As Israel Overruns Gaza, Tanks Ordered To "Open Fire At Anything That Moves"

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Health officials in Gaza said 28 Palestinians were killed since the Israeli ground offensive began late Thursday, and as WaPo reports, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that he has ordered Israel's military to prepare for "a significant expansion" of its ground offensive into the Gaza Strip, declaring that tunnels built by Hamas could not be destroyed solely through airstrikes. As The Guardian reports, according to military analyst Alex Fishman, writing in Yedioth Ahronoth: "The tanks, which serve as the heart of the assault force, received an order to open fire at anything that moved." Hamas warned Israel of the "dreadful consequences" of the conflict's escalation, while the US urged its close ally to restrict itself to a "precise" operation.

 

 

Israeli troops entered the Gaza Strip at 10.30pm local time on Thursday, under massive supporting fire from air, sea and land.

According to military analyst Alex Fishman, writing in Yedioth Ahronoth: "The tanks, which serve as the heart of the assault force, received an order to open fire at anything that moved. The area and the targets are due to be seized by the morning hours. From here on, [the army] will start to clear the ground, in what could last for several days, depending on political developments."

 

The initial aim is to destroy tunnels dug by Hamas from Gaza into Israel for the purpose of launching attacks, and to secure and expand the "buffer zone" inside Gaza's perimeter in order to prevent short-range rocket launches into Israel.

 

However, Hamas is likely to attempt to suck Israeli troops deeper into Gaza, increasing the risk of military casualties.

And the Ground Operation is expanding...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that he has ordered Israel's military to prepare for "a significant expansion" of its ground offensive into the Gaza Strip, declaring that tunnels built by Hamas could not be destroyed solely through airstrikes.

 

The mobilisation of a further 18,000 reservists was authorised overnight, bringing the total on standby to about 60,000 in addition to those in service.

 

"In light of Hamas's incessant criminal aggression and dangerous infiltration into Israeli territory, Israel must act to protect its citizens," a statement from the prime minister's office said.
 

As The Guardian reports, the US supports Israel (for now)...

The US called on Israel to restrict itself to a "precise operation" on the ground in Gaza while stressing its right to defend itself against rocket attacks.

In a statement late on Thursday, the state department said Netanyahu had telephoned the US secretary of state, John Kerry, to explain his decision "to launch an operation to target the threat of further terrorist infiltration through tunnels into Israel".

It continued: "The secretary reaffirmed our strong support for Israel's right to defend itself against terrorist threats emanating from tunnels into Israel and expressed our view that this should be a precise operation to target tunnels, as described in a statement from the Israel Defence Forces."

It said Kerry emphasised the need to "avoid further escalation and to restore the 2012 ceasefire as soon as possible".

Hamas responded to the invasion with characteristic rhetoric.

"We warn Netanyahu of the dreadful consequences of such a foolish act," Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters.

A statement issued by Hamas warned Israel: "We're with you in the field, and we aren't afraid of the ground assault."

A senior Israeli military source told Yedioth Ahronoth news website

"There were altercations overnight but we are progressing as planned. As of now, some 14 terrorists have been killed in targeted attacks on rocket launching cells."

Gaza claims 28 Deaths so far... (via WaPo)

Health officials in Gaza said 28 Palestinians were killed since the ground offensive began late Thursday, bringing the total Palestinian death toll to more than 260, with the injured topping 2,000, since the conflict erupted 11 days ago. The most recent fatalities included three children who perished in an airstrike on a residential tower in Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.

The Social Media blitz continues...as the operation is played on in real time:

"We have hit Hamas hard, and we will continue to hit Hamas hard," said Israel's military in a Twitter feed shortly after thousands of Israeli soldiers entered Gaza.

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SilverIsMoney's picture

Again, Gold is down $20 in less than 24 hours... Makes perfect sense. The world burns and the markets stay set on full retard.

CH1's picture

Wouldn't it be nice if we had news that wasn't 'worked' from the beginning?

I can't trust a damned thing that is reported.It probably bears some resemblance to reality, but who has twisted it in which direction first?

Divided States of America's picture

When is Obama going to have a press conference CONDEMNING what Israel is doing right now???

Nah, 18 rounds of golf is definitely more important than 18 rounds of artillery shells being fired at unarmed civilians.

Parisnights's picture

Divided-- he won't condemn anything.  He works for the same puppet masters that Netanyahu does.

 

Divided States of America's picture

Yeah Paris, I know...same for that bibi cock sucker Stephen Harper of Canada.

These muthafuckin jbags think they can do anything they want AND get away with it.

Thought Processor's picture

 

Genocide?

 

 

gen·o·cide ?jen??s?d/ noun   
  1. the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation. synonyms: mass murder, mass homicide, massacreMore

john39's picture

But wait, I thought obamao was muslim?!?  /s

nidaar's picture

BTW what happened to ISIS, suddenly everything is resolved on that theatre? Have they completed their part of the act? How about rebels in Syria? Suddenly they all stopped messing around right when Israel started getting busy on another front? Hmm...

Divided States of America's picture

Good question....I am thinking Israeli elite soldiers operated under the masquarade of ISIS soldiers causing instability in the region and now that the full assault on Gaza is on, they have been called back to rejoin the Israeli army to cause maximum damage. Thus the stage involving ISIS is a precursor to the actual invasion, which is currently taking place...sneaky Jews.

Eirik Magnus Larssen's picture

The double tragedy is that the same group of people who've historically suffered most from far-right politics are increasingly beginning to make use of them.

schnydz's picture

Yes, those damn Islamofascist! 

But, seriously. You do realize Hitler's Nazi was a socialist party? Communisim and socialism kills, don't you get it? "All for the collective!" 

firstdivision's picture

That definition only applies if the skin of those killed is a pinkish white to tanish white.

firstdivision's picture

That definition only applies if the skin of those killed is a pinkish white to tanish white.

Monty Burns's picture

These muthafuckin jbags think they can do anything they want AND get away with it.

They've been getting away with it for a hell of a long time, and no sign of it ending.

RadioactiveRant's picture

Netanyahu is the puppet master.

BLOTTO's picture

We are being softened up for the New World Order that they will bring in and their ain't nothing we can do to stop it...

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Makes you wonder what we did in a past life to be this 'lucky' to  be born at this point and time on this planet:)

john39's picture

  There is more at work than meets the eye here.  time will tell.   The script has been written, now it must play out.

luckystars's picture

If we are here it is because we need to be here.

This is the only place we can pay off our debts.

goose fat's picture

We are promised this will be short.

And there's a lot we can do about all that is happening. 

All will be well, this really is Good News.

 

http://www.thewarningsecondcoming.com/god-the-father-rise-now-and-accept...

 

 

goose fat's picture

We are promised this will be short.

And there's a lot we can do about all that is happening. 

All will be well, this really is Good News.

 

http://www.thewarningsecondcoming.com/god-the-father-rise-now-and-accept...

 

 

Ignatius's picture

In a related story, an elite, fully armed tactical SWAT team entered Doris Day Elementary school in Sunnyvale, FL with guns blazing where it was rumored that a young boy -- no doubt a terrorist sympathizer -- had "formed his Pop Tart into a lethal weapon and was brandishing" according to fellow student Donny Smartass.

Mr Pink's picture

NOTHING can hurt the cockroach market

lordylord's picture

"Again, Gold is down $20 in less than 24 hours... Makes perfect sense. The world burns and the markets stay set on full retard."

You're delusional.  The economy is booming, unemployment low, stock market high, peace and prosperity everywhere, and no turmoil or wars brewing.  Time to sell gold!  At least that what the MSM told me.

TeamDepends's picture

And, don't forget there's not a smidgen of corruption...

lordylord's picture

"And, don't forget there's not a smidgen of corruption..."

I learned our Government must be strong;
It's always right and never wrong;
Our leaders are the finest men
And we elect them again and again.

 

GetZeeGold's picture

 

 

And, don't forget there's not a smidgen of corruption...

 

My hard drive just committed suicide.......again.

schnydz's picture

Did you "learned" that from good ole american coollege? Or perhaps the US sanctioned Givernment Propagana Public Schools? 

Dr. Richard Head's picture

Autumn was reportedly the last song played on the Titanic while it sank.  - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBe4RxxkAx8

For some reason I hear it playing in the background of MSNBC.

Louie the Dog's picture

Maybe because not everyone views this decades long, never ending, ad nauseum Israeli-Palestinian conflict as the  'world burning'.

Jumbotron's picture

YEAH !!!    Give 'em HELL, Israel !!!!!

Make those dirty Muzzie bastards SCREAM for their fake god Allah.  AAAAAALAHUUUU  SNACK BARRRRRRR !     LALALALALALALALALALALALALALALA   !!!   BOOM !!!!

Just make sure you kill the leaders of Hamas and show the world and their puppet master's in Iran their torn, dead bodies in the street.  Teach them the lesson that these dogs can't seem to get through their thick, islamic infected minds.....you try to kill us.....we will kill all of you.

Burn Gaza to the ground....the rat infested, terrorist enclave.

paddyirishman's picture

you are one sick kike bastard, the sooner the nazis in israhell are driven into the sea the better.

schnydz's picture

The only true nazis are the Islamofascist in the ME.

cockroachfuture's picture

"islamofascist". Boy, you sure are good at regurgitating those made up newspeak words the "right" feeds you. Does Mark Levin give you a milk bone everytime you say it?

Monty Burns's picture

Hamas and the Iranians hate each other, you dolt.  Have you any knowledge of the situation there?

bigrooster's picture

Fucking Israel scum!  There is NOTHING to justify this.  These are war crimes!  I hope that Israel is turned to glass.

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2014/07/18/pkg-penhaul-...

Pyrrhus's picture

So if I shot at you, it would not be justification for you to shoot back?

It's pretty dumb to make an absolute statement like, "There is NOTHING to justify this".  Really?  NOTHING?...NOTHING?  So for instance, if someone were to nuke Israel, it would not be justification for retaliation?  What about if some enemy were to murder all the children is Israel?  Would you apply the same rationale to yourself?  Maybe you haven't paid attention over the last, say 50 years, but the palestinians absolutely do not hesitation to place their children in danger in the hopes of them getting killed.  It makes for great propaganda.  I got it that you don't like Israel, and you have every right to enjoy your hatred, but that's just dumb.  At least do a little research.

Pyrrhus's picture

So if I shot at you, it would not be justification for you to shoot back?

It's pretty dumb to make an absolute statement like, "There is NOTHING to justify this".  Really?  NOTHING?...NOTHING?  So for instance, if someone were to nuke Israel, it would not be justification for retaliation?  What about if some enemy were to murder all the children is Israel?  Would you apply the same rationale to yourself?  Maybe you haven't paid attention over the last, say 50 years, but the palestinians absolutely do not hesitation to place their children in danger in the hopes of them getting killed.  It makes for great propaganda.  I got it that you don't like Israel, and you have every right to enjoy your hatred, but that's just dumb.  At least do a little research.

Pyrrhus's picture

So if I shot at you, it would not be justification for you to shoot back?

It's pretty dumb to make an absolute statement like, "There is NOTHING to justify this".  Really?  NOTHING?...NOTHING?  So for instance, if someone were to nuke Israel, it would not be justification for retaliation?  What about if some enemy were to murder all the children is Israel?  Would you apply the same rationale to yourself?  Maybe you haven't paid attention over the last, say 50 years, but the palestinians absolutely do not hesitation to place their children in danger in the hopes of them getting killed.  It makes for great propaganda.  I got it that you don't like Israel, and you have every right to enjoy your hatred, but that's just dumb.  At least do a little research.

cockroachfuture's picture

Killing children is wrong. If you kill children,you are wrong. If both sides kill children, then both are wrong. Its ok if this confuses you. Apparently most people are confused by this.

Beatscape's picture

Out today: Hamas and Islamic Jihad operatives in the Gaza Strip are traveling around in ambulances loaded with Palestinian children in order to deter Israeli forces from firing at them.

cockroachfuture's picture

Israel has killed 65 children so far in this offensive. Why would Hamas think loading ambulances with children would make them hold fire? Not saying its not true, just a retarded strategy that would only hurt their cause if it is true. Once again, both sides are fucked.

alien-IQ's picture

what a fucking disgrace.

Mr. Magoo's picture

is that the same Hamas that is controlled by the Mossad

CH1's picture

And how the hell would you know? Some guy on the Internet put together a few links?

Ratscam's picture

lovely work by the zionists in Gaza, an area that is more densly populated than NYC

Mr. Magoo's picture

Do a little research you lazy fuck, dont take my word for it