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Jerusalem: Hamas Rocket Attack Targets City
A rocket has been fired at Jerusalem by Hamas - the first time the holy city is thought to have been targeted by Gaza militants using such a weapon.
Israeli police said the rocket landed in an open area near Gush Ezion, a collection of Jewish settlements in the West Bank southeast of the city.
The rocket caused no damage or injuries, the Jewish state's army said.
But an attack on what Israelis call their capital marks a significant escalation by Gaza militants, both for its symbolism and its distance from the Palestinian territory.
Located about 55 miles away from the Gaza border, Jerusalem had been thought to be beyond the range of Gaza rocket squads.
The armed wing of Hamas, Al Qassam Brigades, said on Twitter: "Al Qassam Brigades launch two M75 homemade missiles towards occupied Jerusalem."
Four Palestinians have been killed in a new Israeli strike on Gaza, a Hamas health ministry spokesman said, as multiple new raids struck throughout the territory.
Among the four to die was reportedly Ahmed Abu Jalal, a field commander of Hamas's armed wing.
Twenty-nine Palestinians - including 13 militants - have now been killed in the recent violence. Three Israelis were killed by a rocket on Thursday.
The Israeli military said nearly 200 rockets fired from Gaza hit Israel on Friday - half were intercepted by its Iron Dome anti-missile system.
Earlier on Friday, there was a second rocket attack by Palestinian militants on Tel Aviv in 24 hours.
Air raid sirens went off in the centre of Israel's largest city on Friday afternoon and people were forced to scramble for cover. There were no reports of any injuries and it is thought to have landed in the sea.
"We are sending a short and simple message: There is no security for any Zionist on any single inch of Palestine and we plan more surprises," Abu Obeida, spokesman for the Hamas militant wing, said of the rockets aimed at Israel's two main cities.
It was the second day in a row that a rocket from Gaza had reached the Tel Aviv area in what Israeli networks said was the first time rockets had been fired at the city since the 1991 Gulf War, when it was hit by Iraqi Scud missiles.
On Thursday, another rocket fell in the sea and the other landed in a Tel Aviv suburb, causing no damage or casualties. Israel responded with airstrikes.
The latest rocket came as the Israeli air force continued a major bombing campaign across Gaza Strip as it targeted suspected rocket launching sites.
Senior Israeli cabinet minister Moshe Yaalon warned that Israel was considering a ground operation in order to stamp out rocket fire.
"We are preparing all the military options, including the possibility that forces will be ready to enter Gaza in the event that the firing doesn't stop," he wrote in a series of postings on his official Twitter account.
There were fresh exchanges of fire between Israel and Hamas militants on Friday despite a temporary ceasefire in place for a visit by Egypt's prime minister Hisham Kandil to Gaza.
Several sites in southern Israel have been hit by rockets fired from inside the Gaza Strip, while a Hamas source said the Israeli air force attacked a Hamas commander's house which resulted in the death of two civilians, one a child.
But Israel's military strongly denied carrying out any attack from the time Mr Kandil entered Gaza, and accused Hamas of violating the three-hour deal.
During his visit, the Egyptian PM condemned Israeli action against Gaza as "unacceptable aggression", saying his country will intensify efforts to secure a truce in the conflict.
"This tragedy cannot pass in silence and the world should take responsibility in stopping this aggression," he said at a news conference in Gaza City's Shifa hospital after seeing some victims from an airstrike.
"Egypt will not hesitate to intensify its efforts and make sacrifices to stop this aggression and achieve a lasting truce."
His visit comes as 16,000 Israeli army reservists have been called up and heavy artillery has been seen on the Gaza border, increasing the possibility of a ground attack.
Israeli ministers have reportedly approved the call-up of as many as 75,000 reservists as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held late evening talks with his inner circle.
Meanwhile, European Union foreign policy chief Baroness Ashton said Israel had the right to protect its people against Gaza rocket attacks but urged it to stick to a "proportionate" response.
She also voiced hopes that the Egyptian prime minister "will be able to calm the situation".
And Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague urged both Israel and the Palestinians to make efforts to halt the violence.
But Mr Hague made it clear that he believes Hamas bears the greatest responsibility for the current crisis, as well as the ability to bring it most swiftly to an end.
The conflict has been intensifying over recent weeks, but flared up dramatically in the wake of the Israeli strikes against senior Hamas figures.
Mr Netanyahu has warned his country is prepared to extend its operation against Hamas, sparking fears of a repeat of the ground incursion four years ago in which hundreds died.
what do you think?
130 isreali AIR STRIKES doesn't state how many bombs/ missiles were dropped......... 11 palastinian rockets ???? They're either poor at hitting the targets or was bombing fo fun
If you deliberately fire rockets at civilian targets in direct contravention of the Geneva convention you can expect some retaliation!! Israel has a right to defend herself and her people.
What about the un condemning the Israeli settlements on Palestinian land? Oh yes they ignore the laws and as such so do hamas.
And what makes you think Israel is a woman? If anything it would be more like a prehistoric cave man
Agreed. Time to withold any aid to Palestinians until they agree to recognise Israel and match this with actions that show they are capable of living in peace. Is it any coincidence that these new terror attacks follow the re-election of the weak and ineffectual Obama in the White House. For all his other faults its clear Romney would have been tougher on the Palestinians.
This conflict has been going on for thousands of years and predates Islam. . The ancestors of the Palestinians were called the Phillistines, a pagan people from southern Anatolia who were part of an exodus called the Sea Peoples who were looking for a home. First they tried to land and settle in Egypt but were defeated by Pharoah, after that the Phillistines landed in Gaza where they founded the city in honour of their pagan fertility god called Dagan. This was about the same time the Hebrews settled and formed the state of Israel. For about 150-200 years both peoples existed peacefully side by side, traded with each other, intermarried etc etc. But it was the Phillistines, looking to increase their land who invaded Hebrew territory FIRST. So know your history before condemning either side. Over the centuries both sides have been guilty of aggression and invasion. Just as bad as each other. But anyone who thinks this conflict is purely between Judaism and Islam is uneducated. . . Its about history, politics, wealth and power. . Can they ever live in peace? Well they did for the first two centuries. .
Israel state is brand new formed by Zionists believers it used terrorist means backed by America to steal Palestine land. The Zionists terrorists even hanged British soldiers trying to keep the peace.
Brand new state? Then what about the ancient states of Israel and Judah? The current state of Israel is but a continuation of the ancient Hebrew kingdoms
Nice to hear an educated view on this for a change.
Maybe he could say that to the bbc correspondent whos 11month old son was fried to death by an air strike
Only when west bank and occupied territory are returned. Can Israel then complain about rockets coming in from the Arabs. Jews say they ate a persecuted race, really don't look it from were I am standing.
Simple way to stop terrorism? Simple answer stop taking things that don't belong to you. Ain't rocket science.
This is the start of WW III. This is how WW 1 started. One leader will get killed and a nuclear bomb will be dropped and the world will pay the price!
No it isn't. Back in your box.
Well lets see who has nuclear bombs-- IRAN-No Palestinians-NO. America -YES ISRAEL-YES. RUSSIA-YES FAR EAST-YES. UK-YES. Which one has the vested interest in nuking Israel or gaza--probably none of them.
religon gone mad..where is god not there ..you see these people on t.v and i cant tell them apart stop giving both sides arms ..
Biggest load of twaddle... the sun was created out of a cloud of molecular hydrogen billions of years ago. It's bright because it's powered by nuclear fusion. It's hot because of the same reason. Are we now to believe God/Allah/Peter Pan created nuclear power?
If you were having your hands tied by a bully everyday are you to keep taking it. The West failed the Palestinians by betraying them after WW2. Israel has spread far and wide, seized land, ignored the West. They are asking for the rest of the Arab nations to step in and assist the Palestinians (which they should) who are asking for the right to exist!! What is wrong with that, we have an envoy who works for one of the biggest American Banks (Goldman Sachs), who will not step in. It's a joke but not a funny one as people are dieing, you could bring closure to this over night. But people involved in the politics of the west do not care about the Palestinian plight. Big business is running this show and we stand by and watch. :O((
Horrendous isn't it mate. The very people that are robbing us blind, taking away our pensions, benefits, ripping us off for pharmaceutical purposes, taxing us to the high heavens, orchestrated chaos to give the rich man the control of the masses again are the ones that fully support Israel- and all the puppets that cheer for Israel but complain about the state of our economy and statuary laws have no idea they are completely connected! People need to wise up and look into the troubles there. Your 'ah ha' moment is just around the corner folks!
I think that people on both sides of this debate need to look at the facts before hurling abuse and condeming either party.
Again firing rockets at civilians in breach of the Geneva convention. Israel has a right to defend itself. I think it has shown a lot of restraint personally. They also have the threa of a potential Iranian nuclear attack. Israel could stop these rocket assaults on its innocent citizens with nuclear strike but will not.
Tim can you not read??? 11 rockets.... 130 airstrikes get your head out the sand
It's more than 11 Mr Jackson... 800 in the past couple of weeks. And no i'm not taking sides i think they're as bad as each other but i also see through Arab propaganda.
That was the over night score Lorgarbu I take what you say on biard it is a discussion site and everybody should see both side
But** onboard*** Touchscreen and fatfum dont mix
I would also state i see through Israeli propaganda as well, like i say, they're as bad as each other. Accept science! Accept enlightenment! And lay off those pies Mr Jackson!
Good job we're not being attacked. Our dithering government would have to fill in their expenses prior to any action. Then call in consultants as they are too thick to think themselves.
Peter have you also forgotten about the countless inquiries that they would need to have plus approval from the UN then countless pointless marches by the doogooders
this conflict is bigger than anyone can ever imagine. it has been going on for hundreds of years. the only thing that has changed is the technology in which they kill each other. the art of war remains. i have always stated - while both sides exist, there will NEVER NEVER NEVER be peace....isreal will never back down, it will continue to defend itself. palestinian's will continue to fight for the the land occupied by isreal and the destruction of the state. they will NEVER compromise.
the holy war .why cant they just get along if 1 person from each side walked down a street in G.B.they would walk by each other and not notice each other.not as if 1 side has 2 heads and the other 4 legs,,,,
thats part of the problem its not so easy for Palestinians to get out of Gaza. They are made to wait hours at check points and then told to go home.
I fully agree with you " jimmyjedi1979" but you must watch your back,they don't wont People to be aware of all the details,they just hope that no one bothers checking,or fallowing things up,they hope no one cares about history, this is how they can manipulate people,because they are not aware,but you are,and we are! and I just discovered that your ! members page is currently being reviewed by the editors.watch your comments mate.
they moved the good bits " jimmyjedi1979",but don`t stop commentingx
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