Israel Cuts-Off Water
and Power to Palestinians and Has Arrested Palestinian Leaders - Bombed
Bridges and Moved Troops In
June 28th 2006
Israel has turned up the pressure on the Palestinians by cutting off
their water and power. Israel used their warplanes to knock-out water,
power and bridges in an effort to put pressure on militant leaders who
kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
It has been reported that the Israeli government has arrested Hamas
leaders in an attempt to trade for the captured soldier. The Associated
Press reported that Palestinian security officials said that 30 of their
lawmakers were detained.
This comes after the Israelis broke a 16 month cease fire by shelling a
beach in Gaza killing a family on June 9th. Nine days later
nine more civilians were killed by an Israeli missile strike.
Israel could be provoking Syria as well. According to the
AP, Israeli warplanes buzzed the summer home of Syria's president, who
Israel blames for harboring hard-line Hamas leaders.
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On Wednesday the African media outlet, The Mail & Guardian Online,
reported that the governing Palestinian Islamist movement, Hamas, has
taken a key step towards recognizing Israel after reaching a deal on a
crisis-solving plan that implicitly recognizes its arch foe’s right to
The Associated Press reported that early Thursday morning Israeli tanks
and bulldozers entered northern Gaza. AP says this is adding a second
front to the Israeli action in Gaza when thousands of troops crossed
into southern Gaza.
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