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: December 27, 2008, 01:25:23 PM



Israeli F-16 bombers have pounded key targets across the Gaza Strip, killing more than 200 people, local medics say.

Most of those killed were policemen in the Hamas militant movement, which controls Gaza, but women and children also died, the Gaza officials said.

About 700 others were wounded, as missiles struck security compounds and militant bases, the officials said.

Israel said it was responding to an escalation in rocket attacks from Gaza and would bomb "as long as necessary".

They were the heaviest Israeli attacks on Gaza for decades. More air raids were launched as night fell.


The operation came days after a truce with Hamas expired.

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said "it won't be easy and it won't be short".

"There is a time for calm and a time for fighting, and now the time has come to fight," he said.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for an immediate halt to the violence, condemning what he called Israel's "excessive use of force leading to the killing and injuring of civilians" and "the ongoing rocket attacks by Palestinian militants".

Middle East envoy Tony Blair and the French EU presidency also urged an immediate ceasefire.

Palestinian militants frequently fire rockets against Israeli towns from inside the Gaza Strip; large numbers of rocket and mortar shells have been fired at Israel in recent days.

In a statement, Israel's military said it targeted "Hamas terror operatives" as well as training camps and weapons storage warehouses.

A Hamas police spokesman, Islam Shahwan, said one of the raids targeted a police compound in Gaza City where a graduation ceremony for new personnel was taking place.

   
"Hamas will continue the resistance until the last drop of blood"
Fawzi Barhoum
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At least a dozen bodies of men in black uniforms were photographed at the Hamas police headquarters in Gaza City.

Israel said operations "will continue, will be expanded, and will deepen if necessary".

It is the worst attack in Gaza since 1967 in terms of the number of Palestinian casualties, a senior analyst told the BBC in Jerusalem.

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni defended the air raids, saying Israel had "no choice". "We're doing what we need to do to defend our citizens," she said in a television broadcast.

Israel hit targets across Gaza, striking in the territory's main population centres, including Gaza City in the north and the southern towns of Khan Younis and Rafah.

Hamas said all of its security compounds in Gaza were destroyed by the air strikes, which Israel said hit some 40 targets.

Mosques issued urgent appeals for people to donate blood and Hamas sources told the BBC's Rushdi Abou Alouf in Gaza that hospitals were soon full.

In the West Bank, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas - whose Fatah faction was ousted from Gaza by Hamas in 2007 - condemned the attacks and called for restraint.


But Hamas quickly vowed to carry out revenge attacks on Israel in response to the air strikes, firing Qassam rockets into Israeli territory as an immediate reply.

One Israeli was killed by a rocket strike on the town of Netivot, 20 kilometres (12 miles) east of Gaza, doctors said.

"Hamas will continue the resistance until the last drop of blood," spokesman Fawzi Barhoum was reported as saying.

The air strikes come amid rumours that an Israeli ground operation is imminent.

The rest of the article can be found here. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7800985.stm


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#1 : December 27, 2008, 02:16:32 PM

Just when Hamas was losing power those geniuses decided to attack.

Congrats on making Hamas popular again...you would think the Israeli government would think this through....

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#2 : December 27, 2008, 02:20:58 PM

"Hamas will continue the resistance until the last drop of blood," spokesman Fawzi Barhoum was reported as saying.

That is just brilliance, invite another raid on you idiots! In all honesty, how many hundreds of Palestinians will join the anti-Israeli cause after this?


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#3 : December 27, 2008, 03:47:05 PM

Actually rockets have been being fired into Israel from Gaza on and off for a few months now.

You keep poking a sleeping tiger with a stick and eventually he's going to wake up and bite you.

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#4 : December 28, 2008, 04:06:53 AM

Newest figures have 230+ dead, 780+ wounded. Sounds like this was big.


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#5 : December 28, 2008, 04:12:35 AM

This is news?


Same sh!t, different day with those guys. They can all rot in hell over that little piece of land they have, causes too much problems in the world for such a small area.

Its like watching the Heavyweight Champion take on the Underdog, just sit back and watch the fight, someone is going to come out Victor.


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#6 : December 28, 2008, 09:21:14 AM

This is terrible. I have friends who have lost family members in Gaza......

Another example of Israels failed tactic to just bomb the **CENSORED** out of Gaza in an attempt to weaken the will of the Palestinian people.....I really don't get why they continue this stupidity.....

Killing civilians isn't going to force Hamas into a ceasefire, its only going to recruit more people. Now Hamas is going to start the third intifada....The last one killed about 500 Israelites and 1500 Palestinianes.....3 eye for 1 i guess.

If somebody doesn't stop this, Israel is going to finish what pretty soon only can be described as ethnic cleansing.

My thoughts are with the families of the victims.


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#7 : December 28, 2008, 09:28:05 AM

I have a theory that the Israeli government is working with Hamas in keeping the status quo of perpetual war due to money and staying in power.  This ensures the Israeli government has the Israeli citizens on their side while Hamas remains in power.


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#8 : December 28, 2008, 09:35:54 AM

All Da Way - You overestimate what Hamas is getting out of this. Gaza is a extremely small area where 51,8% are living BELOW the poverty rate. Hamas doesn't have power in the broad perspective

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#9 : December 28, 2008, 09:45:44 AM

Hamas' wealth is obtained from outside sources(eg university professors in the USA).

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#10 : December 28, 2008, 10:21:40 AM

So far, since the escalation of hostilities, one Israeli has been killed. But before that, in the months and months of Hamas rockets, how many Israelis were injured or killed?

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-israel-gaza.1dec28,0,1397247.story

The Israeli government had been under mounting pressure to respond to escalating rocket strikes in recent days, which caused no serious casualties but terrorized residents in southern towns and farming communities.

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I think most would agree that Israeli has a right to defend themselves from such attacks. But once again, their response seems out of proportion and in the end, will do more harm than good. This won' t just inflame the Palestinians. It will inflame the entire Arab would. And once again, the White House has put 100% of the blame on Hamas and has not asked Israel to stop the bombing. The only thing the Bush administration has called for is for Israel to try to avoid civilian casualties.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7800985.stm

"The United States is deeply concerned about the escalating violence in Gaza," she said in a statement.

"We strongly condemn the repeated rocket and mortar attacks against Israel and hold Hamas responsible for breaking the ceasefire and for the renewal of violence there. The ceasefire must be restored immediately and fully respected."


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http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/Israeli-Airstrikes-On-Gaza-Hamas-Leader-Ismail-Haniyeh-Condemns-Ugliest-Massacre/Article/200812415194411

The United States did not call for the air strikes to stop but said caution was needed.

A White House statement said: "Hamas must end its terrorist activities if it wishes to play a role in the future of the Palestinian people.

"The United States urges Israel to avoid civilian casualties as it targets Hamas in Gaza."


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As others have stated, this is only going to make things a lot worse...

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http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ioi_0jtO9RjMwPNRoXNCndRPRq3gD95BFQCG0

The Israeli airstrikes caused widespread panic and confusion, and black plumes of smoke billowed above the territory, ruled by the Islamic militant Hamas for the past 18 months. Some of the Israeli missiles struck in densely populated areas as students were leaving school, and women rushed into the streets frantically looking for their children.

"My son is gone, my son is gone," wailed Said Masri, a 57-year-old shopkeeper, as he sat in the middle of a Gaza City street, slapping his face and covering his head with dust from a bombed-out security compound nearby.

He said he had sent his 9-year-old son out to purchase cigarettes minutes before the airstrikes began and could not find him. "May I burn like the cigarettes, may Israel burn," Masri moaned.

Militants often operate against Israel from civilian areas. Late Saturday, thousands of Gazans received Arabic-language cell-phone messages from the Israeli military, urging them to leave homes where militants might have stashed weapons.


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At least Israeli made some sort of attempt to warn people. But for Hamas, civilians casualties are a good thing. It insights more hatred towards Israel and Hamas knows that. Lose, lose situation here. Back to the warning of civilians...

This is similar to when the Germans tried to warn American civilians before the Lusitania was bombed. But in that case, the American government blocked all of the warnings except one. See "A Big American Lie About the Lusitania?" thread in the Cove for more.

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#11 : December 28, 2008, 12:30:02 PM

The Israeli's took the high road on messaging the civilians to leave targeted homes. Attacking a police graduation ceremony is pretty disgusting though. When Israel and Iran duke it out, I don't care which side wins.


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#12 : December 28, 2008, 01:40:19 PM

Its not only the arab world who are inflamed about this. Alot of countrys around the world are feeling increasing displeasure with Israel in this conflict. The continued unconditioned US support to Israel which is done to please jewish voters in the US is the only reason that this is allowed to continue. We had a big demontration here i Denmark today infront of the israeli embassy in response to the attacks.

That country should never have be created.

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#13 : December 28, 2008, 02:12:34 PM

When the CEO's of almost every one of our main stream media outlets are Jewish, I think we get the anti-muslim bias over here.


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#14 : December 28, 2008, 02:48:54 PM

When the CEO's of almost every one of our main stream media outlets are Jewish, I think we get the anti-muslim bias over here.

LOL...

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