Watch for the big secondary explosion at about 0:10, indicating the presence of a cache of weapons.
Video of an Israeli Air Force strike on a Gaza mosque being used as a weapons depot:
Some new IAF videos; the first shows attacks on armed Grad rocket launchers in Gaza, and the second shows the destruction of at least 40 smuggling tunnels in the Rafah area on the border with Egypt—with numerous secondary explosions indicating the presence of weapons stockpiles.
At the Jerusalem Post, here’s a great first-hand report from an IAF pilot flying missions over Lebanon: In the cockpit. (Hat tip: Rhonda.)
The siren blows. We run to the planes, start the engines, power up the systems. Ground crew running around the plane, the tower gives us permission to take off. We are told to head north, to Lebanon. “Get ready to receive targets,” announces the flight controller as we approach. Major E and I read back the information, verifying with the flight controller that we have no mistakes. We head to the coast of Lebanon. It looks so small from above - Israel on the south, Syria in the east. I shake myself - no time to enjoy the view… hurry through the switches, procedures, arm the bombs, check the systems, head to the target, follow the range 10-9-8 Pickle! The plane violently rocks from side to side as two bombs fall off each wing, few seconds apart. I look down at the ground - we are flying so high, it’s hard to judge where my bombs are going to hit, but the explosions catch my eye.
We head back - “mission complete. 4 direct hits,” reports Major E to the controller. The rush and adrenalin gone, thoughts enter my head. I sure wish I hit the “bad guys” and that there were no civilians hanging around the place. Hizballah cynically often uses civilians as a shelter from Israel’s bombings.
We land in the base, and are relieved to learn that we went for a Hizbullah post. Probably unmanned. It’s strange how the focus in these missions is not to succeed, hit the target precisely, but rather - not to make any mistakes. The message is clear all the way from the Squadron commander to the last pilot. One mistake can jeopardize the whole war, like in Kfar-Kana, in one of the last operations in Lebanon, where artillery bombarded a refugee camp, killing over 100 people, which resulted in international pressure that halted the operation. Hitting the target is expected, no misses are acceptable. There aren’t any congratulations for a well-performed mission. Only a hammer on the head if something goes wrong. Personally, I think it’s a healthy attitude; it causes the whole system to be less rash and hot on the trigger.
Tens of thousands of demonstrators march in Damascus, Monday, July 10, 2006 in a government-sanctioned protest to support Palestinians in the Gaza Strip under attack following last month’s capture of an Israeli soldier. The demonstrators hold Palestinian and Syrian flags, photos of Syrian President Bashar Assad and some photos of weeping Palestinian children. (AP Photo/ Bassem Tellawi)
It’s curious that the caption doesn’t also hammer the propaganda point home.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli warplanes flew low over one of President Bashar al-Assad’s palaces on Wednesday to warn Syria against supporting Palestinian militants who captured an Israeli soldier, the Israeli army said.
Syrian officials said two Israeli planes flew over Wadi Kandil, 20 km (13 miles) north of the port city of Latakia. Assad has a palace in the vicinity.
“The Air Defense Force then fired at them, dispersing them and making them leave the area,” state television quoted a government official as saying.
In your dreams, Hassan.
The Israeli army said it appeared the aircraft had not been fired upon.