2007–2008 Israel–Gaza conflict

2007–2008 Israel–Gaza conflict

Infobox Military Conflict
conflict=2007 Israel-Gaza conflict
partof=the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and War on Terrorism

caption=Area of the conflict
date=May 15 2007 - current
place=Gaza Strip, West Bank, Sderot, Negev
casus= Qassam rocket attacks on Sderot and surrounding kibbutzim.
result= Ongoing
combatant1=flagcountry|Israel (Israel Defense Forces)
combatant2= Palestinian Islamic Jihad
commander1=flagicon|IsraelGabi Ashkenazi
casualties1=11 killed, 131 wounded
casualties2=409 killed
436+ injured|casualties3=Palestinian civilians: 92 killedIsraeli civilians: 8 killed
83 civilians wounded
148+ treated for shock
notes=Casualties source: [http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSL1731780720070525?pageNumber=2 Reuters]
Campaignbox Al aqsaThe 2007–2008 Israel-Gaza conflict refers to a series of battles between Palestinian militants and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) that began in mid-May 2007. Palestinians fired more than 220 Qassam rocket attacks on Israel (Sderot and the western Negev) in over a week. The Israeli Air Force fired missiles and bombs into Gaza. The fighting came amid serious Palestinian factional violence and reports of growing level of humanitarian crisis in the region. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7280026.stm BBC NEWS | Middle East | Gaza conditions 'at 40-year low' ] ] Hamas said they will continue to retaliate against Israeli strikes. Israel has also arrested Hamas officials in the West Bank, including two cabinet members. Such arrests are strongly condemned by international dignitaries around the world [ [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3404081,00.html UN 'troubled' by Hamas legislators' arrests - Israel News, Ynetnews ] ] [cite news|title=Israel launches raids into Gaza|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6664917.stm|publisher=BBC News|date=2007-05-17|accessdate=2007-05-20] [cite news|first=Ronny|last=Sofer|title=IDF may respond harshly|url=http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3400428,00.html|publisher=ynetnews.com|date=2007-05-15|accessdate=2007-05-20] [" [http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSL1731780720070526 Israel pushes Gaza offensive amid rocket attacks] "]


Since the latest truce, signed on 26 November 2006, militiamen of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine and Hamas have shelled the Western Negev with crude home-made rockets, called Qassam rockets. Hamas is the ruling faction of the Palestinian National Authority. Since the disengagement plan was executed, thereby removing the ongoing IDF military presence from the area, the militias, especially Hamas, have also smuggled large numbers of machine guns, anti-tank missiles, grenades, explosive devices and even anti-aircraft missiles into the Gaza Strip, making it very dangerous for Israeli forces to operate. In late April, heavy Palestinian inter-factional fighting broke out, especially between Hamas and Fatah. Leaders of both parties asked for cessation of the violence, calling instead for uniting against Israel.Fact|date=May 2007 The week before the conflict broke out, more than 30 rockets a day were fired on Israel. In response, on May 152007, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz decided together with military leader Gabi Ashkenazi that they would increase efforts against the ongoing rocket fire.


In the first days of the conflict Israel responded with airstrikes at the very mobile Qassam launching cells, vehicles carrying Hamas militiamen, and buildings belonging to Hamas. The airstrikes may have been chosen because Hamas has very little AA weapons to defend themselves, so that the Israeli casualties will remain low.Fact|date=May 2007 On May 20, Amir Peretz told the IAF to maintain pressure on Hamas. As a result of the ongoing aerial attacks, Hamas members have stopped using cellphones, driving in cars, and gathering in groups to avoid further assassinations. Thus far the airstrikes have killed over 30 Palestinians, about two-third militants and one-third civilians. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3402910,00.html]

Arrest of Hamas government members

On May 24, more than 30 members of the political wing of Hamas were arrested in the West Bank, including ministers and members of parliament. Some Hamas mayors and legislators were also seized by the Israeli military. The detained include the mayors of Nablus, Qalqilyah and Beita as well as Education Minister Nasser Shaer. [ [http://middle-east-analysis.blogspot.com/2007/05/israel-arrests-hamas-minister-hits.html Middle East Analysis: Israel Arrests Hamas Minister, Hits Targets in Gaza ] ] Israel has said "as long as the Qassams will rain down on the Western Negev, all of Hamas' members will be responsible", including the political wing of Hamas. Hamas has similarly said as long as the "Zionist aggression" continues, their military wing will continue to fire Qassams on Israeli territory. [http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSL1731780720070524]

On May 26, the Palestinian Minister of State, Wasfi Kabha of Hamas, was arrested by the IDF in a raid on his village close to the West Bank city of Jenin. An aide to the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas from Fatah, Saeb Erekat, reacted to the arrests: "We have urged the U.S. and the EU to intervene to release the ministers and lawmakers [...] this step does not help to achieve calm." [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6694351.stm]


May 2007

May 15

After more than 200 Qassam rockets attacks, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz respond with airstrikes.

May 16

The Israeli Air Force attack a building housing the Hamas headquarters of the "Executive Force" in Rafah, leaving four dead and dozens wounded. The airstrike came in the middle of heavy fighting between forces loyal to Fatah and to Hamas, part of the ongoing Palestinian factional violence. Thirty Qassam rockets are fired at the Western Negev, leaving two residents of Sderot injured. Ten others suffered from shock. [cite news|author=AFX News Limited|title=Israeli air strike against Hamas in Gaza UPDATE|url=http://www.forbes.com/business/feeds/afx/2007/05/17/afx3731182.html|publisher=Forbes|date=2007-05-17|accessdate=2007-05-20 ] [cite news |author=Xinhua|title=Israeli air strike kills four Hamas members in Gaza|url=http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-05/16/content_6109230.htm|publisher=China View|date=2007-05-16|accessdate=2007-05-20 ] [cite news |first=Shmulik|last=Hadad|title=Sderot: Woman wounded in latest Qassam barrage|url=http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3400976,00.html|publisher=ynetnews.com|date=2007-05-16|accessdate=2007-05-20 ]

May 17

Two people die in Rafah after their vehicle was hit by a missile fired by the IAF. The two had reportedly been in the process of launching Qassam rockets. More vehicles were hit by the IAF, leaving a member of a Qassam launching cell critically injured.

A Hamas base of operations is destroyed by Israeli missile attacks, leaving one militant dead and wounding more than thirty people, including civilians. Two people in Sderot were slightly injured by one of the 10 rockets that landed on Israeli territory. [cite news|title=Gaza: 4 Palestinians killed in IDF strikes|url=http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3401267,00.html|publisher=ynetnews.com|date=2007-05-17|accessdate=2007-05-20 ]

May 18

Five members of Hamas are killed in an airstrike on a building in northeast Gaza that served as a meeting place for Hamas members. The IDF said "it was suspected that a tunnel was being dug there into Israeli territory." Hamas stated that the missiles were fired at members standing in an olive grove. In a Qassam rocket attack on Sderot, three people were injured. Twenty rockets were fired at a kibbutzim in Sderot. [cite news|title=IAF airstrike kills five Hamas members|url=http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3401638,00.html|publisher=Ynetnews|date=2007-05-18|accessdate=2007-05-20]

May 19

The IAF kill two members of Hamas in an airstrike on their vehicle. A third passerby later died of his injuries. An empty school and several houses in Jabalya were destroyed by artillery shells. No injuries were reported. [cite news|title=3 deaths from Gaza air strike|url=http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3401803,00.html|publisher=ynetnews.com|date=2007-05-19|accessdate=2007-05-20 ]

May 20

Ten rockets are fired from Gaza with four landing in southern Israel, but no injuries are reported, according to an Israeli spokesman. The IAF also launched an airstrike in Gaza City, killing eight people, including Hamas militiamen, and at least thirteen others were also wounded. Israel claims that five of those killed were militiamen, while Hamas claims that only two were. The airstrike was targeted at the house of Hamas politician, Khalil al-Haya, who was not home at the time.

A second Israeli air strike kills one civilian, and wounds three others, according to Palestinian medics. A spokeswoman for Israel claims that the strike was targeting militants loading ammunition onto a truck at a location that manufactures rockets. A third air strike targeted a plant that manufactured rockets for the Islamic Jihad group, which wounded two people according to medics.

Olmert said that he will attempt a diplomatic effort with the international community to attempt to resolve the conflict. However, he has also ordered an increase in airstrikes to destroy Hamas' infrastructure, in an attempt to halt the rocket attacks. [cite news |first=Jefferey|last=Heller|title=Israel kills 9; 8 in raid on Hamas official's home|url=http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSL1731780720070520|publisher=Reuters|date=2007-05-20|accessdate=2007-05-20 ] [cite news|author=Associated Press|title=Gaza: 8 killed in IDF air strike|url=http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3402572,00.html

May 21

Four members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad are killed while driving in a car after an air strike by the IAF in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahiya. They were part of a Qassam launching cell and had just launched some Qassams into Israeli territory. An Israeli spokesman also said that Islamic Jihad members will be targeted because they participate in the Qassam firing. A workshop used in the manufacture of Qassam rockets was bombed, killing a manufacturer.

A first round of five rockets were fired towards Sderot, one striking the city, two landing south of Ashkelon, and two striking the western Negev. A Qassam rocket that struck Sderot killed an Israeli woman, the first fatality from a rocket attack in the country since November. Another man was moderately injured from the attack. The rocket struck a commercial center near a bakery in Sderot. Israeli civilians burned tires in the street after the attack, though the protest was interrupted by the Red Dawn rocket early-warning siren.

A second round of three rockets was later fired towards Israel, which landed near a kibbutz in the western Negev. A third series launched two more rockets towards Israel. No injuries were reported from these further attacks. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3403094,00.html] [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3402910,00.html] [http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSL1731780720070521?src=052107_1404_TOPSTORY_israel_pounds_gaza]

May 22

Hamas militants say that they have fired several rockets towards Israel, a total of ten, according to various groups. A total of seven rockets landed in western Negev, but caused no injuries. The IAF also fired missiles in an airstrike at a munitions base, and secondary explosions were reported after the strike. The airstrike wounded seven people in the attack on Jabaliya, Gaza City, according to local residents and hospital officials. [http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSL1731780720070523] [http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSL1731780720070522] [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3403475,00.html]

May 23

Militants have fired eight rockets at southern Israel, but no injuries were reported. One rocket that was fired, landed in an open area of Sderot. No injuries or damage were reported from the rocket landing. Later, two rockets hit the Sderot area, one of them inside the city. One women suffered from shock after the attack. Two more rockets landed south of Asheklon, one of which killed a horse in Kibbutz Nir Am.

The IAF conducted an airstrike on the Gaza Strip, in which they destroyed two buildings. The Israeli army said that the buildings were being used to store and manufacture weapons, however, Palestinians denied these allegations. Hospital officials said that seven Palestinians were wounded in the attack. Two IDF solders were wounded by gunfire in the northern Gaza Strip and were evacuated to the Barzilay Medical Center in Ashkelon. The gunfire may have came from militants, but the IDF is looking into the possibility of friendly-fire.

In an uncommon move, Israeli troops entered into a small village in the southern Gaza Strip. Israeli army officials said that after the raid, seven Palestinians were held for questioning. Samer Qdaih, one of those held, claimed that the troops threatened to crush their area if rocket fire continues. All of the detainees were later released.Fact|date=May 2007

President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas had called for Hamas and other militias to halt rocket attacks against Israel. But a Hamas official, Sami Abu Zuhri, said that due to Israel's airstrikes on Gaza, that any ceasefire attempt by Abbas would be "worthless." Hamas said they would only consider a ceasefire if Israel stops their military operations in the Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied West Bank. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3403677,00.html] [http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSL1731780720070523]

May 24

Israeli forces entered Nablus in the northern West Bank, under Palestinian Authority self-rule. One Palestinian cabinet member, Education Minister Naser al-Shaer, was taken in the IDF raid. The IDF also captured at least three Hamas legislators, the mayor Adly Yaish and his deputy mayor, and other Hamas officials in nearby towns and villages. Israel's Defence Minister Amir Peretz says that the arrests "...can [be used to] speed up a return to a ceasefire rather than allow the region to slide into total escalation." Israeli Prime Minster Ehud Olmert also says he has no intention of stopping his offensive in the Gaza Strip as long as "they will not control the situation."

The IAF additionally conducted airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, wounding at least five people in Gaza City and Khan Younis according to local residents. The attack in Gaza City destroyed the housing used by the Hamas Executive Force and damaged nearby buildings. Another airstrike destroyed a Hamas forces post in Deir al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported as a result of the second attack. An airstrike in Rafah destroyed a metal-working facility which the IDF says is an Islamic Jihad weapons factory.

A total of nine Qassam rockets were fired from Gaza, by Palestinians, towards the Israeli western Negev. Two of the rockets landed near kibbutzim in the area of Eshkol Regional Council, and the rest landed near Sderot and the area of Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council. After one of the rockets landed, a fire broke out close to one of the kibbutzim. Some of these rockets landed in Israel without warning, due to a malfunction in the Red Dawn system that notifies of incoming rocket fire.

In the northern Gaza Strip, a mortar was fired towards Israel. The mortar round landed near the Erez Crossing. No injuries were reported, but the structure was somewhat damaged.

Palestinian President Abbas, after meeting with a European Union envoy, described rocket attacks against Israel as "pointless and needless." However, Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri responded saying that "Rockets will be fired as long as the Zionist (Israeli) aggression against our (Palestinian) people continues." [http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSL1731780720070524] [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3404214,00.html] [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3404098,00.html] [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3404265,00.html]

May 25

An Israeli missile landed near the residence of Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas. An IDF spokeswoman said though that "Haniyeh's home definitely was not the target [of the airstrike] ." The IDF said that the airstrike was on a structure used by Hamas, located in the Shati refugee camp. Local residents said that an IAF airstrike hit a van in Gaza City, killing two Hamas militants and wounding five. The IAF also conducted an air strike on a Hamas position in the central Gaza Strip, south of Gaza City, lightly wounding three, and destroying the base. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3404476,00.html] [http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSL1731780720070525] [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3404444,00.html]

Seven Qassam rockets were fired towards Israel's western Negev from the Gaza Strip. The first five Qassams landed in open areas close to the southern town of Sderot and south of Ashkelon. No casualties were reported from these, though a wheat field near Sderot caught fire due to a Qassam landing. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3404319,00.html] Two rockets were later fired towards the Israeli town of Sderot. One of them landed near a house inside the town. This Qassam lightly wounded four people from shrapnel, and ten other nearby residents suffered from shock. The other rocket landed in Sderot's industrial area, damaging some equipment in a facility. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3404444,00.html]

May 26

Hamas militants considered the lenient ceasefire terms offered by Fatah, specifically Palestinian President Abbas. They said they would be willing to accept a ceasefire alone, instead of their previous demand of the end of Israeli military operations in the West Bank. Fatah said that Hamas is giving Israel until May 27 to respond to a ceasefire agreement, though Hamas said they are not completely committed to their offer. A Fatah spokesman, Abdel-Hakim Awad, said that "The next 48 hours will be decisive for determining which way the factions are going, and it will depend on Israel and whether it wants to stop its aggression."

Five Qassam rockets were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip, though no people were injured.

Five airstrikes early in the day wounded three people, all bystanders near the targets; at least two were in Gaza City and one in the southern Gaza Strip, all Hamas positions. The IAF launched missile attacks on a Hamas Executive Force and its armed militia housing in Gaza City. At least five Executive Force members were killed and 30 other people were wounded, according to medics [http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2007%5C05%5C27%5Cstory_27-5-2007_pg7_4] . The explosion also damaged a kindergarten area next-door, though no people were wounded [http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2007%5C05%5C27%5Cstory_27-5-2007_pg7_4] . A security facility near Palestinian Prime Minister Haniyeh's home was also attacked in an airstrike. Another round of airstrikes in Gaza targeted buildings used by Hamas, wounding eight bystanders.

The Palestinian Minister of State, Wasfi Kabha of Hamas, was arrested in an Israeli raid on his village close to the West Bank city of Jenin. An aide to the Palestinian President Abbas, Saeb Erekat, said that "We have urged the U.S. and the EU to intervene to release the ministers and lawmakers [...] This step does not help to achieve calm (attempts at a ceasefire)."

Two Palestinian gunmen shot an Israeli police officer and security guard at the Israeli West Bank barrier on the Jerusalem border, and were killed by return fire. Two Israeli officers were wounded along with a Palestinian bystander, who the police say was hit by the Palestinian fire. No Palestinian militias have claimed responsibility for the attack. In response to the attack, Israeli police raised their alert status to the highest level possible without declaring an emergency. Dozens of IDF soldiers also raided villages south of Jerusalem, close to Bethlehem, in an attempt to find militants. [http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSL1731780720070526] [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3404591,00.html] [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3404767,00.html]

A spokesman for the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed militia of Hamas, now warns that if Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh or any other senior Hamas official is harmed by Israel that there will be a "earth-shattering" response. This response included a threat that Israel will never see Gilad Shalit, the IDF soldier whose abduction sparked the 2006 Israel-Gaza conflict, and that "Suicide bombings in Israel are just a matter of time and proper condition…we can fire rockets even beyond Ashkelon, and we will resume the suicide bombing and kidnappings." [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3404654,00.html]

May 27

Two Qassam rockets landed in Israel. One in Sderot killed a man and wounded another, and other residents suffered from shock. The Qassam hit the street, it caused shrapnel to hit the man's car, and he crashed into a wall. He got out of the car, but died of his wounds at Barzilay Medical Center in Ashkelon. Another Qassam later hit Sderot injuring one Israeli civilian.

The IAF launched airstrikes on posts belonging to Hamas in the Gaza Strip. One strike targeted a Hamas charity building in Beit Hanoun and the other a Hamas executive force position in Jabalya, according to Hamas officials and other witnesses. A third airstrike was reported in the city of Beit Lahiya. No casualties were reported from thestrikes. [http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSL2719466620070527] [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3404813,00.html]

May 28

Seven rockets struck Sderot in southern Israel, but no injuries are reported. A senior Hamas militant was arrested in the city of Ramallah in the West Bank. [http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSL274475620070528]

May 30

The IAF made an air strike targeting a "group of armed terrorists," near the Jabalya refugee camp, an IDF spokeswoman said. Two members of the Hamas militia were killed, several bystanders were wounded, and a house was damaged.

In the West Bank, the IDF arrested the mayor of a small town near the city of Nablus. [http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSL2953878120070530]

Six Qassam rockets fired from the Gaza Strip hit western Negev. One rocket hit a power line and an apartment building in Sderot. Some residents experienced and were treated for shock after the attack. The Qassam also caused a temporary blackout in some parts of the city, because of the hit on the power line. Another apartment building was hit, causing six people to experience shock, though no people were inside at the time. The latter had a claim of responsibility by the militia of the Popular Resistance Committees. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3406809,00.html]

May 31

The IAF made two air strikes on a rocket launching site and on militants in the Gaza Strip, injuring two Palestinians. Militants in the Gaza Strip fired three Qassam rockets into Israel, but caused no injuries. [http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSL2953878120070531]

June 2007

June 1

The IDF killed two young Palestinians in the northern end of the Gaza Strip, after their location was hit with a shell, near Dugit, close to Israel. An IDF spokesman said that troops also saw people trying to plant an object on the border fence of the Israel-Gaza border, killing two other Palestinians. The spokesman also said that the IDF shot at three people, two which were evacuated by Palestinian ambulances. Also, a top Islamic Jihad militant, Fadi Abu Mustafa, riding on a motorcycle, near Khan Younis, was killed after an IAF air strike. An earlier strike on rocket launchers caused no casualties.

Four Qassam rockets were fired towards Israel from the Gaza Strip. Two of the rockets landed near a Negev kibbutz, causing some damage to a garage. Another rocket hit a kibbutz south of Ashkelon, causing serious damage to a warehouse. The fourth rocket did not reach Israel, and fell to the ground inside the Gaza Strip. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3407487,00.html] [http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSL0148284720070601]

June 2

The IDF killed two Palestinian waste collectors near a garbage dump in close proximity to the Gaza border fence. In Nabulus, West Bank, the IDF destroyed cement barriers in the city, which were being used to prevent IDF vehicles from moving through the streets. According to the acting mayor of Nabulus, Nihad Masri, several people were wounded in the attack. IDF soldiers also arrested four brothers in the Maghazi refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, though their affiliation is unknown. The IDF also arrested four people in the Gaza Strip, stating they fired rockets into Israel. They were later released. [http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSL023647520070602]

June 3

Four IDF soldiers were injured, one moderately and three lightly, near the Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip. They were hurt after 3 mortar rounds hit their location, which Hamas says they are responsible for. The injured soldiers, and six who suffered shock, were evacuated to Barzilay Medical Center in Ashkelon. Two other mortar shells landed in other areas of the Gaza Strip. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3407911,00.html]

Also an armed Palestinian, according to some sources a member of the Fatah militia, was shot and killed by the IDF. The IDF reports that Palestinian gunmen first fired and threw an explosive at soldiers, during an operation in the city of Jenin in the West Bank. None of the troops were injured. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3407804,00.html]

June 5

The IDF pulled out of the Gaza Strip, after an offensive two kilometers inside the Israel-Gaza border. Several Palestinians were detained by the IDF and were transferred to Israel for questioning. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3408816,00.html]

Two Qassam rockets were fired towards Israel from the Gaza Strip. One landed near Sderot and one landed inside the Gaza Strip, neither caused injuries. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3409107,00.html]

June 6

The IAF fired at two armed Palestinians, affiliated with Hamas, trying to plant an explosive device in Jabalya. The air strike killed one and wounded the other. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3409268,00.html#n] An elderly Palestinian experienced a raid on his home in Hebron, by the IDF, during the arrest of other men in this home. One soldier and three other Palestinians were wounded. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3409313,00.html]

Hamas fired eight mortar shells at the Erez Crossing, damaging the site, and causing a fire on the Gaza side of the border. Two Israeli trauma centers were opened in southern Israel near Gaza. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3409416,00.html]

June 12

Hamas gained control over northern Gaza after fighting with Fatah Preventive Security Service forces in the city of Beit Hanoun. Four Palestinians were killed and 15 wounded. Hamas also takes control of central refugee camps, Bureij, Nuseirat and Maghazi with virtually no fighting with Fatah. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6748621.stm BBC NEWS | Middle East | How Hamas took over the Gaza Strip ] ]

June 13

Hamas destroys Fatah Preventive Security Forces' headquarters in Khan Yunis, killing five Palestinians.

June 14

Hamas forces seize and loot Abbas' presidential compound and Fatah Preventive Security Forces' headquarters in Gaza City. Other major security and intelligence compounds are also captured, finalizing Hamas' control over Gaza City. To the south, Rafah falls into Hamas control with minimal casualties. After controlling the majority of the Gaza Strip's cities and refugee camps, Hamas takes control over the main north-south road as well as the coastal road and southern border with Egypt.

June 27

Israel launches ground raids on Gaza City and Khan Yunis. Israeli tanks moved into Gaza and clashed militants there. Nine Palestinians were killed, of them two were civilians who died after an attack at house in the city. In Khan Yunis, two Islamic Jihad members were killed in clashes with Israeli Defense Forces and a Hamas militant was killed after mishandling explosives.

July 2007

July 1

During a raid in Jenin, the IDF kills a top commander of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades,Muhammad el-Haija . He was considered to be second in command in Jenin, after the Brigades commander Zakaria Zubeidia. 6 other militants were detained by the IDF in the West Bank. [http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?c=JPArticle&cid=1183053081502&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull]

July 5

IDF forces raided central Gaza, searching for weapons caches and smuggling tunnels, but met fierce resistance from Palestinian militants, especially Hamas. IDF forces noticed a large amount of Palestinian militants, and shot at them. Palestinians responded with gunfire, anti-tank missiles, explosive devices and mines. IDF now used bulldozers, tanks and choppers to fight the militants. At one point IAF jets joined the fight. In the clash, 11 Palestinian militants were killed, including nine from Hamas and one from Islamic Jihad. More than 20 people were wounded, including a Hamas cameraman and 2 Israeli soldiers. One of the killed was Mohammed Siam, a local commander [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3421418,00.html]

3 mortars and 2 Qassams were fired into Israel, causing no damage and injures. Hamas and Islamic Jihad both claimed responsibility.

July 7

In an IDF operation in Gaza, 7 Qassamrocket launchers are noticed. All were destroyed by the IDF. Some were detonated with a timer.

July 8

5 Qassamrockets are fired into Israel. 4 landed in open area's, but one landed near a college in Sderot. Nobody was injured. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.

July 9

A Palestinian militant, Mohammed Nazal, 24 is killed by IDF forces in an ambush near Jenin. He was a member of the Islamic Jihad, Palestinian sources confirmed.

3 Qassams are fired into Israel, causing damage but no injuries. Palestinian Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/879612.html]

July 10

11 mortars are fired into Israeli territory in 3 separate barrages. 2 buildings contained damage, but there were no casualties. One mortars landed near the Kerem Shalom Crossing. Palestinian Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3423679,00.html]

July 12

A soldier, Arbel Reich(21) is killed in Central Gaza in an ambush. IDF soldiers, together with tanks and bulldozers entered the area and when they entered the al-Bureij refugeecamp, they were ambushed by Hamas militiamen with a burst of machinegunfire and RPG rockets. 2 other IDF soldiers were wounded. 2 Palestinian militants were wounded by an IAF airstrike in the same area.

Despite the presence of Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip, Islamic Jihad managed to fire a Qassamrocket to Sderot. Nobody was injured.

An Palestinian man armed with an AK-47 and an explosive belt is killed in Tulkarem. The man drove with his car to a checkpoint and began shooting at the checkpoint with his Kalashnikov. He had The soldiers returned fire, killing the Palestinian. No militant group claimed responsibility. [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/881199.html] [http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/07/12/africa/ME-GEN-Israel-Palestinian-Killed.php]

July 19

A Qassam rocket fired from the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday hit a home in the city of Sderot. Seven people suffering from shock were taken to the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon. A number of buildings were damaged in the strike. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3427496,00.html]

July 22

Israeli aircraft killed 2 members of the Al Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The airstrike was a retaliation for the Qassams fired on Saturdayevening, which landed in the Negev, causing some damage. Islamic Jihad confirmed two of its militants were killed in the attack while launching rockets, carried out by a chopper.

Two Hamasmilitants are killed near the border fence while trying to plant explosive devices. They were spotted and killed by gunfire by Israeli soldiers. Hamas confirmed the dead of the two men. They were known as Mustafa Abbas en Mohammed Marouf. [http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1184766028510&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull]

July 26

During a groundoperation in the Gaza Strip, the IAF was called in and spotted Hamas militants near IDF soldiers in Southern Gaza. Tankfire then killed a Hamas militant who was holding a RPG in his hands, Palestinian sources said. The IDF said the missile was fired by a helicopter. The killed was known as Sharif al-Baraeis(35), member of the Iz-ad-Din al Qassam brigades. [http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L26747693.htm]

More than 10 mortars and Qassamrockets are fired at Israel this week, causing some damage and three injured. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3430156,00.html]

An Israeli airstrike south of Gaza City killed three Islamic Jihad men traveling in a car. One of the dead was Omar Khatib, who headed the group's military wing in the Gaza Strip. The other two were known as Khalil Daifi and Ahmed Abd Al-el.After the fight, Islamic Jihad members tried to retrieve items in the burnt car, but Hamas gunmen refused them to enter the scene. A firefight erupted, wounding four Palestinians. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3430340,00.html]

Israeli troops struck and killed a Palestinian who tried to stab a soldier. The man's family said he later died of his wounds and that he was mentally ill. [http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/07/26/africa/ME-GEN-Israel-Palestinians-Fighting.php]

6 Palestinians are wounded by airstrikes in the Gaza Strip in two separate events. [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/886601.html]

July 28

Two al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades militants are killed while planting a bomb near the Gaza-Israel border after ignoring warning fire to leave the area. [http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/07/28/africa/ME-GEN-Israel-Palestinians-Militants.php] [http://www.albawaba.com/en/countries/Egypt/215513]

August 2007

August 1

A Hamas operative and a Popular Resistance Committees militant are killed in Beit Lahiya. The two were spotted by Israeli soldiers operating in the area in search for Qassamrockets and their launchers. In the firefight an antitank missile was fired at Israeli soldiers, causing no injuries. Hamas and PRC confirmed its men were fighting Israeli soldiers in Beit Lahiya. [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/888750.html]

4 Qassamrockets are fired into Israel, causing some damage.

August 4

An Islamic Jihad commander, Raad Abu el-Adas, is killed by Israeli forces near his home in Nablus. IDF troops were already looking for him and when they encircled his house he decided to flee through a window, while another Islamic Jihad member fired at troops who were storming the house. The other member was wounded in the battle.

3 Qassamrockets are fired at Sderot, causing 3 injured people. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3433215,00.html]

August 5

An IDF officer was lightly injured in an operation in the Nablus area after Palestinian gunmen opened fire at the force. Eight wanted Palestinian terror suspects were arrested across the West Bank on Sunday night. Three were detained in Nablus and the other five were arrested near Ramallah and in Hebron.

August 6

An IDF force operating in the West Bank on Monday morning uncovered an explosive device weighing 40 kilograms (88 pounds), which was hidden inside the corpse of a sheep. The soldiers were led to the device by a Palestinian militant who was arrested and questioned by the defense establishment. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3434193,00.html]

A rocket launched from northern Gaza landed in a kindergarten schoolyard in Sderot, moments after the completion of a Monday afternoon meeting between Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of Islamic Jihad, took credit for the attack, which caused damaged to nearby buildings, including two other kindergartens and a public elementary school. The Color Red system was activated. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3434446,00.html]

August 7

2 Hamas gunman are killed in the Gaza Strip. They were spotted near the Karni Crossing by soldiers outside the strip. The soldiers entered the Strip, exchanged gunfire and killed them. [http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1186066408908&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull]

A Israeli soldier is lightly injured by an explosive device thrown at IDF forces by a Palestinian in Nablus.

August 9

IDF soldiers killed a Palestinian near the Suffa crossing in southern Gaza on Thursday afternoon. The army said soldiers had spotted the man crawling near the border fence. Suspecting he was planting a bomb, they called on him to stop and shot in the air. When he continued moving, they fired at him. Palestinian medics brought his body to a hospital in Gaza and said they did not find weapons near his body. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3435677,00.html]

August 10

A security guard at the Ateret Kohanim yeshiva in the Old City of Jerusalem shot and killed a Palestinian man who snatched the weapon of another guard and used it to wound him. Eleven people were wounded in the shooting, including the guard, who was moderately hurt. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3435979,00.html]

August 17

A clash in the West Bank village of Kfar Dan leaves two Palestinians dead. The clash began when IDF forces entered the village were members of the Islamic Jihad an Fatah were hiding. After they were spotted, a firefight followed. A 16 year old civilian boy, Nur Mare'i, and a Palestinian gunman, Muhammad Darwish, of the tiny Abu Amar Brigades, linked with Fatah were killed with no casualties on Israeli side. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3438885,00.html]

An IDF soldier is lightly injured when an explosive device is hurled at his jeep in Nablus. The militant managed to escape.

In a rocket barrage, 3 Qassams and 13 mortars are fired into Israel by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. No casualties or damage was reported. [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/893868.html]

A tunnel in Gaza, recently discovered by the IDF has been blown up. The 700 meter long tunnel was made for terrorist activities, the IDF said. Palestians said the tunnel was made to carry tomatoes.

August 18

Israeli forces shot three Palestinians near the border fence The army said they repeatedly ordered them to leave the area. One of them died, the other two were wounded. It is not sure if they were armed or unarmed.

5 Palestinian infiltrators are caught and brought back into Gaza. Apparently they were looking for work, because they were unarmed. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3439025,00.html]

August 20

6 Palestinians, all members of the armed wing of Hamas are killed when their vehicle was blown up by an Israeli missile. The Palestinians were driving back after they had fired some Qassams and mortars into Israeli territory. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3439900,00.html]

August 21

A Palestinian gunman from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine is killed by Israeli forces in Nablus. The militant opened fire at Israeli forces operating the area, but was killed when IDF soldiers returned fire. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3440097,00.html]

3 Palestinians are killed near the Gaza border fence. The Palestinians were armed with sniper rifles, the IDF added. Palestinian sources haven confirmed the death of the men . [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/895813.html]

2 Qassams are fired into Israel, one hitting a kindergarten, injuring and shocking some people.

August 22

In an airstrike in Northern Gaza, the IAF kills a top commander of Hamas, Yehia Habib in an airstrike. Two other members were wounded, one seriously.

In a fierce clash between the IDF and Islamic Jihad, 3 members of Islamic Jihad are killed by the IDF. 2 children are caught in the crossfire and also killed. The IDF said they traced two men near a rocket launcher in Gaza. It is known that militant groups give children some money to collect the rocket launchers spokesman of Islamic Jihad said the man were on a mission against Israel. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3440479,00.html]

A Qassam is fired into Israel.

August 23

Islamic Jihad fires 7 Qassamrockets into Israeli territory, causing some damage. A woman is treated for shock.

3 Israeli soldiers are lightly injured by explosive devices thrown by militant Palestinians in Nablus.

4 Hamas fighters are wounded in an aerial assault by the IAF. [http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?]

August 24

An 11 year old boy is killed in the crossfire between Palestinian militants and the IDF. The IDF entered the Kfar Saidi village in the West Bank looking for wanted men, when they were attacked by militants. In the gunfight, the boy and an Islamic Jihad fighter were killed. A second IJ fighter was seriously injured and captured by Israeli forces. On Israeli side there were no casualties [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3441540,00.html]

2 Palestinian militants were using the morning fog to get unnoticed over the borderfence but were sensed by IDF soldiers. In the firefight the two, Khadar Oukel (20), from the Salah-ad-Din brigades the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees and Muhammad Sakar(22) of the National Resistance committees, the armed wing of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine were killed while lightly injuring an IDF soldier. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3441642,00.html]

August 25

A senior commander of the Al Quds brigades in Jenin, the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad is killed when undercover forces opened fire on his vehicle, loaded with other PIJ militants. Another militant was seriously wounded in the raid. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3441629,00.html]

The militant wounded earlier this day, has succumbed to his wounds, Palestinian medical sources said. [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/897167.html]

August 27

A Palestinian man is killed by IDF fire near the Gaza borderfence. He was unarmed. Palestinian sources said he was a farmer. IDF sources said the soldiers suspected the man tried to lay explosive devices near the border. [http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?c=JPArticle&cid=1188197166098&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull]

A Qassamrocket is fired into Israeli territory. The launcher was minutes later destroyed by an Israeli missile.

An IDF major driving in the West Bank occasionally took the wrong turn, and drove to the Palestinian city of Jenin, instead of a settlement. The uniformed major was sensed by a mob and his car was burnt. Islamic Jihad militants tried to kidnap the officer, but were halted by Preventive Securityforces, who protected the major and called in nearby IDF forces for help. [http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1188197167879&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull]

August 28

A Sderot resident is moderately injured by shrapnel from a Qassamrocket which fell on his house in his bedroom. The rest of the family was hiding in the bomb shelter after the Color Red system was activated. the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack. 7 other Qassams are fired today, causing only some damage and two people shocked. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3442823,00.html]

August 29

4 Qassamrockets are fired into Israel.

3 Palestinian children are killed by artillery shells in the Gaza Strip, between Beit Lahiya and Jabalya. The IDF targeted 5 rocketlaunchers in Beit Hanoun. The three members were all member of the same family. Palestinians believed Israel wanted to target a militant cell. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3443544,00.html]

August 30

An elite Israel Defense Forces paratrooper unit shot and seriously wounded a Palestinian militant in Nablus' Old City early Friday. The militant, who belonged to a cell that operated jointly under Fatah's military wing - the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades - and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Three Qassam rockets fired by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip struck open areas in the western Negev. There was no damage or injuries in either of the attacks. [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/899596.html]

eptember 2007

eptember 6

4 Hamas militants were killed in an army operation in Southern Gaza. The 4 were hit by a tankshell which exploded near to them, Palestinian sources said. The IDF said the militants approached them but soldiers spotted them in time, causing a burst of Israeli gunfire, causing the deaths. 10 more militants were wounded, either by gunfire or tankshells.

IDF soldiers foiled a terror attack near the Gazan border. Two cars, filled with 6 heavily armed Palestinian militants were driving to the fence with automatic rifles, grenades, RPG's, suicide belts and TNT. IDF soldiers noticed the cars came with high speed to the fence and fired at them. IAF planes also fired at the vehicle. Palestinian reports say the vehicles made it into Israeli territory, sparking a heavy gunbattle in which all 6 militants were killed. Israeli reports said the vehicles did not make it into Israeli territory and that the militants were killed inside Gazan territory. Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and Palestinian Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility, claiming they had both 3 members involved.

An IDF soldier is lightly injured by mortars near the Gaza fence. [http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1188392552292&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull]

eptember 10

2 Qassamrockets are fired at the Zikim Army Base in Israel near the Gazan Border. One of them lands safely in the Negev, but the other lands near unfortified barracks at the base where Israeli recruits were sleeping. 69 soldiers were wounded by the rocket, 60+ of them had only lightly-to moderately shrapnel wounds, but 4 of them were injured seriously. One of the 4 had to have his leg amputated and another one is still in critical condition. Both Islamic Jihad and PRC claimed responsibility. Despite Hamas wasn't responsible, they called the act a "Victory from God" [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3448282,00.html] [http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1189411380210&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull]

In retaliation, Israeli choppers flew over the Strip, firing missiles at militant bases, wounding 4 Islamic Jihad members.

eptember 16

During an operation in the Nablus area, Israeli soldiers fired at two armed members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, killing both of them. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3449679,00.html]

eptember 18

In Hebron, 2 Palestinian families were fighting with each other, using sticks and stones, but also firing bullets near the settlement, causing an IDF patrol. In the patrol, a Palestinian family and the IDF clashed in a gunbattle, leaving one Palestinian dead, Baha al-Ajlouni, 27.

IDF forces shot and killed Yusuf al-A'achi, a gunman from Hamas in the Nablus area in the refugeecamp near Nablus.

4 Qassams rained down on Israeli Gaza border communities today. Nobody claimed responsibility. [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/904109.html]

In another clash in the refugeecamp, an IDF soldier Ben-Zion Haim Henman, 21, was killed by an explosive device hurled towards him. His comrade was lightly injured by shrapnel. The IDF forces were targeting a PFLP cell. One of the members of the cell, Muhammad Halad, critically injuring him. He succumbed 15 minutes later to his wounds. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3450775,00.html]

eptember 19

Israel declared the Gaza Strip as an enemy entity, declaring that it would reduce its fuel and power supplies to the Hamas-run territory in response to continued rocket fire from Palestinian militants. The announcement coincides with a visit from United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. [http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSL1882771620070919]

eptember 26

Hours after militants launched more than 12 rockets and 20 mortar shells at Sderot, missiles hit a jeep as it crossed a crowded intersection in the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City, killing at least 5 members of the Army of Islam. The army said the jeep was carrying rockets ready for firing.

Palestinian security officials seized two homemade rockets, a possible sign that the attack techniques of Gaza militants are spreading. The projectiles, not yet fitted with explosives, were discovered in Bethlehem and handed over to the Israeli army. [http://www.nj.com/newsflash/international/index.ssf?/base/international-40/119083560932890.xml&storylist=international]

In Beit Hanoun, a Popular Resistance Committees gunman fired at Israeli troops. Troops fired back at his home, killing him and 3 other occupants who were non-combatants, according to witnesses. An Israeli military spokeswoman said she was checking the report. [http://www.canada.com/topics/news/world/story.html?id=24a6aced-5d5f-41e8-9773-2a7117ce4faa&k=86133]

eptember 27

A Qassam launching cell was spotted in the area while Hamas militants were preparing to fire another Qassamrocket. Soldiers opened fire and killed one of them, the rest was able to flee. Military sources said they would keep the pressure on the launching cells the coming days. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3454121,00.html]

October 2007

October 1

2 Palestinian gunmen, who were advancing to the Israeli Gaza border fence overnight opened fire and threw a handgrenade at Israeli soldiers. The soldiers, who were outnumbering the gunman heavily returned fire and killed both the gunmen. Both the gunman belonged to the military wing of Hamas. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3455084,00.html]

October 3

In an operation in Southern Gaza, in Rafah, IDF aimed to destroy Hamas infrastructure, 2 Palestinian gunman were injured critically by a missile. One of them, Muhammad Hassan, succumbed later to his wounds and died. Both the gunmen were member of the armed wing of Hamas.

In Khan Younis, a Palestinian, Said al-Amur, is killed by IDF gunfire who were operating in the area. It is not known whether he was armed.

A Hamas member is killed while digging a tunnel under the Erez Crossing. The tunnel collapsed while he was inside.

October 4

In the West Bank on Thursday night, Palestinians opened fire and hurled Molotov cocktails on IDF troops patrolling the Balata refugee camp in Nablus. No injuries were reported.

In Hebron, an explosive device was also detonated next to a police car.

October 5

A Palestinian militant near the Israel-Gaza border fence fired at IDF troops after they identified him, and IDF troops returned fire and killed him. A bomb was thrown at the troops, but none were wounded in the exchange. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3456518,00.html] [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/909854.html]

October 7

After 6 weeks of being hospitalized in an Israeli hospital, a Palestinian civilian of Jenin dies of his wounds inflicted by IDF fire. [http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1191257241984&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull]

In a rocket barrage fired by Palestinian militants, 8 mortar shells, 3 Qassamrockets and 1 Katushya rocket landed inside Israeli territory. One studio was completely burned down by a mortar shell in Kerem Shalom. The Katushya rocket landed 400 meters from Netivot, 11 km away from the Gaza Strip. It was the first rocket to hit the Netivot area. Last week 10 Qassamrockets and 20 mortars hit the Negev. Nobody was injured in the attacks. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3456994,00.html]

October 10

A member of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades is killed in the old part of Nablus by IDF troops operating in the area. Another member of AAMB was critically injured. Amar al-Anabusi was shot to death and Sufian Kandil, a prominent group member, was severely injured. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3458276,00.html] [http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?c=JPArticle&cid=1191257272073&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull]

October 11

Israeli Special Forces, operating in Jenin opened fire at a vehicle conducting Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades members. IDF troops and Border Police killed a senior Tanzim member in Jenin overnight Wednesday, the IDF said. The target was identified as Mohammed Abu-Srur. Another militant was injured and arrested. The target, who had been planning to carry out terror attacks in Israel in the near future, aimed a pistol at the soldiers, who then shot and killed him. However, Palestinian officials said the man killed was a Palestinian policeman driving a wanted terror suspect. They said the Islamic Jihad operative he was driving escaped unharmed despite efforts by undercover soldiers dressed in civilian clothes.

October 13

Israeli aircraft fired at a group of militants busy launching Qassamrockets near Beit Hanoun. The explosion killed one militant and injured 3 more. All the militants belonged to Hamas. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3459386,00.html]

October 16

2 Palestinians are killed in a battle in the old quarter of Nablus a Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade stronghold. IDF forces, operating in the area and were looking for wanted Palestinian militants. While detaining Palestinians, a small firefight erupted leaving one Palestinian militant, a local commander dead and 2 others wounded. A civilian was also killed as he ran out his house but was lethally hit by a bullet. It is not sure whether the bullet was shot by an Israeli or Palestinian. [http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?c=JPArticle&cid=1192380565588&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull]

October 17

In a gunbattle in Khan Younis, a IDF soldier from the Golani forces is killed by single bullet. Dragged away from the battle injured, he died in an ambulance driving to the hospital in Beer Sheva. A Palestinian militant was killed by a tank shell in the same battle. 4 other militants and 2 civilians were injured in the battle. Hamas confirmed one of its fighters died, Hazam Asfor(20). [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/913926.html]

October 19

An Islamic Jihad member and a fisherman are killed by the Israeli navy on their vessel. The Islamic Jihad militant was known as Mizar Abu Arab. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3461989,00.html]

October 22

IDF undercover elite forces dressed in civilian clothes killed 2 Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants in Jenin. The two were killed during an arrest raid, when they were about to be arrested they grabbed their guns but were killed in the firefight. An Israeli soldier was lightly injured by the two militants. They were known as Tarek Abu Ali and Khaled Houssein.

More than 15 Qassamrockets are fired into Israel on October 21 and 22, according to the IDF. [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/916194.html]

October 23

A PRC commander of Qassam launching cells is killed by an IAF airstrike in the Strip. He was known as Mubarak al Hassanat and was an official in the Hamas-led government in the GazaStrip. He was the main target of the airstrike, because of the large role of the PRC in the launching of mortars and Qassams on Israel. [http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1192380628338&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull]

Following the death of al Hassanat, 11 Qassamrockets and 8 mortars hit the Negev. [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/916194.html]

October 24

After a rocketbarrage on the Western Negev, with 5 Qassamrockets and several mortars, IAF planes circled above the Gaza strip, looking for launching cells. One of the planes found a launching cell and fired a missile at the 5 militants. 2 were killed and 3 injured. All were members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. None of the rockets inflicted injuries, although a house was burnt down and two people suffered from shock in Sderot. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3463751,00.html]

October 25

IDF soldiers spotted 2 Hamas gunman near the fence. The reserve soldiers opened fire on them and killed both gunmen.
** 10 Qassamrockets are launched causing no injuries nor damage. [http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1192380647874&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull] [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3463881,00.html]

An Islamic Jihad operative is killed while trying to plant explosive devices near the border fence. His comrade was nabbed and taken away for custody. It was further reported that the two were identified at Mohamed al-Khourdi, 20, and Mahmoud al-Abed, 24. [http://www.ynetnews.com/home/1,7340,L-3341,00.html?SearchType=TopNav&criteria=&sog=&keyword=&hdnSearchTrajectory=&txtSearchString=gaza&q=&client=pub-5997776081861329&forid=1&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&cof=GALT%3A%23008000%3BGL%3A1%3BDIV%3A%23336699%3BVLC%3A663399%3BAH%3Acenter%3BBGC%3AFFFFFF%3BLBGC%3A336699%3BALC%3A0000FF%3BLC%3A0000FF%3BT%3A000000%3BGFNT%3A0000FF%3BGIMP%3A0000FF%3BFORID%3A1%3B&hl=en&txtChanID=3083&select1=Site]

October 26

2 armed gunman near the northern border are spotted by a unit of Golani soldiers, who were operating inside the Gaza strip. In the following firefight the gunman were killed, and two soldiers were lightly injured by the Palestinians. After the attack, 2 Qassamrockets are fired into Israel, causing neither damage nor injuries.

In the Southern Strip, an Islamic Jihad gunman is taken under fire by a unit of reserve soldiers. The gunman immediately died.

A Hamas militant is killed by an IAF aerial attack. Another militant was seriously injured by the attack. Hamas said the airstrike happened near Gaza city. [http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1192380658417&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull]

7 Qassamrockets are fired into Israel. One woman in Sderot suffers from shock. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3464430,00.html]

October 28

An IDF soldier of the reserve unit is killed in battle. Ehud Efrati was killed in the Gaza strip near the border fence in a fierce clash with Palestinian gunman. It happened near the Sufa Crossing. The unit was surprised by a Palestinian ambush. 2 other soldiers were injured. A Palestinian of the Hamas branch was also killed. He was known as Mohammed Abu-Tahoon. IDF said they shot another Palestinian, but did not know his condition.

Near Beit Hanoun, Palestinians fired an anti tank rocket at Israeli soldiers, seriously wounding a soldier. The militants were tracked by choppers and were taken under fire by a missile. A Palestinian gunman and a civilian died. During the operation, Palestinian gunman shelled a house were Israeli soldiers had sought shelter, leaving several soldiers lightly injured.

In the West Bank, a soldier was moderately injured by Palestinian gunfire. [http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1192380677485&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull] [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/918073.html]

October 30

After a barrage of mortar shells, the IAF shelled a policebuilding of Hamas in the Abasan village. 4 Hamas militants died in the attack.

After 4 Qassams are fired into Israel, IDF soldiers entered the strip and targeted a launching cell, but missed them. The missile slammed into a residence, injuring 6 Palestinian civilians.

October 31

Mahmoud al Hajj is killed by IDF forces operating in the central Gaza Strip. He was killed in a gunbattle near the border fence. Israeli forces often operate near the border fence in the Strip, trying to prevent Palestinian attacks and rocketattacks.

8 mortars are fired into Israel, some of them are fired from a school yard. The IAF had them in sight, but could fire, an IDF statement reported. [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/918982.html] [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3466387,00.html]

November 2007

November 1

2 Hamas militants were spotted near the Northern Gazan border fence and were killed by Israeli soldiers.

An armed Palestinian was noticed near the Karni Crossing. Golani soldiers rushed in the Gaza Strip and killed the militant.

In an unprecedented rocket barrage, 8 mortars and 13 Qassamrockets are fired at the Western Negev within an hour. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3466495,00.html] [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3466519,00.html]

November 3

An Israeli aircraft targets a Hamas policestation run by the Executive Force, killing 1 Hamas militant. 2 other were injured in the Southern Gaza aerial attack. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3467151,00.html]

November 4

3 Qassams are fired into Israel causing a blackout, Palestinian Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.

Shortly after the firing, Israeli choppers and planes flew over the strip, targeting a launching and fired several missiles at the cell. 3 Palestinians were killed in the attack, and several others wounded. Palestinian doctors said all civilians, while Islamic Jihad said one of its members was killed and another clinically dead.

In a second strike, minutes later, IAF fired missiles at another launching squad, according to the IDF. 2 Palestinians died. [http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1192380728009&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull] [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3467297,00.html]

November 15

2 Qassam launchers, 2 members of the Fatah affiliated Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade are killed by an IAF attack while launching Qassams. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3471850,00.html]

Novermber 20

An Israeli resident of the West Bank settlement of Shavei Shomron is killed by Palestinians while driving in his car. Ivo Zoldan, 29, died in ambulance. The militants were able to flee the scene. A small offshoot of Fatah clamied responsibility. [http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1195127546441&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull]

3 Palestinian militants tried to enter Israel by sneaking over the fence by night. They were spotted by Israeli forces, and 2 of them were killed. A third was able to flee into Gaza.

In the Southern Strip, 2 militants tried to plant explosives at the fence but were noticed. Both were killed in the ensuing firefight by the IDF.

November 21

A rocket barrage of 5 Qassamrockets and 18 mortars hit the Western Negev, including several kibbutzim, Sderot and Ashekelon. A woman in Ashkelon was treated for shock. [http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?c=JPArticle&cid=1195127547640&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull] [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/925837.html]

November 24

Two brothers, both in their forties, are killed while acting suspicious near the Israel-Gaza fence. Later, it becomes obvious that 2 civilians were killed while looking for scrap metal. They were hit by an artillery shell, meant for Qassam rocket launchers. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3474995,00.html]

November 25

The IDF kills 2 Palestinian gunman in a clash in central Gaza near the border. Some militants came together several hundred meters from the fence, sparking an Israeli incursion in Gaza. A gunbattle followed, leaving 2 militants dead. Both belonged to the PIJ faction. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3474995,00.html] [http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?c=JPArticle&cid=1195546716521&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull]

A highly ranked commander of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades is killed after Border Guard forces in the area tried to nab him. Another militant was wounded in the attack. The IDF operation came after AAMB killed an Israeli settler last week. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3475437,00.html]

November 26

A Hamas operative is killed as he and his cell were launching Qassams at Sderot. 3 Qassams landed inside Israeli territory, causing an IAF attack at the launchers, killing 1 and injuring 4 more.

Two Hamas militants are killed as they approach the border to plant explosive devices. They were noticed before they could plant them. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3475791,00.html]

November 27

The IDF killed 2 Hamas militants overnight. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3476077,00.html]

IAF helicopters and planes bombed a Hamas post in Southern Gaza, after the militant group had fired at least 10 mortars into Israeli territory. A Hamas militant, who was inside the building when the planes attacked was killed in the blasts. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3476520,00.html] [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3476782,00.html]

November 28

2 Hamas militants are killed when the IAF fired a missile at 2 heavily armed militants, who were talking with each other, not far from the border.

2 more Hamas militants are killed when they were noticed while trying to plant a bomb at the fence by IDF soldiers. In the ensuing firefight they were killed. Both the incidents happened in the dark. [http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1195546750155&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull]

December 2007

December 1

5 Hamas militants are killed in two separate airstrikes in the Gaza Strip. After the strikes, Hamas threatened to "strike deep" into Israeli territory and to fire longer-range missiles.

A Palestinian gunman is killed, while crawling near the border. 3 other gunman were wounded. [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/930285.html]

December 2

A mortar barrage hits a kibbutz, causing some damage.

December 3

A Hamas militant is slain after a battle with the Golani corps. The militant crawled to the border, but was noticed by IDF forces.

3 more Hamas fighters are killed while trying to launch mortars near Beit Lahiya. They were killed by Armored Corps soldiers.

4 IDF are hurt as a mortar explodes near their base, in Nahal Oz.

December 4

3 Hamas militants are killed as their training base was attacked in Deir el Balah by the IAF. The attack came after some mortars hit the Western Negev. Hamas claimed to fire back at the planes with machine guns, perhaps causing some damage.

A Palestinian gunman is killed while trying to reach the Kissufim crossing, as IDF forces noticed him.

A Negev home is accidentally hit by an Israeli bullet, but no one was injured. Later, IDF denied it had fired a bullet at Israeli territory. After investigation it became clear that the bullet was fired from the Gaza Strip, with a sniper rifle. [http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1195546797069&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull]

December 5

3 Hamas militants are overnight killed while launching mortars at Sderot. One of the mortars hit a residential building, causing a woman in shock and a lot of damage. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3479114,00.html]

A militant is killed by IDF fire. Israeli undercoverforces were operating in Bethlehem and looking for wanted Palestinians. Milliant forces mistook them for Hamas gunman and opened fire at the soldiers. The soldiers returned fire, killing an officer and wounding another. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3479399,00.html]

December 6

A Palestinian farmer is accidentily killed by IDF fire. He was acting on his fields near the border.

December 11

In a huge operation inside the Gaza Strip, the biggest since the Hamas take-over in June, 6 Palestinians are killed and more than 60 detained. More than 30 tanks and bulldozers entered the Southern Gaza Strip, backed by helicopters and airplanes. 3 militants of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad are killed by an Israeli tankshell, while missiles killed 2 other gunman, it was not immediately clear to what faction they belonged. 4 Israeli soldiers were injured by Palestinian gunman, who fired several RPG missiles at the Israeli soldiers. [http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1196847308155&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull]

December 12

The day after the operation, about 20 Qassams were lobbed into Israel, causing three lightly injured Israeli civilians. 15 people were treated for shock.

December 13

2 more Qassams are fired into Israel, causing a moderately injured woman in Sderot.

Palestinians fired at Israeli farmers and soldiers from the Gaza Strip, causing no injuries.

Hours after the strike, Israel retalliated with an airstrike in the Gaza Strip, causing three deaths. IDF and Palestinian medics both confirmed all the deaths were militants. Palestinian Islamic Jihad confirmed they lost three of their men, but medics said the three belonged to the small Fatah offshoot which fired 2 Qassamrockets into Israel hours earlier. Later it became clear, that a top commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad , Sami Tafesh was killed, together with 2 members of the launching rocket squad of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/934431.html]

December 16

Shrapnel from a rocket lightly to moderately wounds a 2-year-old boy. His mother is treated for shock. The rocket scored a direct hit on a house in Kibbutz Zikim. [http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jNoxucuqZTsZRKkLgR_6KkP9hjZAD8TIKV880]

December 18

3 Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants are killed in two separate airstrikes, some high ranked commanders were among the killed. In the first attack, the target was top commander, and the chief for firing Qassam rockets in the Strip, Majed al Harazin. He and two other PIJ militants were driving in a vehicle, loaded with Qassam and mortars. All men inside the car died. According to a spokesman of the PIJ, Harazin was the chief of the PIJ Qassam squads and hadn't traveled for years because he feared an assassination. He was wanted for nine years. The spokesman said his death would be revenged with suicide attacks and more rockets.

The second airstrike was aimed at a cell of PIJ militants who were trying to fire Qassam rockets into Israeli territory, to retaliate the death of their comrades. Two people died, and a second was seriously wounded. Later it became clear that one of the death was a top Qassam fabricater and commander, known as Karim Dahdouh.

Despite the air attacks, militants of all groups were able to fire at least 15 Qassamrockets and mortars, causing only some damage.

In order to halt the rocket firing, IDF forces entered the strip looking for launching cells, but met fierce restistance from gunman in Jabalya. In the camp, 4 militants of the PIJ were killed in a fierce battle.

Another highly ranked commander from the PIJ was killed in the West Bank, Katabya. Tarik Abu al Ra-ali was killed when IDF soldiers noticed him. He was wanted for over 5 years.

In an airstrike at a Hamas post in Southern Gaza, 2 Hamas militants are killed. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3483879,00.html] [http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1196847364175&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull] [http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1196847364175&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull]

A mortar shell lands near an IDF base north of the Gaza Strip overnight Tuesday, and six female soldiers are reported to have suffered from shock. One of the soldiers fainted. [http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?c=JPArticle&cid=1196847377163&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull] [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/936216.html]

A commando operation in the West Bank leaves an Islamic Jihad gunman dead. [http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5jhFhfXnU4LHhfioFy1XjYerZb6xA]

Palestinians hurl rocks at the car of a civilian driver on route 443, which runs from Jerusalem to Modi'in. The man was driving a minibus used for the transport of handicapped children, and was treated for light injuries.

IDF forces fire and identify hitting Sami salid Rashid Zayud, an Islamic Jihad militant who planned a mass terror attack on a residential building in central Israel five years ago. He was taken to hospital for medical treatment. [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/936354.html]

A Palestinian youth, aged 17, tries to stab one of the Israel Defense Forces soldiers stationed at the Hawara checkpoint in the West Bank.

December 20

5 Qassam rockets struck Israel at open areas near Sderot and Ashkelon. One of the rockets landed in a schoolyard in Sderot, where 12 pupils had to be treated for shock. The Code Red alert was alarmed and children ran to shelter to protect them from shrapnel.

After the barrage, Israeli forces entered the Central Gaza Strip in search for rocket launchers, killing 6 Palestinians. Palestinian gunmen launched mortar shells at troops and fired at Israeli aircraft with machine guns as Israeli snipers took up positions on the roofs of homes in the area. 3 militants were from Islamic Jihad, 2 from Hamas, and 1 from the Popular Resistance Committees. 20 Palestinians are wounded, as well as a cameraman from Reuters. A Palestinian anti-tank rocket severely injures an Israeli soldier. At least three other soldiers are lightly wounded. [http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1196847387862&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull] [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/936700.html] [http://news.monstersandcritics.com/middleeast/news/article_1382453.php/Six_militants_killed_in_Israeli_incursion_into_central_Gaza] [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/21/world/middleeast/21mideast.html?ref=world] [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3484767,00.html] [http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5iKgABmrg9ag75RLAPC0u2mvMosow]

December 25

2 Hamas militants are killed in their vehicle as Israeli airplanes dropped a missile at their car. 4 men were in the car, 2 survived. It happened near the al Bureijj refugeecamp. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3485971,00.html]

December 27

At around 1:00 PM, Israeli forces entered the Southern Gaza Strip, looking for Qassamlaunchers and infrastructure. This action took notice of several Hamas and Islami Jihad militants, who rushed to the scene, but were sensed by Israeli drones. 3 of them were killed in a pretty fierce battle, in which several anti tank missiles and anti aircraft missiles were fired at Israeli forces, and Palestinian militants were shelled by Israeli artillery. 4 Palestinian militants were wounded. All the dead belonged to the armed wing of Hamas.

IAF planes fired a missile at a car fully loaded with rifles, rockets and other weaponry. At the moment of the strike, three persons were in the car, only one was killed. Two others were also hurt. The persons and weapons belonged to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, meant to be used to fire rockets at Israel and hurting Israeli soldiers, the group said. Later another PIJ succumbed to his wounds. [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/939053.html]

Another topranked commander from the PIJ is killed in a missile strike. Muhammad Abu Abdullah was killed while driving in his car with other PIJ militants. He was the PIJ leader of Central Gaza and was killed, together with 2 of his comrades. Several other Palestinians were wounded in the attack. [http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1198517225718&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull]

A bodyguard of Ahmed Qurei, a top-ranked Palestinian politician, is killed by IDF forces south of Ramallah. The bodyguard, Muatassem a-Sharif was a close bodyguard of the IDF. the IDF reported that a-Sharif was also a weapons smuggler. A-Sharif was killed, according to eyewitnesses, when IDF forces in the area were looking for him for an arrest and tried to enter his house. At that moment a-Sharif opened fire at soldiers, but was killed in returning fire. [http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1198517231478&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull]

December 28

Two armed Israelis and one Palestinian gunmen die from a firefight near Hebron. David Ruben and Ahikam Amihai were off-duty from the army but armed, and were hiking with 2 other Israeli's. They were attacked by 4 Palestinian Islamic Jihad gunman. A firefight followed in which both armed Israelis received mortal wounds, one of the Palestinians was killed and another wounded. After the firefight, the two were still alive and the other hikers managed to hide them, but both died later. After the attack, the IDF unsuccessfully searched the area for the gunman. [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/939443.html] [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3487782,00.html] [http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1198517233335&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull]

January 2008

January 2

Six Palestinians belonging to three terrorist factions were killed Wednesday morning in a joint Israeli air and ground action in the Gaza Strip near Gaza City. Five Palestinians, four from Hamas and one belonging to the Popular Resistance Committees, died when Israeli ground forces called in air support after the Palestinians fired anti-tank rockets at the soldiers. The sixth, a member of Fatah's Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, died in a gun battle with Israeli troops. [http://www.themedialine.org/news/news_mideast_daily.asp?Date=01/02/2008&category_id=8] [http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2008-01-02-israel-gaza_N.htm]

January 3

Palestinian militants fire a long-range GRAD Katyusha rocket at northern Ashkelon, the longest reach of a Palestinian rocket (16.5 km).

Israel sends aircraft and tanks to hit buildings used by extremists. Most were in Khan Yunis. In one clash, the IDF shelled a house in the city, killing an Islamic Jihad militant along with his mother, sister, and daughter. His brother was also killed and possibly affilitated with IJ. Israeli army spokeswoman Capt. Noa Meir said militants were intentionally using civilian areas to fire at troops and blamed them for the deaths. Nine Palestinians are killed, four of them civilians.

The Palestinians responded to Israel's strikes with a barrage of Qassam rockets, one of which hit the yard of a house in Sderot. [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/941556.html]

In Nablus, Israel Defense Forces troops discovered two rockets-in-process, in an arms cache belonging to Hamas. [http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/20080104_Israeli_strikes_kill_nine_after_rocket_is_fired.html] [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/941389.html] [http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/04/world/middleeast/04mideast.html]

January 4

Infantrymen near the Gaza-Israel border clashed with Hamas gunmen after spotting them approach the border, and killed two of them in separate incidents.

Eight mortar shells were fired by Palestinians at southern Israel.

Palestinians operating from Gaza launched six Qassam rockets at the western Negev on Friday, one of which struck the yard of a home in the town of Sderot, causing damage. 1 boy was lightly injured and evacuated to a hospital. Several residents suffered from shock.

Meanwhile, a Qassam rocket hit a western Negev open field Friday morning. No damage or injuries were reported. [http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-7197550,00.html] [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/941730.html]

January 17

In response to numerous attacks by Qassam rockets, Israel shut down all Gaza Strip border crossings. [http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Terrorism-%2BObstacle%2Bto%2BPeace/Palestinian%2Bterror%2Bsince%2B2000/Terror%2Bin%2BGaza-%2BTwo%2Bmonths%2Bsince%2Bthe%2BHamas%2Btakeover%2B16-Aug-2007.htm Terror in Gaza: Eight months since the Hamas takeover] ,Israel Min. of Foreign Affairs, 14 Feb 2008.]

January 20

The full blockade suspended deliveries of supplies, causing power outage due to lack of fuel for generators. [ [http://www.reuters.com/article/featuredCrisis/idUSL20710527 Gaza power plant begins shutting down] ] Gaza resident reported shortages of important materials. Israeli officials stated that the closures were only in response to ongoing attacks, and that closures could cease if the attacks were stopped. [ [http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSL21441745 Israeli blockade deepens hardship in Gaza] , Reuters, 1/21/08. ]

January 23

The Breach of the Gaza-Egypt border occurs.

February 2008

February 10

Some ministers in the Israeli cabinet called for the annihilation of some neighborhoods in Gaza in retaliation for the Qassam rockets.

February 17

The Israeli Defense Forces claim to have taken about 80 Palestinians to Israel for questioning following a ground incursion in the Gaza Strip. Four Palestinians, including at least three militants, were killed in the operation and an Israeli soldier was severely injured. Palestinian health officials claimed an additional 20 Palestinian civilians were wounded in the attack. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7249966.stm Israel detains dozens of Gazans] "BBC News". 2008-02-17.]

February 27

About 50 qassam rockets launched towards the Negev, one of which struck a parking lot near Sapir Academic College, killing a 47-year-old student there. Four long-range rockets struck Ashkelon, causing few wounded. The IAF retaliated with more airstrikes in Jabalia camp and the northern part of Gaza Strip. About seven killed in the attacks, most of whom were militants, however a six month-old baby was also killed after a missile struck a house in the camp. [ [http://finance.walla.co.il/?w=/2/1241293 War in South: Daily update - 27.02.2008] walla.co.il . 2008-02-27.]

February 28

Israeli forces kill eleven Palestinians in a series of airstrikes. At least 10 civilians were killed, including four boys playing football on a waste ground. Militants launch a qassam rocket in retaliation, which injures one Israeli civilian. [ [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/02/28/wgaza128.xml Gaza rocket attacks claim young lives] "Telegraph.co.uk". 2008-02-29.]

March 2008

:"See also: Operation Warm Winter."

March 1

Most intense fighting between the IDF and Palestinian militants occur since Israel withdrew from the strip in 2005. The fighting mostly took place in Jabalia camp. According to Palestinian medical sources, at least 52 Palestinians were killed, of which 16 were militants, while the remainder being civilians including several children. The Washington Post Reported that 60 persons were killed, at least half were militants and rest civilians including children [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2008/03/01/ST2008030102095.html 60 Gazans Killed in Incursion By Israel Operation Follows Use of Longer-Range Rockets by Hamas] "Washington Post". 2008-03-02.] Two IDF soldiers were killed in the incursion and seven were lightly injured as well. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7272329.stm Dozens die in Israel-Gaza clashes] "BBC News". 2008-03-01.]

Hamas retaliates by firing over 50 Qassam rockets into southern Israel, wounding seven. Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas referred to Israel's attacks as "more than a holocaust" while Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal descrbed Israel's actions as the "real holocaust". Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak regrets civilian casualties but vows a serious response to Gaza rocket fire, saying "We are not happy about civilians being hurt in Gaza... Hamas and those who fire rockets at Israel are responsible and they will pay the price."

March 3

The two sides agreed under pressure from U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to resume the U.S.-backed talks on Wednesday after the Palestinians suspended them in protest of an Israeli offensive in Gaza that killed more than 125 people including 1 month old infant girl named "Amira Abu Asr". [ [http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/BB1E373A-50F9-403A-9263-98D09D584A31.htm Al Jazeera English - News - Tragedy Of Israel And Palestine ] ] , [http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-Israel-Palestinians.html?scp=2&sq=GAZA&st=nyt] . Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert signalled willingness to stop attacks after the five-day offensive, which killed many civilians in the territory, if the Islamist group Hamas stopped firing rockets into Israel. Hamas says attacks from Gaza, including rockets fired by its own militants and others, are a response to Israeli military operations in both Gaza and the occupied West Bank and would end if Israel stopped all such activity and lifted its blockade. [http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-Israel-Gaza.html?scp=3&sq=GAZA&st=nyt]

External links

* [http://www.israelpolitik.org/ Israel Politik] A blog by Israel’s New York Consulate set up to present all aspects of the situation in Sderot to international media [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3402523,00.html#n]

International response

*flagicon|United Nations United Nations - United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon states that he believes that the Qassam rocket attacks by factions in Gaza are "completely unacceptable." He has also stated that he believes that the Palestinian Authority should "take the necessary steps to restore law and order, and for all factions to abide by the ceasefire." Ki-moon also stated he is "deeply concerned by the mounting number of civilian casualties from Israeli military operations in Gaza." The Secretary General also called on Israel "to abide by international law and to ensure that its actions do not target civilians or put them under risk."" [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3403193,00.html UN chief concerned about Palestinian, Israeli attacks] "] Ki-moon had appointed Michael Williams to the Middle East for talks with both sides. [" [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3403506,00.html Qassam lands near Sderot; no injuries] "] Williams soon said "I'm troubled when I see Israeli soldiers arresting Palestinian legislators. I'm troubled that the education minister was arrested," after Israel arrested several Hamas officials in the West Bank. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3404081,00.html] Williams met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Foreign Minister Ziad Abu Amr in Gaza City. After continuing Israeli attacks and arrests, and the continuing rocket fire from Gaza, Williams said that "I’m very troubled by the level of violence here [...] I think the UN, the international community in general, have been very concerned about the level of intra-Palestinian violence, but also by the Israeli attacks which I know have caused civilian deaths, considerable numbers." [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3404639,00.html] The International condemnation of Israeli incursion were further augmented with a scathing report prepared by eight British-based rights organizations, highlighting humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip that has reached its worst point since Israel captured the territory in 1967. The report indicates more than 1.1 million people, about 80 percent of Gaza's residents, were dependent on food aid, and hospitals faced power cuts of up to 12 hours a day, and the water and sewage systems were close to collapse. [http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-Israel-Gaza.html?scp=1&sq=humanitarian+situation+in+Gaza&st=nyt]
*flagicon|United States United States - After the death of a woman from a rocket attack in Sderot, a representative for the U.S. Government reaffirmed the position that Israel has the right to self-defense. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack also stated that his country is aware of the difficulty of targeting terrorists without civilian casualties. He added that Israel must "take all possible actions in order to avoid any civilian casualties, to avoid any undue damage to the Palestinian infrastructure and always to consider the effects of their actions on the political process, the Israeli-Palestinian track and moving that forward."" [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3403193,00.html UN chief concerned about Palestinian, Israeli attacks] "]

ee also

*Timeline up to 2006 Gaza crisis
*2004 Israel-Gaza conflict
*2006 Israel-Gaza conflict
*2006 Israel-Gaza conflict casualties timeline
*2008 Israel-Gaza conflict
*List of Qassam rocket attacks


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