ISRAEL KILLS AT LEAST 7 IN ATTACK ALLEGED TO INVOLVE USE OF POISON GAS

At least 7 people have died and up to 14 wounded, 3 of them critically, after Israel’s occupation forces attacked a resistance tunnel east of Khan Younis in the besieged Gaza Strip.

The number is expected to raise as there are still ‘significant’ number of missing people.

Israel claims it used ‘new technology’ in the attack – which, according to Palestinian sources, was poisonous gas.

THE ATTACK

Early reports said that Israel’s occupation forces’ artillery shelled the tunnel, later ones that five missiles hit the tunnel.

A claim has been made that Israel’s would have after the initial attack also used ‘prohibited weapons’, possibly poison gas, and a representative of Israel’s occupation forces said they used ‘new technology’.

This ‘new technology’ was possibly poisonous gas according to reports.

If so, it was very far from ‘new technology’ except perhaps in the exact chemicals used and in the method to deliver it. Israel would have re-enacted, on a centenary, horrors from the battlefields of the First World War.

The missile attack was immediately followed by military build-up across the fence in Palestine 1948 and flybys of Israel’s occupation forces’ jet-fighters. The poison gas is alleged to have been fired from air-planes (apparently in containers or missiles) according to one source.

If Israel used poison gas in the attack to target people, even combatants, it would be a war crime.

The unfinished tunnel held members of Islamic Jihad’s armed wing, the al-Quds Brigades as the attack began and as members of Hamas’ al-Qassam Brigades moved in to try to rescue trapped resistance fighters, Israel is claimed to have began fired poison gas into the partly collapsed tunnel, which would have caused some of the casualties.

A naive person would expect that the same people who have been on the forefront in seeking answers to Syria’s chemical attacks would be loud in this case also, if evidence for use of chemical weapons would emerge. A less naive person would expect silence.

The unfinished tunnel held members of Islamic Jihad’s armed wing, the al-Quds Brigades as the attack began and as members of Hamas’ al-Qassam Brigades moved in to try to rescue trapped resistance fighters, Israel is claimed to have began fired poison gas into the partly collapsed tunnel, which would have caused some of the casualties.

THE CASUALTIES

Among the dead are mid-level commanders from both al-Quds Brigades and al-Qassam Brigades: Arafat Abdullah Abu Murshid from the former and Mesbah Fayek Sbheir(30) from the latter.

Others killed in the attack include: Ahmed Khalil Abu Armaneh(25), Mohamed Marwan al-Agha(22), Omar Nassar al-Faleet(27), Jihad Abdullah al-Sumairi and Hasan Ramad Hassanein. (There is some variation in the names of individuals in different
sources.)

Five of the dead belonged to al-Quds Brigades, two to the al-Qassam Brigades.

RESPONSE

Al-Quds Brigades have announced that in the aftermath of the attack, ‘all options are open’.

The armed wings of PFLP and Popular Resistance Committees’ have both denounced the attack and declared support for continued armed resistance, saying they have right to answer to the occupier’s aggression.

A member of the central committee of Fatah has called factions to restrain from acting on their own and to decide on joint response.

It has been claimed that Israel’s government has sent an envoy to Egypt to ask it try to stop the situation from escalating and that Netanyahu has banned his ministers from commenting on the attack to journalists; which, if true, would mean that at this point it would not be interested of creating another bloody crisis – even when its cabinet members and military leaders have in their rhetoric been rattling sabers for months.

Yet the decision to attack the tunnel is itself an escalation that is hard to contain. It’s said that the near the tunnel on the other side of the border, in Palestine 1948, is the major Israeli occupation forces’ Kissufim base. From a military point of view, ‘protecting’ the military base and destroying the tunnel would make ‘sense’ – especially if Israel is planning an action that would make it likely that the base would be targeted in retaliation.

Israeli occupation forces claimed that they had been ‘monitoring’ the tunnel for some time – which again raises the question, why now? Israel has in the past been eager to take advantage of the world’s attention being elsewhere, and on Monday it was concentrated in the woes of the ‘most pro-Israel president ever’ in the United States.

What better time to ‘taste’ so-called ‘new technology’ in ‘field conditions’ – before starting to market it globally, from genocidal regimes to local police forces in the USA?

SOURCES:

7 Palestinians killed in Israeli strike at tunnel in Gaza    

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At least seven Palestinians killed in Israeli strike at tunnel in Gaza

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