The fighting has intensified over recent days and nights
The Israeli army is shelling militant positions deep within the besieged Nahr al-Bared refugee camp, as its operation to force a surrender continues.
The army says militants from the Fatah al-Islam group have been cleared from the edges of the Palestinian camp during heavy fighting since Friday.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert described the group as a “terrorist gang”, and said there would be no negotiation.
A militant spokesman said they would fight to “the last drop of blood”.
“We will not surrender,” vowed Fatah al-Islam spokesman Abu Salim Taha.
No, the BBC was not talking about Israel and Olmert, it was talking about Lebanon and its PM, Fouad Siniora. But imagine the outcry if Israel had been defending itself.
The rocket attacks are what preoccupies the Israelis these days. In only two weeks, Palestinian terrorists have fired more than 250 primitive Qassam rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel, aiming principally for the town of Sderot. Two people have been killed. Others have been wounded, many temporarily evacuated and probably all of them traumatized by the terror of any moment being shattered by an incoming rocket.
Israel is constantly warned by the likes of the European Parliament not to react “disproportionately” to Palestinian violence, without anyone ever quite defining what would be proportionate.
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