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Israel continues Gaza air strikes
by Al Jazeera (reposted)
Friday May 18th, 2007 6:43 PM
At least seven Palestinians have been killed as Israel carried out four more air strikes in the Gaza Strip.
In the latest attack two Palestinian fighters were killed in a strike on a minibus near a Gaza City post manned by Hamas on Friday, according to witnesses and medical sources.

Five other people were wounded in the raid on the Nasser district of northern Gaza City close to a position of the Executive Force, a paramilitary group under the control of Hamas, the sources said.

Earlier one man died and several were hurt when Israeli helicopter gunships fired on them after they had launched a rocket into Israel, a Palestinian hospital official said.

Hit by missile

Officials said other men died when a base used by the armed wing of Hamas in the east of the territory was hit by a missile from an F-16 fighter jet overnight.

Two missiles were also fired at a security forces building in central Gaza but no casualties were immediately reported.The attacks came after four Palestinians had been killed in a series of air strikes on Thursday.

by BBC (reposted)
Friday May 18th, 2007 6:44 PM
Clashes between rival Palestinian groups in the Gaza Strip have continued for a sixth day, as Israel launched a series of air strikes on Hamas targets.

In the latest raid, one person was hurt in a strike on an empty school in Gaza City, Palestinian sources said.

Earlier, two Hamas men and a passer-by were reported killed when a van was hit close to a Hamas post in northern Gaza.

The Gaza bureau chief of Abu Dhabi TV was released several hours after being abducted, the Arabic channel said.

Colleagues of Abd al-Salam Abu Ashkar, a close associate of senior Fatah figure Mohammed Dahlan, said he was seized at gunpoint as he approached a roadblock in Gaza City.

They said the journalist was taken by armed gunmen belonging to the Hamas Executive Force.

by UK Independent (reposted)
Friday May 18th, 2007 6:48 PM

At least four Palestinians were killed when Israel launched more air strikes at Hamas in Gaza yesterday as fighting continued between Hamas factions and armed groups from the rival Fatah organisation.

Three people were killed and 12 injured when a minivan being driven by a Hamas activist was incinerated in Gaza City by the Israeli air force as part of its operations against Qassam rocket launches. The Israeli military said it had hit a vehicle carrying Hamas activists and weapons.

Jawad Dallou, a local store owner, said that dozens of people had gathered around the charred vehicle chanting, "God is Great" and "Death to Israel", adding that the wounded included people in a nearby mourning tent for a casualty of recent Palestinian in-fighting.

At least one Palestinian was killed and others wounded when a helicopter gunship attacked a rocket crew in northern Gaza that was launching one of at least eight Qassam missiles that were fired into Israel yesterday. One hit a house in the Israeli border town of Sderot, causing minor injuries to the occupants.

Meanwhile, there were fierce exchanges of fire between Hamas gunmen billeted at Gaza City's Islamic University and Fatah forces occupying the nearby Foreign Ministry. Fatah attacked with rocket propelled grenades and gunfire, while Hamas hurled grenades back.

by Debkafile
Saturday May 19th, 2007 7:47 AM
Air Force hits Palestinian squad south of Beit Hanoun which fired two missiles against Sderot Saturday. Palestinians report 8 dead

May 19, 2007, 5:18 PM (GMT+02:00)

Thousands flee missile-battered Sderot

Thousands flee missile-battered Sderot

An Israeli soldier was injured by a Palestinian anti-tank missile in Gaza Saturday.

He was driving an armored bulldozer preparing Israel tank positions near Beit Hanoun in the north. One Palestinian missile hit a factory, a second started a field fire. The Israeli cabinet is to decide Sunday on the continuing military response for the week-long Palestinian Qassam missile attacks from Gaza.

From Friday night to Saturday midday, 11 missiles were fired, seven landing in Sderot. Seven Israelis were injured. The current policy is for Israeli aerial surgical attacks on Hamas military installations, missile squads, weapons production infrastructure, arms depots and training centers in which Iranian instructors are involved. They continued Friday night and Saturday, killing an estimated 9 Hamas operatives.

Some of the ministers would like to see Israel’s military measures expanded to ground incursions of the Gaza Strip.

Southern district police chief Uri Bar-Lev reported Ashkelon, the port town north of Gaza, is gearing up for attacks by missiles with extended ranges of 16km.

Hamas has fired 120 Qassams against Israel in four days, during which scores were injured and 4,500 civilians left or were evacuated.

Hamas’ Abu Obeida has threatened to retaliate for Israeli reprisals with a return to suicide bombings in Israel. DEBKAfile: The Hamas threat is serious. The Islamist group covertly maintains a sleeper network of suicide bombers on the West Bank awaiting call-up.

Friday, the Hamas military spokesman threatened to execute any Palestinian interfering with the group’s missile assault on Israel.