Tuesday, 20 November 2012
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- While political leaders struggled to conclude a truce deal in Cairo, medics said four Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday night, bringing the day's death toll to 27.
Two brothers -- Abed Abu Mour, 24, and Khalid Abu Mour, 19, -- were killed in an Israeli airstrike on the al-Juneina district of Rafah.
An earlier airstrike killed another two brothers in Deir al-Balah, medics said. They were identified as Salim Ayish Abu Sitta and his brother Muhammad.
Meanwhile, witnesses reported heavy artillery shelling in the northern Gaza Strip.
The violence continued unabated as Hams officials said a ceasefire had been reached and would go into effect within hours.
Three Palestinian journalists were killed when Israel bombed their cars in Gaza City and Deir al-Balah, and another man died in Deir al-Balah. more
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City on Tuesday afternoon killed two children, and at least six others, bringing the day's death toll to 15.
An airstrike on Kishku street in the Zaitoun neighborhood killed two children, medics said.
At least six Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes on two cars in Gaza City's Sabra neighborhood. Three others were critically injured.
Israeli warplanes fired missiles on the cars, entirely destroying one of the vehicles, witnesses said.
The remains of the victims were brought to Gaza hospital. Three were identified by medics as Subhi Dughmush, Salah Dughmush and Ahmad Dughmush.
Since the Israeli bombardment started on Wednesday, 133 Palestinians have been killed, and around 900 injured. Three Israelis died in a rocket attack last Thursday.
Israeli jets continued to pound the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, as rockets flew into southern Israel, wounding one soldier. Hamas' military wing claimed responsibility for firing rockets at Jerusalem, and two missiles were witnessed landing nearby in the West Bank. more
EIR AL-BALAH, Gaza STRIP — No place is safe.
That is what the relatives of Amin Zohdi Bashir and Tamer Rushdi Bashir said as they buried two cousins on Monday.
They were killed Monday morning in a thundering flash of light that left their car in flames and streaks of tomatoes smashed across the roadside. Relatives said the men were farmers who had nothing to do with the dozens of rockets that militants in Gaza lobbed toward Israel on Monday.
Israel said the men were terrorists who were deliberately targeted.
But the line between Hamas — the Islamist group that governs the Gaza Strip — and the general population in a densely packed territory of 1.7 million is hopelessly thin.
Over the weekend, Israel warned civilians, including journalists, to stay away from Hamas or risk being killed. Many Gazans said that is fundamentally impossible in a place where nearly everyone has a neighbor or a relative with links to Hamas, a group that Israel and the United States consider a terrorist organization.
Hamas is thoroughly embedded in society here. The organization has a powerful militant wing that is committed to fighting Israel. But its members also populate the police force, the customs office and government ministries. The group won legislative elections here in 2006, and it has hundreds of thousands of rank-and-file supporters. Hamas also runs an extensive network of social services, including schools and health clinics.
Buildings that Israel labels “terror sites” are what Hamas calls government infrastructure. Some of the young men who farm the fields by day take to the streets at night to fire rockets.
As ambulances roared into al-Shifa Hospital on Monday, Hamas police and Interior Ministry officials gathered in the parking lot and milled about the hallways. At funerals, the crowds are filled with Hamas backers, as well as members of other factions with armed wings, such as Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
“All the people are in Hamas, Fatah and the factions,” said Kamal al-Dalou, as his relatives were buried in Gaza City on Monday. These groups are the fabric of the Gaza Strip, he said. more
RAMALLAH, West Bank — In the daily demonstrations here of solidarity with Gaza, a mix of sympathy and anguish, there is something else: growing identification with the Islamist fighters of Hamas and derision for the Palestinian Authority, which Washington considers the only viable partner for peace with Israel.
“Strike a blow on Tel Aviv!” proclaimed the lyrics of a new hit song blasting from shops and speakers at Monday’s demonstration, in a reference to Hamas rockets that made it nearly to Israel’s economic and cultural capital. “Don’t let the Zionists sleep! We don’t want a truce or a solution! Oh, Palestinians, you can be proud!”
Pop songs everywhere are filled with bravado and aggression. But this one reflects a widespread sentiment that does not augur well for President Mahmoud Abbas and his Palestinian Authority, which is rapidly losing credibility, even relevance. The Gaza truce talks in Cairo, involving Egypt, Turkey and Qatar, offer a telling tableau. The Palestinian leader seen there is not Mr. Abbas, but Khaled Meshal, the leader of the militant group Hamas, who seeks to speak for all Palestinians as his ideological brothers in the Muslim Brotherhood rise to power around the region.
Israel is also threatening Mr. Abbas, even hinting that it may give up on him, as he prepares to go to the United Nations General Assembly on Nov. 29 to try to upgrade the Palestinian status to that of a nonmember state. The Israelis consider this step an act of aggression, and even some Palestinians say it is somewhat beside the point at this stage.
“His people are being killed in Gaza, and he is sitting on his comfortable chair in Ramallah,” lamented Firas Katash, 20, a student who took part in the Ramallah demonstration. more (paywall may apply)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip killed four Palestinians on Tuesday morning, and another man died of his wounds, on the seventh day of Israel's bombardment of the coastal strip.
Yahya Mohammad Awad, 15, was killed while hunting birds north of Gaza City, medics said. Bilal al-Barawi, 20, was also killed in an airstrike on north Gaza.
Another airstrike on al-Mughraqa in central Gaza killed Mohammad Rezeq al-Zahar, in his 30s, and wounded his three-year-old son Ahmad, medics said.
A Palestinian farmer, Akram Marouf, was killed while he was working on his land when a missile struck north Gaza. Four Palestinians were reported injured in the same strike on Beit Lahiya.
Meanwhile, a Palestinian man died of his wounds, sustained in Israel's recent bombardment of Gaza, while being treated in Egyptian hospital on Tuesday.
Khalid Daghmash was wounded in an airstrike on Tal al-Hawa neighborhood in Gaza City and died in el-Arish hospital in north Sinai.
Since Israel launched its aerial assault of the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, 119 Palestinians have been killed, and around 900 injured. Three Israelis died in a rocket attack last Thursday. more
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel launched over 100 attacks on sites across the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, bombing the headquarters of a bank and the home of a Hamas commander.
Airstrikes injured two people in Gaza City, one young man in the Shajaya area of Gaza City and a woman after Israel bombed a house in the al-Zaitoun neighborhood.
In Khan Younis, fighter jets targeted the al-Agha tower and a mosque. To the east, drones fired four missiles at a house in Abasan and warplanes completely demolished the home of a Hamas commander, Osama Abu Anza.
The Israeli army said its attacks targeted underground rocket launchers, "terror tunnels" and ammunition storage facilities.
Several people were injured after warplanes bombed the Islamic National Bank in Gaza City, which the army described as a financial institution used by Hamas to "fuel its terror activity." more