Sunday, August 01, 2010

Senior Hamas terrorist eliminated in Gaza strike

From Ynet News, 31 July 2010, by Roee Nahmias:

...The Hamas operative killed in the IDF strike in Gaza Friday was a senior [Hamas thug, 40-year-old Issa al-Batran] who survived five assassination attempts by Israel, an announcement by Hamas' ...Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades stated on Saturday.

Twelve other Palestinians were also injured in the strike, and some of them sustained serious wounds.

On Friday ...the Salah al-Din Brigades claimed responsibility for the Grad rocket that was fired at Ashkelon.

The IDF Spokesperson's Unit confirmed that Israel Air Force jets struck three targets in the Gaza Strip, including a terror hub in the north, a weapons factory in the central Strip, and a smuggling tunnel in the south. All jets returned safely to their bases.

The IDF said the attack came in response to the rocket fired at Ashkelon Friday morning, and stressed that the military would continue to operate against any element threatening the citizens of Israel and its soldiers.

"The IDF holds the Hamas terror organization solely responsible for the occurrences in the Strip and for maintaining calm there," the IDF statement said.

Update published by Ynet 31  July at 22:29 by Shmulik Hadad:

...A Qassam rocket fired from northern Gaza Saturday night hit the roof of a building in an educational institution located in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council, outside of Sderot. There were no reports of injury.

Security forces and firefighters were alerted to the scene. On firefighter reported seeing smoke billowing from the building. "I have no doubt that had there been people in the building – it would have been a major disaster. It's a miracle," he said, adding that "serious" damage was caused to three rooms.

The "Color Red" siren warned residents of the incoming projectile...
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