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    Israel Strike Targets Islamic Jihad Member in Gaza

    • Palestinians are seen through a damaged windscreen of a bus as they gather at the scene of an Israeli airstrike, northern Gaza Strip, Jan. 19, 2014.
    • Palestinians inspect a training camp, which witnesses said was hit in an Israeli airstrike, in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Jan. 19, 2014.
    • Palestinians gather around a donkey, which witnesses said was killed in an Israeli airstrike, northern Gaza Strip, Jan. 19, 2014.
    • Palestinians look at a damaged motorcycle, which witnesses said was hit in an Israeli airstrike, northern Gaza Strip, Jan. 19, 2014.
    • Israel carried out an airstrike against a Gaza militant, hitting a training camp in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Jan. 19, 2014.

    VOA News
    The Israeli military says it has carried out an airstrike in the northern Gaza Strip targeting a Palestinian militant Israel says had fired rockets into the country last week.

    The Israeli air force said it hit Ahmed Saad, a 22-year-old Islamic Jihad member, who Israel says fired five rockets Thursday at the southern city of Ashkelon. Israel says the rockets were intercepted by the Iron Missile defense system. The military accused Saad of planning an imminent attack on Israel.

    The Associates Press reports that an Islamic Jihad official has confirmed Saad was targeted Sunday.

    Authorities say Saad received critical injuries, while a 12-year-old boy standing nearby suffered moderate injuries.

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    by: PermReader
    January 20, 2014 12:51 PM
    Anti-Israel articles are alway signed VOA - the collective anti-semite.

    by: Igor from: Russia
    January 20, 2014 12:01 AM
    Israel can never win the war with its modern weapons unless it exterminate the whole population of Palestine. The only way to win the war is to win the heart and mind of your enemy and Israel is incapable of doing so.
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    by: Nazarene from: USA
    January 20, 2014 2:52 AM
    unfortunately we had had a stint of no less than a decade in which we tried to win the "hearts and minds" of Arabs... no such luck... they do not have hearts and they most certainly do not have minds... so, we have to win this - by confronting the islamic evil !!

    by: Satoy Hiku from: Japan
    January 19, 2014 4:47 PM
    Israel is such a fascinating place. No matter what is happening in the World, news from Israel is always the most interesting and the most fascinating. Japanese People love and adore Israel. Shalumm
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    by: Marla from: USA
    January 20, 2014 11:16 PM
    hey "huang jun" can you produce a single instance where Israel's neighbors - however remote - solve anything through diplomacy...??
    Really, think about it, and do not disgrace the Chinese people with your answer (you might be some bloated Iranian.. disguising your identity - like you should...)
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    by: Huang Jun from: China
    January 20, 2014 3:40 AM
    Iraeal may be very strong when it use force against its neibours. But Israel is too stupid to solve any problem by diplomacy. So Israel can never live without war. It is high time Israli people abandon their religion to accept Buddhism as their national religion.

    by: Mariann Berry from: USA
    January 19, 2014 4:31 PM
    when will our incompetent "president" Hussein give the Israelis the green light...?? if Hillary were to call the shots Iran would have met their Calvary already. the Iranians would have been chocking on their own atomic "research" two years ago... now, as to these Arab stinking filth, there will never be a two states in that little place - NEVER. the Israelis should assert their sovereignty and show the filth out of Israel and into Jordan...

    by: Abel Ogah from: Nigeria
    January 19, 2014 2:57 PM
    This is a war that the jihadists will never win. Pe riod.

    by: Sebastian from: US
    January 19, 2014 1:00 PM
    The Israelis have been using BioSig identification technology since the 90's. We should have used their systems in the hunt for Osama. I hope Obama would unleash them on Iran; and let the UN sanctimonious hypocrites condemn US and Israel.
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    by: David from: USA
    January 19, 2014 4:50 PM
    I am saddened, however Hamas should start to position itself as a political party instead of trespassing into Israeli side and cause trouble.

    by: Maj. S. G. H. from: USMC
    January 19, 2014 12:52 PM
    this is incredible. they know not only the names and identities of these terrorists scumbags - but they can target them scooting about on a motorcycle from space... while listening to them talking on the phone... this is far beyond the technology available to us in Afghanistan... I hate to say it, but Israel is stunning!!
    let me just say - this Marine is proud of you, little brother... SF
    RESPECT!!!

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