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Gaza Invasion January 3, 2009

Posted by neoavatara in World Politics.
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Isreali troops and tanks moved into Gaza late on Saturday night.  The operation began with heavy shelling from Israeli artillery, supposedly ‘prepping’ the field of battle. The IDG stated purpose is destroying Hamas infrastructure and preventing rocket fire by taking control of launching pads in northern Gaza.

Exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal promised bloodshed if Israeli ground troops enter Gaza territory.  The IAF also hit the home of senior Hamas commander Abu Zacharia Al-Jamal. A Hamas spokesman announced that al-Jamal was killed in the attack, which would make him the third senior operative in the group to be targeted in the past three days.

Approximately 10,000 troops have massed for the invasion.  The IDF stated that this would be a ‘lengthy’ operation.

For the Israelis, hope is that this operation will go better than the ill fated invasion of Lebanon against Hezbollah in 2006.



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