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Attack on School Bus Prompts Instant Response

Israel fires on Gaza City for first time since Cast Lead

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Aftermath of the attack on the school bus.(Maariv)

Renewed violence between Gaza and Israel began when a rocket from Gaza hit a yellow school bus in southern Israel, injuring the bus driver and critically injuring a 16-year-old boy (who were the only two on the bus). Pictures from the scene of the attack show archetypal stuffed animals amid rubble. Defense Minister Barak ordered immediate retaliation—saying that Israel considers all attacks from Gaza to be Hamas’s responsibility—and a helicopter launched strikes that killed a 50-year-old man and injured several others, including a little girl.

The IDF reports that nearly 50 rockets have been launched from Gaza in just the past couple hours. Significantly, the Israeli helicopter attack was the first on Gaza City since Operation Cast Lead, begging the question: Are we about to witness the sequel?

Teen Critically Hurt in Negev Attack; IAF Strikes Gaza [JPost]
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Bill Pearlman says:

Thank you Goldstone.

Gene says:

Yes, where is that great moralist “Dick” Richard Goldstone with his report? Does not have time for this?

Gene says:

And where is “fully operational” Iron Dome, by the way?

Forest says:

Let’s be clear. It wasn’t a rocket fired blindly. It was an anti-tank missile, which means that someone took aim on the school bus and fired directly at it.

Gene says:

Sorry, I was wrong, the new report came in.

Iron Dome intercepts first rocket

Ashkelon residents report seeing Grad explode in midair as dozens of rockets fired at south, meanwhile Hamas says Israel taking advantage of Goldstone’s regret over Gaza war report to bomb Strip

Residents in Ashkelon reported Thursday seeing Israel’s new Iron Dome defense system intercept a Grad rocket fired towards the southern city from the Gaza Strip.
Moshe Ben Hemo, a resident of Ashkelon, said, “I was in the street and I heard a strange sound, like someone pushing the gas pedal of a car. Then I saw the rocket fly through the air and explode. Immediately I realized that it was Iron Dome, that’s what has been said here.”
He added that the rocket alert had not been set off. “The rocket was apparently supposed to explode in Ashkelon. In any case I’m glad the system works,” he said.
After hitting a student bus traveling through Shaar Hanegev Regional Council Thursday, critically wounding a 16-year old boy and lightly injuring the driver, terrorists in Gaza fired more than 15 rockets and mortar shells at Israel. No further injuries were reported.
Ashkelon’s Iron Dome system was set up just Monday, with soldiers running extensive tests to make sure it was functioning properly. Another system was set up earlier in Beersheba.
The defense establishment decided to place the system earlier than planned due to the recent escalation of violence in the south. It has already been set up in Haifa, and in the coming weeks officials plan to put it in place in central Israel as well.

Funny how The New York Times originally had this as “Israel Responds to Mortar Attack.” Now it’s “Gaza Missile Injures 2 on School Bus. ”

Someone must have complained, and thank you whoever you are.

There is a bona fide antisemite over at The New York Times editing Middle Eastern coverage. There has been recent history of flagrantly anti-Israel editorializing. I wonder who has the job.

Gene says:

NYT? They are learning from the BBC. Way to go.

shushan says:

civilians for civilians. drop a daisy cutter bomb on arab civilians in aza

becky carlson says:

The someone who complained about the headline was undoubtedly


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