A pickup truck carrying rockets exploded on Friday at a large Hamas rally as the group paraded its weapons through a densely packed refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. At least 15 people were killed and dozens were wounded, Palestinian medical officials said.
The powerful blast sent a plume of white smoke into the sky and unleashed pandemonium in the sprawling Jabaliya refugee camp, a Hamas stronghold just north of Gaza City. Body parts were scattered on the ground as ambulances rushed to the scene, and people in the crowd wailed in grief. The casualties included a number of children.
The blast appeared to be accidental, and the Palestinian Interior Ministry issued a statement that called on Hamas to “shoulder its responsibility” for the explosion.
You think Hamas will “shoulder its responsibility”?
However, Hamas said the rockets were dummies and did not contain explosives. The group alleged that an Israeli airstrike was responsible and said that it would retaliate. “We cannot remain silent when the blood of our martyrs is spilled,” said Nizar Rayan, a Hamas leader. “Our response will be in action, not words.”
What freakin idiots. Not only do they kill innocent kids with this stunt but then they once again try to inflame Isreali hatred.
Palestinian militants fired a rocket into Israel from the Gaza Strip overnight, wounding five Israelis, the Israeli Army said Saturday. Israel in turn launched airstrikes in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, hitting buildings it said were used to manufacture weapons in and around Gaza City. One Hamas militant was wounded. Also, Israel announced it was imposing a closure on the Palestinian areas of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, which means that Palestinians cannot enter Israel. But only a small number of Palestinians have such permission to begin with.
Which prompted an Isreali response:
The Israeli air force attacked three buildings in the Gaza Strip early Saturday, the first airstrikes since Israel withdrew from Gaza last week after 38 years of occupation, the army said.
…The Israeli army said the airstrikes targeted three Hamas weapons facilities: a weapons warehouse in Jebaliya and a weapons factory and warehouse in Gaza City.
One missile landed in a field near an abandoned workshop where militants used to make homemade rockets in Gaza City, according to security officials.
The owner of the workshop, Mahed Abu Assi, 42, denied that it was used to produce weapons.
The second airstrike hit a garage outside the house of a Hamas
fighter. The third landed near the house of an Islamic Jihad militant in Gaza City.
But they are not stopping there:
Israel ordered ground forces to the Gaza border Saturday and threatened a “crushing” response after Israeli towns were hit by the first major Hamas rocket barrage from the coastal territory since Israel’s pullout two weeks earlier.
Israel also resumed airstrikes against Hamas targets, hitting
several suspected weapons workshops, and imposed a blanket closure that bars all Palestinians from its territory.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon called his Security Cabinet for a meeting
later Saturday to approve the military’s response, expected to last several days. A large-scale operation appeared unlikely but the timing of the Cabinet meeting suggested a sense of urgency
The funniest part of this article is this sentence:
However, Israel’s reprisals caused new hardships for Palestinian
civilians, who might blame Hamas.
Yeah, we will all hold our breath. Why would they blame Hamas when they have been taught their whole lives that it’s Isreals fault.