Rockets kill 2 Israelis; Fajr 5 hits tower near Tel Aviv


A damaged residential building is seen after it was hit by a rocket fired by militants from the Gaza Strip, in the Israeli central city of Rishon Lezion, near Tel Aviv, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. AP/Oded Balilty

JERUSALEM—An Israeli soldier and a civilian were killed by Gaza rockets on Tuesday, and an Iranian-built Fajr 5 scored a direct hit on a residential building in greater Tel Aviv causing major damage, officials said.

The bloodshed occurred as Israel pressed a major aerial bombing campaign over the Hamas-run Gaza Strip in a bid to stamp out cross-border rocket fire.

The two Israelis who died on Tuesday raised to five the total number of people killed by rockets in southern Israel since the bloodshed began on November 14.

And the Fajr 5 which struck an eight-storey residential building in Rishon Letzion marked the first time a longer-range rocket fired from Gaza had struck a populated area in metropolitan Tel Aviv, police said.

Police said only two people had been lightly injured in the strike which hit Rishon LeTzion some 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of the Gaza Strip.

“There is extensive damage to an eight storey-building in Rishon Letzion which sustained a direct hit from a rocket,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said, noting the damage extended “within a 200-meter (yard) radius of the building.”

He said two people had been lightly hurt in the strike, saying most of the people had managed to find safety when the air raid sirens sounded.

The attack was claimed by Hamas militants from the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, who said they were responsible for the firing of the Fajr 5 rocket, and posted pictures of the building on their official Twitter feed.

Several hours later, the military announced that a soldier had been killed by rocket fire from Gaza during the morning.

In a statement, the military said 18-year-old Yosef Fartuk from the West Bank settlement of Emmanuel had been killed during the morning in the Eshkol regional council, which flanks the southern part of the Israel-Gaza border.

Shortly afterwards, a defense ministry spokesman confirmed that Alayaan Salem al-Nabari, a Bedouin civilian, had been killed by a separate rocket.

The spokesman said that Nabari had been “employed by a firm that worked for the defense ministry for many years.”

Tuesday’s deaths raise to five the number of Israelis killed by Gaza rocket fire after three other people — two men and a woman — were killed in a strike on a house in Kiryat Malachi on November 16.

Since the beginning of Operation Pillar of Defence, the army says that 1,382 rockets fired from Gaza have struck Israel, with another 389 intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system.

Of that number, 138 rockets hit Israel on Tuesday, killing the two Israelis. Another 51 were intercepted by Iron Dome, the military said.

Since November 14, Israel’s emergency services said it had treated 37 people injured directly by rocket fire, including three who were seriously hurt, four moderately and 27 lightly.

And another 55 people were treated for light injuries while running for cover during alerts, a spokesman said.

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  • jimmy_maranan

    Arab children go hungry but Hamas has $$$ for weapons…..hmmmmm

  • Pitbulldog

    These crazy and coward Palestinian freedom fighters rejoice at every Israeli killed.  They start a war but would scamper away and seek protection from these idiotic media who readily runs to their rescue.  There will never be an end on this war until Hamas and other terrorist groups are taught a lessson they would never forget. 

    • AnneLima

      I think you need to go back to History 101, Pitbulldog, coz you surely got it wrong.

      • Pitbulldog

        What history you want to go back to? Jews are already in Israel long before the Romans came, rule and disperse them later. Had you been reading the Old Testament, Jews and those Palestinian ancestors have co-existed together. Now, what do you think why these narrow minded Palestinians squeeze themselves into a very narrow (as they are) strip of land when all their Arab neighbors have more to spare. Politics. Because they are encouraged that way. Jordan was Palestine, much of it. What had they done when they were there, tried to grab that country for themselves. And what do you think will pacify these crazies? Go back to the 1967 borders? It was existing before 1967 and what did these Arabs do? Now, just consider yourself in a Jewish point of view, would you give up what you got and live the rest of your life in danges and uncertainty? Israel will never initiate violence, but will counter it with ferocity. That is survival instinct, My Lady.

      • AnneLima

        Uhm. That’s where the problem is. Your basis is religion and the Bible for saying that land is/was Israel. That WAS Palestine. There was NO Israel before the Balfour Declaration. Jews migrated to Palestine. Oh and you’re wrong about Israel not initiating violence. Israel has been initiating pre-emptive wars for years. Have you seen the situation of Palestinian civilians in Gaza and the West Bank because of the Israeli occupation? Have you looked at the casualties of the Israel-Palestine wars in history? Guess not. The Palestinians are just fighting for what’s theirs. They were the ones driven away from their own land because Israel is backed by Britain then and the US now. Put yourself in the Palestinians’ shoes: Would you give up your home where your ancestors lived just because you were being ousted by some foreign people? I guess you got it the other way around. 

      • huandelacruz

        Just asking.. Are you in favor of what hamas is doing now, firing rockets at civilian?

      • AnneLima

        I’m not in favor of violence in any form. But it’s not juse Hamas resorting to violence. Have you seen the news lately, how many Palestinian children died? They’re driven to the edge of the cliff. Many of the Palestinian ‘terrorists’, as the media portray them, are young adults who have one way or another suffered in the hands of the Israeli military. You reap what you sow.

      • raptor_d_lonewolf

        pittbull is correct, the hamas group are using their populace as their shield. they should have let the civilian get out of the danger zone and face he israilis head on. when the bomb hits a building and civilians are still their, hey call on the media to potray that israilis are randomly targeting civilians when in fact that was their ploy or strategy, international attention.

      • Pitbulldog

        As I said, Gasa Strip, West bank are miniscule piece of lands compared to the thousands of square miles of barren, unattendend lands in the Arab world. Saudi Arabia, for example, or Sinai Desert. Was that too much for Eqypt to use for their brothers? They can resettle more that 10x the numbers of Palestinians squezzed off in Gaza and Gaza. Dirty politics and proxy wars are involved here. Don’t you think these Hamas idiots will be stupid enough to start a fight they cannot wibn without the urgings of their partners? If I were a Palestinian, I would rather ask myself “is there a more viable way to reoslve the differences other than violence to get to a mutually acceptable compromise?” Why is Israel more comfortable with the Al-Fatah group and malevolent towards Hamas? Because that moderate group is a more sensible organization to talk to. there is no sense in talking to a group who was espousing violence ever since and Israel’s destruction and exterminatino of her people. You may have a different view or may not be as amenable as I am to Israel. But to tell you, I would always empathize with the israelis. they have suffered more than enought and deserve to live in peace and quiet within their borders.

      • r

        Pitbulldog, maybe not every Arab culture is as interchangeable as you make them out to be. Palestinians have a psychological attachment to their ancestral land, and not to some uninhabited desert in Saudi Arabia. 

        The same could have been said for Jewish settlers in the late 19th century and beyond. Israel itself could have been founded somewhere less inhabited. But that’s not how it turned out. And the Israelis and Palestinians need to be able to work together. Both sides have shown a lot of pettiness and cruelty over the years. And both sides have countless of injustices and dead bodies to point at.

        And neither side is served by friends who help to systematically erase or rationalize inconvenient or dirty truths.

      • Pitbulldog

        Long after their dispersal to all corners of the worl, for each and every Jew, there is always hope that someday they will all BE returning to their homeland, and that is Israel. Post World War II is partly a wish come tru to these people. Try to read the book “The Wandering Jew” and it might enlighten you more. Everybody does not want them or lived almost untrusting of these people. Israel is their land. Now, patriots these Palestinians maybe, great fighters they might want to portray themselves to be, the question is, if their ancestors long before the dawn of history have co-existed in peace with the Jews, why can’t they today? Pa macho image ng Arabo yan, Brod, yo might nit believe me, but that is true. There is always mistrust between Jews and Arabs, even non-Jews against Arabs. Israel will always remain their target whatever concessions they can come up . that is the sole purpose of these Hamas groups. There is no need talking to this group and the like of Hezbollah. As I said, Al-Fatah is more moderate and willing to compromise as much as Israel is as long as it is for everlasting peace. What happened when israel agreed to give up the settlements in West Bank and Gaza. Did the fighting ended there? No. It is as it is today and is much worse because of Hamas lording it over in Gaza, just a stone throw from Israel.

      • AnneLima

        You really don’t get it, do you? You’re blinded by your religion and prejudiced by how the media has portrayed Arabs throughout history. Granted, the Jews suffered in World War II. But that’s not the Palestinians’ fault. R is right. It’s not just about getting a settlement. It’s getting what is theirs in the first place. They became the minority in their own land. Their children couldn’t go to school because of Israeli tanks blocking the roads. Many Palestinians have been driven away from their homes because the Israeli government demolished their houses, which were then sold to Israelis for a much cheaper price. The media make it look as though the Palestinians are terrorizing Israelis and Israel is just retaliating. It’s not the case.

      • Pitbulldog

        who started hurling rocket to where by the way? Do you think it will not merit a quick response from the other side? You pretend to look the other way and not talk about the Isreali civilians dead. Why, those Israeli lives are not as precious as the Plestinians’ so you have to cry foul for the unnecessary slaughter? Hamas started the mayhem, hid among its populace hoping the media idiots will save them again. This will be a merry go round thing of violence as long as the media condones this stupidity. I call them cowards because they are so. If they are truly brave enought and care for their people, then they should fight the enemy up front and keep their civilians away from harm. They can even go head on and clas with the Israelis. They will be hailed and honored by the world as true warriors and heroes of their people. Maybe marble tombstones will be placed on their ashes once they are pulverized later by the Israelis, he he. Not to forget the much publicized eulogies awaiting them. Aba, para na akong Israel nito a, pinagtutulungan ng mga Bo-Rabs. he he, makasibat na nga muna baka tamaan ako ng rockets….

  • WeAry_Bat

    *sigh* they spend upwards $800 to $60,000 (Php32,000 to Php2,400,00) per missile on either side just to kill a few people or destroy a few buildings.

    They could just stop war and give the money away to needy people.

  • bugoybanggers

    Kaya tayong mga PILIPINO wag ng makialam dito, maraming kaaway ang ISRAEL dahil din sa kanilang pakikitungo sa ibang lahi. Ang mga PINOY/PINAY na nagtatrabaho diyan sa ISRAEL eh kaMALAS naman ninyo, mawawalan na naman kayong trabaho kaya mag APPlY na sa iba. Ang Israel ay masyadong nagiging mayabang na kasi parang KANO. Matagal na ang problema nilang iyan at ang masaklap kuha pa sila ng kuha ng ipapahamak na mga PINAY para gawing panangga. Itigil na dapat noon pa ng DFA ang pagpadala o pag aproba ng pabyahe sa ISRAEL, dapat itatak sa PASSPORT na LIFETIME BAN.

  • socrates yambao

    Hamas is not satisfied with Gaza and Wbank alone – theyre blood thirsty for whole land of Israel.

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