US Gives Green Light For Further Attacks On Gaza
Gaza Rocket Attacks
U.S. State Department.
Mark C. Toner
Deputy Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
November 14, 2012
We strongly condemn the barrage of rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israel, and we regret the death and injury of innocent Israeli and Palestinian civilians caused by the ensuing violence.
There is no justification for the violence that Hamas and other terrorist organizations are employing against the people of Israel. We call on those responsible to stop these cowardly acts immediately.
We support Israel’s right to defend itself, and we encourage Israel to continue to take every effort to avoid civilian casualties.
Hamas claims to have the best interests of the Palestinian people at heart, yet it continues to engage in violence that is counterproductive to the Palestinian cause.
Attacking Israel on a near daily basis does nothing to help Palestinians in Gaza or to move the Palestinian people any closer to achieving self determination.
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IOF Kill Ahmed On Jabri, Head of Hamas Military Wing
Israeli Air Strike Kills Hamas Military Chief Jabari
November 14, 2012 “BBC” — The head of the military wing of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari, has been killed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza City.
He and another senior Hamas official died when the car they were travelling in was hit.
It appears to have been the first step of an Israeli operation against militant groups in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.
A series of air strikes are now being reported across Gaza.
The Israeli Defence Force (IDF) said it had launched “Operation Cloud Pillar” against Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other militant groups.
In recent days, Israeli officials had said they were considering assassinating senior figures in Hamas following a wave of heavy rocket-fire.
Mr Jabari, who was 46, is the most senior Hamas official to be killed in the Gaza Strip since the major Israeli offensive four years ago.
Israel’s Shin Bet security service confirmed he had been targeted, saying he was responsible for “all terrorist activities against Israel from Gaza” in the last decade.
“Jabari was responsible for financing and directing military operations and attacks against Israel. His elimination today is a message to Hamas officials in Gaza that if they continue promoting terrorism against Israel, they will be hurt,” it said.
Since Saturday, four Palestinian civilians and three militants, including Mr Jabari, have been killed in Gaza, and dozens injured. Eight Israelis have also been hurt.
Hamas spokesman Taher Anunu told BBC Arabic: “This was a heinous crime that will have repercussions.
“The Palestinian government will call for the trial of those responsible for the crime, and for hitting a civilian area, but the Palestinian factions have the right to respond in a way they see fit.”
The BBC’s Jon Donnison in Gaza City says the sound of gunfire echoed through the streets after Wednesday’s air strike which killed Mr Jabari.
There are fears the attack could lead to another war, he adds.
Israel: Hamas Killing Launches Broader Operation
By IBRAHIM BARZAK
November 14, 2012 “Associated Press” – The Israeli military says its assassination of the Hamas military commander marks the beginning of an operation against Gaza militants. More
Qassam Brigades say Israeli assassination of Jabari has ‘opened the gates of hell’
November 14, 2012 — An Israeli air strike that killed top Hamas military commander Ahmad al-Jabari on Wednesday has “opened the gates of hell,” the armed wing of the ruling Islamist movement said.
“The occupation has opened the gates of hell on itself,” said a statement from the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, which vowed its militants would “continue the path of resistance.”
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Child killed in Israeli attack on Gaza: Picture: Omar jihad Mashrawi, a Palestinian from Al Zeitoun holding his one year old son, who just died from his injuries, at Al Shifa hospital, city of Gaza, on November 14, 2012.
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