Not good. They have really been escalating things there.
(Reuters) - Israel launched a major offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza on Wednesday, killing the military commander of Hamas in an air strike and threatening an invasion of the enclave that the Islamist group vowed would "open the gates of hell".
The onslaught shattered hopes that a truce mediated on Tuesday by Egypt could pull the two sides back from the brink of war after five days of escalating Palestinian rocket attacks and Israeli strikes at militant targets.
Operation "Pillar of Defence" began with a surgical strike on a car carrying the commander of the military wing of Hamas, the Iranian-armed Islamist movement which controls Gaza and dominates a score of smaller armed groups.
Within minutes of the death of Ahmed Al-Jaabari, big explosions shook Gaza as the Israeli air force struck at selected targets just before sundown, blasting plumes of smoke and debris high above the crowded city.
Panicking civilians ran for cover and the death toll mounted quickly. Ten people including three children were killed, the health ministry said, and about 40 were wounded. Also among the dead were an 11-month-old baby and a woman pregnant with twins.
Army tanks shelled border areas of Gaza in south and the Israeli navy shelled a Hamas security position from the sea.
Hamas stuck back, firing at least four Grad rockets at the southern city of Beersheba in what it called its initial response. Israel reported damage but no casualties. Its 'Iron Dome' interceptor defence knocked out a dozen rockets in flight.
The escalation in Gaza came in a week when Israel fired at Syrian artillery positions it said had fired into the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights amid a civil war in Syria that has brought renewed instability to neighboring Lebanon.
Egypt, whose new Islamist government pledged to honor the 1979 peace treaty with Israel, condemned the raids as a threat to regional security, recalled its ambassador from Israel and called for an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council.
Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi's predecessor Hosni Mubarak twice withdrew his ambassador, with no lasting effect. But Israel will be watching for signs of a more aggressive approach by the Islamist leader that could imperil their ties.
Mursi has said of the Palestinians that "our blood is their blood" and Egypt may not "accept what was accepted before".
Russia called for an end to the raids. Arab League foreign ministers planned to meet on Saturday to discuss the crisis.
Freedom is a state of mind. Nobody can take that from you unless you let them.
Fix the thread title, Gaza, not Gaze
I thought Israel liked teh gaze??
"He's talkin' to his gut like it's a person!!" -me
"dumpster diving isn't professional." - angelatc
http://rt.com/news/hamas-open-war-israel-694/Hamas says now in 'open war' with Israel, promises 'gates of hell'
http://rt.com/news/gaza-israel-hamas-attack-687/Diplomats say both the Israeli and Palestinian envoys are to speak at the emergency UNSC meeting.
00:51 GMT: The United Nations Security Council has called an emergency meeting to discuss escalating tensions between Israel and the Palestinian territory of Gaza. The meeting is scheduled for 0200 GMT, and will take place behind closed doors.
Israel strikes Gaza, calls up reservists, ready to ‘expand’ operation
targeted killing of Ahmaed Jaabari, head of the Ezzedin Qassam Brigades by airstrike
The death toll from some 20 strikes has risen to 10, two of them children
The IDF says all options are on the table in Gaza, including a ground operation.
http://rt.com/news/egypt-ambassador-un-israel-719/Israel must bear in mind regional changes following the Arab Spring, the FJP vowed
“will not allow the Palestinians to be subjected to Israeli aggression, as in the past.”
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It does not require a majority to prevail,
but rather an irate, tireless minority keen
to set brush fires in peoples minds
Revolution is Action upon Revelation
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Where are the Israeli people when this shit happens....why do they not stand up to their terrorist rogue government? Or are they condoning this behavior?
Such a small country and they still can't control the goons who run it.
I am so tired of no accountability in government. (especially ours)
"Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it."
"It does not take a majority to prevail ... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men." - Samuel Adams
Dum Spiro, Pugno
Tu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito
Just waited for the election to be over to begin attack plans already in place.
"I'm not just trying to win or get elected. I am trying to change the course of history" - Ron Paul
I can hear the pleas and tv commercials now... "Support the fellowship of Christians and Jews by donating to the cause of Irsael today... after all, genocide aint THAT bad."
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