Saturday, December 27, 2008

Israel takes revenge for Hamas rocket attacks


Will there ever be an end to violence in the Middle East? Hamas has decided to launch a Christmas holiday barrage of rockets into Israel. The Israeli are not into turning the other check. They have launched a massive missile attack response. The details are in the quoted story. There is a lot of speculation that Israel will follow up with a ground invasion of Gaza sometime soon.


Israel Launches Unprecedented Series of Strikes on Gaza


Saturday, December 27, 2008

AP

Dec. 27: Smoke rises from Israeli missile strikes in the northern Gaza Strip as seen from the Israeli community of Netiv Hasara.

Dec. 27: Smoke rises from Israeli missile strikes in the northern Gaza Strip as seen from the Israeli community of Netiv Hasara.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli aircraft struck Hamas security compounds across Gaza on Saturday in unprecedented waves of simultaneous attacks, and Hamas and medics reported dozens of people were killed.

The strikes caused widespread panic and confusion as black smoke rose above Gaza. Health Ministry official Moawiya Hassanain said at least 120 people were killed and more than 250 wounded. Officials said others were still buried under the rubble.

In one of the Hamas compounds, the bodies of more than a dozen uniformed security officers were seen lying on the ground. One survivor raised his index finger in a show of Muslim faith, uttering a prayer. Among the dead was the Gaza police chief, Maj. Gen. Tawfiq Jaber, witnesses said.

Hamas officials said all of Gaza's security compounds were destroyed. Hamas said it would seek revenge, including launching new rocket attacks on Israel and sending homicide bombers to Israel.

"Hamas will continue the resistance until the last drop of blood," said Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum, speaking on a Gaza radio station.

Israel confirmed it carried out a series of air strikes on Hamas installations but did not provide details. Israel has warned in recent days it would strike back hard against continued rocket fire from Gaza on Israeli border towns. Full story here.

2 comments:

William J. Sykes said...

I believe Islamic extremism in Palestine was somewhat accelerated through a hasty export/implementation of popular democracy in the area, as pushed by the Bush administration. To paraphrase on Pat Buchanan, implantation of democracy in Middle East has bought us Islamic Brotherhood in Egypt and Pakistan, a borderline cleric state in Iraq, and our subject Hamas in Pakistan.

William J. Sykes said...

Palestine, not Pakistan for Hamas. Sorry