Sunday, January 4, 2009

Debka's Back After Cyber Attack


One of my favorite sites of all time, Debka, came under cyber attack on Saturday night, just as the troops crossed into Gaza.

Here is the message that appeared on the website at Debka:

Important Notice
DEBKAfile's two sites in English and Hebrew came under a massive cyber attack on our servers at the moment Israeli ground forces crossed into the Gaza Strip Saturday night, Jan. 3. The attackers tried and failed to block and replace our content. We are doing our utmost to restore service as quickly as possible and return to full operation. DEBKAfile thanks our many visitors for their patience.
January 4, 2009, 1:30 PM (GMT+02:00)

I had been trying to access Debka since Havdalla, and became frustrated at my inability to get the site. In addition, there wasn’t one word on the blogs or the media (that I could find) about what had happened to Debka.

Happily, they are back. Their servers are a bit slow, so if you access the site, be willing to wait a few minutes longer than usual.

Here’s their latest take on the Gaza Invasion:

Israeli forces tightens siege on Gaza City, deploy at Philadelphi to block Hamas' weapons route

DEBKAfile Special Report

January 4, 2009, 3:24 PM (GMT+02:00)

Israeli troops in Gaza

Israeli troops in Gaza

DEBKAfile's military sources report that on the second day of their ground offensive, Sunday, Jan 4, Day 9 of its offensive against Hamas, Israeli forces have closed their siege encirclement of Gaza City. Thirty Israeli soldiers were wounded, an officer and soldier seriously. At least 30 Hamas gunmen were killed in the first thrust of Israel armored infantry, tanks, engineering, artillery and intelligence units into the enclave after a week of intense airstrikes.

Western and Arab informants report that Sunday, Israeli armored forces had taken up position at Hamas launching sites in Beit Hanoun in the north and captured parts of the Zeitun refugee camp and Netzarim to cut off Gaza City and carve the enclave into three segments. They also fought their way into the disused airfield at Dahaniya.

Israeli warships were reported to have dropped troops in the southern Philadelphi enclave through which smuggling tunnels carry Hamas weapons supplies. Armored and infantry unites are fighting for control of the strategic sector after dozens of tunnels were destroyed in previous Israeli air strikes.

Foreign correspondents are not operating inside the Gaza Strip and both Israel and Hamas have cast "a fog of war" over developments.

Hamas gunmen engaging Israeli forces are first battered by fire from Israeli helicopters, artillery and navy. This accounts for their heavy casualties.

On Jan. 1, DEBKAfile reported that Hamas' tacticians did not plan to send the bulk of their elite fighting force against the Israeli invaders or the forces besieging Gaza City. Several hundred were to mingle with the Gaza City population and carry out nocturnal forays behind Israel lines.

Taking this into account, defense minister Ehud Barak warned shortly after the offensive began that it would not be short or easy. Besieging a city of 800,000 densely packed inhabitants is a daunting mission by any military reckoning, requiring large numbers of troops both to control the city and secure its environs up to the enclave's southern border at Rafah.

Hence the tens of thousands of Israeli reservists called up for combat duty.

Some are assigned to Israel's northern frontiers in case Hizballah decides to send Palestinians armed with rockets to open a second front from Lebanon.

DEBKAfile' sources report that in early December Hizballah's Hassan Nasrallah secretly visited Tehran and met with senior Revolutionary Guards officers. He later welcomed in Beirut the al Qods commander Gen. Qassem Suleimani. Another Iranian dignitary, Saeed Jalili, chairman of the national security council and senior nuclear negotiator was due in Beirut Sunday, Jan. 4 after talks in Damascus with Syria, Hamas and Jihad Islami leaders.

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