Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Hamas Fights On Despite Odds

Left: An Israeli tank advances along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip. (Photo: PressTV / Rabbani)

"Sa qui mouri, z' affait a yo" translates to: Who ever dies, it's their affair--Battle cry of the only slave population to have freed itself and establish a sovereign state throughout recorded history. This unprecedented development occurred in what was then known as Hispaniola, a Spanish and French colony in the Caribbean. The island was known as Saint-Domingue in its French configuration and Santo-Domningo in the Spanish locale. It is now referred to as Haiti and the Dominican Republic respectively.

Footage of attacks on Israeli troops in Gaza - 06 Jan 09

In Other Resistance Developments in Gaza

A Palestinian fighter has blown up an Israeli army tank, killing himself in the incident, a spokesman for the Hamas military wing. Al-Qassam Brigades. says.

"The Israeli tank blew up in an Estishhadi Operation (one that seeks martyrdom)," said Abu Obaida, a Hamas military wing spokesman, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.

According to Abu Ubayda, a spokesman of Hamas, the movement's fighters managed to lure a group of Israeli soldiers into a building in the town of Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip. While those soldiers clashed with the first group of fighters, another man climbed into an Israeli tank and blew up the tank, including himself.

The Israeli military did not confirm this account. However, the Israeli military censorship office did say that "Paratrooper forces operating in northern Gaza identified a martyr bomber approaching them in order to detonate himself against the soldiers. The troops fired at the man, causing his suicide belt to detonate. One soldier was lightly wounded in the incident."

Hamas Al-Aqsa TV station reported Tuesday, January 6, 2009, that seven Israeli tanks were also hit by Hamas resistance fighters.

Ubu Ubayda claimed that hundreds of Hamas fighters who are ready to martyr themselves will be waiting for Israeli soldiers. He highlighted that fierce clashes erupted in elevated areas near Gaza City that Israeli forces had captured, such as Ar-Rayis hill, Al-Kashif hill and Al-Atatra. Fierce clashes continued also in open area west of Beit Lahiya, he added.

The spokesperson also referred to dozens of dead among Israeli soldiers, asserting that Palestinian resistance used heavy explosive devices weighing 60 kilograms. Hamas has maneuvered its defense by featuring RP-Gs, Anti-tank missiles and IEDs attacks to assail the invading Israeli forces.

The Gaza Strip has come under massive Israeli bombardment since December 27, 2008, when the Jewish state launched a military campaign to put an end to the Hamas movement pretexted on rocket attacks against southern Israel.

The Hamas movement, the democratically-elected government of the strip, demands a cessation of Israeli attacks and the opening of the Gaza border -- which has been closed due to the 18-month Israeli siege of the 1.5 million densely populated territory.

According to medical personnel in Gaza, at least 670 Palestinians have been killed including 205 children and 98 women as well as 3,040 others wounded in the 11-day Israeli offensive, known as operation "Cast Lead."

In a related development, Israeli media said yesterday their soldiers shot a Palestinian fighter carrying explosive belt, and as he exploded, an Israeli soldier was hurt.


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