Update: Gaza Rocket Kills 3 in Southern Israel,Media says.

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Israeli media are reporting that a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on Thursday hit an apartment building in southern Israel and killed three people

CAIRO/JERUSALEM — A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on Thursday struck an apartment building in southern Israel, killing three people, Israeli media said.

It was the first report of Israeli fatalities since Israel launched an air assault on the Gaza Strip a day earlier.

State media are reporting Thursday that Egypt's Foreign Minister Kamel Amr has called on the United States to intervene and end "Israeli aggression" on the Gaza Strip.

Amr "requested that the United States immediately intervene to stop Israeli aggression on the Palestinian people in Gaza", MENA news agency reported, adding that Amr spoke to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by telephone.

On Wednesday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called for an urgent Arab League meeting on Israel's strikes on Gaza, Egypt's news agency MENA said, quoting a Palestinian official in Egypt.

"Barakat al-Fara, the Palestinian ambassador in Cairo and the Palestinian representative in the Arab League, announced that based on instructions from President Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian state had asked for an urgent meeting of the Arab League to discuss the Israeli offensive on Gaza strip," MENA said.

Israel launched a major offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza Wednesday, killing the military commander of Hamas in an air strike and threatening an invasion of the enclave that the Islamist group vowed would "open the gates of hell."

The U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting late on Wednesday to discuss the Israeli assault. It called for a halt to the violence, but took no action.

Expecting days or more of fighting, Israel warned Hamas that all its men were in its sights and dropped leaflets in Gaza telling residents to keep their distance from militants and Hamas facilities.

"The leaflets stress that Hamas is dragging the region toward violence, and that the IDF is prepared to defend the residents of the State of Israel until quiet is restored to the region," the military said in a statement.

The Arab League is expected shortly to issue a statement condemning the strikes, according to an Arab League official.

Deputy Arab League chief Ahmed Ben Helli told Al Jazeera television that the League had spoken with the Palestinian President and some Arab ministers to decide on what could be done in reaction to the Israeli strikes.

Egypt's foreign ministry earlier condemned and called for a halt of the Israeli strikes, but Israel is expecting long days of combat in the embattled area.

"Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr condemned the series of air strikes that Israel is currently conducting against Gaza Strip and which led to the killing of Ahmed Al-Jaabari," the statement released by Egypt's foreign ministry said.

"He called on Israel to stop its strikes on Gaza Strip immediately," the statement added.

Israel military officials believe its aerial assault could draw cross-border Palestinian rocket attacks and stretch into days of fighting, including a ground offensive if required.

"The days we face in the south will, in my estimation, prove protracted," Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai told Channel 2 TV after Israeli air strikes killed Al-Jaabari. "The homefront must brace itself resiliently."

Mordechai said Israel was both responding to a surge in Palestinian rocket salvoes earlier this week and trying to prevent Hamas and other Palestinian factions from building up their arsenals further.

Among the targets of Wednesday's air strikes were underground caches of longer-range Hamas rockets, he said.

Asked if Israel might send ground forces into Gaza, Mordechai said: "There are preparations, and if we are required to, the option of a entry by ground is available."

An Israeli airstrike killed the commander of the military wing of Gaza's Hamas rulers Wednesday in a dramatic resumption of Israel's policy of assassinating Palestinian militant leaders.

Ahmed Jabari was the most senior Hamas official to be killed since an Israeli invasion of Gaza four years ago. Jabari has long topped Israel's most-wanted list and was notorious in Israel, which blamed him for in a string of attacks, including the kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit in 2006.

Witnesses said Jabari was traveling in a vehicle in Gaza City when the car exploded. Crowds of people and security personnel rushed to the scene of the strike, trying to put out the fire that had engulfed the car and left it a charred shell.

Hamas police cordoned off the area around a hospital where at least one body from the strike was taken. It was draped in a white sheet, with a burned leg poking out. Hamas said another man was killed in the airstrike.

Hamas police said three other airstrikes hit other targets in Gaza City, Khan Younis and Rafah.

Israeli officials had said that they were considering assassinating top Hamas officials following a wave of rocket fire from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip at southern Israel, triggering Israeli airstrikes. The exchanges appeared to be waning Tuesday.

Israeli military officials, speaking on condition of anonymity under army regulations, said Jabari was identified by "precise intelligence" gathered over several months.

Advocates say targeted killings are an effective deterrent without the complications associated with a ground operation, chiefly civilian and Israeli troop casualties. Proponents argue they also prevent future attacks by removing their masterminds.

Critics say they invite retaliation by militants and encourage them to try to assassinate Israeli leaders. They complain that the strikes amount to extrajudicial killings.

During a wave of suicide bombings against Israel a decade ago, the country employed the tactic to eliminate the upper echelon of Hamas leadership.

Israeli aircraft have previously assassinated the previous commander of Hamas' military wing, Salah Shehadeh, the movement's spiritual leader, Sheik Ahmed Yassin, his successor, Abdel Aziz Rantisi, and dozens of other senior Hamas military commanders.

The practice set off a continuous wave of criticism from rights groups and foreign governments, particularly the strike that killed Shehadeh — a one-ton bomb that killed 14 other people, most of them children.

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  • ace7644ace7644 Member Posts: 55 Member
    Update: Israeli retaliation kills 500 civilians.
  • FiveSevenFiveSeven Member Posts: 289 Member
    ace7644 wrote: »
    Update: Israeli retaliation kills 500 civilians.

    A link would be nice
    Only the optimists suggest that the future is uncertain. The pessimists have done the math.
  • shushshush Senior Member Posts: 6,259 Senior Member
    ace7644 wrote: »
    Update: Israeli retaliation kills 500 civilians.

    What a load of *********

    cjp wrote: »..... Oh dear God, I've admitted to liking something Limey.I'll never hear the end of this.

    Jayhawker wrote: »...But seriously Shush....

    Big Chief wrote: ».........walking around with a greasy butt ain't no fun, though!

     


     

  • ace7644ace7644 Member Posts: 55 Member
    it was a joke people. but then again it will probably end up becoming true to some extent.
  • shushshush Senior Member Posts: 6,259 Senior Member
    ace7644 wrote: »
    it was a joke people.

    Not even close, mate.

    cjp wrote: »..... Oh dear God, I've admitted to liking something Limey.I'll never hear the end of this.

    Jayhawker wrote: »...But seriously Shush....

    Big Chief wrote: ».........walking around with a greasy butt ain't no fun, though!

     


     

  • FiveSevenFiveSeven Member Posts: 289 Member
    ace7644 wrote: »
    it was a joke people. but then again it will probably end up becoming true to some extent.

    Yeah, if your favorite news channel is al jezeera
    Only the optimists suggest that the future is uncertain. The pessimists have done the math.
  • ace7644ace7644 Member Posts: 55 Member
    FiveSeven wrote: »
    Yeah, if your favorite news channel is al jezeera
    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/11/15/3-dead-after-gaza-rocket-strikes-southern-israel/
    There's your link buddy. At the time this was written 4 civilians have been killed and over 100 wounded. I'm sure this is only the beginning of Israel's retaliation too.
  • FiveSevenFiveSeven Member Posts: 289 Member
    ace7644 wrote: »
    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/11/15/3-dead-after-gaza-rocket-strikes-southern-israel/
    There's your link buddy. At the time this was written 4 civilians have been killed and over 100 wounded. I'm sure this is only the beginning of Israel's retaliation too.

    100 wounded and 500 killed are two different things. Besides if hamas was not firing rockets into Israel then Israel would not have to defend itself. But, that's to logical an argument isn't it.
    Only the optimists suggest that the future is uncertain. The pessimists have done the math.
  • AntonioAntonio Senior Member Posts: 2,369 Senior Member
    Have been reading about the new "Iron Dome" anti-rocket system Israelis have recently deployed to counter the threat of those weapons fired by Palestine terrorists...quite interesting:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Dome

    Pretty much the same idea as the "Patriot vs. Scud" clashes in Desert Storm but in a much smaller scale. So far, efficiency is around 75%+ on intercepting the enemy rockets, and they only target those whose trajectory will make them hit populated areas (They seem to be imprecise). In the end like everything it's a money's war, since each of the intercepting missiles goes for over 50K while those Palestinian workshop-made rockets are around $ 800 a piece.

    Lasers might be the next step toward neutralizing this terror threat.
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 26,235 Senior Member
    ace7644 wrote: »
    it was a joke people. but then again it will probably end up becoming true to some extent.

    Once again the Palestinians start some 'stuff' and the apologists start pointing the finger at Israel and say that Israel is at fault. Israel is massing the reserves and armor at the border. There are no civilians in Gaza; only terrorists, and terrorists in training. They have been offered peace since the beginning of the State of Israel and have slapped that hand back every time. If they get their rear ends kicked again it will mean nothing. They will go back to growling while they lick their wounds, and be back to firing rockets into Israel within a year. They're dumber than a bag of doorknobs; they keep antagonizing the guy on the other side of the fence until he kicks their face in, and then do it over and over and over and over and over again. YOU CAN'T FIX STUPID!

    You probably haven't noticed that no Arab nation comes to their aid or even gives them much humanitarian aid. And taking them in as refugees is out of the question; the other Arab states want nothing to do with the unrepentant trouble making Palestinians.
    If the U.S. Congress was put in charge of the Sahara Desert, there would be a shortage of sand in under six months.



  • robert38-55robert38-55 Senior Member Posts: 3,621 Senior Member
    tennmike wrote: »
    Once again the Palestinians start some 'stuff' and the apologists start pointing the finger at Israel and say that Israel is at fault. Israel is massing the reserves and armor at the border. There are no civilians in Gaza; only terrorists, and terrorists in training. They have been offered peace since the beginning of the State of Israel and have slapped that hand back every time. If they get their rear ends kicked again it will mean nothing. They will go back to growling while they lick their wounds, and be back to firing rockets into Israel within a year. They're dumber than a bag of doorknobs; they keep antagonizing the guy on the other side of the fence until he kicks their face in, and then do it over and over and over and over and over again. YOU CAN'T FIX STUPID!

    You probably haven't noticed that no Arab nation comes to their aid or even gives them much humanitarian aid. And taking them in as refugees is out of the question; the other Arab states want nothing to do with the unrepentant trouble making Palestinians.

    Nice reply tennmike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:that::agree:
    "It is what it is":usa:
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    The Gaza strip is a relatively small area, but it's been a constant pain in the butt for the Israelis for over half a century. They would be justified in turning it into a total wasteland, uninhabitable by anybody. It's sort of like allowing a pack of wild dogs to live next door to a sheep ranch- - - - -no point in giving the scum-sucking parasites a base of operations.
    Jerry
    Hide and wail in terror, Eloi- - - -We Morlocks are on the hunt!
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  • 1965Jeff1965Jeff Senior Member Posts: 1,615 Senior Member
    If Hamas put down their weapons today, there would be peace- if the Israelis put down their weapons there would be no more Israel. The Israelis could lay waste to that region if they so chose to do so. I think they have shown remarkable restraint to these attacks. This is the result of the lack of support shown the Israelis by the current administration, Hamas is trying to throw it's weight around especially since most of their leaders were removed the last time they tried this, the lesson they learned was permanent and final.
  • robert38-55robert38-55 Senior Member Posts: 3,621 Senior Member
    Teach wrote: »
    The Gaza strip is a relatively small area, but it's been a constant pain in the butt for the Israelis for over half a century. They would be justified in turning it into a total wasteland, uninhabitable by anybody. It's sort of like allowing a pack of wild dogs to live next door to a sheep ranch- - - - -no point in giving the scum-sucking parasites a base of operations.
    Jerry

    Very good analogy, Teach!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    "It is what it is":usa:
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