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Residents Claim Israeli Tanks Have Entered Gaza

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

Residents Say Israeli Tanks Rolling Into North Gaza, Israel Denies

Saturday, July 15, 2006

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli tanks and armored personnel carriers entered northern Gaza late Saturday, Palestinian residents said.

They said the Israeli forces crossed the border in the area of the town of Beit Hanoun, in the northeastern corner of Gaza, opposite the Israeli town of Sderot, a frequent target of Palestinian rockets. The Israeli vehicles were positioned in Palestinian farmland outside the town, the residents said.

The Israeli military denied that any Israeli forces were in northern Gaza.

Israel started an offensive in Gaza on June 28, three days after Hamas-backed militants tunneled under the border and attacked an Israeli army post, killing two soldiers and capturing a third. By Friday, Israeli forces had pulled out of the three sections of Gaza where they had been operating

Ten days ago Israeli forces carried out a two-day sweep of northern Gaza, entering Beit Hanoun and another town, Beit Lahiya, looking for militants.

And here’s another nugget from those friends of liberty at the Associated Press:

Putin: Israel has goals other than troops’ return

Jul. 16, 2006

Russian President Vladimir Putin said early Sunday he believed Israel was pursuing wider goals in its military campaign than the return of abducted soldiers.

"However complicated the questions are, maximum efforts must be applied to resolve the situation in a peaceful way and I think all efforts have not been exhausted," Putin said.

"However, it is our impression that aside from seeking to return the abducted soldiers, Israel is pursuing wider goals," the Russian president told a midnight news conference after a dinner opening the summit of the Group of Eight industrialized nations. He did not elaborate.

Yeah, maybe Israel is trying to secure its existence. No thanks to you, Mr. Putin.

And lastly, from our supposed allies, courtesy of the terrorist lovers at Reuters:

Iraq PM denounces Israel over Lebanon, Gaza

15 Jul 2006

BAGHDAD, July 15 (Reuters) – Iraq’s U.S.-backed government denounced Israel’s "criminal" raids on Lebanon and Gaza and the prime minister warned of the risk of an escalation of violence.

In a rare public foray into affairs beyond its borders, the premier’s office said in a statement: "Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki denounces the Israeli raids on Lebanon and warns of the consequences of escalation in the region.

"The prime minister calls on Arab foreign ministers to meet to take a clear stand that condemns the criminal acts in Lebanon and Gaza and affirms this assault will make Lebanon’s people more united and cohesive in the face of the Israeli challenge."

Arab foreign ministers held an emergency meeting in Cairo on Saturday to discuss ways to end Israeli attacks.

The Iraqi government, installed two months ago in a U.S.-sponsored electoral process, has focused its foreign policy on mending frosty relations with its Arab neighbours, partly to improve security by hindering foreign aid to guerrilla groups, and partly to foster investment and trade.

Some of Maliki’s fellow Shi’ite Islamists in the coalition government, notably followers of radical young cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, have voiced support for Hizbollah, the militant Shi’ite group that is the main target of Israeli attacks in Lebanon.

The democratic rise of Islamist leaders from the Shi’ite majority oppressed under Saddam Hussein, has created delicate diplomatic problems for the United States, particularly in view of those leaders’ links to Shi’ite Iran, Washington’s most powerful enemy in the region and a supporter of Hizbollah.

As elsewhere in the Middle East, criticism of Israel, the United States’ closest ally, is also widespread in Iraq.

The speaker of parliament, a Sunni, accused "Jewish Israeli Zionists" this week of fomenting sectarian unrest in Iraq to thwart efforts by Sunnis and Shi’ites to build an Islamic state.

Washington has taken a dim view of Mahmoud al-Mashhadani’s comments. A person speaking in Baghdad on Saturday on condition of being quoted only as a Western diplomat, told reporters: "It is a shame that the speaker of parliament would make comments like that. It doesn’t show responsibility…

"These comments are not representative of the government."

I hope not.

  Update!

From YNetNews:

Eyewitnesses: IAF struck Syrian targets near Lebanon border

The Israeli Air Force struck four targets in Jadidat Yabus near the Syrian-Lebanese border, eyewitnesses told the al-Mustakbal television network.

According to the report, the Air Force hit targets belonging to the Syrian army and located on Syrian territory.

Of course if this is true, it’s a major development.

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