Saturday May 18, 2013
BREAKING: Israel Launches New War on GazaTim King Salem-News.com
As feared, Israel launches what appears to be another full scale military attack on Gaza.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) - It is reported that in the last few minutes, Israeli warships started firing at Gaza.
Many feared that this would take place in the wake of the U.S. election and we are looking at what will likely be a repeat of 'Operation Cast Lead' which left more than 1400 dead including more than 400 children. Schools and hospitals were specifically targeted by Israel.
Leigh Tuohy wrote on Facebook today:
The first time I tried to load the Manas Website today it crashed my browser... however the Al Qassam Twitter page is live and they wrote:
"Criminal enemy who started the battle treacherously should wait Black Days and Coming Hits" #GazaUnderAttack #Gaza #Hamas
Breaking: #Israeli media sources confirmed that Qassam projectile has hit a power station in "Tel Aviv" Tel El Rabee city
#PillarOfDefence would be beginning of liberation of the occupied Palestine, homeland of Palestinians, so we proudly paying our lives for...
Al Qassam: As initial response on the crime we shelled Israel's military bases with 100 projectiles.#gaza #Hamas #Palestine
"Tel Aviv" has its original Arabic name which is (Tel El Rabee), so it would be returned back soon ( war of liberation started) #Gaza #Hamas
Breaking News:Al Qassam Brigades shelling the occupied city of "Tel Aviv" with one homemade projectile for the first time>>more is coming
Al Qassam: Assassination of the great leader Ahmed al Jabari is the beginning of liberation war and ominous harbinger on sons of Zion #Gaza
At 22:55 pm,Al Qassam shelling #Israeli military bases in occupied Ashdod with 2 projectiles #Gaza #Hamas #Gazaunderattack #terror #WestBank
At 22:50 pm, Al Qassam shelling Nahal Oz #Israeli base with 6 projectiles #Gaza #Hamas #Gazaunderattack #terror #WestBank
At 22:50 pm, Al Qassam shelling Hitzerim #Israeli airbase with 2 Grad projectiles #Gaza #Hamas #Gazaunderattack #terror #WestBank #Palestine
At 21:55 pm, Al Qassam shelling Beer Sheva #Israeli military bases with 8 Grad projectiles #Gaza #Hamas #Gazaunderattack #terror #WestBank
At 21:50 pm, Al Qassam shelling Nir Itzhaq #Israeli military base with 5 mortars #Gaza #Hamas #Gazaunderattack #terror #WestBank #Palestine
At 21:40 pm, Al Qassam shelling Isnad Sofa #Israeli military base with 12 Katyusha rockets #Gaza #Hamas #Gazaunderattack #terror #WestBank
At 21:40 pm, Al Qassam reshelling Hitzerim #Israeli airbase with 4 Grad #Gaza #Hamas #Gazaunderattack #terror #WestBank
At 21:00 pm, Al Qassam shell Hitzerim #Israeli airbase with 2 Grad missiles #Gaza #Hamas #Gazaunderattack #terror #WestBank #Palestine
Al Qassam shell an Intelligence base 8200 with dozens of mortars, 20:50 pm #gaza #gazaunderattack #hamas
Al Qassam hit Isnad Sofa base with 6 mortars in response on assassination of its leader #AhmedJabari #Gaza #Israel #terror
@idfspokesperson Our blessed hands will reach your leaders and soldiers wherever they are (You Opened Hell Gates on Yourselves)
Al Qassam launched 6 mortars at Kfarsad military base at 20:10 pm #gaza #hamas #terror #gazaunderattack #Israel
#Israel's military still targeting civilians in #Gaza kills a child and fourty others #hamas #GazaUnderAttack #Egypt
Al Qassam shell #Israel's military bases in Beer Sheva with dozens of mortars in response on assassination of its top leader #hamas #Gaza
Al Qassam: "Occupation opned hell gates on itself"#hamas #gaza
Al Qassam mourns the death of its top leader Ahmed Jabari who has been assassinated by #Israeli drones in #Gaza #Hamas
A top Hamas commander and six others have been killed in a series of Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip, as Israel began an operation targeting armed groups.
Ahmad Jabari, the operational commander of Hamas's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, was killed on Wednesday alongside his bodyguard, Mohammed al-Hams, in an initial Israeli strike on a car in Gaza City which took place just before 4:00pm (14:00GMT), the Palestinian movement said.
Shortly afterwards, Israel pounded the Gaza Strip with another 20 air strikes, killing five more people, two of them children, Hamas health minister Mufid Mukhalalati said in a televised press conference at Gaza City's Shifa hospital.
He said another 30 people had been injured in the wave of strikes on targets across the territory which hit Gaza City, the northern town of Beit Lahiya and the southern city of Khan Yunis.
"The Israeli occupation has carried out more than 20 air strikes on targets and headquarters of the police and security in the Gaza Strip," interior ministry spokesman Islam Shahwan said.
The attacks on Wednesday marked the biggest escalation between Israel and Gaza fighters since the 2008-2009 conflict and came despite signs on Tuesday that neighbouring Egypt had managed to broker a truce in the territory after a five-day surge of violence.
Israel's military confirmed the operation, saying: "Jabari "was a senior Hamas operative... directly responsible for executing terror attacks against the State of Israel in the past number of years.
"The purpose of this operation was to severely impair the command and control chain of the Hamas leadership, as well as its terrorist infrastructure," it said in a statement.
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It has just been announced that the Israeli Defence Forces are preparing to take out Internet and mobile phone communications in Gaza. Note that no specific Israeli deaths caused this latest round of attacks.
The following is from: Gaza under Israeli attack: LIVE UPDATES by RT
Diplomats say both the Israeli and Palestinian envoys are to speak at the emergency UNSC meeting.
00:51 GMT: The United Nations
00:02 GMT: Palestinians reports 15 people dead and over 100 wounded since the beginning of Operation Pillar of Defense.
22:43 GMT: Alarms sound in Be'er Sheva as two Gaza rockets hit city; no casualties reported.
22:26 GMT: Hamas' armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, claims to be shelling "the occupied city of Tel Aviv".
21:37 GMT: Israeli National Security Minister Avi Dichter: "We have no intention to end this round of fighting and suffer more hits in the next"
A rocket is launched from Rafah, in the southern Gaza strip towards Israel, on November 14, 2012. (AFP Photo/Said Khatib)
21:06 GMT: The Israeli
20:51 GMT: The Arab League will meet Saturday to discuss the Gaza attack, reports Egypt's news agency.
20:43 GMT: Israel's ambassador to Egypt has left for Tel Aviv together with a
19:55 GMT: Israel is reportedly preparing for a ground operation into Gaza.
19:48 GMT: According to AlJazeera, the Israeli army has reported a rocket from Gaza hitting a shopping center in a southern Israeli city.
A Palestinian carries a wounded woman into a hospital after Israeli air strikes in Gaza City November 14, 2012. (Reuters/Saleh Salem)
19:40 GMT: Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov calls for end to violence in Gaza.
19:34 GMT: Egypt's president orders UN representative to call for emergency security council meeting over Israel Gaza strikes, spokesman says, according to Egyptian state TV.
19:27 GMT: Egypt has decided to withdraw its ambassador to Israel.
“Both sides should cease all hostilities; Israel should end iblockade of Gaza".
A Palestinian man evacuates a woman following Israeli air strikes in Gaza City November 14, 2012. (Reuters/Ahmed Zakot)
Smoke rises after Israeli air strikes in the northern Gaza Strip November 14, 2012. (Reuters/Darren Whiteside)
19:20 GMT: People in Gaza describe how ships have been shelling the ground, they can hear bombs dropping, F16s flying above them all day & drones buzzing overhead, according to tweets from inside Gaza.
19:15 GMT: Hamas has announced a state of emergency in Gaza, and evacuated all its security buildings, according to bloggers in Gaza.
19:10 GMT: Locals inside Gaza take to Twiiter to claim that at least 3 children have already been killed in the attacks.
19:06 GMT: Palestinians in the Gaza Strip fired a Grad rocket toward Dimona Wednesday night, Channel 2 reported. No injuries or damages were reported from the attack. It was not immediately clear where the rocket struck, according to the Jerusalem Post.
19:00 GMT: Palestinians in Gaza fired two rockets in the Eshkol region of southern Israel Wednesday night. The rockets exploded in open areas and no injuries or damages were reported, according to AP.
18:58 GMT: Israeli Defence Minster Ehud Barak says "We are at the start of the action, not the end. But in the long term, this military action will restore calm" according to the Jerusalem Post.
18:54 GMT: Israeli prime minister says military is `prepared to expand' Gaza operation, according to AP.
Palestinian medics carry a wounded baby into the al-shifa hospital in Gaza City following an Israeli air strike on November 14, 2012. (AFP Photo/Mahmud Hams)
18:45 GMT: Health minister says 10 people killed in 20 airstrikes on Gaza Strip today, including 2 young children according to AP.
18:40 GMT:"Israel's goal is to achieve a long-term ceasefire with Egyptian mediation. IDF will continue to pound Gaza until such a truce is reached" says Volunteers for Israel, a charity that connects Israel and the USA.
18:35 GMT: Israeli Navy has struck terror sites in the Gaza Strip according to an IDF spokesman.
18:30 GMT: Medics in Gaza report more than 30 injuries in the last attack on Tal Al-Hawa most of whom are kids and women, according to tweets from inside Gaza.
18:27 GMT: The Iron Dome rocket defense system successfully intercepted a total of 15 rockets on Wednesday evening, Israeli's Channel 2 reported.
18:24 GMT: Six rockets from the Gaza strip hurled toward Beersheba on Wednesday evening, Army Radio and Jerusalem Post staff reported.
Palestinian youths evacuate an elderly man following an Israeli air strike on November 14, 2012 in Gaza City. (AFP Photo/Mohammed Abed)
18:20 GMT: the IDF has warned Hamas leaders not to show their faces above ground in the days ahead.
18:15 GMT: Defense Minister Ehud Barak has declared a special situation in all Israeli territory, covering all Israeli cities up to a radius of 40 kilometers around the Gaza Strip.
18:04 GMT: PM Netanyahu & Defense Minister Barak to make a joint statement statement to the Israeli public at 2030.
17:56 GMT: Pentagon: "We stand by our Israeli partners in their right to defend themselves against terrorism”, news agencies report.
17:45 GMT: Big explosion near home of Hamas leader, Mahmoud Zahar according to Al Arabiya correspondent.
17:40 GMT: Israel has carried out 2 new bombing raids in the Tel el-Hawa and Zetun districts of Gaza city, according to bloggers in Gaza.
Ambulances rush the insured to hospital in Gaza.
17:38 GMT: UN Chief Ban Ki-moon reiterates call for de-escalation of tensions in Gaza on both sides, spokesman says.
17:32 GMT: Palestinian President Abbas calls for urgent Arab League meeting after Israeli strike on Gaza according to Alarabiya.
17:30 GMT: Britain has called for restraint after Israeli strike on Gaza, saying that further violence was in no one's interests according to Al Arabiya.
17:25 GMT: Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood says it "will not allow the Palestinians to be subjected to Israeli aggression".
17:24 GMT: Israel confirms 10 dead in Gaza, reports say.
17:21 GMT: Medical sources in Gaza saying at least 9 dead and 20 wounded.
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Tim's years as a Human Rights reporter have taken on many dimensions; he has rallied for a long list of cultures and populations and continues to every day, with a strong and direct concentration on the 2009 Genocide of Tamil Hindus and Christians in Sri Lanka. As a result of his long list of reports exposing war crimes against Tamil people, Tim was invited to be the keynote speaker at the FeTNA (Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America) Conference in Baltimore, in July 2012. This is the largest annual gathering of North American Tamils; Tim addressed more than 3000 people and was presented with a traditional Sri Lanka ‘blessed garland’ and a shawl as per the tradition and custom of Tamil Nadu
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