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Gazan billboards say ‘Thank you Iran’

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28 Nov 2012 (All day)
Gazan billboards say ‘Thank you Iran’

Large billboards saying “Thank you Iran” have appeared next to three major road junctions in the Gaza Strip in an unprecedented public acknowledgment of the weapons terrorist groups in the Strip receive from the Islamic Republic. The message was written in Arabic, English, Hebrew and Farsi above a picture of an Iranian manufactured Fajr 5 rocket like the ones fired at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem during the recent round of hostilities. “Iranian rockets struck at Tel Aviv. They reached Jerusalem. Therefore it was our duty to thank those who helped our people,” Islamic Jihad leader Khader Habib told Reuters. Meanwhile, the IDF’s OC Southern Command Maj.- Gen. Tal Russo said Tuesday that Hamas had suffered heavy losses during Operation Pillar of Defense and Israeli deterrence had been enhanced as the result of the fighting. “We will know how to keep our side of the arrangement. If they violate it, we have responses,” he said. “There’s a good reason for Hamas to stop its rocket attacks. We can measure results only after a reasonable period of time passes. Hamas has been badly damaged. Deterrence is in place, despite the victory cries we heard in Gaza. Israel and Hamas both know Hamas has been hit hard.”

Street battles continue in Egypt
Street battles between opponents and supporters of Egypt’s Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, continued this week, demanding he drop his demand for the president to be exempt from judicial review, which many fear is the first step in establishing himself as a dictator. Police fired tear gas at protesters who chanted “the people want to bring down the regime,” echoing the slogan of the uprising which so recently toppled Egypt’s longtime autocratic president Hosni Mubarak. The protesting crowd also included scholars from the prestigious Al Azhar mosque and university, showing the unpopularity of Morsi’s decree even among some Moslem circles.

Lebanese lawmakers criticize Hezbollah
Lebanese MP Dory Chamoun, the leader of the country’s centerright, mainly Christian National Liberal Party, told Lebanese newspaper Al-Joumhouria on Tuesday that Hassan Nasrallah, chief of the Shi’ite terror militia Hezbollah, has “gone beyond all the norms and conventions that recognize the existence of an independent country called Lebanon, with a standing army and a multifaceted population.” The remarks were in reaction to Nasrallah’s threat to fire thousands of rockets into Israel if the Jewish State attacks Lebenon, where Hezbollah is a dominant military and political force but not the main governing authority. Chamoun added that Hezbollah “considers itself indifferent to the presence of [state] authorities and institutions who alone should decide the fate of the country.”

Car bombs kill dozens in bloody Wednesday for Syria
Four car bombs were detonated in Damascus on Wednesday, killing dozens and wounding many more in an attack on neighborhoods populated mostly by Druze and Christian refugees displaced by fighting elsewhere in the country. The bombings come amidst a strong push by rebel factions battling the regime of president Bashar Assad which has seen them capture several key military bases in recent days. Witnesses have also reported seeing rebels capturing large stocks of weapons, including anti-aircraft missiles which were used to shoot down a loyalist helicopter on Tuesday. Rebel factions have also captured several important lines of transport and communication in recent days, making it harder for Assad’s troops to effectively resist. “If the rebels make real progress around the capital, it could be the beginning of the end for Assad,” said analyst Karim Bitar of the French Institute of International and Strategic Relations. “But the regime has not said its last word, and the coming weeks are full of danger.”


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