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Israel threatens 'disproportionate' response to Hamas rocket fire

2009-02-01 10:22:31

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This is just more of the same propaganda, and of course threats to violate international law and kill innocent civilians.  Conveniently CBC isn't mentioning that Israel broke the ceasefire first on Nov 4, and again this time by shelling Palestinian homes.


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Israel threatens 'disproportionate' response to Hamas rocket fire

Last Updated: Sunday, February 1, 2009 | 8:41 AM ET Comments259Recommend64

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has threatened a "disproportionate" reaction to Hamas rocket fire aimed at southern Israel.

At least two rockets launched from Gaza struck the south region of Israel on Sunday morning, attacks that came during a ceasefire that ended a 22-day-old Israeli offensive on militants.

There were no reports of casualties or damage.

"The cabinet's position from the outset was that if there is rocket fire at southerners, there will be a response that will essentially be disproportionate," Olmert said at his weekly cabinet meeting.

Since Israel declared the Jan. 18 truce, Hamas has continued sporadic attacks. In the most serious incident, an Israeli soldier was killed and three fellow soldiers were wounded in a blast near the Kissufim border crossing last Tuesday. Israel responded with air raids and a brief ground incursion by soldiers and tanks.

"We won't return to the rules of the game that terror groups have tried to dictate and we won't be dragged into a never-ending shooting war," the prime minister told cabinet ministers.

Israel has been chastised internationally for what critics say was its use of disproportionate force during its offensive.

The Israeli military carried out the aerial and ground assault, it said, to end rocket fire on southern Israel from Hamas-ruled Gaza.

The three-week campaign killed 1,285 Palestinians, mostly civilians, according to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights.

Thirteen Israelis, including three civilians, were also killed during the fighting, according to the government.


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