Hezbollah says Israel failed to achieve objectives in Gaza

BEIRUT Mon Nov 19, 2012 3:18pm EST

Smoke and explosion are seen after Israeli air strikes in Gaza City November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Smoke and explosion are seen after Israeli air strikes in Gaza City November 19, 2012.

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Monday that Israel had failed to achieve its objectives in its campaign of air strikes and shelling in Gaza.

"The shelling is clearly and deliberately targeting civilians and killing women and children," he told supporters via a video screen in a speech to mark the Shi'ite Muslim holy day of Ashura.

"The military operation has failed to achieve its targets. The killing is aimed at putting pressure on the leadership of the resistance in the Gaza Strip to drop its conditions (for a truce)."

Israel launched an air campaign on Wednesday with the declared goal of deterring Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group that runs the Gaza Strip, from launching rockets at its southern communities.

The Islamic militant group Hezbollah is closely allied with non-Arab, Shi'ite Iran, which Israel accuses of supplying Hamas with Fajr-5 missiles capable of reaching Tel Aviv or Jerusalem from Gaza.

Israel bombed dozens of targets in Gaza for a sixth day on Monday, while Palestinian rocket fire at Israel from the territory eased off.

Nasrallah also said Arab countries should openly provide weapons to the Palestinian militants, but that "there is no political decision".

Hezbollah fought Israel in a 34-day war in 2006 in which it fired at least 4,000 rockets towards Israel. At least 1,200 people in Lebanon, mostly civilians, and 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers, were killed during that war.

(Reporting by Mariam Karouny; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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pragmatist101 wrote:
This article is clearly one-sided, even though it’s really hoping it doesn’t show. The authors bias is clear.
Hezbollah, during the 2006 war used human shields, shooting rockets from highly populated areas to hit civilian targets in Israel, showing lack of concern for both Lebanese and Israeli civilian lives. With Hamas, the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree, doing the exact same thing. Unreal you’re even a reporter via the Internet.

Nov 19, 2012 5:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
roncee wrote:
“The shelling is clearly and deliberately targeting civilians and killing women and children,”

What the hell does this fool think the Palestinian rockets are aimed at? It’s fun to sit back and watch the Israelis on the receiving end of these attacks, but let the ordnance go the other way in response and these idiots start squealing like the pigs they are! The Palestinians asked for it with their continued harassment with rocket fire,(around 725 since the first of the year), and now they’re getting it. Israel should just clean out this sewer called Gaza and take it over. Give them a taste of what Dresden saw in 1945.

Nov 19, 2012 9:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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