Hamas says didn't mean to target Israeli schoolbus

GAZA, April 9 Sat Apr 9, 2011 7:40am EDT

GAZA, April 9 (Reuters) - Hamas said on Saturday its militants did not intend to target Israeli schoolchildren when they fired a rocket at a bus two days ago, critically wounding a teenager and sparking the latest round of border fighting.

"It was not known that the bus targeted on the outskirts of Gaza carried schoolchildren," spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters, adding that the road where the bus was travelling was often used by Israeli military vehicles.

Israel has maintained that the bus, because it was yellow, should have been easy to identify by whoever fired the anti-tank rocket. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused the Islamist Hamas, which rules Gaza, of "crossing a line".

(Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi, writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan, editing by Mark Heinrich) (allyn.fisher.thomsonreuters.com; +972-2-6322202; Reuters Messaging:allyn.fisher.thomsonreuters.com@thomsonreuters.net))

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morristhewise wrote:
Discontent throughout the Middle-East will grow until every citizen has a job or welfare check. Due to economic limitations useful jobs are not available, but inessential jobs can be created and welfare checks given to the unemployable. This solution is unrealistic but it is demanded by the faithful. Unrealistic demands in the Middle-East will logically lead to the genocide of the useless unless God is great and pays the bills.

Apr 09, 2011 1:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
y2hc wrote:
Israeli school buses are different from any other bus as they are completely YELLOW. They can be easily distinguished from far away. Specifically if you point and shoot an anti-tank missile at them. They definitely did mean to target that bus and they definitely knew that it is a school bus. We are lucky that it was on its way back, after dropping the children at school. The poor guy that used it to visit his grandmother was less lucky. He is still at the intensive care unit.

Apr 09, 2011 12:36am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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