Following are facts and figures released by the IDF and related to Israel’s decision to launch “Operation Cast Lead”:
9,400+ Rockets and mortars fired from Gaza since 2003.
3,200+ Rockets and mortars fired from Gaza in 2008.
6,500+ Rockets and mortars fired from Gaza since Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005.
543+ Rockets and mortars fired during the ceasefire from June 19 to Dec. 19, 2008.
28 Deaths caused by rockets and mortars fired from Gaza into Israel since 2001.
1,000+ People in Israel injured from rockets and mortars fired from Gaza since 2001.
Now those numbers are ...well...that seems like a lot for some victims....
Throughout Monday, the IDF encountered significant resistance in the northern Gaza Strip, killing close to 100 Palestinians in a series of close-range gun battles. Another 80 were captured and sent for interrogation. One Palestinian was taken to Soroka Hospital in Beersheba under heavy security.
Hmmm..... I thought they were going to fight to the end, embracing death like it was their 72 virgins.
Lends more and more credence to article by Khaled Abu Toameh (one of the best reporters from the MidEast) in JPost that Hamas is desperate for a lull in the fighting.
Nevertheless, the rocket barrage on Israel is continuing....