Israel launched an air strike on the Palestinian Gaza Strip on Tuesday, the first such attack since an eight-day war in November, Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the territory, and Israel’s military said.
“Occupation planes bombarded an open area in northern Gaza, there were no wounded,” a statement from the Hamas Interior Ministry said. An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed there had been a strike in Gaza, but gave no further details.
Israel and Hamas agreed to an Egyptian-mediated truce in November, after eight days of fighting, in which 170 Palestinians and six Israelis were killed.
Israel launched the 2012 offensive with the declared aim of ending Palestinian rocket fire into its territory.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Israeli military said Palestinians launched three rockets at Israel. Two landed in Gaza and one hit an open area in southern Israel, causing no damage or injuries.
No Palestinian group claimed responsibility for the rockets.
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As the rockets continue to fall in Israel and Gaza, it is important to understand Hamas’s tactic and how the international community and the media are encouraging it. Hamas’s tactic is as simple as it is criminal and brutal. Its leaders know that by repeatedly firing rockets at Israeli civilian areas, they will give Israel no choice but to respond. Israel’s response will target the rockets and those sending them. In order to maximize their own civilian casualties, and thereby earn the sympathy of the international community and media, Hamas leaders deliberately fire their rockets from densely populated civilian areas. The Hamas fighters hide in underground bunkers but Hamas refuses to provide any shelter for its own civilians, who they use as “human shields.” This unlawful tactic puts Israel to a tragic choice: simply allow Hamas rockets to continue to target Israeli cities and towns; or respond to the rockets, with inevitable civilian casualties among the Palestinian “human shields.”
Arab ministers gave their backing on Saturday to Egyptian efforts to secure a truce that would end Israel’s offensive on Gaza, they said in a statement after an Arab League meeting in Cairo.
Arab foreign ministers also agreed to form a delegation to travel to the Palestinian enclave in a show of support. League chief Nabil Elaraby told reporters he would lead the team and that the trip was expected to take place in “one or two days”.
Ministers meeting at the Cairo-based headquarters had said Arab states had to take practical steps to support Palestinians in Gaza.
Israel launched a massive air campaign on Wednesday with the declared goal of deterring Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group that runs the Gaza Strip, from launching rockets that have plagued its southern communities for years.
In the statement, ministers condemned what they called Israeli “aggression” and also expressed “complete discontent” at the U.N. Security Council’s failure to bring about a ceasefire.
Israel has condemned UNESCO’s decision to establish a chair at the Islamic University of Gaza, calling the institution “a breeding ground for terrorists.”
Israel’s foreign ministry said Thursday that “(Palestinian militant group) Hamas uses Gaza University laboratories to develop and produce explosives and rockets and has even run a course on explosive making.”
Gaza militants often bomb southern Israel with mortars and rockets.
Israel, the US, EU and others consider Gaza’s Hamas rulers a terror group because of their suicide bombings and attacks on civilians that kill hundreds.
UNESCO said the chair is to promote astronomy, astrophysics and space sciences.
IAF aircraft struck a terror cell in the northern Gaza Strip early Monday morning, the IDF Spokesman’s Unit announced.
The aircraft registered a direct hit against the targets.
The IDF stated that cell was attempting to fire rockets into Israel.
Team members at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory share the challenges of the Curiosity Mars rover’s final minutes to landing on the surface of Mars.
All systems are go for this mornings launch of the unmanned private Space-X spacecraft which will rendezvous with the International Space Station and the eventual docking of the Dragon command module. Launch can be watched here and the broadcast is scheduled to begin one-hour prior to launch or at 3:45 AM EDT.
Note that NASA TV will broadcast a variety of programming prior to and after the launch.
Liftoff Time in Time Zones:
• 4:55 AM EDT
• 3:55 AM CDT
• 2:55 AM MDT
• 1:55 AM PDT
Other viewing options are available at NASA TV.
Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, of Hawthorne, Calif., on Friday targeted May 19 for the launch of its upcoming demonstration mission to the International Space Station. Liftoff time is at 4:55 a.m. EDT, with a launch window that is instantaneous.
SpaceX DragonLab™ - a free-flying, fully-recoverable, reusable spacecraft capable of hosting pressurized and unpressurized payloads. Credit: SpaceX
This follows a launch dress rehearsal April 30 by the SpaceX launch team that concluded with a brief engine firing to verify the company’s Falcon 9 rocket is ready to launch. The practice countdown also tested some of the systems on the Dragon spacecraft that will fly to the space station.
“Woohoo, rocket hold down firing completed and all looks good!” reported Elon Musk on his Twitter account. Musk is the owner and chief designer for SpaceX, or Space Exploration Technologies. The company’s engineers are reviewing data from the test, SpaceX reported.
For the latest update go to the Space-X update page here.
Less than six weeks after North Korea signed an accord with the Obama administration to limit its nuclear activities, the rogue nation is poised to launch a long-range rocket — raising questions about why the North went to the trouble to negotiate in the first place.
Even more ominous than the firing of the ballistic missile equipped with a satellite, is the likelihood of a follow-up nuclear detonation that may well be a test of a new weapon built with highly enriched uranium.
In moving ahead with the launch of the rocket, which according to reports was being readied with fuel Wednesday, North Korea was in many respects behaving as usual: willfully, without regard for United Nations resolutions, and paying no heed to its biggest patron, China. Just as the former leader, Kim Jong-il, flouted the Bush and early Obama administrations, so is the new leader, his son, Kim Jung-un, defying the Obama White House.
North Korea insists that the launch is for the peaceful purpose of sending a satellite into orbit, but almost universally the test is seen as a violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions demanding North Korea refrain from firing rockets using ballistic missile technology.
But the situation looked different on Feb. 29, when North Korea promised to suspend nuclear weapons tests and allow international inspectors into the country and the United States pledged to send hundreds of thousands of North Koreans desperately needed nutritional assistance.
When the new State Department negotiator on North Korea, Glyn Davies, sat down in Beijing to talk to the North Koreans in late February, he sat opposite a veteran North Korean diplomat, Kim Kye-gwan.
According to Evans Revere, a former principal deputy assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the State Department, Mr. Davies told his North Korean counterpart that a satellite launch would be a violation of whatever agreement they made.
“Administration officials have told me that the D.P.R.K. side understood clearly and accepted the U.S. position that a satellite launch would be violation of the Feb. 29’s agreement’s ban on long range missile tests,” Mr. Revere said, using the acronym for the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea.