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'Massacre' in Gaza Strip
SBS World News Australia
2.11.2006
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Eight Palestinians and an Israeli soldier were killed in Gaza when Israeli infantry backed by tanks seized control of a town in a major operation in the battered territory.

Moderate Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas and Prime Minister Ismail Haniya, who heads Hamas, an Islamist-led government boycotted by the West, swiftly condemned what they branded an Israeli "massacre".

Medics said at least eight Palestinians, five of them militants, were killed and 54 wounded, including three women and 10 children, in the town that witnesses said was surrounded by some 60 Israeli tanks and armoured vehicles.

The ruling Hamas group said four of the dead were members of its military wing while Islamic Jihad confirmed that one of its fighters was killed.

Soldiers, hunkered down on rooftops, exchanged fire with militants in Beit Hanun as helicopters and drones flew overhead. Israeli bulldozers razed three houses in the town and another dozen homes were hit by tank shells.

The army said a soldier was killed by Palestinian fire in Beit Hanun, after the armed wings of Hamas and Islamic Jihad claimed they had killed an enemy serviceman in the besieged town.

Militants also fired eight rockets into Israel, one of which exploded in the southern town of Sderot, lightly wounding one man, the Israeli army said.

Israeli forces also partially reoccupied the nearby refugee camp of Jabaliya and the northern town of Beit Lahiya, troops were also operating near the closed international airport in southern Gaza and a nearby village.

Larger offensive ruled out

Against this backdrop of violence, Israel's security cabinet gathered to review operations underway in Gaza, ruling out any immediate larger-scale ground offensive.

"The meeting ended without a decision being taken on expanding operations underway, in keeping with the recommendations of Defence Minister Amir Peretz," an official told news agency AFP on condition of anonymity.

Two days ago, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert had warned Israel could expand its offensive in Gaza, as his chief ally, the United States, described Israeli military operations in the Palestinian territory as an issue of "self-defence."

On Wednesday, his office said only that "current security operations" would continue to increase pressure on Hamas and "other terrorist operations".

An army spokesman confirmed that a "major operation" was underway, codenamed "Operation Autumn Clouds", in which three air raids had been carried out and "30 armed Palestinians were hit".

"This military operation targets terrorist elements. Army activities will continue until soldier Gilad Shalit is released," said one military broadcast on pirated radio frequencies in Arabic in Gaza.

Corporal Gilad Shalit was captured in June by Gaza militants, including some from Hamas and has sparked four months of Israeli operations.

Offensive slammed

The Palestinian president and prime minister swiftly slammed the latest offensive in the battle-scarred and impoverished territory.

"President Mahmud Abbas has strongly condemned the Israeli massacre that has left six martyrs and nearly 40 wounded in Beit Hanun," his office said.

Mr Abbas called on the "occupation government to cease immediately all hostile actions against our people" and urged the international community to "intervene rapidly" to end the aggressions and stave off a "new deterioration".

At the opening of an emergency cabinet meeting, Mr Haniya charged, "The massacre is the first consequence of Lieberman joining the Israeli government."

Hard-right politician Avigdor Lieberman, who became Israel's first strategic affairs minister on Monday, reportedly suggested to the cabinet in Jerusalem that tactics used by the Russian army in Chechnya be applied to Gaza.

Israel has repeatedly said it has no intention of reoccupying Gaza.

http://www9.sbs.com.au/theworldnews/region...132382®ion=6



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Israeli Airstrikes Hit Gaza
Navy Attacks Offshore
15 Dead 20 Injured
Largest Operation In 4 Months
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(AONewswire) -- Northern Gaza erupted into near war-like conditions as Israeli jets pounded northern Gaza while Israeli infantry forces backed by tanks entered Northern Gaza before sunrise Wednesday engaging in a series of gun battles followed by several airstrikes.

The hostilities commenced as Israel massed dozens of armored vehicles on its southern border across from the town of Rafah in northern Gaza. The Israeli government had hinted at an impending military operation to stop Qassam rocket attacks that were threatening southern Israeli towns.

The action comes a year after Israeli defense forces removed Jewish settlers from Gaza last year after an occupation that had lasted for 38 years.

The Jerusalem Post is reporting 15 Palestinians have been killed and 20 more wounded in overnight operations in the town of Beit Hanoun. The Jerusalem Post is reporting that the Prime Minister is indicating that Israeli military forces will expand operations in Gaza.

Earlier, IDF forces conducted operatoins near the town of Ramallah with one Israeli soldier reportedly wounded.

Israeli Naval gunships opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats that were operating in restricted waters off the Gaza coastline. Israeli sailors later boarded the boats detaining the crews. Three fishermen were wounded in the incident. The area has been a hotbed of activity for smuggling weapons into Hamas paramilitary forces in preparation for an Hamas offensive against Israel timed to coincide with renewed Lebanon hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah. Israel reports that Palestinians had targeted Israeli warships with suicide boats laden with explosives.

Israeli military authorities report that one of the chief objectives of the new operation is to strip Hamas of its newly acquired, hi-tech Russian-made anti-tank missles such ast the AT-14 Kornet anti-tank missile which is reported to have deadly accuracy and a range of 5.5 kilometers. Such weapons could alter the balance of power by negating Israeli tank power and weak havoc with IDF tank forces.

Prime Minister Olmert is expected to convene his security cabinet to evaulate the situation and to consider expanding military operations against Gaza terrorists. Prior to the latest developments, Defense Minister Amir Peretz has been voicing opposition to any military operations stating such operations were not necessary and that such actions might endanger negotiations to free kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit now held by Hamas terrorists. For more details link here to a 2-page article. Still more details here.

As we reported on A-O yesterday, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday that Israel planned to expand its military offensive in Gaza in the near future because of the threat posed by the build up of strategic military weapons coming into Gaza utilizing an around-the-clock arms smuggling effort from Egypt through tunnels under the Philadelphi corridor into Gaza.

More details here.
http://www.aoreport.com/mag/index.php?
option=com_content&task=view&id=466&Itemid=44




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