|Rockets pound Israel, world looks on|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Wednesday, 08 November 2006 17:00|
|As the Palestinians buried their dead from the Beit Hanoun "massacre", rockets continue to land in Israeli towns. Over 20 rockets have been fired at Israel in just the last two days, and the world's silence is almost deafening... |
Quote: "The Kassam rocket attacks on the citizens of Sderot and other Negev towns continue incessantly. Two rockets hit Kibbutz Be'eri, causing light damage to a barn. Another rocket rained down on the Hesder Yeshiva in Sderot shortly before 10 AM. "I was in my office preparing for a class," Yeshiva Dean Rabbi David Fendel said, "and I heard the shriek of the rocket with which we have become so familiar. A few seconds later, it smashed down just two meters away, with a tremendous crash." Hundreds of students were in the study hall at the time, and they say that the uneventful results of the rocket were a "miracle." "When they arrived on the scene and saw the rocket and its thick, black smoke," eyewitnesses said, "they immediately broke out in song and thanksgiving to G-d at the great miracle that had occurred."
Rabbi David's story is just one of many "miracles" that have been reported since Hamas took control of the Palestinian Authority last year. On the mainstream news, Kassams are reported as crudely-made rockets, but they have been responsible for dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries. Operation Autumn Clouds was intended to curtail the constant barrage of rockets from the Gaza Strip, but so far all that has been achieved is the threat of more attacks...
Quote: "Nineteen Palestinian citizens were killed in the grave incident , most of them members of the Atamna family. Maali refuses to accept the Israeli declaration about a mistake or a malfunction. "One shell can be errant, two can be errant, but 20 shells cannot be errant. It was directed fire. They killed the children and the women, but filled all of us, especially all the children, with hate. "What can we feel, if not hatred, when we see bodies, body parts, chopped children without heads? God willing we shall live to witness the great revenge," she said.
But the question is, how many shells actually landed in Beit Hanoun? The BBC reported last night that 10-12 shells landed in the town, killing 18 Palestinians. But a preliminary IDF investigation has revealed that 10 of the 12 shells that were fired at the town on Wednesday hit their targets, and the impact locations of the other 2 shells is still being sought.
Quote: "An IDF investigation, headed by Maj.-Gen. Meir Kalifi, the Deputy Commander of the Ground Forces, into the explosion that brought down part of a building complex in northern Gaza and killed 19 people, is currently underway. In the course of stopping Kassam rocket launchers from the area, the IDF fired 12 artillery shells to the area. The investigation will attempt to find out whether one of the two as yet unaccounted-for shells accidentally hit the building.