Tuesday, June 27, 2006

ISRAELI JETS ATTACK GAZA TARGETS -Israel Moving In

Breaking news...Israeli Military Moving in on Gaza.....Airstrikes have knocked power out and bridges...
UPDATE: The Invasion has started...Ground Forces entering Southern Gaza....
Links below are the latest and more to come.....

Via Fox News and Live on FNC with regular updated coverage through-out the night.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli planes attacked three bridges and a power station, knocking out electricity in most of the coastal strip early Wednesday and stepping up the pressure on Palestinian militants holding captive a 19-year-old Israeli soldier.

As tanks were seen moving along the Israeli side of the border fence with Gaza, Palestinians dug in behind mounds of dirt, preparing for a possible Israeli offensive.

The buildup of Israeli tanks and thousands of troops along the border with Gaza came amid intensive diplomatic efforts in the Arab world and by the United Nations. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged Israel to "give diplomacy a chance." [read more] Two other links via Fox here and here

Pictured: Kidnapped soldier Cpl Gilad Shalit

Breitbart reports Israeli planes attacked a bridge in central Gaza late Tuesday, Israel Radio reported, and Israeli tanks were said to be on the move, possibly signaling the start of a military operation. [read more]

Out of Israel - Haaretz Daily News has more information.
Via AP: Israeli planes attack two Gaza bridges
The Jerusalem Post is another source of updates.
Fear of another kidnapping via Arutz Sheva-Israel National News
Parents of MIAs urge Shalit family to stay strong via Jerusalem Post
Via AP JERUSALEM (AP) -- Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Wednesday that Israel wouldn't balk at "extreme action" to bring home a soldier captured by Palestinian militants.
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"We have one objective, and that is to bring Gilat home," he said, referring to Cpl. Gilad Shalit.
Shalit, 19, was taken captive on Sunday in a Palestinian attack on a military post in southern Israel.
"We won't hestitate to carry out extreme action to bring Gilad back to his family," Olmert said at an awards ceremony at the prime minister's residence.
He reiterated that Israel would not negotiate Shalit's release with militant groups - repeating this point twice for emphasis.
He said Israel holds the Palestinians' Hamas government, and the Hamas leadership in Syria, responsible for the current situation.

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