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Israeli planes strike Palestinian interior ministry in Gaza
Cat : Israel and Zionism
Date : 2006-07-05 11:34:06                      Reader : 273

destroying infrastructure including water and Electricity , capturing women and children less than 18 years in hundreds, all under US concept of freedom and democracy is authorized. That is all approved not only by Bush and new cons, but also by Congress and House of Representatives.
Why should Arabs hate US foreign policy?!! .
Israel has a free hand against international law with full support of US, democracy oblige !!


Associated France Press (AFP) 5/7/2006

Israeli planes strike Palestinian interior ministry in Gaza


GAZA CITY (AFP) - Israeli planes attacked the Palestinian interior ministry headquarters in the Gaza Strip overnight, causing heavy damage and injuring four people as Israel kept up the pressure over an abducted soldier, Palestinian sources said.
In the West Bank, Israeli troops in 15 jeeps surrounded the building in Ramallah where Palestinian parliamentary speaker Aziz al-Dweik lives, a Palestinian security source said.

A medical source said that four people were injured in the attack on the interior ministry which was also hit by an Israel air strike last week, which set the building ablaze.

Israeli air force planes also bombarded a training camp used by the ruling Hamas Islamist movement in the Gaza Strip’s southern Rafah district, the security source added, without giving details. Planes also attacked and damaged a Hamas-run school in the northern Gaza Strip.

An Israeli spokesman in Tel Aviv confirmed to AFP that Israel air force "planes targeted the interior ministry in Gaza and a Hamas position in the southern Gaza Strip.

The military action came hours after Israel accused Hamas of inciting a grave "escalation in terror," after a homemade rocket struck an Israeli school, and vowed more military action to secure the release of captured 19-year-old army corporal Gilad Shalit.

That attack caused no casualties but marked the first time a Qassam rocket had landed inside the town of Ashkelon, signaling an upgrade in militants’ weaponry and sparking fresh words of warning from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

"This strike on the heart of Ashkelon is a very serious incident which constitutes an escalation of unprecedented gravity in the campaign of terror waged by Hamas, which leads the Palestinian Authority," Olmert said.

Olmert called a meeting of security officials for later Wednesday after having earlier vowed to continue an offensive aimed at freeing the captive conscript.

Following the expiry of an ultimatum set by the corporal’s Palestinian captors, Olmert again ruled out any negotiations with militants and promised to strike anyone linked to them, in a thinly veiled reference to Syria.

Israel said the captive soldier remained alive after being seized and wounded ten days ago in a Palestinian raid.

His captors had set a 6:00 am (0300 GMT) Tuesday deadline with demands that Israel release prisoners or "face the consequences".

Israel has sent tanks and troops back into the Gaza Strip for the first time since leaving last September after a 38-year occupation in a bid to free its soldier, leaving the premier staring down the barrel of the worst crisis of his two-month leadership.

The shadowy Army of Islam, one of three groups that claims to be holding Shalit in the Gaza Strip, said Tuesday he would not be killed.

The group, together with the armed wing of the governing Hamas movement and the Popular Resistance Committees, snatched Shalit in a raid on an army post on June 25 in which two other soldiers and two militants were killed.

The prime minister of the Hamas-led Palestinian government, Ismail Haniya, said his administration continued to appeal for "the need to preserve the life of the kidnapped Israeli soldier and treat him well".

The armed wing of Hamas, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, has threatened to resume attacks inside Israel after an 18-month truce, warning of a "sea of blood" should the military assault on Gaza continue.

One of its militants was killed in an Israeli air strike in the northern Gaza Strip early Tuesday, following a week of night-time air strikes.

The same group claimed responsibility for the rocket attack, which it said was launched in response to "Israeli aggression," adding: "We will teach the occupation a lesson they will never forget."

An army spokeswoman said the rocket had been modified to give it a longer range.

Israeli troops operating on the edges of northern Gaza towns shot and wounded two electricians trying to fix a telephone line near the northern crossing point of Erez, Palestinian security and medical sources said.

The international community has issued appeals for restraint in the worst crisis in the Middle East since Hamas came to power in March and Olmert formally took the Israeli helm in May.

France and Britain appealed for calm and diplomacy to prevail, as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran condemned the "Israeli escalation."

On Tuesday, Washington insisted a return to peace had "to begin with the return of the Israeli soldier."

The UN’s Middle East envoy Alvaro de Soto warned that the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, with a population of 1.4 million, had become "dangerous" after Israel knocked out a power station last week.

He warned of the risk of water-born diseases without proper water distribution, sanitation and sewage system.

But Israel insisted Gazans were suffering no shortage of basic necessities, saying it had shipped in large quantities of food, petrol and medical supplies.

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