woensdag 5 november 2008

Zes Palestijnen omgekomen bij IDF aanval in Gazastrook

Een aanslag voorbereiden tijdens een staakt-het-vuren is niet echt volgens de regels. Waarschijnlijk zijn er nog veel meer van dat soort tunnels, en zullen Hamas of andere groeperingen nog meer pogingen ondernemen om Israelische soldaten te ontvoeren.
Als Hamas haar dreigementen uitvoert zou dit mogelijk het einde van het staakt-het-vuren kunnen beteken.

Last update - 02:02 05/11/2008
Hamas: Six Palestinians killed in first IDF raid since Gaza truce

By Avi Issacharoff, Haaretz Correspondent, and News Agencies

An Israel Air Force air strike in the southern Gaza Strip killed at least five militants and wounded several others on Tuesday, Palestinians said.

Earlier, Israel Defense Forces soldiers killed a Hamas gunman and wounded two others on Tuesday in the first armed clash in the Gaza Strip since a ceasefire was declared in the territory in June, Palestinian medics said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said troops had entered the territory to destroy a tunnel which Gaza militants had dug under the border to try to abduct soldiers.

According to Palestinian sources, the troops entered the area east of Deir el-Balah and carried out an operation at a house belonging to the Abu Hamam family.

An exchange of fire took place between the troops and Hamas gunmen.

Six mortar shells were also reportedly fired at Israel from Gaza.

"Qassam fighters are engaging in violent armed clashes with a Zionist (Israeli) force that raided east of central Gaza Strip," a Hamas statement said.

Abu Obeida, a spokesman for Hamas' military wing, said in a text message to reporters that Hamas troops were engaged in a gunfight with Israeli forces in central Gaza.

Hamas quickly vowed revenge for its losses.

"Our response will be harsh, and the enemy will play a heavy price," Hamas said in a statement on its military wing's Web site.

Palestinian residents in the area of the al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip reported seeing Israeli soldiers about 300 meters inside Gaza.

They also reported hearing shots fired from Israeli military vehicles positioned on the Israeli side of the border fence and the buzz of unmanned drones overhead.

The residents said Hamas gunmen had responded by firing at the troops. Residents said that one of the Israeli drones fired a missile into the area where the firing had occurred.

Palestinian medical workers said three gunmen were wounded by shrapnel from the Israeli missile.

An Egypt-brokered cease-fire agreement between Israel and the Gaza Strip was signed earlier this year, and went into effect on June 19.

The IDF argued that the raid did not constitute a violation of the cease fire, but instead was a legitimate step to remove an immediate threat to Israel from Gaza, which is controlled by the Islamic militant group Hamas.

Gaza militants have occasionally launched makeshift rockets into southern Israel in violation of the ceasefire and this has prompted Israel to temporarily close its borders with Gaza in response.

Hamas had agreed to halt rocket attacks in return for the gradual lifting of a blockade Israel imposed on the Gaza Strip two years ago.

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