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Gaza assassination sparks new conflict

Nov 12, 2018

Yesterday a group of IDF special forces went on a mission to assassinate the top commander of Gaza’s military. They succeeded, but their car was spotted and counter-attacked by Hamas. One Israeli soldier was killed, and another wounded, along with six Hamas soldiers who were killed.

Israeli warplanes then launched a missile attack to assist the surviving IDF assassins to escape in the wake of the botched escape plan. Here are two news accounts of the story.

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israeli-aircraft-strikes-in-southern-gaza-reports-say-1.6639589

At least seven Palestinians were said killed in the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday after heavy fire was exchanged along the Israel-Gaza border, according to Palestinian sources, including a commander in Hamas' military wing. Hamas claimed that four of the casualties were part of its organization.

The Israeli military later confirmed that one IDF officer was killed and another was moderately wounded during an operation…

According to a statement from Hamas' military wing, Israeli forces entered Gaza in a civilian vehicle three kilometers east of Khan Yunis. The exchange of fire began after Israeli soldiers killed Barake.

https://www.dailysabah.com/mideast/2018/11/11/6-palestinians-hamas-commander-killed-by-israeli-army-in-southern-gaza-strip

6 Palestinians, Hamas commander killed by Israeli army in southern Gaza Strip

A fresh wave of fighting erupted between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, leaving an Israeli soldier and seven Palestinians dead, just as Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers had appeared to be making progress toward ratcheting down months of border violence…

Earlier, Hamas' armed wing, the Qassam Brigades, said Israeli undercover forces in a civilian vehicle infiltrated three kilometers (two miles) into Gaza and fatally shot Nour el-Deen Baraka, its local commander in Khan Younis town. It said militants discovered the car and chased it down, prompting Israeli airstrikes that killed "a number of people." The clashes cooled down early Monday…

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on an official visit to France, announced he was rushing back to Israel to deal with the crisis.

Sunday's development shattered what appeared to be a turning point after months of bloodshed along the Israel-Gaza border, with weekly Hamas-led protests drawing thousands to the perimeter fence with Israel. Over 170 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in the border protests, in which Palestinians throw rocks, burning tires and grenades toward Israeli troops.

It remains to be seen whether this incident will die down or if it will expand into a wider conflict.

 


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Blog Author: Dr. Stephen Jones