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June 27, 2006
The Hammer Falls In Gaza

Israel has begun its response to the Palestinian incursion from Gaza this weekend and the capture of an IDF soldier. Israeli tanks have attacked a bridge in central Gaza, and Palestinian security forces report that IDF tanks have begun to move towards the border:

Israeli planes attacked a bridge in central Gaza late Tuesday, Israel Radio reported, and Israeli tanks were said to be on the move, possibly signaling the start of a military operation.

Palestinian security forces said Israeli tanks were moving near the Israeli village of Nahal Oz, a main Israeli staging area just outside Gaza, but that they had not yet entered Gaza.

In the Shajaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City, not far from the border fence, armed militants took up positions across from the blaring headlights of Israeli vehicles, and Israeli attack helicopters hovered overhead. The militants told residents to leave the area.

Israeli military officials said a limited operation has been authorized for southern Gaza, aimed at "terrorist infrastructure." The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters.

If any Palestinians have thoughts of fleeing into the Sinai, the Egyptian government has a response ready. After Hamas ignored their entreaties to release the wounded IDF soldier, they sent 2500 troops to the Gaza border. The Egyptians have no desire to get drawn into the conflict, but neither do they want a flood of Gaza refugees fleeing into Egypt to cause even more trouble than the Palestinian terrorists have already created.

The Israelis will not bargain with Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. They committed an act of war, and the Israelis will answer back in the same fashion. The only question will be how far they will go into Gaza and for how long.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at June 27, 2006 5:14 PM

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