Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Operation Cast Lead: The Latest

Israel has continued 'Operation Cast Lead', hitting at least 25 targets in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday. The number of targets struck since the operation began is in the hundreds.

Palestinian casualties have been mostly Hamas terrorists, with around 400 dead, and over a thousand wounded. Several Israeli civilians have been killed by terrorist rocket attacks, and several dozen injured.

Since the first Israeli airstrikes, Hamas has launched over 250 short- and medium-range rockets. A kindergarten school and an elementary school in Be'er Sheva have been hit in the last two days. Fortunately, no children were injured. Be'er Sheva, about 20 miles from the Gaza Strip, had never been hit by rocket fire.

Spokespeople for the Israeli Defense Forces said that Hamas is now firing rockets and mortars made in China and Iran, that have dramatically expanded their range and put more than one-tenth of Israel's population in danger. The IDF continues to upload videos of missile strikes in Gaza on YouTube. Hamas supporters complained to YouTube, and the videos were temporarily removed, but they are currently back online.

In other news, Hamas has now legalized crucifixion.

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