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Israel bombs foreign ministry in Gaza
by ALJ
Wednesday Jul 12th, 2006 9:42 PM
Israeli aircraft have bombed the Palestinian foreign ministry in Gaza, causing widespread damage and injuring at least 10 people, witnesses say.
Those injured were mostly hit by flying glass while in neighbouring buildings, and it was not known if anyone was in the ministry at the time.

Ambulances and rescue services raced to the scene early on Thursday as a fire blazed in the building.

Houses and cars in the area were badly damaged by the force of the blast and much of the foreign ministry building was destroyed, witnesses said.

"This is state terrorism against the Palestinian people," Taher al-Nunu, a Palestinian foreign ministry spokesman, said of the attack.

An Israeli military spokeswoman in Tel Aviv confirmed the air raid and said the ministry was "led by Hamas" and used by the governing Islamist group to further its activities.

The Palestinian foreign minister is Mahmoud al-Zahar, a Hamas leader.

Gaza offensive

Meanwhile, a separate air strike, near Deir el-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, killed an Islamic Jihad fighter and wounded another, witnesses said.

by Haaretz (reposted)
Wednesday Jul 12th, 2006 9:46 PM
Palestinians searching for survivors in a building brought down by an IAF strike in Gaza City on Tuesday. (Reuters)

AF planes level PA foreign ministry building in Gaza City
By Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff, Haaretz Correspondents, and Agencies

A bomb dropped by an Israel Air Force plane destroyed the Palestinian Foreign Ministry building in Gaza City early Thursday, witnesses said.

The bomb collapsed the building and caused widespread destruction in the area. The Palestinian foreign minister is Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar. At least three people were injured in the strike, which took place after 1:30 A.M. local time.

The Israel Defense Forces had no immediate comment.

Houses in the area were badly damaged by the force of the blast, and the third and fourth floor of the foreign ministry building were destroyed.

Since early Wednesday morning, 23 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip since as the IDF expanded its operation in Gaza, entering the central Strip for the first time since it began its offensive there two weeks ago.

A mother, her five children, a senior Hamas official and 11 armed militants were among the dead.

The IAF targeted a group of people in the southern Gaza town of Deir al-Balah on Wednesday, killing five people and wounding six others, Palestinian officials said. The army said it had targeted an armed militia.

The IAF struck at the home of a Hamas activist in Gaza City before dawn Wednesday, killing seven people and wounding top Hamas commander Mohammed Deif, Palestinians said.

The seven dead were all members of the same family - two parents, including senior Gaza Hamas figure Dr. Nabil al-Salmiah, and their five children - Palestinian hospital officials said. Rescuers said four other people were still missing and at least 24 people were wounded.

by IOL (reposted)
Wednesday Jul 12th, 2006 9:48 PM
GAZA CITY — Spurning all international calls to spare Palestinian civilians more aggressions, Israeli occupation forces killed at least 23 Palestinians on Wednesday, July12 , including seven children of the same family.

"An Israeli F 16dropped a two-ton bomb at the house of Nabil Abu Salmeeyah, who teaches at the Islamic University," Palestinian sources told

The pre-dawn air strike claimed the lives of Salmeeyah, his wife Salwa and seven children, aging between four and sixteen.

"Who will be the next to die?" cried neighbors as they checked the pile of concrete rubble.

"He was only a teacher. I don't know if he was a member of Hamas, but his daughters and his wife certainly were not. Did they deserve to die like this?" asked Abu Salmeeyah's brother Yussef.

Another 37 people were wounded, three of them critically, in the attack, according to medical sources.

The strike also severely damaged neighboring homes in the densely populated Sheikh Redwan neighborhood, north of Gaza City.

The attack was preceded by a large-scale incursion into the central Gaza Strip, east of Deir al-Balah refugee camp, penetrating up to one kilometer inside the territory.

Last month, Israeli gunboats shelled a beach in Al-Sudania area in northern Gaza, killing a seven-member Palestinian family and injuring up to 35 others.


Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, refuted Israeli claims its top commander Mohammed Deif was wounded in the attack.

Abu Obeida, the group's spokesman, slammed the "deceitful information intended to cover up Zionist crimes."

Israeli army radio claimed that Deif, considered one of Israel's top enemies and wanted for years, had been wounded while in a meeting with at least three other senior Hamas military commanders.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said the strike was carried out following information received by the domestic intelligence service Shin Beth and after Defense Minister Amir Peretz personally gave the go-ahead.

by Pat Kincaid
(laughter [at] Wednesday Jul 12th, 2006 11:18 PM
Now if only Gilad Shalit was being held in Gaza's Foreign Ministry...
by Daily Star (reposted)
Thursday Jul 13th, 2006 7:35 PM
Israeli warplanes bombed the Palestinian Foreign Ministry in Gaza Thursday, causing heavy damage and wounding 10 children, ratcheting up the pressure on the government over an abducted soldier. Warplanes fired two missiles into the building, targeting Foreign Minister Mahmoud al-Zahhar's offices and causing serious damage to the recently renovated five-story building, the neighboring Finance Ministry and 15 nearby houses.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had met an Israeli intelligence chief earlier this week in Amman to try to resolve the crisis over the soldier and the Jewish state's military response in the Gaza Strip, a security source said.

The sources said the meeting between Abbas and Yuval Diskin, head of Israel's domestic intelligence service Shin Bet, took place on Tuesday in Amman, where the Palestinian president was being hosted by Jordan's King Abdullah.

Abbas' office declined comment in whether a meeting took place. An Israeli official said the Shin Bet does not publish Diskin's schedule.

"They discussed the crisis over the abducted soldier and concerns about the rocket fire from Gaza and the West Bank," one of the security sources said. They did not say what came out of the meeting.