November 19th, 2010
11:01 AM ET

Israel reports hitting targets in Gaza

The Israeli air force struck three sites Friday in Gaza in response to rockets fired at communities in southern Israel, the Israel Defense Forces said.

Ten mortar rockets and a Grad rocket have been fired into Israel in the past two days, the military said. The mortar shells landed in open territory, but the Grad rocket hit near the city of Ofakim, causing some damage, said the military, commonly called the IDF.

Palestinian security sources said the strikes hit an Islamic Jihad base near Khan Yunes, a house in Deir El Balah, and an open space in Rafah. Four people were lightly wounded in the Deir El Balah strike, Palestinian medical sources said.

The military said in a news release that it "holds the Hamas terrorist organization solely responsible for maintaining the calm in the Gaza Strip and for any terrorist activity emanating from it."

"The IDF will also continue to respond harshly to any attempt to use terror against the state of Israel."

- CNN's Michal Zippori contributed to this report.

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  1. phil

    Israel has lost all faith in their one God. History shows that when Israel turns to foreign powers rather than their God, things do not go well for them. So look for Israel's situation to worsen.

    November 19, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. Kefa

    I'm not sure you know what you're talking about. This is not a turn to any foreign power but exertion of their own sovereignty and show of forces. Two peoples bucking up to each other the same way they have been for centuries.

    November 19, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. jackson

    Hamas, and it's crony, Iran, continue to lob shells and bombs into civilian targets in Israel. Israel has the duty, and the right, to defend itself, and should do so with impunity. The sooner these terrorist posing as politicians in Gaza, Beruit and Tehran are eliminated, the sooner peace may come to both sides. Will that happen?, I doubt it, considering that Hamas has no inclination whatsoever to become a peaceful partner in the world. And as long as Iran is allowed to feed, fuel and arm these groups, peace will never come.

    November 19, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andreas Moser

      And oddly enough, far too many people and countries are calling for an opening of Gaza's borders. This would just allow more weapons to get into the Gaza strip. What purpose should that serve?

      November 19, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chella

    who the heck cares anymore what any of them do over there? I used to care a lot but then I realized, they are locked in combat for all eternity and if we care, we'll just get sucked into it with them. So, just let them go at it forever, they are sending us a signal that they never want it to end.

    November 19, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MickeyMudTurtle

    As long as the U.S. treats Israel as 'The 51st State', this kind of thing will continue.

    November 19, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      I have to agree. If the US will abandon Israel "this kind of thing" will change. The Arabs will decide that they can destroy Israel (again) and Israel will have no other choice but to use nuclear weapons to defend itself. As a result some Arab states and the largest oil fields on Earth will be turned into a radioactive desert and the world economy will go to a crisis we can not even imagine.

      November 20, 2010 at 5:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. phil

    No, this is not business as usual in the middle-east. What's different today than in Israel's past history? They are backed by foreign power rather than their own God. Young David handled the ancient Philistines with a mere slingshot. Modern Israel has nukes, tanks, homegrown uzzi's, etc. and still do little more than grapple. The difference is David had his God's backing. Modern Israel does not. This should be obvious.

    November 19, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      " They are backed by foreign power rather than their own God. "

      I beg to disagree. God NEVER uses His own bare hands to back His people. He uses TOOLS... and in this case, the most proper tool in God's hands is the United States of America.

      November 20, 2010 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. ted

    When Iran is dealt with, the jihadists will be finished.

    November 19, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andreas Moser

      I am not sure. because there also lots of Arab countries who like to use the Palestinians as pawns against Israel (which they don't dare any more to fight openly after losing all military confrontations against the small Israel since 1948).

      November 19, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MrNoDoze

    In a thousand years the Israelitrons will be battling the evil Neo-Palestine clone army. This will never end. All that needs to happen for peace is really easy, but both sides don't do it. I'm really sure if these were God's people they would have figured it out by now.

    November 19, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. duke

    I hope israel fails!!

    November 19, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      Israel will not fail without taking most of the Arabs with it. The remaining Arabs and the rest of Muslims will turn to the US then... and the US will fail as well.

      November 20, 2010 at 5:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. duke

    Talk about thugs and bullies,
    Right now part of israel's government(ariel sharron,bebe)are terrorist and part of a terrorist party( the likud party).

    November 19, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. phil

    So blacks don't care much for Israili's eh? Or is it the Jews you detest most.

    November 19, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. phil

    Israelis rather? I know they are embarrassed to be called Israelites. It conjurs up images of when God truly did protect Israel from their enemies.

    November 19, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. duke

    Not Israel itself,just the politics of the instigators!!
    The likud party is as tyrannical as alqaeda and hezbollah.

    November 19, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |