Thursday, 10 July 2014

List of victims of Israel's assault on Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The following is a list of Palestinians identified as killed by the Ministry of Health in Gaza in Israel's assault on the coastal enclave since Tuesday.

Over 500 people have been injured in the ongoing assault.

Tuesday, July 8

1. Mohammad Shabaan, 24, killed in Gaza City airstrike on car.
2. Amjad Shabaan, 30, died in same attack.
3. Khader al-Bashliqi, 45, died in same attack.
4. Rashad Yassin, 27, killed in airstrike on al-Nuseirat refugee camp.
5. Mohammad Ayman Ashour, 15, killed in attack on Khan Younis home. (child)
6. Riyad Muhammad Kaware, 50, killed in same attack.
7. Bakir Mohammad Judeh, 22, killed in same attack.
8. Ammar Mohammad Judeh, 26, killed in same attack.
9. Hussein Yousif Kaware, 13, killed in same attack.
10. Muhammad Ibrahim Kaware, 50, killed in same attack.
11. Basim Salim Kaware, 10, killed in same attack. (child)
12. Siraj Iyad al-Abdel, 8, killed in same attack. (child)
13. Muhammad Habib, 22, killed in Gaza City airstrike on motorcycle.
14. Moussa Habib, 16, killed in same attack. (child)
15. Saqie Ayesh al-Jaouri, 22, killed in Jabaliya.
16. Ahmad Nael Mehdi, 16, Gaza City. (child)
17. Hafiz Mohammad Hamad, 30, Islamic Jihad commander, killed in airstrike on family home.
18. Ibrahim Mohammad Hamad, 26, killed in same attack.
19. Mehdi Mohammad Hamad, 46, killed in same attack.
20. Fawziya Khalil Hamad, 62, killed in same attack. (elderly woman)
21. Dunia Mehdi Hamad, 16, killed in same attack. (child)
22. Suha Hamad, 25, killed in same attack.
23. Suleiman Salman Abu Swaween, 22, unknown.

Wednesday, July 9

24. AbdulHadi Juma al-Soufi, 24, killed in airstrike near Rafah.
25. Rafiq al-Kafarneh, 30.
26. Nayfe Farajallah, 80, killed in airstrike near Gaza City. (elderly woman)
27. Abdulnasir Abu Kuwek, 60, killed in central Gaza. (elderly man)
28. Khalid Abu Kuwek, 31, son of Abdulnasir, killed in same attack.
29. Muhammad Arif, 13. (child)
30. Muhammad Malaka, 18 months. (child)
31. Amina Malaka, 27, mother of Muhammad, died in same attack.
32. Hatim Abu Salim, 28, died in same attack.
33. Muhammad Khalid al-Numra, 22.
34. Sahar Hamdan al-Masri, 40, killed in Beit Hanoun.
35. Ibrahim al-Masri, 14, son of Sahar, killed in same attack. (child)
36. Mohammad Khalaf al-Nauwasra, 4. (child)
37. Nidal Khalaf al-Nauwasra, killed in same attack. (child)
38. Aisha Naji, unknown location.
39. Salah Awad al-Nauwasra, died in same attack.
40. Mahmoud Nahidh al-Nauwasra, died in same attack.
41. Amal Yousif Abdulghafour, unknown location.
42. Ranim Judh Abdulghafour, young girl, age unconfirmed. (child)
43. Ibrahim Dauod al-Balawi, 24, unknown location.
44. Abdulrahman Jamal al-Zamili, 22, unknown location.
45. Ibrahim Ahmad Abdeen, 42, unknown location.
46. Mustafa Abu Mor, 20, unknown location.
47. Khalid Abu Mor, 23, unknown location.
48. Mazin Faraj al-Huriya, 30.
49. Marwan Hasan Isleem, 27, unknown location.
50. Hani Saleh Hamad, 57, killed in Beit Hanoun bombing on family home.
51. Ibrahim Hamad, 20, killed in same attack.
52. Sulaima Hassan Musallam al-Arja, 60, killed in Rafah. (elderly woman)
53. Maryam Atiyyeh Muhammad al-Arja, 11, killed in same attack. (child)
54. Hamid Shihab, 27, unknown location.
55. Ibrahim Khalil Qannan, 24, killed in Khan Younis bombing.
56. Muhammad Khalil Qannan, 26, killed in same attack.
57. Suleiman al-Astal, 55.
58. Hamdi Badee Swali, 33, killed in same attack.
59. Muhammad al-Aqqad, 24.
60. Ahmad Swali, 28, killed in same attack.
61. Raid Shalat, 37, killed in bombing that wounded six others.

Thursday, July 10

62. Asmaa Mahmoud al-Hajj, killed in Khan Younis airstrike on family home.
63. Tariq Saad al-Hajj, killed in same airstrike.
64. Saad Mahmoud al-Hajj, killed in same airstrike.
65. Najla Mahmoud al-Hajj, killed in same airstrike.
66. Aminah al-Hajj, killed in same airstrike.
67. Omar al-Hajj, killed in same airstrike.
68. Basima Abdul Fattah al-Hajj, 57, killed in same airstrike.
69. Fatima al-Hajj, killed in same airstrike.
70. Ahmad Salim al-Astal, killed in beach house bombing in Khan Younis.
71. Moussa Muhammad al-Astal, killed in same attack.
72. Raid al-Zawaraa, 33.
73. Bahaa Abu al-Lail, 35.
74. Salim Qindil, 27, killed in Khan Younis attack.
75. Omar al-Fyumi, 30, killed in same attack.
76. Abdullah Ramadan Abu Ghazal, 5, killed in Beit Lahiya airstrike. (child)
77. Ismail Abu Jami, 19, killed in Khan Younis airstrike.
78. Muhammad Ihsan Farawneh, 18, in Khan Younis.
79. Mahmoud Waloud, killed in airstrike on civilian vehicle.
80. Hazim Balousha, killed in same attack.
81. Alaa Abdelnabi, killed in same attack.

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London Protest: Israeli Embassy 11 July 5.30pm. Stop the Bombing, Stop the Killing, Free Palestine

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Video captures bombing of Gaza City home

This video made by Gaza physician Dr. Belal Dabour (@Belalmd12 on Twitter) captures the moment an Israeli air attack destroyed the home of the al-Habil family in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood of Gaza City this morning.

Thirty-one Palestinians were killed in overnight Israeli air attacks, bringing the death toll in Israel’s ongoing assault which began on Monday to 81.
At least 22 of the dead are children, according to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, and almost 500 people have been injured.

According to Dabour, the al-Habil family received a call from the Israeli army at 7:15am telling them to immediately leave the house. About fifteen minutes later the house was destroyed in a massive explosion.

Israel has targeted dozens of homes of the families of persons Israel accuses of being involved in armed resistance, claiming that the warnings make such attacks permissible. more

Day 3: Israeli airstrikes kill 33 Palestinians

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli airstrikes across the besieged Gaza Strip killed over 30 Palestinians overnight Wednesday and Thursday, including a family of eight.

The latest Palestinian to die, an eight-year-old, was killed in an airstrike in al-Hakar area in Deir al-Balah. Abdul Rahman Khattab was killed after an Israeli airstrike on his home.

Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a car in the northern Gaza Strip killing three Palestinians. A medical official confirmed that the remains of the victims were taken to Kamal Udwan Hospital.

Two of the men were identified as Mahmoud Waloud and Hazim Balousha.

One man was killed after an airstrike targeted a motorcycle south of Gaza City and another man Ahmed Zaher Hamdan died from his injuries after Israel targeted a group of men in Jabaliya.

A four-year-old baby girl, Yasmin Muhammad al-Mutawwaq, also succumbed to wounds sustained in an Israeli airstrike on Khan Younis overnight.

Ismail Abu Jami, 19, was killed in a strike on Khan Younis and Abdullah Ramadan Abu Ghazal, five, was killed in an Israeli airstrike on Beit Lahiya, Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said.

Israeli warplanes also targeted a residential house in al-Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza, with no injuries reported. more

Relentless bombing continues: Israel kills media worker, 9 people watching World Cup on beach

From Mondoweiss - As the Israeli military’s “Operation Protective Edge” entered its third day, the death toll in Gaza continued to mount. As of this writing, at least 81 Palestinians have been killed in three days–among them 22 children-and over 550 injured as a result of the air force dropping hundreds of bombs. A driver for journalists was killed, as were Palestinians watching the World Cup at a beach coffee shop.

Palestinian militant groups continued to fire rockets into Israel, with no casualties inflicted on soldiers or civilians. Since the operation began, at least 59 Israelis have been treated for shock, and 9 for light injuries. The Israeli army also said that a second attack by sea was thwarted.

There are no signs of the operation letting up soon. Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz hinted that a ground invasion could be on its way. “Despite the fact it will be hard, complicated and costly, we will have to take over Gaza temporarily, for a few weeks, to cut off the strengthening of this terror army,” he told Israel Radio on Tuesday. The last time a ground invasion occurred was “Operation Cast Lead,” the 2008-09 assault that killed 1,400 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians.

And Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that he is not “talking to anybody about a cease-fire right now. It’s not even on the agenda.” The tough words signaling no let-up in the military assault were voiced despite air force officers telling BuzzFeed‘s Sheera Frenkel that they are running out of “primary targets” because Hamas’ leadership has gone underground. Hamas has demanded the fulfillment of a number of conditions for a cease-fire: the reinstatement of the 2012 ceasefire that ended the last military assault; the release of prisoners let go in 2011 in exchange for Gilad Shalit but who have been re-arrested during Israel’s recent West Bank arrest campaign; and an end to Israeli interference in Palestine’s unity government.

Among the most striking events Tuesday were the killings of a driver in a car marked “TV” and of a group of nine people watching the World Cup. The driver, Hamdi Shihab, was killed in an airstrike on the car he drove for the news agency Media 24. During its 2012 military campaign, Israel was harshly criticized by human rights groups for killing Palestinian journalists in Gaza, including those in cars marked “TV.” Human Rights Watch called the killings of two journalists war crimes. more

Here’s video of the aftermath of the attack on Shihab published by Watania (via Linah Alsaafin):

Rockets, naval commandos boost Hamas arsenal

LONDON (AFP) -- Rockets capable of hitting deeper into Israel than ever before and naval commandos launching a beachhead assault show that Hamas has increased its capabilities with help from Iran and Syria, analysts said Wednesday.

The last Israeli offensive against Gaza was meant to have degraded the Palestinian militant group's capabilities but less than two years later, Hamas is firing new longer-range projectiles, they said.

An "unprecedented" attack by four Hamas militants who emerged from the sea to attack an Israeli military base shows the group is also trying to break the naval blockade of the coastal enclave.

"Hamas were very badly damaged by the Israeli defense forces back in 2012, but since that time they have been re-equipped significantly by Iran and also by weapons from Syria," Colonel Richard Kemp, of the Royal United Services Institute think-tank in London, told AFP.

The main weapon employed by Hamas and their armed wing, the al-Qassam Brigades, is an arsenal of unguided rockets.

Hamas was believed to have had 10,000 rockets before the 2012 confrontation, and it is unclear how many are left, but Firas Abi Ali of analysts Country Risk IHS said they still likely had "thousands".

As in 2012, they include Iranian-made Fajr-5 missiles with a range of 75 kilometers and Gaza-built M75 rockets with a range of 80 kilometers -- both of which can reach Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

But Hamas has since acquired Syrian M-302 rockets which have a range of up to 160 kilometers.

On Tuesday, one of these hit the town of Hadera, 116 kilometers north of Gaza, while on Wednesday Israeli media reported that two had crashed into the sea near the port of Haifa, 165 kilometers north of Gaza, which if confirmed would be the furthest a rocket from Gaza has ever traveled. more

3 rockets fired at Israel from Egypt, officials say

CAIRO (Ma'an) -- Three grad missiles were fired at Israel from the village of al-Arja south of the Egyptian city of Rafah on Wednesday evening, Egyptian officials said.

Military officials said forces at the border detected three rockets launched from Egypt towards the Kerem Shalom kibbutz near the border with Gaza and Egypt. more

Israeli war crime wipes out entire family in two houses in Khan Younis

From the Guardian - ...The first strike hit a coffee shop in the city of Khan Younis, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told Agence France-Presse, adding that six men were killed and at least 15 other people wounded.

The second, in Nusseirat refugee camp in central Gaza, on the home of Raed Shalat, killed him and wounded several others, Qudra said.

Further strikes on two houses in Khan Younis killed seven people – three women and four children, he said. The Palestinian health ministry put the total number who died in the two houses at eight and said they were all from the same family, with five of the victims children....more

Scottish hospitals offer treatment for Gazans

Scottish officials have declared the country ready to receive Gaza civilians who have been injured in the current Israeli military aggression on the region, according to a press release by External Affairs Minister Humza Yousaf.

In a letter to William Hague, Mr. Yousaf called on the British Foreign Secretary to exert pressure on the Israeli occupation government to "end the blockade of Gaza, which the Scottish Government views as collective punishment."

According to Al Ray, the letter included an offer made by Scottish hospitals, asking Mr. Hague to do the same. more

Israeli airstrikes kill 24 Palestinians in Gaza overnight

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli airstrikes across the besieged Gaza Strip killed 24 Palestinians overnight Wednesday, a medical official said.

The most recent airstrike hit a car in al-Nafaq street in Gaza City, killing three and injuring four, Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said.

Bahaa Abu al-Leil, 35, Wisam Qandil and Amir al-Fayoumi were identified as the victims. Islamic Jihad said in a statement that the men were fighters with the al-Quds Brigades.

Early Thursday, Israeli warplanes targeted a building in Khan Younis, killing eight members of the al-Hajj family. Over 30 people were injured in the strike.

Most of the victims were children, al-Qidra said, adding that Israeli forces bombed the building without a warning or asking them to evacuate.

Tariq al-Hajj, Najla al-Hajj, Aminah al-Hajj, Saad al-Hajj, Omar al-Hajj, Aminah al-Hajj, and Basimah al-Hajj, 57, were named as the victims.

Earlier, nine Palestinians were killed and at least 10 injured when Israel targeted Waqt al-Marah coffee shop on a Khan Younis beach.

Locals said dozens of people were watching the World Cup semi-final game when Israel fired a missile at the crowd. more