Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Multiple Israeli airstrikes hit Gaza

GAZA (Ma'an) -- Israeli air forces launched air strikes across the Gaza Strip late Wednesday, with no immediate reports of injuries.

The Israeli air strikes came after Islamic Jihad said that it launched 130 rockets into southern Israel in response to Israel's killing of three of its members on Tuesday.

Israeli air strikes hit a number of military targets across the besieged coastal enclave, as well as a number of open areas.

Strikes hit a site belonging the military wing of Islamic Jihad in Rafah as well as an open area in the southern Gaza Strip.

The empty land that was hit by the air strike was in al-Nasser neighborhood, while it was not clear where in Rafah the military site belonging to the al-Quds Brigades was.

Three rockets were also fired at the Huttein military site belonging to the al-Quds Brigades in the northern Gaza Strip, and no injuries were reported in that strike.

The Israeli air forces also launched a strike on al-Quds Brigades in al-Qara neighborhood in Khan Younis, and another site belonging to the al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing on Hamas, west of Rafah.

Israeli air forces also launched four air strikes against a site belonging to the al-Qassam Brigades site Areen-2 west of Rafah.

Earlier, Israeli air forces bombed a target north of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip.

Local sources said an Israeli drone fired a rocket at an empty land near a residential area in the northern Gaza Strip neighborhood.

No injuries were reported in any of the strikes.

An Israeli military spokeswoman did not immediately return calls seeking comment. more

Dozens of rockets from Gaza hit southern Israel as resistance strikes back

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Dozens of rockets launched from the Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel on Wednesday, a day after an Israeli airstrike killed three Palestinian militants in the coastal enclave.

The al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, claimed responsibility for the operation, which it has named "Breaking the Silence."

The group said that it had launched 90 rockets into Israel on Wednesday, saying: "The response has begun to the crimes of the occupation, the latest of which was the killing of three members" of the group on Tuesday.

An Israeli military source said that eight rockets had fallen in residential areas, causing property damage but without resulting in any injuries. Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman told an Israeli television channel that there was no option other than completely re-occupying the Gaza Strip, arguing that after two wide-scale military operations "Israeli towns and cities" are still under fire from the Gaza Strip.

The residents of southern Israeli towns and cities cannot remain under the the threat of "terrorist" organizations, he added. more

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An Israeli military judge ruled that six demonstrators who were kidnapped from their homes three weeks ago, could be released on bail of 2500 shekels each. With the help of the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee and the villagers, three of the prisoners, Fadel Tamimi (54) Mohammed Tamimi (24) Basel Tamimi (16) have already been released. We need your help to raise the remaining 7000 shekels to release Jihad Tamimi (25) Mahmud Tamimi (21) Rami Tamimi (36). Any amount will help.

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Israeli navy detains 2 Gaza fishermen

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Israeli navy on Tuesday detained two fishermen off the coast of the Gaza Strip, a union official said.

Nizar Ayyash, head of the union of Gaza fishermen, told Ma'an that Israeli warships confiscated a fishing boat and forced two fishermen to sail to Israel's Ashdod Port, without providing further details. more

Israel drone crashes in Gaza

JERUSALEM (AFP) -- An unmanned aircraft of the sort Israel uses for surveillance and missile strikes in Gaza crashed in the south of the territory early on Tuesday, sources on both sides said.

Members of Hamas' military wing, the al-Qassam Brigades, discovered the remains near Khan Younis, witnesses said.

Parts of the unmanned aircraft were found 500 meters from the border with Israel.

"A Sky Rider drone crashed in the southern Gaza Strip due to a technical malfunction," an Israeli army spokeswoman told AFP.

"An investigation is under way." more

Medics: 4 killed in Gaza explosion

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Four People were killed and six others suffered injuries after an explosion in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, a medical official said.

Ashraf al-Qidra said that Mohammad Tayseer al-Hamdeen, 26, Bilal al-Hamdeen, Jafaar Odwaan and a fourth unidentified man were killed in the explosion.

Six others were injured including two children and a woman in critical condition, he added.

The four were all affiliated with Hamas' al-Qassam Brigades, and they arrived dead at the hospital, a Ma’an reporter said.

The house was severely damaged, and the cause of the explosion was not immediately clear. more