Israel: Gaza Gets Ready To Be Invaded

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March1, 2007: If Hamas does not halt its weapons build up in Gaza, Israel will come in and destroy those stockpiles, particularly the rockets Hamas wants to fire into southern Israel.

February 28, 2007: Israeli police commandos caught and killed a senior terrorist leader in the West Bank, and also conducted raids of terrorist safe houses in the ware.

February 27, 2007: Israeli police have found and destroyed three explosives labs in the West Bank in the last few days. Israeli border security makes it difficult to smuggle explosives into the West Bank, so its easier to use common chemicals to create primitive, but effective, explosives in these labs.

February 25, 2007: Over the weekend, fighting between clan militias in Gaza left nearly fifty people dead or injured. With the breakdown in government, the extended families (clans) have organized militias to provide basic police services, and protection from criminal gangs and other militias. This informal arrangement is increasingly leading to violence, because of disagreements over who can do what to whom. Some of the clans are neutral, or try to be, but most align either with Fatah or Hamas.

February 24, 2007: Israeli police and soldiers are taking down several terrorist organizations in the West Bank, mainly in and around Nablus. Weapons caches, bomb factories and safe houses are being raided. Sometimes there are gun battles when armed terrorists resist.

February 23, 2007: Egyptian police found a ton of explosives buried near the Gaza border, and apparently there waiting to be moved into Gaza via a smuggling tunnel. Egyptian police also arrested a suicide bomber team, including the bomber, with his explosives vest on. The team was going to attack Israeli tourists in Sinai. The Egyptians are finding the Palestinian terrorist groups are increasingly working with Islamic terrorists in Egypt, in order to help each other. The Egyptian terrorists help get weapons and explosives smuggled into Gaza, while Gaza has a large supply of suicide bombers, terrorists in general, and cash from Iran and Arab supporters. While the Egyptian government officially supports the Palestinian government (Fatah more than Hamas), this support diminishes the closer you get to Egyptian police and counter-terrorism operations along the Gaza border.

February 22, 2007: In Lebanon, Hizbollah is building new rocket launching and storage bunkers just north of the area in Southern Lebanon now patrolled by the Lebanese army and UN peacekeepers. The new Hizbollah launching sites are too far (40 kilometers) from Israel for the most common Hizbollah rocket (the 107mm model.) So Hizbollah is building facilities that will hide and protect their larger caliber rockets, some of which can reach into central Israel. Meanwhile, Israel is finding roadside bombs being planted on the Lebanese border, disguised as large rocks. Hizbollah denies it is doing this, and says these bombs are old ones from a year or so ago.

 

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