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  •  I wouldn't be surprised if (4+ / 0-)

    the second volley was in the air before the first one hit.  Naval bombardments start from a long way away.  Unfortunately, they aren't exactly "surgical" from that range.  It's an indictment of Israel's callous disregard for civilian casualties that they'd even use naval guns on Gaza.

    You can't spell CRAZY without R-AZ.

    by rb608 on Thu Jul 17, 2014 at 12:43:18 PM PDT

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    •  They said the bomber (5+ / 0-)

      seemed to shift his aim to target the survivors.

      Horrific.

    •  Probably Line-of-Sight In This Case (1+ / 0-)
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      Sandino

      A quick review of the ships currently active in the Israeli Navy reveals that the largest gun ordnance carried aboard Israeli vessels is on the Hetz subclass of the Sa'ar 4.5-class missile boats.  That weapon is the OTO Melara 76mm naval gun, which offers a typical effective range of 8km and a maximum range of 16km for high explosive rounds.  Since the targets were not the type typically locatable by radar (metal, concrete, etc.) but human beings on a beach, fire control was likely being directed by line-of-sight vision.  An alternative would be for an Israeli drone operator to flying his vehicle over the beach observing whatever targets they thought they were seeing and actually directing the fire aboard the off-shore Israeli vessel via comm links.  The Israeli military very likely knew precisely what they were firing at, a  large collection of people on the beach who were clearly up to no good, since they were on the beach in the first place.

      "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

      by PrahaPartizan on Thu Jul 17, 2014 at 06:05:56 PM PDT

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