Saturday, December 27, 2008
Update:Israel air strikes continue in S. Gaza after 200 killed in earlier raids of Hamas sites
DEBKAfile Special Report
December 27, 2008
Israeli air force hits back at Hamas in Gaza
Israeli bombers hit a vehicle in the southern Gazan town of Khan Younis Saturday night, Dec. 27, after massive air raids destroyed Hamas compounds across the enclave leaving 200 killed, 330 injured and thousands of shock victims. The operation followed a week in which Hamas fired 200 missiles at Israeli civilian targets.. The Israeli Air Force planes struck Hamas security headquarters in Gaza City and compounds, police stations and ports. Several Hamas commanders were killed in the bombardment of a Hamas military passing-out ceremony. Among them was Hamas police chief Tawfiq Jabber.
The Israeli military spokesman said the Gaza operation is "just beginning" and would be expanded and intensified as necessary.
Hamas and other Palestinian factions ordered its "fighters to avenge Israeli attacks." A Israeli was killed in Netivot in its first reprisal.
Egypt has condemned Israel for its military attack. It has mobilized its rescue and medical services in Sinai, including hospitals for aid to casualties for the Israeli air bombardment of Gaza. Egyptian ambulances stood by at the Rafah crossing to transport wounded Hamas operatives.
The Israeli air attack launching some 40 missiles began 11.00 a.m. local time Saturday, eight days after Hamas terminated the informal Gaza ceasefire by showering missiles and mortar rounds on 250,000 Israeli civilians day after day.
Last week, the Israeli cabinet gave the Israeli military the green light for reprisals as Palestinian missile attacks escalated, 13 mortar rounds fired Friday, when Israel allowed 90 trucks of food and medicines to cross into the Gaza Strip.
Since Israel evacuated the Gaza Strip in 2005, the Palestinians have fired 5,000 missiles.
Comment: This is only the beginning. Immediately Abbas (Fatah) has demanded publicly that Israel cease the attack while privately invoking more be done by the IDF. Nasrallah's cousin pledges Hizballah will defend Hamas – the Lebanese terror groups first direct threat-more threats to follow. We should watch the movement of Hizzbollah population the next few hours. Syria must be watched also, let us see what tank movement we make up on the Golan. Be prepared for ongoing media criticism of our defense of our country. That's correct, we are defending our homeland, let us not forget this as the media attempts to wordsmith it quite differently./span>