Thursday, 15 November 2012

Teen brothers among 3 killed in Israeli airstrike

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- An Israeli airstrike killed three Palestinians in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday evening, the health ministry said, bringing the death toll to 19 on the second day of fighting.

Brothers Tareq Jamal Naser, 16, and Oday Jamal Nasser, 14, as well as Fares al-Bassiouni were killed when Israel bombed their home in Beit Hanoun, the ministry said.

The brothers' father and three children were among six injured in the explosion. Witnesses said a fire broke out affecting a nearby mosque after the bombing.

Israel's army said it had hit around 70 rocket-launching sites in the course of an hour on Thursday evening, as deadly violence continued since Israel assassinated a Hamas commander on Wednesday.

The aerial bombardment set off earth-shaking thuds and fireballs in the dark sky and were met with screeches of Palestinian rocket fire launched from the outskirts of Gaza City towards southern Israel. more

Baby dies of wounds as strikes pound Gaza - death toll rises to 16

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A 10-month-old baby died on Thursday evening from wounds sustained in an Israeli airstrike, as fighter jets renewed their assault on the Gaza Strip.

Hanin Tafish died from injuries sustained when her home was struck in the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza city on Wednesday, medics said.

Witnesses said Israeli airstrikes targeted over 25 locations in the Gaza Strip on Thursday evening, as the death toll rose to 16 since Israel assassinated a Hamas commander on Wednesday.

The aerial bombardment set off earth-shaking thuds and fireballs in the dark sky and were met with screeches of Palestinian rocket fire launched from the outskirts of Gaza City towards southern Israel.

One of the sites targeted was an electricity generator that fed the house of Hamas's prime minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh. It was unclear whether he was at home at the time.

Israeli aircraft also bombed a police station in central Gaza and tunnels on Gaza's border with Egypt through which basic civilian goods and arms destined for militant groups pass into the Strip, which is under a tight blockade by Israel and Egypt. more

Gaza rockets hit city near Tel Aviv for the first time

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Rockets fired from Gaza reached an Israeli city near Tel Aviv on Thursday afternoon for the first time as cross-border violence continued for a second day.

Israel's army said a projectile hit an open area near Rishon Lezion, a city 12 km south of Tel Aviv. The Israeli daily Haaretz said two rockets had landed, but no casualties were reported.

Israeli media reports said the rocket came down near an amusement park in sand dunes on the edge of the city.

Hamas' armed wing the al-Qassam Brigades said it had fired two rockets in the vicinity of Tel Aviv. Israel's military said 245 rockets were fired at Israel since Wednesday.

Resistance fighters from different factions continued to claim responsibility for rockets fire at military sites and across the border Thursday as the death toll in Gaza reached 15.

A rocket fired from Gaza early Thursday struck an apartment building in southern Israel, killing three Israelis. more

Deaths of civilians raise Gaza death toll to 15

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The death toll in the Gaza Strip rose to 15 on Thursday as a Palestinian child succumbed to wounds sustained earlier and a man's body was found buried in the rubble of an Israeli airstrike.

Eighteen-month-old Walid al-Abadleh succumbed to his injuries sustained in an Israeli airstrike east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza early Thursday.

The body of a 52-year-old man was also pulled out of the rubble of an airstrike in the al-Amoudi area in the northern Gaza Strip.

Overall, medics say 15 have died and 150 were injured in the 24 hours since Israel began a major escalation in the Gaza Strip and assassinated a senior Hamas military commander.

Earlier al-Qassam members Rami Hamad and Khaled Abu Nasr were killed in an airstrike east of Jabaliya refugee camp. Their bodies were taken to the Kamal Adwan hospital, medics told Ma'an.

Before that Israel killed a senior police official and two al-Qassam Brigade members. more

Israeli troops massed on Gaza border, poised for invasion

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Israel’s bombardment of Gaza on Wednesday mark only the beginning of military operations, just hours after Israeli President Shimon Peres called President Obama to update him on the airstrikes.

Israel killed the military commander of Hamas in an airstrike on the Gaza Strip on Wednesday. Israeli troops have massed on the Gaza border, poised for invasion.

This latest surge of violence between Israel and Gaza militants occurred after Israel shot and killed at least two Gazans and intruded into Gaza with tanks and bulldozers. In response, Gaza militants fired a missile at an Israeli army jeep, wounding four soldiers – to which Israel responded with an extended bombardment of airstrikes.

But the Israeli leadership continue to try and claim Hamas initiated the flare up in violence, issuing the same statements of war rhetoric as always. more

Video: Al Qassam Brigades launching Fajr 5 missile at Tel Aviv

Al Qassam Brigades video of launching Fajr 5 long range missile towards Tel Aviv. Israel claimed it had destroyed all these missiles in airstrikes yesterday.

Audio report from the funeral of Hamas military wing commander Ahmed al-Jabari

Palestinian mourners carry the body of Hamas' top military commander Ahmed al-Jabari, killed in an Israeli strike on Wednesday, during his funeral in Gaza City, Thursday, 15 November 15, 2012. Photograph: Hatem Moussa/AP
audio report of the funeral by the Guardian's Harriet Sherwood

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood calls for mass protests in solidarity with Gaza

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is calling for protests to be held in front of all major mosques around the country 3pm Thursday, calling on the government to cut all diplomatic and economic ties with Israel. It has also called for large scale protests following Friday prayers at Al-Azhar Mosque.

The military operation carried out Wednesday by Israel killed top Hamas commander Ahmed Al-Jabari and saw the death of 11 others and the injury of tens more.

In a press statement released by the Brotherhood, of which President Mohamed Morsi hailed, the group states that Israel's "criminal aggression" poses a serious threat to stability of the region.

It further condemned US support for Israel and blamed Arab states for "standing idly as Palestinian blood is shed."

It further claimed that the government "cannot stand less than cutting all relations with the Zionist entity, since the Egyptian state needs to stand as a role model to Arabs and Muslims." more

Egypt opens Rafah crossing - ready to take in injured Palestinians

Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah border crossing Thursday following the Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip.

An Egyptian security source told the German news agency DPA that the Egyptian authorities decided Wednesday evening to open the Rafah border crossing on Thursday and Friday. Border workers' holiday vacations were canceled.

“Work would resume on both sides of the border in order to be ready for the arrival of any injured Palestinians so they could be transferred to Arish Public Hospital, which is ready to receive them," the source said. more

Worldwide protests against aggression in Gaza - list of upcoming actions


Alexandria (Egypt) | Qaid Ibrahim, 12:00 p.m.
Ann Arbor (USA) | Campus Diag, in front of Hatcher Graduate Library, 3:00 p.m.
Austin (USA)  | I-35 and 12th Street (overpass), 2:00 p.m. [link]
Atlanta (USA) | Israeli Consulate, 4 p.m. [link]
Beirut (Lebanon) | Cola, 10:00 a.m. 
Belfast (Ireland) | City Hall, 7:00 p.m.
Boston (USA) | 4:30 p.m., Copley Square [link]
Bradford (UK) | 4.30 p.m. [link]
Brighton (UK) | Outside EcoStream HQ, 12:00 p.m. [twitter]
Brighton (UK) | Victoria Gardens, 5:30 p.m. [link]
Cairo (Egypt) | Omar Makram, 12:30 p.m.
Cairo (Egypt) | Arab League, 4:00 p.m.
Chicago (USA) | Outside Obama HQ, 130 E Randolph Street, 4:00 p.m. [link]
Dublin (Ireland) | Israeli Embassy, 5:30 p.m.
George Mason University (USA) | The North Plaza, 1:30 p.m. [link]
Jerusalem (Palestine/Israel) | Outside Hebrew University, 12:00 p.m.
Leeds (UK) | Parkinson Steps, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT, 1:00 p.m. [link]
London (UK) | Israeli Embassy, 5:30 p.m. [link]
Los Angeles (USA) | UCLA, Meyerhoff Park, 11:30 a.m. [link]
Los Angeles (USA) | Israeli Consulate, 11766 Wilshire Boulvard, 4:00 p.m. [link] [link]
Manchester (UK) | Piccadilly Gardens, 5:00 p.m. [link]
Montreal (Canada) | Hall Building, Concordia University, 5:00 p.m.
Nashville (USA) | Centennial Park, 3:00 pm [link]
New York (USA) | Israeli Consulate, 42nd Street & 2nd Ave, 5:00 p.m. [link]
Nottingham (UK)| Nottingham Market Square, 5:30 p.m. [link]
Olympia (USA) | Red Square at Evergreen State College, 12:00 p.m. [link]
Oxford (UK)  | Cornmarket Street, 4:00 p.m. [link]
Paris (France) | Ministry of Justice, 6:00 p.m. [link]
Princeton (USA) | Princeton University, outside of Frist Campus Center, 12:30 p.m.
San Diego (USA) | US Federal Building, 880 Front Street, 4:30 p.m. [link]
San Francisco (USA) | Israeli Consulate, 5:15 p.m. [link]
Santiago (Chile) | Croatian Stadium (Vitacura 8049) to Israel Stadium, 8:00 p.m. [link]
Seattle (USA) | Henry Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Avenue, 4:00 p.m. [link]
Sydney (Australia) | Parmatta Town Hall, 6:00 p.m. [link]
Toronto (Canada) | Israeli Consulate, 180 Bloor Street (E. of St. George TTC), 6:00 p.m.
Tunis (Tunisia) | In front of the National Theatre, 11:00 a.m.
Tunis (Tunisia) | Front of all Trade Association Buildings (Sa7et Mohamed Ali) 1:00 p.m.
Vancouver (Canada) | The Art Gallery, Hornby and Robson Streets, 5:00 p.m. [link]
Washington D.C. (USA) | Israeli Embassy, 3:30 p.m. (tbc)

FRIDAY, 16 Nov

Albuquerque (USA) | UNM Bookstore, 5:00 p.m. [link]
Birmingham (USA) | 1400 University Boulevard, 1:30 p.m. [link]
Cairo (Egypt) | Tahrir Square 
Calgary (Canada) | City Hall, 3:00 p.m. [link]
Cincinnati (USA) | MLK Boulvard and Clifton Avenue, 4:30 p.m. [link]
Cleveland (USA) | Public Square, 4:30 p.m. [link]
Houston (USA) | Intersection of Westheimer & Post Oak Boulevard, 4:30 p.m. [link]
Manchester (UK) | Picadilly Gardens, 5:00 p.m.
Ottawa (Canada) | Israeli Embassy, 50 O’Connor b/w Queen and Albert, 12:00 p.m. [link]
Perth (Australia) | Murray Street Mall, Perth City, 5:30 p.m. [link]
Philadelphia (USA) | Israeli Consulate, 19th and JFK Boulevard, 12:00 p.m. [link]
Pittsburg (USA) | U.S. Federal Building, 1000 Liberty Avenue, 5:00 p.m. [link]
Sacramento (USA) | Federal Building, 5th and I Street, 4:30 p.m.
San Francisco (USA) | Israeli Consulate, 4:00 p.m. [link]
Seoul (Korea) | Israeli Embassy, Kabool Bulding, 149 Seorin-dong, 110-726, 1:00 p.m. Washington D.C. (USA) | March from State Department, 6:00 p.m.
Wellington (New Zealand) | Cuba Mall, by the Buckets, 12:00 p.m. [link]


Aukland (New Zealand) | Aotea Square, 2:00 p.m. [link]
Cardiff (UK) | Aneurin bevan Statue, Queen Street, 2:00 p.m. [link]
Edinburgh (UK) | Charlotte sq, 12:00 p.m. [link]
Melbourne (Australia) | Bourke St Mall, 12:30 p.m. [link]
Nottingham (UK)| Nottingham Market Square, 5:30 p.m. [link]
Oslo (Norway) | Israeli Embassy, 3:00 p.m. [link]
Stockholm (Sweden) | Israeli Embassy 3:00 p.m. [link]

Palestinians march in Ramallah to protest attacks on Gaza

Palestinian flags filled the streets of Ramallah on Wednesday as hundreds of protesters took to the streets in the West Bank to voice their anger over the recent Israeli attacks on the Gaza strip.

Protesters chanted for retribution for the slain, urging the Palestinian resistance forces to fire back at the Israeli army.

On Wednesday, Israel carried out a brutal attack on Gaza that left at least 7 Palestinians dead, including top Hamas military commander Ahmed al-Jaabari and a four-year old girl.

“Oh Beloved Gaabary, we want to set Tel Aviv burnt down. With our blood and souls, we sacrifice everything for you, Gaza,” chanted the fuming protesters.

According to some Palestinian activists on twitter, Palestinian Authority forces stopped protesters from marching to Beit Eli, an Israeli settlement.

Abir Kopty, one of the protesters, stated via twitter that Palestinian police has arrested three of the participants.

A number of protests are scheduled to take place in various cities in Palestine on Thursday, including Haifa and Jerusalem. more

Israeli attack kills security officer, 2 Hamas militants in south Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israel killed a senior police official in the Gaza Strip government and two members of Hamas' military wing in early morning attacks, medics said Thursday.

Security commander Habes Masmah, 30, was targeted while riding a motorcycle east of Khan Younis, medics said. His body was taken to Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis.

Two members of Hamas' al-Qassam Brigades were also killed in the attack. They were identified as Wael Haidar al-Ghalban and Hisham Muhammad al-Ghalban. more