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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Big fish on the hook

Good morning everyone. Sorry about yesterday - a totally insane day....

The IDF has entered central Gaza this morning. It is operating in Gaza City and has bissected the Gaza Strip. But the big news this morning is that the IDF claims - and for the moment Hamas denies - that it wounded Muhammed Deif in an air strike this morning. Muhammed Deif has been number one on the IDF's most wanted list for many years now. He is the commander of Hamas' 'armed wing' - the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades. If you follow the link above, you will see that Deif is responsible for the design of the Kassam rocket and for numerous terror attacks. He has also survived six assassination attempts.

According to the IDF, he was wounded this morning in an IAF strike on a house in the Sheikh Radwan Gaza City in which at least seven others were killed, including two children. Yes, the 'Palestinians' were using children as human shields again.

But Hamas is denying that Deif was wounded.
"It's completely untrue and we deny it completely. This is an attempt to deflect attention from the massacre of civilians by the Zionist enemy," a Hamas 'spokesman' said. He refused to confirm that Deif had been in the building at the time of the attack.

The Jerusalem Post quotes 'Palestinian sources' as saying that
seven people were killed, including two children, and dozens more were wounded or trapped when the two-story house collapsed, trapping people inside. The house belonged to Hamas activist terrorist Dr. Nabil al-Salmiah.

According to the IDF, Deif was in the building at the time of the strike, but his condition was not immediately known. In addition, Ahmed Randur, one of those responsible for the abduction of 19-year old IDF Corporal Gilad Shalit, was also wounded.

HaAretz adds that the strike took place around 4:00 AM (the IDF entered Central Gaza sometime after 2:00). According to the IDF spokesperson, high-level Hamas commanders in the house, which, as noted, belonged to senior Gaza Hamas figure Dr. Nabil al-Salmiah, were discussing plans for terror attacks at the time.

Salmiah, his wife and three of their children were killed in the strike. One other casualty was not immediately identified.

Witnesses said that shortly afterwards, a car in the same neighborhood was targeted in an airstrike, wounding three people. Raed Saed, head of Hamas' 'military wing' in Gaza City, was wounded (HaAretz says he esacaped but the Post says he was wounded) and was being treated in a secret location.

Meanwhile, for the first time in a year, IDF troops are operating in
Khan Yunis and Deir el-Balah in a bid to stop the Kassam fire into the Negev.

The Post also adds this little tidbit. You may recall that the 'poor Palestinians' are starving and the UN has insisted that Israel has to open the Karni crossing to allow supplies in. Look what happened yesterday:

Meanwhile Tuesday, the IDF shut down the Karni cargo crossing into the Gaza Strip after troops stationed inside felt tremors, believed to be coming from the digging of a tunnel underneath by Palestinian terrorists.

Tanks and bulldozers began to try and locate the tunnel. Officials said they hoped the military operation would be completed by the end of the week and Karni would be reopened to allow the transfer of goods to the Palestinians. On Tuesday, Israel opened the Erez Crossing into Gaza to facilitate the transfer of goods to the Palestinians.

I guess food isn't anywhere near as important as trying to kill Israelis, is it?


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