Friday, 18 July 2014

Bloody Friday: 12 children among dozens killed in Israel’s merciless slaughter


From The Electronic Intifada - The death toll from Israel’s assault on Gaza continues to rise rapidly.

At least 61 people, at least 12 of them children, were killed on Friday alone, the second day of Israel’s ground invasion of parts of the Gaza Strip, and the twelfth and bloodiest day since Israel began bombarding the territory with airstrikes and land-based and naval artillery.

Eight members of a single family, the youngest six months old, were killed when a missile struck their home.

By Friday evening Gaza time, 296 people had been killed and more than 2,200 injured since the Israeli bombardment began, according to Ma’an News Agency

But any death toll reported in the media is quickly out of date, as the numbers keep rising. more

25 Gazans killed since sunset, brings Friday total to 62, total death toll 297


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Twenty-Five Palestinians including eight members of a single family were killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip on Friday evening, while the death of a young man wounded earlier in the week brought the total number of deaths in Israel's 11-day long assault to 297 and more than 2,200 injured. The deaths bring the total killed since the beginning of the ground invasion late Thursday night to 62, as deaths and injuries across the besieged coastal enclave soared on the first day of the assault in both the northern and southern regions of the territory. Of the 62 killed since the beginning of the Israeli invasion, 25 died after Gazans broke their fast at sunset on Friday evening as Israeli air strikes pounded the Strip. Eight members of the Abu Jrad family including four children were killed when a missile struck their home in Beit Hanoun including Naim Musa Abu Jrad, 23, Abd Musa Abu Jrad, 30, Siham Musa Abu Jrad, 26, Rija Aliyan Abu Jrad, and four children: Haniyah Abd al-Rahman Abu Jrad, Samih Naim Abu Jrad, Musa Abd al-Rahman Abu Jrad, 6 months, and Ahlam Musa Abu Jrad. Four members of the Shaath family were killed and four were injured including one seriously after an air strike on their home in the Hayy al-Manara neighborhood of Khan Younis around 10:30 p.m. Three members of the Abu Sneineh family were also killed in a strike on their home in eastern Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip and three others were injured. The dead were named by Gaza medical authorities as: Faysal Abu Sneineh, 32, Emad Faysal Abu Sneineh, 18, and Nizar Fayez Aub Sneineh, 38. more

US Senate unanimously passes resolution supporting Israeli assault on Gaza


Following a similar resolution passed last week by the U.S. House, the U.S. Senate voted Thursday night to support Israel’s ongoing invasion of the Gaza Strip.

No dissenting vote was cast, and no mention was made of the hundreds of Palestinian civilians, most of whom are women and children, that have been killed by Israel in the past ten days.

Senate Resolution 498 was authored by Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), with additional support by Ben Cardin (D-MD) and son of former Republican party politician Ron Paul, Rand Paul (R-KY).

Paul is urging the Senate to pass his own bill, S. 2265, which would end all U.S. foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority until Hamas is barred from the new Palestinian unity government, among other stipulations. more

Israel targets hospitals in Gaza assault


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israel shelled the Beit Hanoun hospital in northern Gaza on Friday, damaging the top floors and causing panic among patients and staff, employees said.

A nurse in the hospital told Ma'an that Israel fired a drone missile at the roof and third floor, damaging water supplies.

The area of the hospital targeted contained a ward for children, a reception area, and the offices of several doctors.

The building was evacuated immediately following the attack, with no injuries reported.

The attack comes as Israeli tanks fired shells at the al-Wafa hospital in Gaza City late Thursday, the facility's director said.

"Israeli tanks are shelling the hospital, they have hit several of the floors, and several nurses have been injured," director Basman Alashi told AFP.

"There is no place safe in Gaza! If a hospital is not safe, where is?" he said. more

Outrage as France becomes first country to ban pro-Palestine demonstration


France's socialist government provoked outrage today by becoming the first in the world to ban protests against Israeli action in Palestine.

In what is viewed as an outrageous attack on democracy, Socialist Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said mass demonstrations planned for the weekend should be halted.

Cazeneuve said there was a "threat to public order", while opponents said he was "criminalising" popular support of the Palestinian people.

Thousands were set to march against the ongoing slaughter in Gaza, calling for an immediate end to hostilities in which civilians, including many children, have been killed, but Cazeneuve fears there might be a repeat of the fights between ultra-Jewish vigilantes and pro-Palestinians which happened after a demonstration last Sunday.

Referring to the main Paris march, Cazeneuve said: "I consider that the conditions are not right to guarantee security." more

Medical sources: Israel using unfamiliar toxic gas against Palestinians in Gaza


Dozens of Palestinians, including children, suffered from suffocation on Thursday due to inhaling what is being described as a "strange toxic gas" launched by the Israeli army during its ground incursion in the north and south of the Gaza Strip, Anadolu news agency reported.

Anadolu quoted Dr. Ashraf Al-Qidra, a spokesperson for the Health Ministry in Gaza, as saying that: "Dozens of Palestinians, including children, arrived at hospitals suffering from suffocation after inhaling a white poisonous gas fired by the Israeli army in the northern Gaza Strip and in the Shawkah neighbourhood near Rafah, to the south."

Al-Qidra urged the Palestinians in Gaza "not to panic when they inhale the strange gas, to protect themselves using tarpaulin coats or nylon clothes and to cover the doors, windows and vents with a moist cloth to prevent air from leaking inside."

As the Israeli assault continued by air and sea, dozens of Israeli military vehicles invaded the Palestinian territories west of the town of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip and in the south near Rafah while Israeli warplanes and helicopters flew over the area at low altitudes, in the largest escalation of violence since the start of the military operation last week. more

Protesters force BBC to confront its pro-Israel bias


Approximately 5,000 protesters brought the roads around the BBC’s London headquarters to a standstill on 15 July, forcing the news organization to confront its one-sided coverage of Israel’s current assault on Gaza.

As the protesters shouted “BBC, shame on you,” Hugh Lanning, Chair of Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), handed in a letter to the BBC’s Director General, Tony Hall. The letter calls on the BBC to reflect the reality of Gaza’s occupation and siege in its reporting. The open letter had been signed by 45,000 people in under a week. Signatories include scholar Noam Chomsky, filmmaker John Pilger, film director Ken Loach, musician Brian Eno, journalist Owen Jones and comedian and filmmaker Jeremy Hardy.

Protesters held up placards bearing statements from the letter, including: “We would like to remind the BBC that Gaza has no army, air force or navy” and “The BBC’s reporting of Israel’s assaults on Gaza is entirely devoid of context or background.” Speakers from organizations including Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the Palestinian Forum in Britain, Friends of Al Aqsa and Stop the War addressed the crowds.

As BBC employees watched from the top of their building, some recording the protest on mobile phones and tweeting out the footage, Lanning told the protestors: “There are lies, there are damned lies, and then there’s the BBC. Come on BBC, tell the truth — it’s the occupation, stupid.” more

28 Palestinians killed in invasion, resistance kills 1 IDF soldier - Gaza death toll 274


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- At least twenty-eight Palestinians have been killed in Gaza by airstrikes and artillery fire since Israel launched a ground operation late Thursday, medics said.

Ahmad Abdallah al-Behnsawi was killed by shelling in Beit Lahiya, medics said.

Three children were killed in a targeted shelling on a home in northern Gaza. The bodies of Ahmad Ismail Abu Musallam, 14, his sister Alaa, 13, and their brother Muhammad, 15, were taken to Kamal Adwan hospital.

The children were killed when a shell hit their bedroom.

Earlier, ambulance crews said nine people were killed in the shelling of a home east of Khan Younis. Their bodies were found under the rubble of a residential building. more

Video (graphic): Israel targets Palestinian 'terrorists' - all under the age of 11


Graphic video emerged today of the aftermath of an Israeli strike that left four children dead on a beach near Gaza City this afternoon. The children were all under the age of 11 and from the same family. This comes in the midst of Israel's most recent offensive in the Gaza Strip that has killed more than 200 people, which up until Sunday, were 80 percent civilians, according to the UN.


Israel's war on children goes into overdrive as baby killed in Rafah


Reports coming in from all parts of the Gaza Strip indicate a rapid increase in airstrikes and artillery fire in the early morning hours of Friday. Five month old Faris Juma’ al-Mahmoum has become the latest casualty in the ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza.

Fares was killed while in his mother’s arms near their home in Rafah, as his mother and other family members prepared for the morning prayers on the third Friday of Ramadan. His mother was severely wounded, along with eighteen others, as Israeli artillery shells rained down on the early morning worshipers.

In addition to Faris, Omar ‘Eid al-Mahmoum, 18, was also killed in the shelling.

On Friday at dawn, the Ministry Of Health in Gaza reported that an elderly women died as the army continued to pound Rafah, causing dozens of injuries.

The woman has been identified as Salmiyya Suleiman Ghayyadh, 70. She was killed in a neighborhood east of Rafah.

Independent journalist Mohammed Omer, based in Rafah, reported on Twitter, “This is the most terrifying night! Really intense bombing. I hear children crying, ambulance sirens and smell of death.”

Omer also reports that doctors in Najjar Hospital are reporting burn wounds from white phosphorus, which is a banned weapon, and do not know how to treat these burn wounds.

The death of five month old Faris follows the deaths of four four year olds late Thursday night in Israeli bombs in different parts of Gaza. On Wednesday, four children between the ages of nine and eleven were killed by Israeli naval artillery shells on a beach in Gaza City.

Reporters for the Electronic Intifada, who are on the ground in Gaza, report, “There is a massacre every day now”, with children and women making up the majority of the casualties of Israel’s assault on Gaza.more

21 Palestinians killed as Israel presses Gaza ground assault


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- At least twenty-one Palestinians have been killed in Gaza by airstrikes and artillery fire since Israel launched a ground operation late Thursday, medics said.

Ambulance crews said nine people were killed in the shelling of a home east of Khan Younis. Their bodies were found under the rubble of a residential building.

Among those identified were Hammad Abdulkarim Hammad Abu Lihyeh, 23, Muhammad Abdulfattah Rashad Fayyad, 26, and Mahmoud Muhammad Fayyad, 25, from Khan Younis.

Relatives Bilal Mahmoud Radwan, 23, Munthir Radwan, 22, Ahmad Fawzi Radwan, 23, and Mahmoud Fawzi Radwan, 24, were also killed.

Amal Khader Ibrahim Dabbur, 40, Ismail Youssif Taha Qassem, 59, Nassim Mahmoud Nassir and Karam Mahmoud Nassir were killed in Beit Hanoun and at least 25 injured in heavy shelling.

In Rafah three people were killed and 11 others wounded by Israeli forces, who fired foul-smelling gas during the operation.

In the Gaza City neighborhood of Shujaiyeh, Rani Abu Tawileh was killed and 12 members of his family injured in heavy bombings.

On the ground, witnesses reported gun battles breaking out east of the southern city of Khan Younis, with military sources confirming it was one of the areas in which the troops were operating.

An Israeli military spokeswoman told AFP ground and air forces had attacked at least 36 targets in Gaza since the incursion was launched.

Over 260 Palestinians have now been killed in Gaza since Israel began it's military assault on the coastal territory last week.

One Israeli soldier was reported killed early Friday and five others injured. more