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banyon 03:02 PM 05-11-2021
28 Reported Dead In Gaza From Israeli Airstrikes; Gaza Rockets Kill 3 In Israel

May 11, 20212:13 PM ET
Becky Sullivan
BECKY SULLIVAN


An Israeli firefighter walks next to cars hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon on Tuesday.
Ariel Schalit/AP


https://www.npr.org/2021/05/11/99587...ll-2-in-israel


Israel warned that airstrikes on Gaza would continue over the coming days as at least 28 Palestinians and three Israelis were reported killed amid rising cross-border violence sparked by clashes in Jerusalem.

A confrontation on Friday between Israeli police and Palestinian demonstrators at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City has escalated rapidly since the weekend, leaving Israelis and Palestinians alike bracing for more violence as the holy month of Ramadan comes to a close this week.

Over the last two days, Palestinian militants fired hundreds of rockets from Gaza toward Jerusalem and coastal Israeli cities, including Tel Aviv. Israel has responded with scores of airstrikes it says are targeting militants in Gaza. Israeli officials say they are preparing to expand their offensive.

Two Israelis were killed Tuesday when rockets struck two houses in the port city of Ashkelon. Another rocket hit an empty school that had been ordered closed due to the risk of strikes. A rocket barrage Tuesday night killed a third Israeli in the Tel Aviv suburb Holon.

Some rockets have been intercepted by the Israeli army's missile defense system, while others fell short and landed within Gaza.

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Early Tuesday morning, Israeli warplanes and drones conducted at least 130 airstrikes over Gaza. Officials with the Israel Defense Forces said they targeted operatives from Hamas and Islamic Jihad, killing 15, including the chief of Islamic Jihad's special rocket unit.

Health officials in Gaza said 28 people have been killed in the strikes, including at least 10 children. More than 150 Palestinians in Gaza have been injured, they said.

The border between Gaza and Israel has been closed to journalists due to the rocket fire.

Israel's army chief of staff has ordered the military to prepare to widen its operation against Gaza "with no time limit." At a press briefing Tuesday, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz told reporters Israel plans to "deal a hard blow to Hamas" in the coming days, referring to the militant Palestinian group which governs Gaza.

The recent round of violence erupted after weeks of tension in Jerusalem, where Israeli police had routinely confronted Palestinian protesters, mostly around the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City. The mosque is located in an area known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary, and to Jews as the Temple Mount. Anti-Arab Jewish gangs have contributed to the unrest, attacking groups of Palestinians.

Beginning Friday, Israeli police have used stun grenades, rubber-coated bullets and water cannons to disperse the growing crowds of demonstrators. The Palestinian Red Crescent emergency medical service says more than a thousand Palestinians have been injured since Friday, with hundreds hospitalized. Roughly a dozen Israeli police officers have been hurt.

The escalation in violence prompted international calls for calm and criticism from Israel's Arab neighbors.

Jordan's foreign minister Ayman Safadi was in Washington over the weekend, where he met with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Speaking to reporters ahead of their meeting, Blinken urged both sides to de-escalate.

"We're very focused on the situation in Israel, West Bank, Gaza, very deeply concerned about the rocket attacks that we're seeing now, that they need to stop, they need to stop immediately," Blinken said ahead of the meeting with Safadi.

U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan also met with Safadi during his visit to Washington, and spoke by phone with his Israeli counterpart to urge calm and denounce violence.

NPR's Daniel Estrin in Jerusalem contributed reporting.
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Just Passin' By 09:47 AM 05-12-2021
Originally Posted by BDj23:
Less heavy footprint in the ME? We've been bombing the shit out of it for 80% of my life
And we'd have to be doing a hell of a lot more of it without Israel serving as a major focal point for insane muslim ire. Propping up a very imperfect Israel is the lesser of those two particular "evils".
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Detoxing 09:50 AM 05-12-2021
Originally Posted by Prison Bitch:
Originally Posted by alpha_omega:
Looks vibrant to me /shrug
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Over Yonder 09:55 AM 05-12-2021
Originally Posted by Donger:
Yes, you have read that.

It's not perfect, but again, it's better than just sending them cash spending it all with their defense industry.
But why are we (in this hypothetical discussion) tied to an either/or situation? Why are we tied to sending them anything to start with? They STRICTLY get what we consider a fair price for their intelligence or whatever they have to offer to the American taxpayer? Just like when you buy a shirt at the store.

Who makes that determination, dunno? Just kinda thinking out loud here. What I do know is the current arrangement is very bad for the American taxpayer.
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Prison Bitch 09:57 AM 05-12-2021
Israeli air strikes hit a Gaza apartment:





Look how Drudge turned it around:

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Detoxing 09:59 AM 05-12-2021
Originally Posted by Prison Bitch:
Israeli air strikes hit a Gaza apartment:





Look how Drudge turned it around:
Looks hella vibrant.
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AdolfOliverBush 10:07 AM 05-12-2021
Originally Posted by Detoxing:
Looks hella vibrant.
Did Israel get laid last night? It's positively glowing.
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Over Yonder 10:07 AM 05-12-2021
I'll tell ya what really sucks here. I am trying to convince the wife that the Middle East should be our next out of country vacation and none of this is gonna help my argument :-)
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Donger 10:08 AM 05-12-2021
Originally Posted by Over Yonder:
But why are we (in this hypothetical discussion) tied to an either/or situation? Why are we tied to sending them anything to start with? They STRICTLY get what we consider a fair price for their intelligence or whatever they have to offer to the American taxpayer? Just like when you buy a shirt at the store.

Who makes that determination, dunno? Just kinda thinking out loud here. What I do know is the current arrangement is very bad for the American taxpayer.
Because they are an ally.
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Over Yonder 10:10 AM 05-12-2021
Originally Posted by Donger:
Because they are an ally.
Ok, so why can't they send us some cash? Allies works both ways, correct?
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Donger 10:13 AM 05-12-2021
Originally Posted by Over Yonder:
Ok, so why can't they send us some cash? Allies works both ways, correct?
We do have a pretty strong trading relationship with them, too, yes.
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alpha_omega 10:21 AM 05-12-2021

OPERATIONAL FOOTAGE: This is the moment we targeted a terrorist squad preparing to launch an explosive UAV from Gaza into Israel. pic.twitter.com/6adNZ5poRd

— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 12, 2021

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Donger 10:27 AM 05-12-2021

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vailpass 10:28 AM 05-12-2021
Originally Posted by Donger:
Iíve always found that process to be amazing.
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Detoxing 10:28 AM 05-12-2021
Scho would like a word with you, PB.

http://chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthrea...337846&page=13
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Prison Bitch 10:37 AM 05-12-2021
Originally Posted by Detoxing:
Scho would like a word with you, PB.

http://chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthrea...337846&page=13
:-)

Iím in full possession of his soul.
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