Sunday, June 25

Gaza escalation: (Exclusive Podcast Interview, Ch. 10 live video)

Israel Channel 10 live video feed on Hamas-led attack against IDF outpost near Gaza.

IDF armored personnel carrier hit by Palestinian grenades in infiltration alongside Gaza. The vehicle was empty during the attack. (Photo: Ynet)

the IDF Spokesman's Office update on this rapidly-escalating report.

From Haaretz:

"Two Israel Defense Forces soldiers were killed and another was reported missing when Hamas and other armed Palestinian groups attacked an IDF post within Israeli territory near the Gaza Strip border, in the pre-dawn hours Sunday.

"Shortly afterwards, IDF tanks and troops entered Gaza near the site of the attack, an IDF position close to the Kerem Shalom crossing. Military sources said the incursion was part of a manhunt for the missing soldier."

From The Jerusalem Post:

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday he holds the Palestinian Authority and the Hamas-ruled government responsible for an attack on a military outpost near the Gaza Strip earlier in the day.

"We in Israel view the Palestinian Authority, headed by Chairman [Mahmoud] Abbas and the Palestinian government, responsible for this incident, with all that implies," Olmert said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.

Justice Minister Haim Ramon told Army Radio "Israel will wipe out all those who are involved in terrorism. Their organizational affiliation will not protect them."

Former Gaza commander Yom-Tov Samia said the IDF was "making every effort to secure the release of the soldier reported kidnapped by Palestinians. The soldier's condition was unknown."

Fatah, according to one report, is threatening to renew shooting attacks on Jerusalem’s southern Gilo neighborhood if Israel enters Gaza. (I'll update you about that report from here: I live in Gilo - ed.)

"IDF ground troops entered the Gaza Strip Sunday morning after Palestinian operatives infiltrated southern Israel through the coastal strip, attacking a military post and two vehicles in an operation that touched off a gunbattle with soldiers that left at least six IDF troops hurt and four gunmen dead.

"Two Apache helicopters were flying low over the area as the troops entered."

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