Thursday, May 22, 2008

al-Qaida Presence Felt in Gaza

Photo by Switch_1010

The Egyptian-engineered cease fire between Israel and Hamas is even further from becoming a reality as a Palestinian suicide bomber detonated four tons of explosives in a truck at one of the Gaza-Israel crossings today. The Erez pedestrian crossing was destroyed but the driver of the truck was the only one killed. He was unable to cross the border to reach the Israeli military base on the other side, his primary target.

Israel says:
The Erez crossing will be closed until the damage can be repaired, Israeli military spokesman Peter Lerner said. He said "the main victims of this attack are the Palestinians themselves."

The larger concern for the international community at large is the type of bomb and the type of carrier used. Palestinian militants rarely use car bombs. Guess who does.
Truck bombs are not commonly used by Islamic Jihad and the other group participating in Thursday's attack, the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades. Extremist groups linked to al-Qaida have often used them.

Boaz Ganor, a leading terrorism expert in Israel, said Thursday's attack shows the "infiltration" of the Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah and their Iranian sponsors into the Gaza Strip.

The situation is getting desperater and desperater over there as Gaza pushes for their freedom and Israel pushes not to be bombed on a daily basis. It's kind of a catch-22.

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