Monday, 28 July 2014

Israel army tells all north Gaza residents to flee their homes

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Israeli military on Monday evening sent text messages and phone calls to residents of all cities in the northern Gaza Strip and parts of Gaza City telling them to evacuate their homes "immediately," potentially displacing more than 400,000 people.

The military said in a statement that it had told the residents of Shujaiyya and Zaitoun neighborhoods in northern and eastern Gaza City as well Jabaliya, Beit Hanoun, and Beit Lahiya cities in northern Gaza to evacuate their homes and leave for central Gaza City.

The Israeli military has previously said that it would treat all civilians who stay behind in areas it had deemed off-limits to be combatants.

The warnings come after an Israeli drone strike killed 10 people in a playground in al-Shati, after Gaza militants fired rockets into Israel earlier in the day in response to Israeli shelling. more

Qassam Brigades says 10 Israeli soldiers killed in tunnel raid

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Hamas-affiliated al-Qassam Brigades on Monday said the group's fighters had killed 10 Israeli soldiers in an operation inside Israel east of al-Shujaiyya.

Al-Qassam said in a statement that its fighters infiltrated "behind enemy lines" and killed 10 soldiers.

All of its fighters had returned safely to base, the group added.

The Israeli army said in a statement that they had prevented an "attempted infiltration from the northern Gaza Strip through an offensive tunnel into Israel."

The statement added that "militants opened fire" at Israeli forces and "searches were being carried out to find them." more

10 children killed as bombs hit Gaza playground, hospital

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Monday bombed a park near the beach in Gaza City as well as al-Shifa hospital, killing at least 10 children on the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, medics said.

The strike on the park hit a playground beside the al-Shati refugee camp, while the other strike hit the outpatient clinic of al-Shifa Hospital, which is the main hospital in the besieged coastal enclave.

The strike on the park -- which reports suggested was a drone strike -- hit the playground, killing 10 children as they played with their families while wearing holiday clothes they had been given to celebrate the end of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

Eyewitnesses said that 40 were also injured in the strike, which some were calling an "Eid massacre."

The Israeli army, however, said that the deaths were a result of "failed rocket attacks" launched by Palestinian militants. more

91 Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza war says al-Qassam Brigades

At least 91 Israeli soldiers have been killed since the launch of a deadly Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, Hamas's armed wing has claimed.

In a Monday statement, the Ezzeddin al-Qassam Brigades said that its fighters had killed 91 Israeli officers and soldiers in battles in the Gaza Strip.

According to the statement, hundreds of Israeli soldiers have also been injured in the Palestinian territory.

Israeli authorities say that 43 soldiers and three civilians have been killed since July 7 when Israel launched a military offensive in the Gaza Strip with the stated aim of halting rocket fire. more

Anti-settler campaign launched in London as Hebron riots escalate

The “International Campaign for the Inclusion of Israeli Settler Groups in List of Terrorist Organizations” campaign was launched in London, on Sunday, as the West Bank continues to be consumed by antiwar demonstrations and ensuing confrontations. Israel resumed its assault on the Gaza Strip, Sunday, following a temporary ceasefire over the weekend, during which the Israeli army killed at least 10 Palestinians.

According to WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency, campaign spokesperson Fadi Abu Siso said the group is preparing for a special meeting with lawmakers and policymakers from the British House of Commons, in order to discuss ways of incorporating the campaign into the policies of British political parties.

In addition to submitting a draft law in this regard, the campaign will continue to attract public support in helping to achieve its goals.

Over 500,000 Israelis currently live in settlements deemed illegal by the United Nations and the Fourth Geneva Convention, as they are constructed on illegally-seized Palestinian land in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, WAFA correspondence continues to report confrontations between Israeli forces and West Bank Palestinian protesters engaged in demonstrations over Israel's ongoing assaults on the already besieged Gaza Strip.

Confrontations have broken out across the southern West Bank governorate of Hebron, in which Israeli soldiers fired live and rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades and poison gas towards local residents, shooting and injuring at least one man who was transferred to hospital for medical treatment. more

Israeli shelling kills 2 Palestinians, 7 bodies pulled from rubble

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The death toll in Gaza increased by nine on Monday as two Palestinians were killed by Israeli shelling in the north and seven bodies were pulled from rubble in the south, a Ma'an reporter said.

Israeli forces early afternoon shelled the al-Salam neighborhood in eastern Jabaliya, killing two Palestinians, one of them a child.

The shelling targeted houses the neighborhood, killing Muhammad Abu Luz, 22, and young Jibril Junaid.

Hamas' al-Qassam Brigades clashed with Israeli forces in the area, firing six mortars at soldiers.

They militants also fired at soldiers with small arms weaponry.

An Israeli army spokeswoman did not immediately comment on the incident.

Later, statement from the army said Israeli forces in various areas of Gaza had come under mortar fire.

Separately, Palestinian search teams were able to enter the village of Khuzaa, and collected seven dead bodies from rubble. more

Israel continues to reject Eid ceasefire - no rockets hit overnight

JERUSALEM (AFP) -- The UN Security Council Monday joined US President Barack Obama in calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, after Israel and Hamas ignored calls for a truce despite mounting civilian casualties.

The Security Council resolution came during a lull in fighting in Gaza early Monday, the beginning of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr festival, after a day of strikes and counter-strikes.

A military spokeswoman told AFP that since midnight no Gaza rockets had hit Israel, and Israeli army had carried out no strikes in the Palestinian enclave.

Later in the morning, a rocket from Gaza fell in an open area in Ashkelon, according to an Israeli army statement.

The army said it "retaliated towards Beit Lahiya area."

The 15-member Council released a statement urging a truce during Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. more

Palestinian killed by Israeli shell in Khan Younis

Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip have reported that an elderly Palestinian man was killed, late on Sunday at night, and another Palestinian was injured, after the army bombarded an area east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

The sources said the slain Palestinian has been identified as Hussein Hasan Abu an-Naja, 65, and that the wounded Palestinian in the same attack suffered a serious injury.

The Ministry of Health in Gaza said another Palestinian, identified as Imad Jami al-Abed al-Bardaweel, 44, died at the Shifa Medical Center of wounds suffered on July 11, 2014, in Gaza.

The Ministry said Israeli missiles and shells have killed 1035 Palestinians, including 236 children, 93 women and 47 elderly, since Israeli launched its assault against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, on July 8th.

Israeli missiles have injured at least 6233 Palestinians, including 1994 children and infants, 1169 women and 257 elderly, dozens are facing life-threatening injuries. more