Saturday, September 26, 2009

26-Sep-09: Intercept

Last night (Friday), IDF aircraft intercepted a vehicle transporting rockets to be fired from Gaza into Israel.

The terrorists had just exited the vehicle and were in the process of unloading their weapons when the IAF fired missiles at them. Reuters quotes Islamic Jihad saying that 6 terrorists were in the vehicle: three were killed, 3 seriously wounded. Al Jazeera names the dead as Kamel al-Banna, Mohammed Marshoud and Kamal al-Dahtur, the son of an Islamic Jihad commander killed by the IDF two years ago.

Friday's intercept (captured on video) took place near the Jabalya refugee camp. An IDF report says these specific terrorists had been involved in launching rockets into Israel in recent weeks. Since Israel's Operation Cast Lead campaign against the terrorists of Gaza, the IDF has responded to sporadic Palestinian rocket fire by destroying smuggling tunnels along the Philadelphi Corridor, on the Gaza-Egypt border, while some 300 rockets and mortars have been fired from Gaza into Israel in the same period, 50 in the last ninety days. This was the first Israeli air-strike since the end of Cast Lead in January 2009.

The terrorists are not so easily stopped, as we have learned over the years. This morning, several more Qassam rockets were fired into southern Israel, striking open areas in the Eshkol region, thankfully causing no casualties. Islamic Jihad has vowed revenge for Friday's air strike and this morning's firings are evidently part of that process.

Meanwhile (and of course barely reported) five Gazans were injured today by wild gunshots at the funeral (see picture above) of two of the three Islamic Jihad terrorists.

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