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Netanyahu says Hamas responsible for any Gaza fire
Published Thursday 26/12/2013 (updated) 27/12/2013 10:39
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) waves as he attends an
air show at the graduation ceremony of Israeli air force pilots at the
Hatzerim base in the Negev desert, near the southern Israeli city of
Beersheva on Dec. 26, 2013 (AFP/Jack Guez)
HATZERIM AIR FORCE BASE, Israel (AFP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that Gaza rulers Hamas were responsible for any attacks from the Palestinian enclave, after deaths on both sides.

"We have recently been subject to attacks against us," he said at a pilots' graduation ceremony at the Hatzerim air force base in southern Israel.

"Israel holds Hamas responsible for all the attacks launched on us. We will strike at those who attack us, and at those who support them," he said in remarks that were also broadcast on radio.

Confrontations between the sides peaked on Tuesday, when a sniper inside the Gaza Strip killed an Israeli fixing the border fence.

Israel retaliated against "terror sites" in Gaza using warplanes and tanks, killing a toddler and wounding at least six people.

The sniper attack has been attributed to a small Palestinian faction unrelated to the Islamist Hamas.

An ensuing tense quiet has held, despite Palestinians in Gaza firing a projectile that hit an uninhabited area in southern Israel early on Thursday.

A military spokeswoman told AFP it caused no damage or injuries.

On Thursday night a second projectile fired from Gaza "landed in open ground causing no damage", according to a military spokesman.

Speaking at the same air force ceremony, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said Israel would not accept the "trickle of terror from the Gaza Strip, where Hamas is sovereign."

The week before the sniper attack, Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian scavenging for metal and plastic scraps near the border, and wounded at least 4 Gazans in attacks across the Gaza Strip.

Israeli forces frequently shoot at farmers and other civilians inside the Gaza Strip if they approach large swathes of land near the border that the Israeli military has deemed off-limits to Palestinians.

The "security buffer zone" extends between 500 meters and 1500 meters into the Strip, effectively turning local farms into no-go zones.

According to UNOCHA, 17% of Gaza's total land area and 35% of its agricultural land were within the buffer zone as of 2010, directly affecting the lives and livelihoods of more than 100,000 Gazans.

The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by the State of Israel since 2006.

Ma'an staff contributed to this report
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1 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
26/12/2013 22:46
Occupied Palestinians need to stand together on the issue of Israeli attacks on Gaza - united in condemning them and the 7-year-old blockade of Gaza as well as the Israeli-orchestrated separation of the West Bank from Gaza. There is no more room for fruitless blame - what is vital is solidarity to face and denonce the Israeli narrative. Maybe the clearest way would be to get out of the "peace talks" - they appear to be only a snare and a storefront and to encourage totally empty debate.

2 ) spb / us
26/12/2013 22:47
True

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
26/12/2013 22:55
'Hamas responsible for any Gaza fire.' I don't suppose Israel shooting anyone who comes within a kilometer of the fence could be seen as provocative?

4 ) jesse usa / usa
26/12/2013 22:56
of course they are.

5 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
26/12/2013 23:20
It's Arafat, It's Hamas, It's Hezbollah, It's Iran. It's never terrorist "Israel" they are peace loving "people".

6 ) Outlier / USA
26/12/2013 23:31
Absolutely correct. If Hamas had not fired the first shots, this latest exchange of fire would not have happened.

7 ) Dimi / Germany
27/12/2013 17:42
If I remember well Gaza strip was a part of Egypt before the occupation of Israel 1967. Nowadays even Egypt is suffering under the policy of Hamas. The solution could be that Egypt topples Hamas and brings Abbas back to power in Gaza strip. The winners: Egypt,Israel,PA and ,of course, the Gazans who suffer most.
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