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Israel bombards 34 sites in Gaza Strip hours after finding missing teens dead

Published time: July 01, 2014 07:30
Edited time: July 02, 2014 12:45
Flames and smoke billow from the blown-up house of Amer Abu Eisheh, one of two Palestinians suspected in the killing of three kidnapped Israelis, in the West Bank town of Hebron on July 1,2014 (AFP Photo / Hazem Bader)

Flames and smoke billow from the blown-up house of Amer Abu Eisheh, one of two Palestinians suspected in the killing of three kidnapped Israelis, in the West Bank town of Hebron on July 1,2014 (AFP Photo / Hazem Bader)

The Israeli Air Force bombed dozens of sites in the Gaza Strip hours after a search for three missing young Israelis led to discovery of their dead bodies. The Israeli government is contemplating further action.

The airstrikes on 34 targets were conducted on Tuesday morning in a standard Israeli response to rocket launches from the Gaza Strip, the IAF reported. The tension has been reaching the boiling point amid two weeks of door-to-door searches and arrests in the Palestinian territories by the IDF. Palestinian militants launched five rockets at Israel overnight, or over 20 projectiles since late Sunday.

Palestinian rockets caused damaged to a building in Israel, while Israeli bombs left several people lightly injured.

Also overnight a Palestinian man was killed by the IDF as he was trying to throw a home-made grenade at a group of Israeli soldiers conducting arrests in the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank. The killed man was identified as Yousouf Ibrahim abu Zagha, 19, by the Palestinians. Several people have been killed amid clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians angered by the Israeli searches and arrests over the two weeks.

Israeli soldiers take part in an operation to locate three Israeli teens near the West Bank City of Hebron June 21, 2014 (Reuters / Ammar Awad)

The Israeli government has blamed the Palestinian militant movement Hamas for the alleged abduction of three Israelis aged between 16 and 19, who went missing on June 12. Many of the people arrested by the Israeli forces have links to Hamas.

Hamas warned Israel against waging war on the Gaza Strip, saying this would “open the gates of hell” on Israel. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that Israel bears responsibility for the latest escalation in the Gaza Strip.

Meanwhile the bodies discovered Monday afternoon in a field northwest of Hebron have been identified as belonging to Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel, and Eyal Yifrah, the missing teenagers.

On Tuesday, United Nations human rights spokesman Ravina Shamdasani pressed both sides to exercise "maximum restraint" following the discovery of the bodies near the West Bank city of Hebron.

"We urge all parties to refrain from punishing individuals for offences they have not personally committed or by imposing collective penalties," Shamdasani told a news briefing in Geneva.

Comments (94)


reasonable 04.07.2014 01:13

Clearly bombing Palestine isn't working, Israel is no safer now then it was ten, twenty or thirty years ago. As a more civilized and advanced nation, Israel should look for a better solution for it's problems. arresting innocent people and bombing a Gaza for revenge isn't helping.


Mark Ashton 03.07.2014 02:53

Now here is an atrocity that the ever insistent meddling USA and it's western toadies seem very quiet about. They might even earn some brownie points from the rest of the world if it stepped in to stop Jews murdering Palestinians.


Peter Jennings 02.07.2014 22:46

You don't bomb the house of someone just because they're a suspect. What if the person is found innocent after all?
This all stinks and i'm sure we haven't heard the last of what really happened to these young people.

Mea nwhile more Palestinians will die and then the truth will out and the powers that be will try very hard to make you quickly forget all about it.

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