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Qassam Brigades attacks Israeli anti-tunnel vehicle
Published Thursday 31/07/2014 (updated) 01/08/2014 14:01
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Hamas-affiliated al-Qassam Brigades on Wednesday claimed responsibility for targeting an Israeli military engineering vehicle used to destroy tunnels in an attack in eastern Juhr al-Dik in the Gaza Strip.

The Brigades said in a statement that the group destroyed the vehicle and "everyone, everything around it" including military vehicles, officers and soldiers.

The group added that this attack, which used a kornet missile, was an "initial response" for the latest "Shujaiyya massacre," referring to Israel's shelling of a market Wednesday that killed 17 shoppers and injured 200.

The attack comes as Israel says it has shifted its focus in recent weeks from combating rocket attacks to destroying Hamas' tunnel network, which runs beneath the Gaza Strip and into Israel.

Israel says Hamas, which modeled the tunnels on Hezbollah's similar system in southern Lebanon, plans to use the tunnels to attack civilians, but Hamas has used them primarily to strike military targets and says they do not target civilians.

Palestinian militants have killed 56 soldiers since the ground assault began, in addition to two civilians. Israel, meanwhile, has killed nearly 1,400 Palestinians, the vast majority of whom are believed to be civilians.

Al-Qassam also claimed responsibility for hitting an armored personnel carrier with an explosive near al-Surani hill in al-Tuffah neighborhood in eastern Gaza City.

The Brigades said they targeted a group of military vehicles in central Gaza Strip with five 107-rockets in addition.
1 ) JoeFattal / USA
31/07/2014 16:31
Tunnels are a danger to Israelis, especially at night. They might have a good reason to destroy them. Here they are a nice little Jewish couple on their merry way walking late at night hand in hand and drop, there they go in the hole. That would be terrible. So maybe its a good idea for the IDF to walk around and seal all the holes in the ground.

2 ) Rosie / Scotland
31/07/2014 18:18
The Israelis control Gaza's air, coast and surface land, and now also want to control below the ground! Everyone has the right to defend themselves, but Israel seems to believe it has an exclusive right to self-defence. This is racism and dehumanisation of the worst kind. What is taking place in Gaza is genocide and criminal. Wake up world...

3 ) AKeenReader / UK
31/07/2014 18:54
# JoeFattal/USA.. what about Palestinian couple eh? They even get bombed in UN schools, hospitals etc. And before you say any thing about Hamas hiding rockets in UN schools, please note THEY WERE EMPTY AT THE TIME. OK!

31/07/2014 20:42
Would that The Greatest Hitler killed all Jews that is stigma on face of humanity and menace on this beautiful globe. Pseudo-Christians are with anti-Christ which are Jews.This cruelty in Palestine was sponsored by UK,France and USA by immoral,illegal,inhuman establishment of Israel. These countries are Devils companions.May ALLAH Almighty long live Hamas that are real freedom fighters.Amen May ALLAH Almighty ruin Devil US, Isreal and supporters Amen

31/07/2014 20:57
May ALLAH Almighty ruin Pharoah of this age Egyptian Devil Illegal president Abdul-Ibless Sisi (Lanatullah Elaihim). Amen. May ALLAH Almighty ruin Saudi Arabian, Qatari, UAE, Egyptian,Jordian and Pakistani Military and Civil Govt. Amen. Long live Hamas. Amen. If israel was built in UK by displacing UK people. If UK people fight for their homeland then would u say them terrorists. Why Palestinians This cruelty in Palestine was sponsored by UK,France and USA by immoral,illegal,inhuman establish

6 ) Sam / usa
31/07/2014 21:47
Is it true that the Israelis are releasing pigs into the Gaza tunnel system?

7 ) John / USA
01/08/2014 00:22
#1, you realize how stupid your idea is, right? Your comment made me laugh actually. As about tunnels, since they go to Israel, why doesn't IDF locate them on THEIR side of the WALL they constructed to isolate the Palestinians?! If you think about it, it makes sense: find the end of the tunnel in Israel and destroy it. It's much cheaper and has far less risks. BUT, Israel is not really after the tunnels. This is collective punishment for daring to resist so bravely.

8 ) Outlier / USA
01/08/2014 02:49
4,5., Mohammad, your comments are a sad commentary on Islam, an honorable religion that has been hijacked by extremists. Religion is about personal belief. When any individual inflicts his or her personal religious beliefs on others, it becomes a perversion.

9 ) Alexesey / Ukraine
01/08/2014 08:40
A lot of Hamas (over 150 you can see it on-line) fighters surrender to Israel and eventually working for Israel security establishment against their use to be Hamas comrades.Watch The Green Prince documentary.Even Ismail Hania sisters (both of them Israeli citizen) sons serve in IDF.

10 ) faris ahmad / malaysia
01/08/2014 20:15
May Allah almighty give victory to hamas and free all Palestinians from Israel invasion..amin

11 ) The Truth / Canada
02/08/2014 00:04
at Sam / usa - yes, there are israelis in the tunnels!! :)

12 ) Wassin Riyad / From No where
02/08/2014 03:26
I really support Israel and they have the right to destroyed Hamas tunnels because if they don't destroyed who know if they going to do something violent. One thing people should to Hamas in not a group is not a part of Islamic religion, because they are saying they are fighting for Muslim and they not people are calling muslim terrorrist now but they are not. They should also think the soldiers are fighting and is not hurting them, but is hurting the civilian and they family.

13 ) Wassim Riyad / From No where
02/08/2014 03:30
So why they they tolerate in order so people can live happily and enjoy they life. It is time for the world to tolerate and come togther if the world work together and put they hands together they will ne no war. They should also know we are all the same amd no ome is superior then the others we are all equals.

14 ) Somebody / UN
02/08/2014 07:28
At least we don't use the money which come from america to kill innocent children.Plus your "Iron Dome" cannot destroy our homemade rocket.Sending a group of tanks.Wheres your balls,we use man power and not using technology to rely on.We don't scared of death.We do not use illegal weapon to kill civilian.We do not kill an old man that cant even move but his head with an "APACHE".You said that Hamas use civilians as a human shield.Then why you bomb the hospital

15 ) Jawad Falak / Pakistan
02/08/2014 09:37
The mighty IDF is only capable at murdering unarmed women and children however when faced with real fighters like Hamas and Hizbullah, they drop dead like flies. Israel should know it is fighting a war it will only lose!

16 ) Uk stands for palestine / UK
02/08/2014 18:59
long live hamas resistance (Freedom Fighters)

17 ) Joseph Lieberman / USA
02/08/2014 20:04
The whole world knows that the Zionist regime is committing Genocide. Just plain murder... We are not asleep. We are aware of the crimes. Even God fearing Jews in the land shall rebel against the Zionists because they and their IDF are doing mortal sins before God.

18 ) truth will prevail!!! / USA
03/08/2014 12:37
I have seen that lots of people are now wake up due to this aggression of Israhell... It proves that American Govt. is not controlled by it's people.... I have lots of frnds from Jew community as well as Christian community and they all are agree now that Israhell is doing Genocide and the creation of Israhell was wrong... But main problem is our Muslim Rulers who's silence is more dangerous!!!

19 ) No Action Talk Only (NATO) / Malaysia
03/08/2014 16:58
as a human being,we know whats wrong or right.. any religion in this world prohibit killing.. but jews allowed killing people. is that right? is that what their god want them to do? use your logic brain to think..

20 ) suharto / indonesia
03/08/2014 16:59
Salam fellow hamas,keep on fighting the zionist to regain yo ur lost land siezed since 1948.the countries responzible for the seizure were uk and usa.

21 ) Mujahid / Malaysia
03/08/2014 19:17
Almighty Allah wanted us to live in peace when He said in the Holy Qura'n to you is your religion to me is mine. Allah created us in different races and languages that we may know one another NOT to kill one another. It is people with evil intentions that have changed the words of Almighty Allah and now causing hatred and injustice every where. We have lost the loving feeling and compassion that all Prophets of Allah has taught us. So who is to be blamed ? Seek the truth in our hearts. God Bless
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