[News] Israel pays dearly for botched raid on Gaza

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Tue Nov 13 11:09:34 EST 2018


  Israel pays dearly for botched raid on Gaza

Maureen Clare Murphy 
<https://electronicintifada.net/people/maureen-clare-murphy> - 13 
November 2018


At least 10 Palestinian fighters have been killed since a busted 
commando operation in Gaza broke a ceasefire between Israel and 
resistance factions on Sunday night.

An Israeli military officer was killed 
and another moderately wounded in Sunday’s botched operation that left a 
Hamas military commander and six other fighters dead:

    الشهداء السبعة الذين ارتقوا خلال تصديهم لقوة صهيونية خاصة شرق
    خانيونس مساء أمس وقتلوا ضابط اسرائيلي كبير وأصابوا آخر#بالمرصاد
    pic.twitter.com/tgq1E3XMKe <https://t.co/tgq1E3XMKe>

    — وكالة شهاب (@ShehabAgency) November 12, 2018

Palestinian groups fired hundreds of rockets towards Israel Monday night 
– described by Israeli media 
as the largest ever projectile barrage from Gaza.

The Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, stated 
<https://twitter.com/qassam_arabic12/status/1062036423405174787> that 
resistance fighters targeted a bus transporting soldiers east of Gaza 
with a Kornet anti-tank guided missile. A 19-year-old soldier was 
severely injured, according to reports.

The group said that the strike was in response to the killing of seven 
fighters on Sunday.

Video shows the direct strike on the bus as Israeli soldiers deployed to 
the outskirts of Jabaliya in northern Gaza:

    شاهد | استهداف المقاومة لحافلة نقل جنود اسرائيليين شرق #جباليا
    بصاروخ كورنيت موجه#غزة_تقاوم
    pic.twitter.com/h0EPnZzu3B <https://t.co/h0EPnZzu3B>

    — شبكة قدس الإخبارية (@qudsn) November 12, 2018

    Al Qassam released footage showing they intentionally targeted a bus
    of Israeli soldiers immediately after all but one had stepped off
    board. It's a clear message that the resistance has increased
    capabilities but doesn't seek escalation. #Gaza

    — Hind Khoudary (@Hind_Gaza) November 12, 2018

Israeli official channels had earlier claimed falsely that the targeted 
vehicle was a “commuter bus” for civilians.

    An Israeli commuter bus hit by #Hamas
    rocket this afternoon. Hamas fired more 100 rockets from #Gaza
    targeting Israeli civilians.

    Israel will exercise its right to defend its people.
    pic.twitter.com/pw2XJtFOLk <https://t.co/pw2XJtFOLk>

    — Israel in Chicago (@IsraelinChicago) November 12, 2018

A man was found dead 
in the rubble of a home, where a woman was also found critically injured 
and a second woman was seriously injured when missiles fired from Gaza 
hit residential buildings in Ashkelon, according to early reports 

Video shows fire in a building that was hit:

    In einem vierstöckigen Gebäude, das mit einer #Hamas
    in Ashkelon in Israel abgeschossen wurde, brach ein Feuer aus. 10
    Menschen wurden verletzt, davon 4 schwer. pic.twitter.com/f4QD2NoniL

    — EHA News - Deutsch (@eha_deutsch) November 12, 2018

Most of the rockets landed in open areas and others were intercepted, 
Israeli media reported 

Videos uploaded to social media show damage to Israeli homes struck by 
rockets from Gaza:

    صواريخ المقاومة تصيب منزلاً للمستوطنين في مستوطنات "غلاف #غزة
    بشكل مباشر.#غزة_تقاوم
    pic.twitter.com/6AK9hF4GkE <https://t.co/6AK9hF4GkE>

    — شبكة قدس الإخبارية (@qudsn) November 12, 2018

    حرائق في مدينة #عسقلان
    المحتلة، جراء استهدافها بصواريخ المقاومة.#غزة_تقاوم
    pic.twitter.com/3OiDTzDR4g <https://t.co/3OiDTzDR4g>

    — شبكة قدس الإخبارية (@qudsn) November 12, 2018

The Israeli military hit more than 70 sites in Gaza on Monday, including 
residential buildings 
<https://twitter.com/qudsn/status/1062081333885837312> and a hotel 
<https://twitter.com/ShehabAgencyEn/status/1062095700782145537> that 
Israel claims 
was used by Hamas for administrative and training purposes.

Photos show a residential building in Gaza City before it was bombed 
and, on the left, after it was obliterated by Israel, which claimed 
<https://twitter.com/idfonline/status/1062120501416468482> that it was 
used by Hamas’ military intelligence:

    "من يوقف حقداً أسود" .. صورة: لمبنى الرحمة في #غزة
    قبل وبعد قصفه من قبل طائرات الاحتلال.#غزة_تحت_القصف
    pic.twitter.com/lR9kX6vmVJ <https://t.co/lR9kX6vmVJ>

    — شبكة قدس الإخبارية (@qudsn) November 12, 2018

Israel also targeted the headquarters of the Hamas-affiliated Al-Aqsa TV 
in a heavily populated area of Gaza City:

    Air Force destroy #Hamas
    <https://twitter.com/hashtag/Hamas?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw> TV
    al Aqsa completely few minutes ago in the heart of #Gaza
    <https://twitter.com/hashtag/Gaza?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw> city
    pic.twitter.com/TTZtQu3LVA <https://t.co/TTZtQu3LVA>

    — Nasser Atta (@nasseratta5) November 12, 2018

    طيران الاحتلال يواصل غاراته على مبنى فضائية الأقصى.#غزة_تحت_القصف
    pic.twitter.com/sT6D5xtQXl <https://t.co/sT6D5xtQXl>

    — شبكة قدس الإخبارية (@qudsn) November 12, 2018

    Another photo of the destroyed al-Aqsa TV building in Gaza. The
    building was hit by at least 3 missiles launched from Israeli
    warplanes pic.twitter.com/p9L79KWgSA <https://t.co/p9L79KWgSA>

    — Jamal Dajani جمال (@JamalDajani) November 12, 2018

The Israeli military stated 
<https://twitter.com/IDFSpokesperson/status/1062076100615041029> on 
Twitter that “The Hamas propaganda department has directed attacks, 
instructed how to do them, and broadcasted incitement and violence for 

The military added: “Tonight, the IDF made sure that this station won’t 
broadcast again.”

Al-Aqsa resumed broadcasting from another location shortly after the 
bombing briefly took it off the air.

Israel has previously targeted Al-Aqsa TV buildings and killed 
<https://cpj.org/data/people/hussam-salama/> its personnel in Gaza. The 
Committee to Protect Journalists has stated 
that Al-Aqsa’s affiliation to Hamas does not make it a legitimate 
military target.

    Not only as a journalist who believes journalists should never be
    targets, but also as someone who lives within spitting distance of
    the IDF's own radio station (located in a residential neighborhood),
    I can't express enough outrage about the bombing of Al Aqsa TV in Gaza.

    — Mike S. Omer-Man (@MikeOmerMan) November 12, 2018

The University College of Applied Sciences in Gaza City was also damaged 
by bombing:

    تضرر مبنى الكلية الجامعية للعلوم التطبيقية جنوب مدنية #غزة
    جراء استهداف محيطها من قبل طائرات الاحتلال قبل قليل.#غزة_تقاوم
    pic.twitter.com/mA2ulWDxBF <https://t.co/mA2ulWDxBF>

    — شبكة قدس الإخبارية (@qudsn) November 12, 2018

Three Palestinians were killed on Monday, including two members 
<https://twitter.com/PFLP_info/status/1062027351700180992> of the armed 
wing of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. They 
were identified as Muhammad Zakariya al-Tatari, 27, and Muhammad Zuhdi 
Odeh, 22.

Hamad Muhammad Musa al-Nahhal, 23, was killed by Israeli forces east of 
Rafah, according to 
<https://twitter.com/press221/status/1062022218950033408> Gaza’s health 
ministry. He was reportedly <http://www.wattan.tv/ar/news/268980.html> a 
member of the armed wing of Islamic Jihad.

The Israeli military warned 
<https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog-november-12-2018/> Monday night 
that Hamas will “feel the power of the IDF’s response in the coming hours.”

COGAT, the bureaucratic arm of Israel’s military occupation, made an 
oblique threat against Gaza’s residents that it would use the same 
deadly force targeting civilian infrastructure that it used in 2014:

    أيها #السكان
    الغزيون، تأملوا جيدا هذه الصور المأخوذة من عملية "الجرف الصامد" في
    العام 2014: صورة تساوي ألف كلمة. 2/2 pic.twitter.com/bYCq9Znh54

    — المنسق (@CogatArabic) November 12, 2018

It deleted its threats from its English-language pages:

    @cogat_israel <https://twitter.com/cogat_israel?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw>
    deleted its threat to kill thousands of Palestinians. Here are
    screenshots. pic.twitter.com/HsfeASgTHu <https://t.co/HsfeASgTHu>

    — Dan Cohen (@dancohen3000) November 12, 2018

Israel’s security cabinet reportedly green-lighted an escalation of 
force against Gaza late Monday:

    IDF reportedly given 'green light' to amplify attacks on Gaza,
    following security cabinet consultations in which 'operational
    decisions were made' pic.twitter.com/Tolwzbc41r

    — i24NEWS English (@i24NEWS_EN) November 12, 2018

The Qassam Brigades stated 
<https://twitter.com/qassam_arabic12/status/1062070465051680768> that 
resistance groups would widen the scope of their shelling in response to 
the targeting of homes and other civilian infrastructure.

Palestinian fighters launched a new volley of rockets 
<https://twitter.com/Qudsn_Brk/status/1062071293368037376> towards 
Israel following the bombing of Al-Aqsa TV headquarters.

Abu Obeida, the pseudonymous Qassam Brigades spokesperson, said 
<https://twitter.com/spokesman2018/status/1062094579980095488> that 
“Ashkelon is just the beginning” and that a million Israelis would be in 
the range of resistance factions’ missiles if the aggression on Gaza 

The new round of deadly violence was prompted by an apparently botched 
Israeli undercover raid three kilometers into Gaza Sunday evening.

Qassam commander Nour Baraka was killed during an intense exchange of 
fire that ensued after the discovery of the Israeli commando unit, which 
reportedly retreated by helicopter 
under the cover of airstrikes.

The Qassam Brigades claimed 
<https://twitter.com/qassam_arabic12/status/1061871647752380422> that 
Israel’s air force struck a commando vehicle as a means of destroying 

    صور للمركبة التي استخدمتها القوة الخاصة الصهيونية في ارتكاب جريمتها
    بخانيونس مساء أمس وقد قصفها الطيران الحربي لاخفاء الدلائل
    pic.twitter.com/u5bGv0P0uF <https://t.co/u5bGv0P0uF>

    — مقاومة فلسطين (@qassam_arabic12) November 12, 2018

The resistance group published a photo of what it said was 
communications equipment found in the back of a vehicle used by the 

    غرفة الكترونية تحوي عشرات اللوحات وأجهزة اتصالات كانت في مؤخرة شاحنة
    أعدها الاحتلال للقيام بمهمته الاستخبارية وقصفها خلال عملية مسح
    الدلائل pic.twitter.com/4yXeXEP8Aj <https://t.co/4yXeXEP8Aj>

    — مقاومة فلسطين (@qassam_arabic12) November 12, 2018

Video shows a burned-out vehicle and devices left behind by the commando 

    الأجهزة التي كانت بداخل مركبة قوات الاحتلال الخاصة التي اشتبكت مع
    المقاومة شرق #خانيونس
    الليلة الماضية.#غزة
    pic.twitter.com/6YbLHZLTtG <https://t.co/6YbLHZLTtG>

    — شبكة قدس الإخبارية (@qudsn) November 12, 2018

Israeli officials claimed that the military operation was “likely an 
intelligence-gathering mission gone wrong, rather than an assassination 
attempt on Baraka, as Hamas initially claimed,” as reported 
by /Times of Israel/.

The Israeli military made such a denial on Twitter:

    The special operation yesterday was not intended to kill or abduct
    terrorists, but to strengthen Israeli security. The force waged a
    heroic and very complex battle and was able to exfiltrate in its
    entirety. We salute the bravery of Lt. Col. M. and his peers.

    — Israel Defense Forces (@IDFSpokesperson) November 12, 2018

“This action – an operation that was apparently exposed – wasn’t an 
assassination attempt,” Tal Russo, former commander of the Israeli 
military in the Gaza region, said. “We have other ways of assassinating 
people and we know how to do it much more elegantly.”

Israel has habitually violated ceasefires with Palestinian resistance 
groups in Gaza. Several Palestinians, including children, were killed in 
Gaza after the most recent truce 
between Israel and resistance factions, before Sunday’s botched operation.

Israeli assassinations of Palestinian political and military figures 
have previously provoked major military confrontations 
with high Palestinian civilian casualties.

Ten years ago almost to the day, an Israeli raid on Gaza that killed six 
of Hamas ended a months-long ceasefire, leading to Israel’s “Operation 
Cast Lead <https://imeu.org/article/operation-cast-lead>” that killed 
more than 1,400 Palestinians.

On Monday, Nickolay Mladenov, the UN’s Middle East envoy, stated on 
Twitter <https://twitter.com/nmladenov/status/1062062406212427776> that 
his office was “working closely with Egypt and all concerned to ensure 
that Gaza steps back from the brink,” obscuring the fact that it was an 
Israeli commando operation in Gaza that precipitated the new round of 

“The escalation in the past 24hrs is EXTREMELY dangerous and reckless,” 
he added. “Rockets must STOP, restraint must be shown by all! No effort 
must be spared to reverse the spiral of violence.”

Similarly, the European Union stated that the “escalation of violence” 
in and around Gaza was “very alarming,” but failed to note that Israel 
began it by launching its raid into Gaza.

    The escalation of violence in and around Gaza during the last hours
    is very alarming. All violent actions have to stop immediately.

    — Maja Kocijančič (@MajaEUspox) November 12, 2018

Before Israel broke the ceasefire on Sunday, its forces had killed 234 
Palestinians in Gaza since the launch of mass protests demanding an end 
to the 11-year blockade on the territory more than seven months ago.

According to <http://mezan.org/en/post/23313> the Gaza-based rights 
group Al Mezan, 174 of those killed were fatally injured during 
demonstrations, “including 33 children, one woman, two journalists, 
three paramedics, and six persons with disability, including one child.”

Nearly 12,500 Palestinians have been wounded, almost 7,000 by live fire. 
Israel continues to hold the bodies of 11 of those killed, including 
three children.

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