Israel / Palestinian Madness
does anybody keep up with this israeli/palestinian stuff? anybody read the bible? discuss.
Israeli warplanes launch airstrikes
One dead, 18 injured after Palestinian towns hit by missiles
MSNBC NEWS SERVICES
KHAN YUNIS, Gaza Strip, Aug. 26— Tension in the Mideast skyrocketed Sunday as Israeli F-16 warplanes and tanks demolished police buildings in four Palestinian towns, retaliating for the killings of three Israeli soldiers and two Jewish settlers the previous day. One Palestinian was killed and 18 injured in the raids.
ONE OF THE airstrikes leveled a four-story building in the Gaza City police headquarters. The missiles set off a thundering explosion and sent plumes of black smoke into the air.
Israel blamed the Palestinian leadership for the killings of the five Israelis. At least a half-dozen Israeli helicopters hovered near Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s headquarters in Gaza City, but eventually left without firing.
Arafat has been away for several days, traveling in Asia.
The latest escalation made a resumption of truce talks an increasingly remote possibility. Last week, Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said they were ready to meet, but never set a time and place.
With five Israelis killed Saturday, it was one of the bloodiest days for Israel during 11 months of fighting with the Palestinians.
Among the victims were an Israeli couple driving on the edge of the West Bank and three soldiers killed when two Palestinian militants infiltrated an isolated army post and opened fire.
Israel usually targets Palestinian security installations in its retaliatory strikes because it holds Arafat ultimately responsible for attacks on Israelis. It says Arafat’s security forces do little to rein in the militants, and sometimes participate in attacks on Israelis.
“Israel ... holds Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Authority directly responsible for the violence that we are facing,” Israeli government spokesman Dore Gold said.
“Whether attacking Israeli soldiers in Gaza or attacking Israeli civilians on roads near Jerusalem, Yasser Arafat is escalating his war of terrorism against the state of Israel,” he said. “Israel will not accept attacks like this against its civilians.”
Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi, a retired general, said Israel must initiate actions against Palestinian militants. “You must seek contact with the enemy all the time,” he told Israel radio. “You can’t fight terrorism by sitting in fortified positions.”
Palestinian militants have targeted Israeli troops and Jewish settlers in Gaza throughout the current conflict. However, in most cases, the militants have fired from a distance or attempted roadside ambushes.
WARPLANES BLAST POLICE HEADQUARTERS
Early Sunday, Israeli warplanes blasted the police headquarters in Gaza City, the military intelligence offices in Deir el-Balah, south of Gaza City, and police headquarters in Salfit, in the West Bank, the Israeli military said.
Three Palestinian policemen were injured in Gaza and eight people were slightly hurt in Salfit, doctors said.
Israel fired three missiles at the Gaza compound, leveling two buildings, including a four-story structure housing the anti-crime department and offices.
Most of the files were burned and scattered. Palestinian policemen searched the rubble for belongings.
Policeman Hani Falem found his track suit in the debris. “Look, we both survived,” he said, pointing to the clothing. Falem said most policemen, anticipating an airstrike, had left the building.
POLICE SERGEANT KILLED
A Palestinian police sergeant, Alla Abu Bakra, was killed by machine gun fire, and seven Palestinians were wounded by shrapnel, hospital doctors said. Abu Bakra was hiding in a trench at the back of the compound when he was killed, a fellow policeman said.
At mosques in Rafah, calls went out over the loudspeakers urging residents to join a “holy war” against the Israeli forces.
At around 3 a.m. Sunday, the Israeli forces withdrew from Rafah.
Palestinian Authority security personnel and members of political and military factions were among 10,000 mourners in southern Gaza who bore aloft the bodies of the attackers, Amin Abu Hatab, 26, and Hisham Abu Jamous, 24.
Pumping bullets into the air, they vowed to strike more Israeli targets.
STRIKES ‘WILL INCREASE ... HATRED’
Palestinian security officials said Israel’s reprisals would make the situation even more dangerous after 11 months of bloodshed in which more than 700 people have been killed.
Viewing the rubble of a destroyed police complex in Dir al-Balah in Gaza, Tayeb Abdel Rahim, a senior aid to Arafat, said, “The occupation may succeed in knocking down our houses and our offices, but it cannot destroy the determination of our people, and such an aggression will increase the feeling of hatred and will break the bridge of trust between the two peoples.”
The Palestinian police chief in Gaza, Brig. Gen. Ghazi Jabali, said his men were “soldiers who will fight to the end in our just battle.”
DARING ASSAULT ON ISRAELI BASE
The violent events began before dawn Saturday with an assault on the isolated Marganit army base in Gaza. The raid by the two men was one of the most daring attacks by Palestinians since they began a revolt against Israeli occupation last September.
View images of the tumult.
The Palestinian attackers climbed over separate embankments, breaking into the isolated base. Both began shooting and throwing grenades at soldiers, the Israeli army said. Three soldiers, including a major, were killed, and seven wounded.
Soldiers shot back, killing one Palestinian at the base. The second man managed to flee, but was pursued and shot dead about four hours later while attempting to take cover at a greenhouse in a nearby Jewish settlement, the army added.
The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a small radical PLO faction, claimed responsibility, and disputed the Israeli version of events, saying one Palestinian was caught alive before being killed.
The Israeli army was left trying to explain how the Palestinian militants managed to enter the base in south Gaza.
Conceding the episode revealed military “weaknesses,” the army set up a committee to look into the attack, in which Maj. Gil Oz, 30, Staff Sgt. Nir Kobi, 21, and Sgt. Tsach Grebley, 19, died.
ISRAELI COUPLE DIE IN AMBUSH
On Saturday evening, Palestinian gunmen ambushed an Israeli car on a road near the West Bank, killing an Israeli couple. The woman’s brother, an off-duty soldier, was critically wounded with a shot to the head, and the couple’s two children, ages 1 and 2, were lightly hurt.
The Al Aqsa Brigade, a group of gunmen linked to Arafat’s Fatah movement, claimed responsibility for the deadly ambush.
The first Israeli strike came Saturday night, targeting the town of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.
Israeli troops briefly took over several small Palestinian security outposts, and army bulldozers tore down the headquarters of Palestinian Public Security, according to residents and Rafah’s governor, Majid al-Ajha.
Israeli tanks and armored vehicles came under heavy Palestinian gunfire, and shot back with shells and machine guns, they added.
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.
What will Timbaland do with out Aaliyah now ?
it sounds like this UN guy is the one making all the mistakes....im surprised he hasnt got fired yet
"The U.N. created the state of Israel"
There's your problem.
The U.N. created the state of Israel.
There has been turmoil ever since.
My boy just moved there to live. To Jerusalem.
He says "You get used to it, it's daily life".
I can't imagine it.