Daily Archives: March 27, 2010

Middle East: powder keg blowing up

Editorial

Reports on the ground in Palestine sound a warning.

Amidst all the diplomacy and protests, Israeli tanks re-enter Gaza. Israeli jets blow-up tunnels that provide a lifeline from Egypt.

The whole region is effected.

All the international diplomacy has been for nought.

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Obama’s promises in Cairo rendered meaningless.

Hilary Clinton pleas to Netanyahu about building more settlements on the West Bank are just hot air.

Meanwhile on the ground the Middle East is a powder keg.

Yesterday (Fri 26 mar2010) Israeli tanks went into Khan Younis in Gaza, now Israeli planes are bombing the life-line of tunnels into Gaza, tomorrow Israeli soldiers will be firing live rounds at non-violent protestors in the West Bank.

Recent reports from Lebanon say that the only reason Israeli jets are not bombing Southern Lebanon is because the Israeli government is afraid that Hezbollah will retaliate with rockets of its own.

Israeli jets continue terror raids with sonic booms over southern Lebanese villages – villages gutted by the 2006 assault with people living in poverty on a scale with Gaza.

Israeli threats remain against Syria, Iraq and even Iran.

A solution to prevent Israel from blowing up the region has to be found now. For some recent background see Report on Palestine by Sameh Habeeb.

Ian Curr
27 March 2010

Fear and foreboding in the Middle East
By Jeremy Bowen, BBC Middle East editor

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Israeli troops killed in Gaza clash

“An Israeli army force raided 500 metres into Palestinian territory, and was confronted by our gunmen,” Abu Obeida, a Hamas spokesman, said.

“This was our work, but was carried out for defence.”

From Al Jazeera
Video:
Israel pursues settlement growth
Israelis protest settlement freeze
Map of East Jerusalem housing plan
Focus:
Jerusalem’s religious heart
Settlements strain US-Israel ties
Jewish settlements
Riz Khan:
The Middle East peace process
The battle over Israeli settlements
Inside Story:
US and Israel poles apart
Programmes:
Israel: Rise of the right
Holy Land Grab

Al Jazeera’s Barnaby Phillips, reporting from Gaza, said: “The al-Qassam Brigades gave a press conference and said that at 2:30pm local time an Israeli incursion began into Gaza. Israeli soldiers on foot, tanks and helicopters crossed into Gaza and the al-Qassam Brigades responded with sniper fire.

“Witnesses in the area are saying that what took place is now over; it is quiet and Israeli tanks have withdrawn.

Breaking Gaza: 2 martyrs and many critically injured in Khan Younis

Friday, 26 March 2010 18:39 Added by PT Editor Omar Ghraieb
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Israeli troops and tanks enter Khan Younis

All kinds of Israeli air crafts were over seeing and protecting the ground IDF during the invasion, then they missiled a playground in Khan Younis targeting a bunch of children playing football.

Three children were critically injured, Abd Rabbu, 6 years, got hit in the back and is currently in the ICU.

Muawiya Hassanein, director of ambulance and Altaure hospital sector, said that two citizens were martyred and several others wounded in artillery shelling that targeted resistance fighters in the area of New Abasan in Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip, Friday afternoon [26 Mar 2010].

Hassanein said that ambulances headed to the area of the event, but the occupation forces prevented medical teams from evacuating dead and wounded and opened fire on the ambulances.

Israeli tanks ‘enter Gaza’ after deadly clashes

BBC Website 27 Mar 2010

Israeli tanks are reported to have advanced into the Gaza Strip following clashes with Palestinians in which two Israeli soldiers died.

Witnesses in Gaza said tanks and bulldozers were moving towards the southern town of Khan Younis.

They also said there had been firing from the Israeli navy along the Gaza coastline.

It is the first time Israeli soldiers have died in Gaza since Israel’s 22-day offensive there more than a year ago….READ MORE