Worrisome Middle East Developments
Washington wants war and is using Turkey as its attack dog.
by Stephen Lendman
Days of Syrian/Turkish border incidents threaten further escalation into something more serious. Free Syrian Army (FSA) militants fired mortar rounds on Turkish territory from Syrian locations they control.
Assad was wrongfully blamed for their provocation. Syria has been very circumspect. It wants tensions cooled. Turkey's Erdogan made hostile threats. Events bear watching.
On Sunday, Israel launched air strikes on Gaza. It wasn't the first time, and won't be the last. One death was reported. Around 10 Palestinians were wounded. Injuries affecting two victims are serious.
In response, Hamas and Islamic Jihad fired rockets into southern Israel. No casualties were reported. Israel retaliated in force. Its provocation started things. It wrongfully blamed Palestinians. It bears full responsibility for its crimes.
On October 8, Haaretz headlined "IDF strikes Gaza sites in response to Hamas rocket fire," saying:
Multiple Gazan sites were struck. At least five more Palestinians were wounded.
In a statement released Monday, an IDF spokesperson said "a number of terror cells and targets of the terrorist organization Hamas in the Gaza Strip (were attacked), in response to the rockets fired this morning toward territory of the state of Israel."
A mosque was struck. Israel called it "part of the use (Hamas) makes of religious sites for terror activities."
Take all Israeli claims with a grain of salt. They lack credibility. Israel's Sunday raid was lawless and provocative. Palestinians responded in self-defense. It's their right. International law affirms it.
Gazan Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Ashraf al-Kodra said Israel shelled areas east of Khan Younis. Five civilians were injured. One is in serious condition. As a precaution, five Gazan schools were evacuated.
Mossad-connected DEBKAfile (DF) reported the same story. It takes some effort separating its accuracy from allegiance. It headlined "Israeli air, tanks pound Gaza after massive Palestinian barrage. Hamas, Jihad threaten to broaden attacks."
DF said Hamas and Islamic Jihad responded to Israel's provocation. It avoided saying doing so is lawful. It called both Palestinian groups "terrorists." It claimed they're affiliated with Iran.