Breaking News: Israel takes out rocket squad in Gaza killing 2

From The Times of Israel

On fourth day of clashes, nearly 100 rockets fired

By March 13, 2012, 12:06 am
Israeli rescue personnel care for a woman injured as as a grad rocket from the Gaza Strip hits the southern city of Ashdod, March 12, 2012. (photo credit: Flash90)

Israeli rescue personnel care for a woman injured as as a grad rocket from the Gaza Strip hits the southern city of Ashdod, March 12, 2012. (photo credit: Flash90)
The IDF spokesman’s office confirmed a successful targeting of Palestinian terrorists in northern Gaza, Monday night. According to the report, two terrorists were killed while attempting to fire rockets on Israel.

More than 50 rockets landed in Israel on Monday, injuring three civilians, while the Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted 23 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip.

That brings to more than 200 the number of rockets fired at Israel — with Iron Dome succeeding in intercepting more than 50 of them — since the Israel Air Force carried out a targeted assassination against a terror leader in Gaza on Friday.

Earlier Monday, one rocket hit a car in Ashdod, wounding two Israelis and damaging a building and several cars. Several other rockets fell in an open field. Mortars also fell near the Gaza border fence, causing no damage.

Local police said residents had become negligent in following Home Front Command directives, putting their faith in Iron Dome’s capabilities. Home Front Command officer Maj. Gen. (Res) Gil Shenhar said that while Iron Dome had proven itself, residents should use caution and follow instructions closely. Read rest of article here

UPDATE: Israel kills leader of Palestinian militants behind Shalit kidnapping

Zuhair al-Qaissi

Zuhair al-Qaissi was the top commander of the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committee, a large militant group aligned with Hamas. Photograph: Hatem Moussa/AP
Associated Press in Gaza City, Friday 9 March 2012 14.14 EST

An Israeli airstrike has killed the commander of the militant group behind the abduction of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who was held captive for more than five years and freed in a prisoner swap for more than 1,000 Palestinians.

The midday attack marked the highest profile Israeli strike against the coastal strip in several months and immediately set off a violent escalation after a period of relative calm.

Various Palestinian militant groups fired dozens of rockets, some deep into Israeli territory, prompting Israel to issue warnings to its residents to stay indoors. The Israeli military pounded several rocket-launching cells in Gaza. In all, 10 Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes, and one Israeli citizen was seriously wounded by the Palestinian rocket fire. Read rest of article here

Ask yourself why American media used to cover the Israel / Palestinian conflict in every gory detail during the last administration and now it barely gets mentioned.


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