[News] Fighting Continues In Gaza And Southern Israel - No No-Fly Zone against Israel

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Fighting Continues In Gaza And Southern Israel


  Wednesday March 23, 2011 18:31
 by David Steele - 1 of International Middle East Media Center 
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Fighting between groups in the Gaza Strip and the Israeli army has 
continued today.

Two "Grad" rockets were fired at the city of Be'er Sheva, and a 
number of mortars were launched into the western Negev from Gaza. A 
total of one minor injury and modest damage have been reported from 
the incident. The group Islamic Jihad has claimed responsibility for 
the attacks. In a statement, Islamic Jihad claimed that the rockets 
had been launched "in retaliation for the ongoing Israeli aggression."

The Israeli air force and army have both attacked the Gaza strip in 
response. One man, allegedly a member of Islamic Jihad's military 
wing, was injured in the attacks.

The attack is the latest in an escalating round of violence. Earlier, 
the Hamas-led government in Gaza, and the Al Qassam Brigades, the 
armed wing of Hamas movement, stated that they would commit to a 
truce should Israel halt its assaults on Gaza. Given the present 
violence, this prospect is rapidly fading.

On Tuesday, a wave of Israeli military escalation targeting the Gaza 
Strip led to the deaths of nine Palestinians, including three 
children. At least 38 Palestinians, including six women and fifteen 
children, were injured in a number of Israeli attacks targeting the 
Gaza Strip in the last 4 days. Israeli politicians are said to be 
considering a further escalation, perhaps resulting in a 'Cast Lead 2'.

Haniyya Calls On UN To Protect The Palestinian People


  Wednesday March 23, 2011 06:04
 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News 
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Ismail Haniyya, head of the Palestinian government in the Gaza Strip, 
demanded the Security Council to take serious and fast measures to 
ensure the protection of the Palestinian people suffering from 
ongoing Israeli attacks.

In a brief statement to the media on Tuesday evening, Haniyya said 
that "the Security Council did not hesitate in making and 
implementing decision to protect the Libyan people, and must act to 
protect the Palestinians".

He also called on activating and implementing the Goldstone report on 
Israel's war on Gaza two years ago, and called on the people in the 
Arab world, engaged in revolutions against their oppressive regimes, 
to regard the Palestinian cause as a high priority.

The Hamas leader also urged the new leadership in Egypt to open the 
Rafah Border Terminal and enable the transfer of construction 
materials, medical equipment, medications and supplies, and all 
needed essential supplies into the Gaza strip.

Nine Palestinians, including three children, were killed on Tuesday 
as the Israeli army bombarded several areas in the Gaza Strip; dozens 
of residents, including children, women and elderly were injured.

Adham Abu Slamiyya, spokesperson of the Medical Services in Gaza, 
identified four of the slain residents as Mohammad Jihad al-Hilo, 11, 
Yasser Aahed al-Hilo, 16, Yasser Hamed al-Hilo, 50, and Mohammad 
Saber Harara, 20.

Four fighters, members of the Quds Briagdes, the armed wing of the 
Islamic Jihad, were killed in Al Zeitoun neighborhood, in Gaza City, 
in an Israeli military attack that was carried out on Wednesday evening.

The the Brigades identified the fighters as Adham Fayiz al-Harazeen, 
Mohammad Akram Aabed, Saadi Mahmoud Hallas, and Mohammad Atiyya al-Harazeen.

The Brigades added that another fighter was seriously wounded when 
Israeli drones fired missiles at fighters in the eastern areas of Gaza city.

The fighter's left leg was severed due to the blast and was moved to 
the intensive care unit. Israeli military sources claimed that the 
targeted fighters were preparing to launch a Grad missile into southern Israel.

At least 38 Palestinians, including six women and fifteen children, 
were injured in a number of Israeli attacks targeting the Gaza Strip 
in the last three days.

Several children were wounded when the Israeli Air Force fired a 
missile at children playing football in their neighborhood in Gaza City.

The army also fired another missile that hit a home in the 
neighborhood leading to more injuries; all of the wounded were moved 
to the Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza.

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