The Masked Armies of Allah
Collateral damage of the jihad. “Palestinian rocket misfires, kills 2 girls in Gaza,” by Ibrahim Barzak for the Associated Press, December 26, thanks to JCB:
Gaza Strip — A crude rocket fired by Palestinian militants fell short of its target in Israel on Friday, striking a house in the northern Gaza Strip and killing two schoolgirls.
The attack came as Israel sent mixed signals over its plans to respond to continuing Palestinian rocket fire. Israeli defense officials say politicians have approved a large-scale incursion into the territory once rainy conditions clear. But at the same time, Israel appeared receptive to international pressure against an invasion, opening the Gaza border Friday to allow in deliveries of humanitarian aid.
None of Gaza’s militant factions claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on the house in Beit Lahiya. Gaza Health Ministry official Dr. Moiaya Hassanain said the two victims, ages 5 and 12, were cousins. Three other children were wounded, he said.[…]
Ben-Eliezer echoed the message Prime Minister Ehud Olmert tried to deliver a day earlier in an interview with the Arabic language Al-Arabiya TV station: that Gaza’s Islamic Hamas militant rulers were to blame for the suffering in Gaza, home to 1.4 million Palestinians.
But, as with similar cases involving unintended civilian casualties in the past, there were no immediate signs of backlash against the militants after the girls’ death…