Monday, March 3, 2008

IDF pulls troops out of Gaza, Hamas declares 'victory'

From Ha'aretz:
Another Israeli official said Hamas should view the latest operation as a hint of future Israeli action against rocket fire.

"This very limited (Gaza) operation was intended to show Hamas what could happen, what you may call a 'prequel'," he said.

"If they decide they've seen enough and stop the rockets, if they get the message, then we may get into a period of quiet. If they continue to fire the rockets, then there will be more operations like this one or worse," the official said.

Medics and Hamas have said about half of those killed in recent days have been civilians, including women and children, but IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi said that of the 100 fatalities, 90 were armed militants.
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