Sunday, April 10, 2011

Israel responded to the continued firing from the Gaza Strip

Thirty projectiles fired from the Gaza Strip were killed, Saturday, April 9, in southern Israel without causing casualties or damage on the third day of confrontation with Hamas, Israeli military radio reported. Twenty mortar shells exploded in Israel, while a dozen rockets Grad hit areas near the cities of Ashdod, Be'er Sheva and Kiryat Gat, the radio said.

According to public radio, the new missile defense system Iron Dome ("Iron Dome") has intercepted five rockets of this type since Friday night. Public radio also said that the majority of the 700 000 inhabitants in southern Israel spent the night of Friday to Saturday in shelters or parts "protected" from their homes, designed to withstand explosions.

The Ezzedine Al-Qassam, the military wing of Hamas which controls Gaza and Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of Islamic Jihad, a radical Palestinian group, claimed responsibility on Saturday in these press releases shelling Mortar and rocket fire. Friday, fifty projectiles fired from Gaza exploded in Israel, causing no casualties or major damage.

Some were claimed by the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, armed wing of Hamas, despite the call for a truce issued by the Government of the Islamic movement. We try "from the beginning to find a formula to stop this aggression that targets Palestinian civilians, but the Zionist occupation persists in continuing its massacres against our people in order to impose its conditions", said Friday the Hamas government .

Thursday evening, he announced he had secured the agreement of most of the main Palestinian movements on the continuation of an informal truce with Israel after an escalation unpublished for over two years, provided it is reciprocal. Hamas intends to avoid a repeat of Operation Lead Cast of December 2008-January 2009, which had 1,400 deaths on the Palestinian side, most of them civilians.

A Palestinian was killed by a tank shell on Saturday morning east of Gaza City, bringing to twelve the number of Palestinians killed since Friday in Israeli raids, officials said Palestinian medical sources . Eleven Palestinians, including four Hamas fighters were killed Friday in Israeli raids in Gaza, the deadliest day in the territory since the end of the Israeli operation Cast Lead in January 2009.

On the night of Friday to Saturday, two Palestinians were killed and another seriously injured in an Israeli raid in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical sources said. All three were traveling in a car targeted by Israeli aircraft. Three other air attacks, which have not been a victim, targeted a smuggling tunnel near the Rafah refugee camp of Jabalia and a car east of Gaza City.

A spokesman for the Israeli army confirmed the air force had carried out attacks overnight against "terrorist targets". She said that among the targets were a "large car carrying weapons," a tunnel and "three commanders of Hamas." The United Nations and the European Union on Friday called for an immediate cessation of hostilities, in the aftermath of anti-tank missile on a bus of schoolchildren in Israel, which seriously injured a teenager and provoked Israeli retaliation.

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