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Israel launches airstrikes in Gaza
Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/8/06 | Nidal al-Mughrabi

Posted on 07/08/2006 4:59:45 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

GAZA (Reuters) - Israel launched rapid-fire air strikes against Palestinian militants across the Gaza Strip on Sunday after rebuffing a proposed ceasefire by Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas.

Israel is threatening to expand its offensive unless militants release Corporal Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier abducted in a cross-border raid on June 25, and halt rocket fire on Israeli cities.

At least three militants were injured in an early morning air strike near the Karni commercial crossing, Palestinian medics and police said.

Israel also bombed a key bridge in northern Gaza, despite an appeal from the United Nations to stop targeting the strip's fragile infrastructure.

The army said the goal was to prevent militants from transporting rockets to launch sites.

In southern Gaza, Israel bombed a militant training camp. No one was hurt. "It was being used to direct attacks," an army spokesman said.

Israel killed seven Palestinians, including a 6-year-old girl and a policeman, on Saturday, Palestinian witnesses said.

About 50 Palestinians -- and one Israeli soldier -- have been killed so far in the offensive, launched on June 28 to pile pressure on the Hamas-led Palestinian government, already on the brink of financial collapse from a Western aid embargo.

Israeli tanks withdrew from much of the northern Gaza Strip on Saturday but soldiers remain in the southern part of the territory and have deployed close to the outskirts of Gaza City.

"We will soon begin operations in other places," Israeli Military Southern Command Chief Yoav Galant told Israeli media. "I see no reason to stop the offensive as long as they are holding our soldier."

Galant said the Israeli offensive, criticized by the European Union and United Nations, had no time limit and that troops were prepared to continue it for "a month, two months and more if needed."

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan called both sides to exercise restraint and respect their obligations under international law.

"As I have repeatedly stated, I am extremely concerned about the dangerous situation in the occupied Palestinian Territory. I am appealing for urgent action to alleviate the desperate humanitarian situation of the civilian population," Annan said.

"The Israeli air strikes on Gaza's only power plant have had a far-reaching impact on Gaza's hospitals, flour mills, water and sanitation systems," he said.

Haniyeh said Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and a halt to military actions could "make it easy for us to end the crisis" over Shalit.

Israel said it would only pull its troops out if militants halted rocket attacks and released the soldier.

The Islamist Hamas and other militant groups have demanded Israel make the first move by releasing hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the soldier. The Jewish state has rejected this.

"Our intentions are to bring security for Israel citizens and to release Gilad," Galant said. "If someone expects us to play into the hands of the Palestinians, they are mistaken."

(Additional reporting by Adam Entous and Corinne Heller in Jerusalem)


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; Israel; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: airstrikes; gaza; israel; launches

1 posted on 07/08/2006 4:59:47 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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I think I had seen reports earlier that IDF was pulling out of the North but doing business in the East Gaza side, now this..

I would ask Hamas and its supporters?

Is one hostage worth the cost?

Black smoke is seen during an Israeli bombardment over the town of Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip July 8, 2006. UN chief Kofi Annan called for an immediate stop to what he called Israel's 'disproportionate use of force' in Gaza but also pressed for the release of an Israeli soldier snatched by Palestinian militants. (Yannis Behrakis/Reuters)

2 posted on 07/08/2006 5:02:03 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi --- Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: NormsRevenge


Israel also bombed a key bridge in northern Gaza, despite an appeal from the United Nations to stop targeting the strip's fragile infrastructure.


Did the U.N. also call on Hamas to immediately release their hostage?


3 posted on 07/08/2006 5:04:35 PM PDT by Paloma_55 (I may be a hateful bigot, but I still love you)
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To: NormsRevenge
I would ask Hamas and its supporters: Is one hostage worth the cost?

The answer appears to be, "Yes."

4 posted on 07/08/2006 5:06:49 PM PDT by sionnsar (†trad-anglican.faithweb.com† | Iran Azadi | SONY: 5yst3m 0wn3d, N0t Y0urs | NYT:Jihadi Journal)
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To: NormsRevenge
In southern Gaza, Israel bombed a militant training camp. No one was hurt

Well dammit IDF, try harder. Bombs and air raids are expensive. Next time make sure somebody gets hurt.

L

5 posted on 07/08/2006 5:09:31 PM PDT by Lurker (2 months and still no Bill from Pence. Some plan, eh?)
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To: NormsRevenge

"I would ask Hamas and its supporters: Is one hostage worth the cost?"

I dont expect rational answers from irrational animals.


6 posted on 07/08/2006 5:10:08 PM PDT by Canedawg (In God We Trust)
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To: NormsRevenge

Israel needs to level every structure that stands above 1 inch from the ground. Turn every structure, house-garage-toilet-any building into dust. No hidey holes; no rocket launches.


7 posted on 07/08/2006 5:10:51 PM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: NormsRevenge
Israel killed seven Palestinians, including a 6-year-old girl and a policeman, on Saturday, Palestinian witnesses said.

If this is the child that was killed when a building was blown up, it is not at all clear that the explosion was due to an Israeli strike. If I know this is in dispute, al-Reuters does as well. I suppose they could be referring to another incident of which I have not heard.

8 posted on 07/08/2006 5:12:09 PM PDT by Bahbah (Democrat Motto: Why not the worst)
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To: sionnsar

We must keep in mind many of them have never had a formal much less adequate education, or at least I would think that to be the case.

As to the leaders of the Hamas and PLO , one can only shake ones head that they ever rose to power.


9 posted on 07/08/2006 5:12:19 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi --- Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: lilylangtree
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan called both sides to exercise restraint and respect their obligations under international law.

I know I stating the obvious here, but Annan is utterly, utterly useless. HAM-ASS started it and Israel will see that it finishes it, unless HAM-ASS comes to senses and releases the soldier unharmed. If Kofi had any brains, cojones, and common sense, he would tell HAM-ASS the obvious.

But no, Mr. Let's-all-try-to-play-nice Kofi wants to tell both sides to cool it.

Honestly, I don't know who's more useless: the U.N. or dhimmocRATS.

10 posted on 07/08/2006 5:17:26 PM PDT by kromike
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To: NormsRevenge
"Israeli tanks withdrew from much of the northern Gaza Strip on Saturday but soldiers remain in the southern part of the territory and have deployed close to the outskirts of Gaza City."

Fox News just reported that eyewitnesses say Israeli tanks are moving back into Northern Gaza. Fox also reports that Israel denies they're moving back in. So...

11 posted on 07/08/2006 5:19:09 PM PDT by blam
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To: Canedawg
"I would ask Hamas and its supporters: Is one hostage worth the cost?"

I think it's time Israel increased the consequences of taking one hostage by continuing to disable the infrastructure. In time the people will either rise up against Hamas itself or die for their cause.
Israel has been patient enough, time to take off the gloves and up the ante

12 posted on 07/08/2006 5:21:21 PM PDT by The Brush
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To: kromike

Emperor-of-Terrorists: "Hostage? What hostage? Who cares?"
Suicide bombers? What suicide bombers? Who cares?"
Islamic rockets murdering and terrorizing innocent civilians? What rockets? What schools? Who cares?"
Islamic calendars in my office before 911 predicting 911? What calendars? Who cares?"
I am, and we in the UN are, for any and all terrorists.
We are for any and all attacks on America and its allies.
We are for slavery, subjugation of women, graft, rape and corruption.
Without those things, we are nothing."



The UN is a terrorist organization supporting murderers, rapists, slavers and terrorists.

13 posted on 07/08/2006 5:30:53 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: NormsRevenge
We must keep in mind many of them have never had a formal much less adequate education, or at least I would think that to be the case.

I believe it is NOT the case, as most "Palestinians" have grown up in U.N. camps. The problem is with what and how they learn.
14 posted on 07/08/2006 5:31:52 PM PDT by kenavi (Save romance. Stop teen sex.)
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To: sofaman

Re my post #8, this is apparently the same incident, which, as I indicated was of dubious connection to the IDF, which Reuters must know, but chose to attribute the death of the 6 year old to the Israelis anyway. Here is "the rest of the story," thanks to sofaman for the post:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1662532/posts


15 posted on 07/08/2006 5:35:37 PM PDT by Bahbah (Democrat Motto: Why not the worst)
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To: NormsRevenge
As to the leaders of the Hamas and PLO , one can only shake ones head that they ever rose to power.

Noxious weeds sprouting amid the rubble of a failed culture. Cleaning up this horrid mess that surrounds Israel will require years of decisive action. They can start by pulling the weeds in their own gardens.

16 posted on 07/08/2006 5:36:17 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: NormsRevenge
I would ask Hamas and its supporters?
Is one hostage worth the cost?

The hostage is just a symbol. Hamas is defending Arab "honor." They are ready to suffer and die for it. Anything they can do to humiliate the Jews, such as holding on to the hostage, is worth the suffering, in their eyes. In fact, suffering makes them more worthy in the eyes of Allah.

17 posted on 07/08/2006 5:40:05 PM PDT by Hartmann
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To: NormsRevenge

"I would ask Hamas and its supporters?

Is one hostage worth the cost?"

I'll answer it for them, YES! Hamass wants war with the "zionist entity." That's what these people are all about. They are a single issue party in paleoland, and that issue is war with their hated neighbor. We need to give Israel the go-ahead to rid gaza of these parasitic vermin. Gaza needs to be de-loused, in a big way.


18 posted on 07/08/2006 5:48:28 PM PDT by AdvisorB (For a terrorist bodycount in hamistan, let the smoke clear then count the ears and divide by 2.)
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To: NormsRevenge

The Friggn UN gets spit in the face by the likes of SUDAN NORTH KOREA and SOMOLIA, now Israel with it's might and Nukes are someone the UN wants to mess with???

What IDIOTS!!!


19 posted on 07/08/2006 5:49:23 PM PDT by funkywbr
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To: NormsRevenge

Galant said the Israeli offensive, criticized by the European Union, aka France, and United Nations, aka Russia, China, and France, had no time limit and that troops were prepared to continue it for "a month, two months and more if needed."


20 posted on 07/08/2006 5:52:30 PM PDT by LA Conservative (Clinton: The worst president we've ever had - The worst man we've ever had as President)
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To: Diogenesis

What is the calender and what does it say? I've missed the story.


21 posted on 07/08/2006 6:16:06 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)
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To: Bahbah

" Palestinian witnesses said."

Yeah. Real reliable sources there! /s


22 posted on 07/08/2006 6:27:12 PM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Eagles6
Look at the picture for SEPTEMBER 2001.
It was printed months and months and months in advance.
23 posted on 07/08/2006 6:29:03 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: NormsRevenge

They sould level the place and salt the earth.


24 posted on 07/08/2006 6:41:44 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (The Internet is the samizdat of liberty..)
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To: NormsRevenge
UN chief Kofi Annan called for an immediate stop to what he called Israel's 'disproportionate use of force' in Gaza but also pressed for the release of an Israeli soldier snatched by Palestinian militants. (Yannis Behrakis/Reuters)

I tend to agree with Coffee...I'd like to see Israel stop with the tanks and missles and switch to 10 or 20 thousand Qassam rockets of their own...

And just 'level' the playing field...

25 posted on 07/08/2006 6:42:59 PM PDT by Iscool (President Bush loves AMNESTY...But he hates the DICTIONARY...)
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To: Diogenesis

I beleive you. I don't read arabic and would like the background on the calender. Where is it from?


26 posted on 07/08/2006 7:01:31 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)
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To: NormsRevenge
The army said the goal was to prevent militants from transporting rockets to launch sites.

These rockets are fired exclusively at Israeli civilians (the last attack was fired at an elementary school). This makes them terrorists, not militants.

27 posted on 07/08/2006 7:17:29 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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28 posted on 07/08/2006 8:03:47 PM PDT by Salem (FREE REPUBLIC - Fighting to win within the Arena of the War of Ideas! So get in the fight!)
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To: NormsRevenge
Why is it they can always find a Palestinian man on the street to tell them the IDF killed a kid, but can never find an Israeli to ask about it?
29 posted on 07/08/2006 8:09:47 PM PDT by blu (People, for God's sake, think for yourselves)
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To: lilylangtree

"Israel needs to level every structure that stands above 1 inch from the ground. Turn every structure, house-garage-toilet-any building into dust. No hidey holes; no rocket launches."

And once this is finished, drop one more bomb to create a crater about 1 block in area. Then move the UN there.


30 posted on 07/09/2006 9:07:11 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Democrats - The reason we need term limits)
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