January 28 2009
Israeli aircraft struck at tunnels used for smuggling goods and weapons on the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt on Wednesday, residents of the Gaza town of Rafah and Hamas security officials said.
Rafah residents began to flee their homes in panic as the aircraft struck three times before dawn, Hamas officials said. There was no initial word of any casualties.
An Israeli army spokeswoman said she was checking the report.
The strike came as an apparent response to Tuesday’s attack by Gaza militants on an Israeli military vehicle that was hit by a roadside bomb while patrolling the Gaza border, killing one soldier and wounding three others.
An air strike shortly afterwards killed one Palestinian on a motorcycle but Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said late on Tuesday that it was only an initial reaction and that Israel’s full response was still to come, Israeli media websites reported.
The Israeli military said its aircraft hit a large number of tunnels during their 22-day campaign in the coastal enclave which ended earlier this month in which some 1,300 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed.
Israel began its attack on Gaza, ruled by the Islamist group Hamas, on Dec. 27 saying it wanted to stop militant rocket fire into nearby Israeli towns.
Hamas and Israel declared separate ceasefires and are negotiating through Egyptian mediators on a longer-term truce. Hamas wants Israel to lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip. Israel wants guarantees that Hamas will not again fire rockets at Israeli towns. (Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi; Writing by Ori Lewis; Editing by Giles Elgood)
Israeli aerial bombardment of a motor bicycle in Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip, on Tuesday Jan 27 wounded three Palestinian citizens including two children.
Seems Israel just can’t wait to to kill. Like just after the Ceasefire they shot two people a father and daughter walking on the shore line. They said they were shooting at a Fishing Boat which was just totally uncalled for. No one on the boat was shooting at them however.
Well I hate to say it but I was right. Israel has no intention of stopping their bombardments in Gaza. I guess those weapons from the US must have arrived. Now they can go back to bombing the hell out of innocent people. They want all Palestinians dead or out of Gaza. The Rabbi says it all.