sabato 27 dicembre 2008


Dopo ormai anni di attacchi missilistici contro Israele, con una forte recrudescenza negli ultimi giorni, l'esercito israeliano ha iniziato un'operazione contro obbiettivi strategici del gruppo terroristico Hamas che, giova ricordarlo, governa tirannicamente Gaza e sottomette la popolazione al proprio volere (a breve anche insaprendo la legge coranica applicata in sede civile) perpetrando vere e proprie persecuzioni verso oppositori ed anche contro i cristiani che vivono nella striscia.
Dal sito Palestinian Media Watch riportiamo l'articolo che segue e che ci spiega bene come Hamas non sia certo una formazione di idealisti bensì di armati dotati di notevoli capacità. Dallo stesso sito anche una positiva notizia, per la verità nn una novità essendo ciò spesso accaduto in Israele,ovvero alcuni dei banmbini palestinesi feriti da un razzo di Hamas stessa, vengono curati presso un ospedale israeliano.

ANALYSIS / A hard look at Hamas' capabilities By Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff, Haaretz Correspondent Last update - 04:03  26/12/2008  Approximately 15,000 armed Palestinians. That's the size of the military  force the Israel Defense Forces will face if a major operation in the Gaza  Strip goes forward. These militants, from various Hamas factions, will  presumably be aided by a few thousand militants from other Palestinian  groups.  For two years Hamas, with Iranian assistance, has been working hard on  developing its military power, using Hezbollah as a model.  Gaza Palestinians are preparing to step up their offensive, with rockets and  mortar shells directed at Israel's civilian population in the south, as well  as their defense, digging in to retard the IDF's progress and cause heavy  Israeli casualties.  Nevertheless, military experts in Israel and the West believe the IDF is  capable of retaking Gaza. Israeli reservations about a broad military  operation, therefore, are mainly linked to the question of what happens  afterward, when the IDF controls a large area that it doesn't want and is in  constant friction with terrorists and the civilian population.  The main components of the "Hamas Army":  ? Order of battle: Hamas is transitioning from a terror group to a  paramilitary guerrilla organization. The transition includes improvements to  the command and control structure, the acquisition of better weapons and the  creation of a training program.  The core of Hamas' "army" is its military wing, Iz al-Din al-Qassam, which  the organization sees as its best trained and most disciplined force. It was  deployed against Fatah in June 2007 and it will bear the brunt of any  engagement with the IDF. Iz al-Din does not generally perform unpopular  policing operations (such as the daily suppression of Fatah), instead  focusing on preparing for battle with Israel.  The estimated size of the force is about 1,000, divided into sectors and  from brigades down to companies.  - Training: Palestinian sources say Iz al-Din troops undergo rigorous  military training as well as participating in ideological classes held in  mosques. Hamas forces do six months of basic training that includes  live-fire exercises in which they learn to fire rockets, antitank missiles  and mortar shells.  They undergo urban warfare training, including exercises simulating an  assault on a settlement complete with covering machine-gun fire and antitank  fire prior to the assault. Some of the instructors were trained in Iran and  Lebanon. In recent years dozens of Gazans have traveled to training camps  run by terror organizations and Iran's Revolutionary Guards.  IDF soldiers who have fought Hamas cells in the Gaza Strip in the past two  years report an impressive improvement in their discipline and in their  equipment.  -  Other factions: Hamas and smaller organizations, starting with Islamic  Jihad, can be expected to cooperate in the event of an engagement with the  IDF. Two Popular Resistance Committee factions maintain close contact with  Hamas and are likely to subordinate themselves to the organization in a war  with Israel.  Three military groupings identified with global jihad (that is, Al-Qaida and  its offshoots), on the other hand, will not accept Hamas authority and will  continue to operate independently.  -Rocket attacks: The rockets and mortar shells were initially developed as a  way of bypassing the border fence, which prevented militants from entering  Israel to carry out attacks. Shin Bet security service head, Yuval Diskin,  told the cabinet this week that Hamas already has rockets with a range of 40  kilometers, that are capable of reaching Ashdod and the outskirts of Be'er  Sheva.  These are advanced Katyusha that were smuggled into Gaza in pieces through  the tunnels and assembled in Gaza. These rockets have not yet been fired at  Israel but Hamas and Islamic Jihad already have dozens of 122 mm. Grad  rockets with a range of about 20 km. Gaza militants recently began using  another Iranian-supplied weapon, 120 mm. mortar shells with an 8-kilometer  range.  Hamas has also made significant gains in manufacturing its own rockets. It  has learned to create Ammonium Perchlorate Compound, an advanced rocket  propellant that in addition to extending the Qassam's range beyond 20  kilometers also - and more importantly - increases the rocket's shelf life.  That means the organization can, for the first time, maintain a supply of  rockets for months at a time. Analysts believe Hamas currently has over  1,000 rockets. Islamic Jihad maintains its own production and storage  facilities, but both rely on Iranian experts for training. Sources in Gaza  say that Hamas' "military industry" is working overtime to manufacture  rockets, and that the organization can easily fire 80 rockets a day, as it  did on Wednesday.  - Defense: Hamas' defensive strategy includes an extensive underground  network of bunkers, tunnels and booby-trapped structures. The Palestinians  have proved their explosives capabilities, having destroyed three Israeli  tanks and two armored personnel carriers using high-grade explosives.  Antitank missiles are an important component of Hamas' defensive strategy,  which takes on board the lessons learned by Hezbollah in the Second Lebanon  War. Hamas has acquired antitank missiles from the Eastern bloc, although  the exact models and capabilities are not known.  Militants can be expected to employ antitank missiles against Israel Air  Force helicopters in the event of a confrontation, in the effort to delay  and obstruct the entry of the IDF.  - Offensive plans: Hamas' main weapon is its ability to launch dozens of  rockets a day at Israel. In the event of an escalation the organization can  be expected to try to prove that it can hit more distant targets, such as  Be'er Sheva. Ashkelon is liable to suffer massive rockets attacks. In  addition, Hamas is likely to target one kibbutz or moshav near the border in  an attempt to cause large numbers of residents to leave and weaken Israeli  morale. Israel must also be prepared for a surprise from Hamas, a la  Hezbollah, ranging from additional tunnels to facilitate abductions to  attacks on boats or aircraft and up to attacks on strategic targets in the  south.    ------------------------------  From: To: Subject: Israeli hospital treating Palestinian seriously     wounded by Palestinian Qassam that hit his Gaza house  Gazan injured from failed rocket evacuated to Tel Aviv hospital Shmulik Hadad YNET Published: 12.26.08, 15:07 / Israel News,7340,L-3644801,00.html  A 40-year-old Palestinian seriously injured from a failed Qassam rocket  launch was evacuated by a Magen David Adom crew to Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical  Center Friday.  The rocket directly hit the Palestinian's house, and he was hit in the head.  The victim's two children were also injured in the incident, and  negotiations towards their evacuation to hospital are being held.   

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