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Blogging the Conflict: May 26th-27th, 2007

The breaking news is that 2 palestinian terrorists have shot 4 Israeli security guards in East Jerusalem. The guards have reportedly sustained moderate to severe injuries in the attack, while the gunmen have been shot dead. The al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades – the military wing of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party – has claimed responsibility.

Earlier in the day, palestinian terrorists fired at least 5 Qassams into Israel, with 2 hitting Sderot – one of them destroying a house – and three rockets landing south of Ashkelon. There were no casualties reported, although one man did suffer from shock.

Meanwhile, the IAF struck multiple Hamas targets today, including Hamas installations, a training camp, training base, and a compound, killing 5 terrorists and wounding at least 30. Hamas have warned Israel that further strikes against their military or political leadership would put captured IDF soldier Gilad Shalit’s life in (more) danger

In other news, former IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Ya’alon has stated that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is “no partner for peace” (couldn’t agree more) and the Second Lebanon War resulted from the Gaza disengagement (couldn’t agree more), while the new UN Envoy to the Middle East is very troubled by “the level of intra-Palestinian violence, but also by the Israeli attacks which I know have caused civilian deaths.” Apparently, the tens of Qassam rockets being launched against Israel do not trouble him.
 



Updates (Israel time; most recent at top)

 

Latest updates here.

 

10:15PM: I spoke too soon. Right after my last update, terrorists fired 4 Qassams into Israel. While no-one was injured or killed, there was a close call, as one of the Qassams landed in a yard and made a hole in an apartment’s wall.

9:10PM: Since my last update, the IAF has struck a Hamas military post along the Gaza coast. Yes, I know, not much to report but that is definitely a good thing.

 

2:33PM: More on Oshri Oz, the victim:

The man, 36-year-old Oshri Oz of Hod Hasharon, crashed into the wall with his car after it was hit. He managed to get out of the vehicle and take a number of steps before collapsing. He was evacuated to the Barzilay Medical Center in Ashkelon, where he died of his wounds.

 

Oz was a computer technician who used to visit Sderot often as part of his work. He was survived by his pregnant wife and a 2-year-old daughter.

2:23PM: Today’s Qassam attack victim has been identified as Oshri Oz, 35, from Hod Hasharon. The Jerusalem Post reports that Oz’s wife found out about her husband’s death on the Internet, where she saw the footage of the Kassam landing near his car.

 

Oy.

 

Meanwhile via El Rejunte.il comes this picture of the previous victim of a Qassam attack, Shirel Friedman.

 

 

12:36PM: Ha’aretz reports that the gunmen in last night’s East Jerusalem attack on security guards were Israeli residents.

 

11:30AM: A 36-year-old man has been killed after a Qassam hit a car in Sderot. This is the second Israeli fatality since the recent onslaught of Qassams began almost two weeks ago (after a long period of constant Qassam fire, but on a less frequent basis).

 

8:53AM: This morning, 2 Qassams hit Israel, one landing in Sderot causing property damage and the other near a kibbutz in the western Negev.

 

Sunday May 27th

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10:45PM: A palestinian bystander has died of the wounds sustained after being shot by his terrorist brethren in the East Jerusalem attack. Meanwhile, these new details have come to light:

The investigation into the incident revealed that the terrorists, armed with pistols, shot the Israelis on a trail leading to a nearby checkpoint. They were then shot by security personnel while attempting to flee the scene and died of their wounds a short time later.

A Hizbullah-affiliated al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades cell claimed responsibility for the attack.

10:36PM: I guess they were feeling left out: Palestinians near Ramallah have thrown a Molotov cocktail at an Israeli car, while the IDF has detained a palestinian carrying an eight inch knife at a checkpoint near Qalqilya.

9:38PM:
2 of the 4 Israeli security guards shot in East Jerusalem are in critical condition.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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