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Posts Tagged ‘Hamas’

IDF Retaliates for Gaza’s Holiday Rocket Attack on Southern Israel

Monday, October 24th, 2016

IDF fighter pilots attacked a Hamas military post in northern Gaza Monday evening in response to a rocket attack launched against southern Israel on the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah, earlier in the day.

Despite the fact that no projectile managed to reach Israeli territory, IDF radar picked up the launch and its trajectory in the direction of southern Israel.

The launch triggered activation of the Red Alert incoming rocket alert air raid siren in Gaza Belt communities in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council district, where the rocket was apparently headed.

The siren sent residents scrambling for cover, since communities living in those areas have only a 15-second window of time within which to reach to reach a safe space before any projectile launched from Gaza explodes within their area.

The military threat and disruption of community life in Israel – not for the first time and likely not for the last – is what prompted the retaliation by the IDF.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman told the Al Quds newspaper in the Palestinian Authority that although Israel has no interest in re-taking Gaza, nor does the Jewish State want another war, if necessary, Israel will do what it must if necessary.

“We would destroy them,” Liberman told Al Quds. He added that Hamas is engaging in self-destructive behavior that is to the detriment of its own people.

“In recent years, Hamas has spent at least half a billion dollars on military infrastructure in Gaza,” Liberman noted.

If the terrorist entity were to stop its rocket attacks, arms smuggling and construction of terrorist tunnels – all activities geared towards another war with Israel – the Israeli government would be the first to lift the blockade and assist with building a seaport, airport and industrial zones in the region.

But to rebuild that trust, Liberman said, “there must be three years without Israeli victims.”

Hana Levi Julian

Egypt’s Tunnel Destroying Officer Assassinated

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

The head of the Egyptian army’s Ninth Armored Division Major Adel Ragaai was assassinated on Saturday morning, the army media office told Daily News Egypt on Saturday. Based in Dahshur, Giza, on the west bank of the Nile, the Ninth Armored Division was assigned the mission of destroying tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip by filling them with water.

Major Ragaai was attacked by heavy shooting from anonymous militants in front of his residence in Al-Obour City near Cairo, according to army sources.

Ragaai’s wife, Samia Zein Al-Abdeen, a defense correspondent for the state-owned daily Al-Gomouria, told her newspaper she hurried outside when she heard a burst of gunfire from a private vehicle as it sped down their suburban street.

The group Lewaa Al-Thawra, affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, is blamed for the attack. Ragaai’s death is the first political assassination of a military figure since the ousting of Mohamed Morsi from office in 2013.

Over the past three years, the Egyptian military has destroyed more than one thousand smuggling tunnels connecting the Gaza strip with the Sinai peninsula. The tunnels serve both for cross-border commerce and arms smuggling for Hamas.

According to The Medialine, Ragaai oversaw a massive operation to dig a canal parallel to the Rafah border, flooding the frontier with sea water which seeps into the tunnels, preventing their use. Hamas officials in the town of Rafah have complained that Gaza’s limited fresh water aquifer is being rendered undrinkable as a result.

David Israel

Test Rocket Fired From Gaza [video]

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

A video of a rocket being launched from Gaza on Friday was caught by Rotter.net citizen reporter Reshet HaDarom and filmed from Netiv Ha’asara, an Israeli community near the Gaza border.

The rocket was launched from northern Gaza towards the sea, and is apparently part of Hamas training exercises and attempts to improve their rockets’ accuracy ahead of the next war.

Video by Reshet Darom / Rotter.net (Posted to YNet)

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Gaza Digger Dies in Hamas Tunnel Collapse

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Another Gaza digger has died while working on a tunnel for the ruling Hamas terrorist organization. Hamas terrorist Anas Abu Lashin, 22, was identified as the worker who gave his life for military wing of the terrorist group, the Izz a-Din al-Qassam Brigades, according to the WAFA news agency.

Abu Lashin was reportedly working on the tunnel in the al-Maghazi area in central Gaza at the time it collapsed, burying him alive.

More than a dozen Arab diggers have been killed in such cave-ins since the beginning of this year.

Terrorist tunnels honeycomb the entire region and have also been used to infiltrate under the borders of both Egypt and Israel for use in attacks, and to ferry arms, drugs and terrorists in and out of the territories.

Both Egypt and Israel have been working on various means to detect the subterranean infiltration efforts as well as come up with new ways to permanently block future tunnels.

Hana Levi Julian

Egyptian Court Denies Appeal, Sending Morsi to 20 Years in Prison

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Egypt’s Court of Cassation, the highest in that country’s judicial system, on Saturday rejected an appeal by ousted president Mohamed Morsi over a 20-year prison sentence in the Ittihadiya clashes case, Al Ahram reported on Saturday. With that, Morsi’s appeals in this case have been exhausted.

On December 5, 2012, clashes broke out outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace between Muslim Brothers and protesters that left 11 Egyptians dead. The protesters rejected a constitutional amendment issued by President Morsi on November 22, 2012, allowing him to issue any decision or law he wished, leaving all alternative authority without the power to oppose or revoke it. Video footage from the clashes showed Morsi supporters beating the protesters, even tying one up to the palace doors and torturing another.

The Ittihadeya clashes are regarded as the turning point in the Muslim Brotherhood’s rule in Egypt. The protests not only the denounced constitutional decree but also called for Morsi’s resignation. Six months later, Morsi was ousted by the military following mass demonstrations.

The ousted president is also appealing several other cases where he has been sentenced to death. This is the first case where he has exhausted all appeals. After his overthrow, Morsi faced several charges including inciting the killing of opponents protesting outside his palace, espionage for foreign militant groups including Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, for escaping Wadi el-Natroun Prison during the 2011 revolution prior to his election as president, for leaking classified documents to Qatar, and “insulting the judiciary.”


Israeli UN Envoy: Stop Funding B’Tselem

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Israel’s UN envoy Danny Danon will call on the UN Security Council to suspend UN funding for the anti-Israeli NGO B’Tselem, Israel’s Army Radio reported Wednesday morning. In his speech before a special session of the UNSC on the Middle East, Danon will reveal the funding provided the leftwing NGO by the UN, blaming the latter for orchestrating attacks on Israel through this funding. “It is no coincidence that this specific organization is invited to speak at the UN, to damage the State of Israel,” Danon will tell the special Thursday session.

On a related topic, Danon announced on Tuesday a new “political struggle against aid money which is transferred to Hamas in Gaza.” He noted that intelligence reaching Israeli security forces points to a worrisome increase of humanitarian funds ending up in Hamas hands. “Today we launch a political war against funding Hamas terror infrastructure with money from aid organization,” Danon declared, adding, “We will not rest until the UN and the aid organizations keep track of every dollar being transferred to the Gaza Strip.”

Danon said that he had approached directly the UN secretary-general regarding the creation of control mechanisms to stop the leakage of funds into the hands of Hamas. He also called on international aid organizations to do the same. In recent months, Israeli security forces detained two Arab officials of international aid groups who confessed to diverting tens of millions of dollars in aid money to Hamas. Israel has reported that Hamas invests $110 million annually in constructing terror tunnels, using, among other sources, International aid money.

“We must put an end to the unacceptable phenomenon whereby the international community believes it is funding hothouse construction while, in reality, the money goes to digging tunnels and buying arms,” the envoy said.

At the same time, Danon also praised the forum of donor countries to the Palestinian Authority, whose annual meeting is coming up, saying “Israel welcomes the contribution of these countries to the Palestinian Authority and sees great value in it.”


Hamas Test-Fires New Long-Range Rocket at Mediterranean

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

The Hamas rulers of Gaza launched a long-range missile on Monday in a test-fire that was aimed at the Mediterranean Sea, Israel’s Channel 2 television news reported.

Residents of Israel’s Gaza Belt communities reported hearing the explosion from the test-fire, according to the report.

Hamas test-launches into the Mediterranean are not new, nor is the existence of a long-range rocket. A long-range rocket — albeit a rather primitive model — was introduced on the scene two years ago during the terrorist group’s last war with Israel, Operation Protective Edge.

Earlier this month, Gaza terrorists launched two rocket attacks against southern Israel.

One of the short-range rockets exploded in the nearby Jewish town of Sderot, landing in a road and just missing several residential buildings. At least one resident was treated for severe trauma although no one was physically injured.

The second rocket landed in an open area, also fairly close to Gaza. No injuries or property damage were reported in the second attack.

Israeli air and artillery forces retaliated for the attacks, striking Hamas terrorist targets in northern and southern Gaza.

Hana Levi Julian

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