livelihoods, and humiliate them regularly...and, surprise, surprise – they turn hostile. Now why would you want to make that experiment? Because the hostility you provoke is the whole point. Now under attack you can cast yourself as the victim, and call out the helicopter gunships and the F16 attack fighters and the heavy tanks and the guided missiles, and destroy yet more of the pathetic remains of infrastructure that the Palestinian state still has left. And then you can point to it as a hopeless case, unfit to govern itself, a terrorist state, a state with which you couldn't possibly reach an accommodation. And then you can carry on with business as usual, quietly stealing their homeland.

      anneck.cranke - 2012-11-12 10:36

      Gcodi, you are another one of those dilusional idiots who only believes what you are shown on tv. What you are not shown are the Palestinians (obviously Hamas officials) living in the lap of luxury in Gaza - with their mansions and large open front yards with paved up driveways - in the middle of Gaza! Indicating that NOT all Palestinians live in poverty caused by Israel - but by HAMAS themselves!

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