Good Grief: Rockets from Lebanon threaten 2nd front

January 8, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Another party heard from in the Middle East conflict. Three rockets from Lebanan were fired into Northern Israel early Thursday, threatening to open a new front in the conflict. Israel responded with mortar shells. Israel has been preparing for a possible attack on the north since it launched its bruising campaign against Hamas militants in Gaza. The country has mobilized thousands of reserve troops for such a scenario, and leaders have warned Hezbollah of dire consequences if it enters the fighting.

The rockets that exploded in Israel’s north come just 2½ years after Israel battled Hezbollah to a 34-day stalemate. No group claimed responsibility and Lebanon’s government, wary of conflict, quickly condemned the rocket fire, which lightly injured two Israelis.

Meanwhile as it pushed forward with a bloody offensive in the Gaza Strip that has killed nearly 700 people, for a second straight day, Israel said it suspended is Gaza military operation for three hours to allow in humanitarian supplies.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said Thursday it had discovered “shocking” scenes — including small children next to their mothers’ corpses — when its representatives gained access for the first time to parts of Gaza battered by Israeli shelling. It accused Israel of failing to meet obligations to care for the wounded in areas of combat. In a statement, Israel accused Hamas, of deliberately using “Palestinian civilians as human shields” and said the Israeli Army “works in close cooperation with international aid organizations during the fighting so that civilians can be provided with assistance.”


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