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Israel Sends Tanks Back to Gaza

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Posted on Jan 27, 2009
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Israel launched an airstrike and ground assault into Gaza after a bomb on the Israeli side of the border killed a soldier. The troops pulled back into Israel soon afterward, according to the BBC. The raid was of a smaller scale than the fighting that ended just 10 days ago, but shows the difficult work ahead for George Mitchell, the new U.S. envoy, who is headed to the region.

Israel also closed Gaza’s borders, choking off vital aid, in response to the bombing.

BBC:

Palestinian sources say 20 Israeli tanks and seven army bulldozers have made an incursion.

Two people were also wounded in an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis.

Hospital sources say one was a member of Hamas’ Popular Resistance Committee who was on a motorbike at the time, and the other was a passer-by.

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By cyrena, January 28, 2009 at 2:42 am Link to this comment

Louise writes:

“The Israelis must not have been able to hammer out a deal handing them control of Gaza’s off-shore gas fields!”

Yep Louise, the off-shore gas fields, the water, the ocean, and all the fish in the ocean, and on and on.

The Israelis ‘know’ that THEY, (and ONLY they) are supposed to have it ALL.

So yeah, back to their “defensive war” of collective punishment with white phosphorous and various other barbaric weapons.

Fuckers!!

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By john from ojai, January 28, 2009 at 1:37 am Link to this comment
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I would have expected Truthdig do dig a little deeper for the truth.
American media are reporting violence that took place along the Gaza-Israel border on January 27th as, in the words of CNN, “the first incidents of violence since last week’s Mideast cease-fire,” telling the public that Palestinians broke the ceasefire. [1]

The reality, however, is that Israel had already violated the cease-fire at least 7 times, the Israeli military killing 2 Palestinian civilians and injuring at least 5, at least one of them a child:
Israeli forces killed a Palestinian farmer in Khuza’a east of Khan Yunis on Jan 18
Israeli forces killed a Palestinian farmer east of Jabalia on Jan 19
Israeli naval gunboats shelled the Gaza coast line, causing damage to civilian structures on Jan 21
Israeli troops shot and injured a child east of Gaza City on Jan 22
Israeli gunboat fire injured 4-7 Palestinian fishermen on Jan 22
Israeli shelling set a Palestinian house on fire on Jan 22
Israeli tanks fired on the border town of Al Faraheen, causing damage to homes and farms on Jan 24
This list does not include two Palestinian children who were killed on January 20th by unexploded ordnance left from Israel’s 22-day assault on Gaza.[2]

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By Nozferatu, January 27, 2009 at 11:20 pm Link to this comment

PatrickHenry,

Given the sick mentality of people here with their two-faced morals, I’d venture to say a lot of the CAT workers are probably rooting for it.

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By PatrickHenry, January 27, 2009 at 4:02 pm Link to this comment

I like the reference to “army bulldozers”.  America would garner alot more respect in the world if we sent in the Seebees and Army Corps of Engineers with blueprints instead of the calvalry.

I wonder if those 20,000 caterpillar workers who got laid off Monday know what the fruit of their labors is doing today.

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By Louise, January 27, 2009 at 3:46 pm Link to this comment

Oh, Ooops!

The Israelis must not have been able to hammer out a deal handing them control of Gaza’s off-shore gas fields!

Back to the drawing board - uh - I mean “defensive war.” Yeh, that’s it. wink

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