Gaza Under Attack Again - No Excuses For Inaction This Time
Report – By Julie Webb-Pullman
Gaza is tonight under attack by Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) following a series of attacks today on Israeli military targets 20 km north of the
southern city of Eilat, close to the border with Egypt.
Hamas has denied responsibility for this afternoon’s attacks, which killed seven and injured at least 14, saying their
strategy is to resist "the occupation of Palestinian lands from within, rather than from outside."
Despite the attacks coming from within Israeli territory and from the Egyptian border, Israeli Defence Minister Ehud
Barak and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately stated they hold Hamas responsible, and would retaliate with
So far this evening, at least six Palestinians have been killed in the southern Gaza town of Rafah by IDF attacks on a
house reportedly belonging to Popular Resistance Committees official Khaled Shaath, whose daughter was injured. IDF has
been dropping leaflets over Rafah threatening Palestinians, as it did prior to launching Operation Cast Lead in December
Victims of IDF attack by Israeli military aircraft on a house in Southern Gaza Strip.
Undeterred by any moral or legal obligation to establish who was responsible for the Eilat attacks, IDF operations
against Gaza continue, as Gazans brace themselves for a ‘night of blood’ knowing that regardless of who was actually
responsible, and possibly in a cynical move to distract attention from domestic Israeli unrest, it is Gazans who will
pay the price.
Is the international community going to stand by while yet another collective punishment is imposed on a population who
has every right – and an ever-increasing need – for security?
Julie Webb-Pullman (click to view previous articles)
is a New Zealand based freelance writer who has reported for Scoop since 2003. She recently managed to get into Gaza
during a brief period when the Rafah Gate was open.