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February 6, 2014

Hamas returns rocket-prevention forces to action

Hamas returns rocket-prevention forces to action

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Tuesday, Hamas announced it was deploying its special rocket-prevention security forces in the Gaza Strip. Recent reports said Hamas withdrew the force to protest Israeli attacks.

The rocket-prevention force includes 600 Hamas operatives and started its activity after the ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas, during the last escalation between the two in late 2012. The force’s job is to prevent rocket shooting from the Gaza Strip to Israel and so to ensure the continuation of the ceasefire between the two.

Lately there has been an escalation in the tension between Hamas and Israel, expressed by Israeli attacks and in rocket shooting from Gaza. These incidents have raised questions regarding the Egyptian-mediated ceasefire agreement between the sides.

Regarding the force’s return to activity, Islam Shahwan, Hamas interior ministry spokesperson, said his office, in charge of the force’s operation, is acting to “secure and fortify the home front and the agreements approved by resistance factions to realize our people’s interests, security and stability” and said in addition, “We will not allow anyone to break the truce. This force is meant to protect our internal bloc”.

However, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson Major Avichay Adraee told the Xinhua News Agency, “The army will respond strongly to any rockets coming from Gaza. We will not let this continue”. He said the IDF holds Hamas responsible for any attacks from Gaza.



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November 20, 2012

Cease fire in danger as Palestinian militants fire at Israel

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A few hours after a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, announced by Egyptian Foreign Minister Kamel Amr and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has gone into effect, Palestinian militants still fire rockets into Israel.

The cease-fire deal, that was blessed by both Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, stipulates that “All Palestinian factions shall stop all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel, including rocket attacks and attacks along the border” and that Israel will “stop all hostilities on the Gaza Strip, land, sea and air including incursions and targeting of individuals”.

Currently there had yet to be a response to the attack from the Israeli side.



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Israel sets 36 hour ultimatum for Hamas

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Israel sets 36 hour ultimatum for Hamas

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Israel warned Hamas yesterday to cease rocket fire and threatened a widening offensive if Hamas continues. Hamas maintains Israel “is the aggressor.”

The ultimatum comes after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated the Israel Defence Force (IDF) was “prepared for a significant expansion of the operation” and after 75,000 army reservists were drafted for duty.

“We are at a junction. Either we go toward a calm or toward a meaningful widening of the operation… including a possible move to achieve complete military decision”, said Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz to IDF Radio.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in the region meeting with the Arab Leauge in an attempt to negotiate a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza. There has been some optimism as Netanyahu met with his cabinet members to discuss a phased ceasefire agreement.

Israel has led an air campaign targeting high ranking Hamas commanders, rocket launcher locations, and Hamas communication sites, but has come under scrutiny with the rising number of civilian deaths in Gaza.



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Cease fire fails as Palestinian militants fire at Israel

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Shortly after a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas was announced by Egyptian Foreign Minister Kamel Amr and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Palestinian militants have again fired rockets into Israel.

The cease-fire deal, that was blessed by both Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, stipulates that “All Palestinian factions shall stop all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel, including rocket attacks and attacks along the border” and that Israel will “stop all hostilities on the Gaza Strip, land, sea and air including incursions and targeting of individuals”.

Currently there had yet to be a response to the attack from the Israeli side.



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Former US diplomat expresses concern Gaza rocket fire puts cease-fire at-risk

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A few hours after a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, jointly announced by Egyptian Foreign Minister Kamel Amr and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, came into effect, rocket fire from militants in the Palestinian territories continues. Former US diplomat Nicholas Burns, currently a Harvard professor, who previously served as an under secretary of State, expressed his concerns: “things could get even more out of hand if the rockets continue flying out of Gaza”.

The cease-fire deal, brokered by Egypt and blessed by both Hamas’ political leader Khaled Meshaal and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, stipulates “[that] all Palestinian factions shall stop all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel, including rocket attacks and attacks along the border” and, that Israel will “stop all hostilities on the Gaza Strip, land, sea and air including incursions and targeting of individuals”.

In the lead-up to the cease-fire, an ultimatum was issued by Israel following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stating the Israel Defence Force (IDF) was “prepared for a significant expansion of the operation” and, in the wake of 75,000 army reservists being drafted for active duty.

Israel’s Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz had told IDF Radio that: “We are at a junction. Either we go toward a calm or toward a meaningful widening of the operation […] including a possible move to achieve complete military decision”.

As-yet Israeli forces have not reacted to the ongoing missile fire.



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November 18, 2012

Journalists in Gaza City injured in Israeli airstrike

Journalists in Gaza City injured in Israeli airstrike

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At least six journalists in Gaza City have been injured after an Israeli airstrike struck a media building.

Ashraf al-Qudra, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health in Gaza, stated: “At least six journalists were wounded, with minor and moderate injuries, when Israeli warplanes hit the al-Quds TV office in the Showa and Housari building in the Rimal neighbourhood of Gaza City”.

At least three of the journalists work for Al-Quds TV, but it is not yet known what agency the other three may work for. Several foreign journalists have been staying in the Al-Showa building in Gaza which was damaged by the airstrike. The Ma’an News Agency in Gaza and Al-Quds TV is also based in the media complex.

According to Ma’an, at least one missile struck the building’s eleventh floor injuring the journalists. Al-Quds TV offices are located on that floor.

The military wing of Hamas, the Alqassam Brigades, condemned the attack posting a statement on their Twitter account saying, “Israeli IDF is trying to kill the power of word in Gaza, targeting journalism is a war crime and crime against humanity.”

The injured were evacuated from the complex which was reportedly hit at least two more times.


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November 17, 2012

Hamas claims capture of two Israeli soldiers

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According to reports, Hamas has taken at least two Israeli pilots hostage after allegedly shooting down down their F-16 fighter jet over the Gaza Strip yesterday. The “Al-Qassam Brigades” division of Hamas is claiming responsibility for the shoot down.

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Israel denies that an F-16 was shot down saying, “It’s not true”.

Hamas made their claims following reports that another one of its leaders, Ahmad Abu Jalal, was killed in an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) airstrike. On Wednesday, Hamas commander Ahmed Jabari, who was in charge of Izz el-Deen Al-Qassam, the armed division of Hamas, was killed in an IDF airstrike.

These reports come as Hesham Kandil, the Egyptian Prime Minister, took a brief two hour tour of the Gaza Strip which failed to stop any fighting between Hamas and IDF. “The cause of Palestinians is the cause of all Arabs and Muslims. Palestinians are heroes,” said Kandil while visiting Shifa Hospital. He also stated that Egypt stands loyal to the Palestinians.



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Al-Qassam Brigades claims capture of two Israeli soldiers

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According to reports, the “Al-Qassam Brigades,” a division of Hamas, has taken at least two Israeli pilots hostage after they claimed to have shot down their F-16 fighter jet over the Gaza Strip yesterday.

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Israel denies that an F-16 was shot down saying, “It’s not true”.

The Al-Qassam Brigades made their claims following reports that another leader of Hamas, Ahmad Abu Jalal, was killed in an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) airstrike on Friday. On Wednesday, Hamas commander Ahmed Jabari, who was in charge of Izz el-Deen Al-Qassam, the armed division of Hamas, was killed in an IDF airstrike.

These reports come as Hesham Kandil, the Egyptian Prime Minister, took a brief two hour tour of the Gaza Strip which failed to stop any fighting between Hamas and IDF. “The cause of Palestinians is the cause of all Arabs and Muslims. Palestinians are heroes,” said Kandil while visiting Shifa Hospital. He also stated that Egypt stands loyal to the Palestinians.



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November 14, 2012

Israel launches airstrikes against Gaza Strip, kills Hamas commander

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Israel has launched a series of airstrikes against military targets inside the Gaza Strip, killing a senior Hamas leader. The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) launched the offensive named ‘Operation Pillar of Defense’ in response to over 100 rockets fired into Israel from Gaza over the past few days.

“The IDF has begun a widespread campaign on terror sites & operatives in the Gaza Strip, chief among them Hamas & Islamic Jihad targets,” said an IDF spokesperson in a post on the social networking site Twitter.

According to reports, the IDF bombed at least 20 underground locations believed to house an array of long range missiles which the IDF says have the ability to reach Tel Aviv and used tanks to fire on targets. The bombings also killed Hamas commander Ahmed Jabari, who was in charge of Izz el-Deen Al-Qassam, the armed division of Hamas. “The first target we targeted was Ahmad Jabari. A short time ago we completed another phase in the operation which included 20 different targets of rocket launcher pads. Israel is exercising its right to protect itself, and Jabari has a lot of Israeli blood on his hands”, said Avital Leibovich, an IDF spokesman. At least ten people, some children, were killed in the airstrikes including Jabari and an unnamed associate which some reports say was Jabari’s son.

“The occupation has opened the gates of hell on itself,” said Hamas in a statement following the killing of Jabari. Hamas says all options against Israel are “now open and they include suicide attacks and quality attacks in Israel cities. Israel has declared war on Gaza and they will bear the responsibility for the consequences”.

The fighting could last for days with the possibility of a ground offensive by the IDF. “There are preparations [for ground troops], and if we are required to, the option of a entry by ground is available,” said Yoav Mordechai, a Brigadier-General with the IDF. Leibovich also added that “all options are on the table for us. We will do whatever necessary to protect the people of Israel.”



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March 19, 2011

Israel bombarding Gaza after Hamas mortar attack

Israel bombarding Gaza after Hamas mortar attack

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Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are retaliating with air strikes, helicopters, and tank fire along the border of Gaza after a mortar attack by Hamas.

The initial attack reportedly lightly injured two people in an agricultural community. The military wing of Hamas, the Al-Qassam Brigades, claimed responsibility for the attack, breaking the undeclared cease-fire which has held since Israel’s three-week invasion which ended in January 2009. Their attack, they said, was in response to the killing of two military members in an Israeli attack on a training camp on Thursday.

The attacks are reported to be targeting Hamas security installations, and Hamas officials have reported five injured, including three security officers and two civilians, one a three-year old boy.

The Gaza Strip, a narrow section of land on the Mediterranean coast that has land borders with Israel and Egypt, has been formally blockaded by Israeli forces since 2001, with all borders nearly completely sealed since 2007, shortly after the people of Gaza elected a Hamas government.



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