Posted by: Lister | December 27, 2008

Airstrike on Gaza

The BBC:

Israeli F-16 bombers have launched a series of air strikes against key targets in the Gaza Strip, killing at least 155 people, medical chiefs say.

Gaza officials and the Hamas militant group said about 200 others were hurt as missiles hit security compounds and militant bases across the territory.

[…] 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.

Several bodies of Hamas men in black uniforms were photographed by the Associated Press at one compound.

[…] 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.

At least one Israeli was killed by a rocket strike in the town of Netivot, doctors said.

[…] Mosques issued urgent appeals for people to donate blood and Hamas sources told a BBC reporter in Gaza, Rushdi Abou Alouf, that hospitals were soon full.

Egypt opened its border crossing to the Gaza Strip at Rafah to absorb and treat some of those injured in the south of the territory.

Most of the dead and injured were said to be in Gaza City, where Hamas’s main security compound was destroyed. The head of Gaza’s police forces, Tawfik Jaber, was reportedly among those killed.

Images from the targeted areas showed dead and injured Palestinians, burning and destroyed buildings, and scenes of panic and chaos on Gaza’s crowded streets.

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  1. The Telegraph:

    The human toll ranked among the highest for a single day in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Among the dead was one Israeli civilian who was killed by rocket fire coming in response to the air raids. This day of bloodshed ended any hope of immediate progress in the peace process.

    […] Every known police station, arms store and headquarters building in Gaza, which has been ruled by Hamas since June 2007, was attacked, regardless of whether they were occupied. A passing out ceremony for new police officers was struck, killing around 40 cadets.

  2. Haaretz:

    Palestinians in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip fired dozens of Qassam and Grad rockets into southern Israel on Saturday after Israeli air strikes killed more than 195 Palestinians in Gaza, according to Palestinian sources.

    A home in the town of Netivot was hit by a grad missile, killing one and leaving four with moderate to serious injuries.

    One rocket struck just outside Kiryat Gat, some 20 kilometers from Gaza. The strike marked the first time in the eight years since Hamas has been firing rockets into Israel that a rocket has struck the southern Israeli city.


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