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Israeli shells kill 18 in Gaza including eight children

 
 
Zippo
 
Reply Wed 8 Nov, 2006 11:11 am
Fu***** War Criminals! Twisted Evil

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Israeli shells kill 18 in Gaza

Staff and agencies
Wednesday November 8, 2006
Guardian Unlimited

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At least 18 civilians, including eight children, were killed today when Israeli tank shells struck a residential neighbourhood north of the Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun, according to witnesses and hospital officials.

Khaled Radi, a health ministry official, said 13 of the dead were from the same family. He said at least 40 more were wounded, all civilians.

Four hospitals across Gaza were treating the wounded, who hospital officials also said were all civilians. Witnesses at the hospitals said that many of the dead arrived in their sleeping clothes.

Palestinian security officials said five tank shells landed in the area within 15 minutes. Most of the victims were in a row of houses belonging to members of the extended Alathamna family.

The Palestinian prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, said efforts to form a national unity government had been suspended in the wake of the attack, which he described as an "awful massacre".

Mr Haniyeh announced a three-day mourning period throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip and urged the UN security council to discuss the shelling incident.

The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, also strongly condemned the attack.

"This is a horrible, ugly massacre committed by the occupation against our children, our women and elderly in Beit Hanoun," Mr Abbas said in a statement. "We urge and call the security council to convene immediately to stop the massacres committed against our people and to uphold their responsibility to stop these massacres."

A spokesman for the Israeli prime minister, Ehud Olmert, said he and the defence minister, Amir Peretz, "voiced regret over the deaths of Palestinian civilians ... and offered emergency humanitarian aid to the Palestinian Authority and medical care for the wounded". Mr Peretz ordered the army to halt artillery attacks in the Gaza Strip while the incident was investigated.

The Israeli army said its preliminary investigation indicated it had fired from far away. The army said it was targeting areas where rockets had been fired in recent days at the Israeli cities of Sderot and Ashkelon. Israeli media said an artillery battery had missed its target, a rocket-firing site about half a mile from the town.

In a huge demonstration outside the morgue at the Kamal Adwan hospital in the northern Gaza Strip, thousands called for revenge.

"We are going to fight against the so-called Israel. We are going to launch our rockets; our martyrs are going to sacrifice their lives in the depths of our occupied land," said Nizar Rayan, a Hamas leader in northern Gaza. "They will strike in Jaffa, in Haifa, inside Ashdod. The battle will continue. The rifle is not going to be set down. All of us are martyrs in waiting. Revenge is coming."

In a stark change of tactics, the military wing of Hamas called on Muslims around the world to attack American targets following the attack.

"America is offering political, financial and logistic cover for the Zionist occupation crimes, and it is responsible for the Beit Hanoun massacre. Therefore, the people and the nation all over the globe are required to teach the American enemy tough lessons," Hamas said in a statement sent to the Associated Press.

While critical of the US, Hamas has always focused its violent campaign of suicide bombings and rocket attacks on Israeli targets. A spokesman for the political wing of Hamas, which leads the Palestinian government, Ghazi Hamad, said the state of Israel should cease to exist but insisted the group had no intention of attacking American targets.

"Our battle is against the occupation on the Palestinian land. We have no interest to transfer the battle," he said. "After this barbaric operation, Israel proved that it's not a humane state. It's a state that believes in killing, and therefore this state should cease to exist."

The Hamas political wing, led by Mr Haniyeh, claims it is independent of the military wing. But the two entities both report to the group's secretive leadership, headquartered in Syria, and frequently coordinate with each other.

The Islamic Jihad militant group also called for revenge after the tank attack, seemingly threatening suicide bombings.

"Martyrdom is coming," it said in a statement. "The response will not take long, because the time is ready for punishment, and the time is ready for revenge." Thousands gathered outside hospitals weeping as the bodies arrived. Schoolchildren swept out to the street to protest against the attack as mosques broadcast angry speeches on the street.

Dozens of schoolchildren were trying to storm an empty EU mission building in Gaza City, according to witnesses, throwing stones and bottles. Palestinian security forces tried to prevent them from entering the building.

Rahwi Hamad, 75, said he was awoken by the sound of explosions at about 5.15am (7.15am GMT) and emerged from his home to find body parts and pools of blood in the streets.

"I saw people coming out of the house, bleeding and screaming. I carried a girl covered with blood," he said. "Inside the houses, we evacuated dismembered bodies. We saw legs, hands, parts of heads stuck to the wall. Everything was disgusting. This is the worst, bloody scene I have ever seen."

The deaths come after a more than week-long operation by Israeli forces against Palestinian militants, who are said to be launching rocket attacks over the border from Beit Hanoun.

Last week, two women were killed, apparently by Israeli gunfire, as they were making their way to a mosque to aid militants who had taken refuge in the town.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,,1942129,00.html


Interesting Blog comment :

It is clear that America is to blame for this massacre of children. US can stop Israel if it really wants to. It seems to turn a blind eye to state terrorism committed by Israel.

Today Israel has just killed 8 sleeping children. When army behaves in this kind of brutal way, it is no wonder that Palestinians resort to desperate measures to defend themsleves. This type of indiscriminate targeting of innocent civilians by Israel leads to spiral of violence that we see on our televisions every night.

When you look at piles of dead babies one on top of another, and their mothers craying besides them, you cant help think that Israel has become a barbaric state. Israeli army are a bunch of baby killers. They often open fire on women and children.

Israel has committed a very evil act, under the green light from Washington. Blood of these civilians is on hands of Prime Minister Olmert and President Bush.

Bush and Olmert should stand trial for crimes against humanity.
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oralloy
 
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Reply Thu 9 Nov, 2006 12:34 am
Re: Israeli shells kill 18 in Gaza including eight children
The Palestinians brought it on themselves with their unending attacks on Israeli civilians.

How Israel manages to be as restrained as they are, I'll never understand.
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woiyo
 
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Reply Thu 9 Nov, 2006 07:03 am
"It is clear that America is to blame for this massacre of children. US can stop Israel if it really wants to. It seems to turn a blind eye to state terrorism committed by Israel. "

Whoever the idiot was who made this comment is in total denial of the reality.

Isreal is a soveraign nation and defends itself as it sees fit. The US has (or should have) no interest in their affairs.
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FreeDuck
 
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Reply Thu 9 Nov, 2006 03:19 pm
Re: Israeli shells kill 18 in Gaza including eight children
oralloy wrote:
The Palestinians brought it on themselves with their unending attacks on Israeli civilians.

How Israel manages to be as restrained as they are, I'll never understand.


The numbers of civilian casualties are about 10 Palestinians for every Israeli, so that's just pure bullshit. The Palestinians don't see any difference between what Israel did here and what a suicide bomber does in Israel, and frankly, I'm not sure I see any difference either. You don't defend yourself by shelling homes full of people sleeping or getting ready for school. Really, would we accept this from anyone else?
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Zippo
 
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Reply Thu 9 Nov, 2006 04:06 pm
woiyo wrote:
"It is clear that America is to blame for this massacre of children. US can stop Israel if it really wants to. It seems to turn a blind eye to state terrorism committed by Israel. "

Whoever the idiot was who made this comment is in total denial of the reality.

Isreal is a soveraign nation and defends itself as it sees fit. The US has (or should have) no interest in their affairs.


PURE bullshite! Israel is America's bitch or vice-versa.

As usual America to their rescue... Twisted Evil


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U.S. plans to veto proposed UN resolution on Beit Hanun deaths

Last update - 20:16 09/11/2006

By Shlomo Shamir, Haaretz Correspondent

The U.S. is threatening to veto a proposal for a United Nations Security Council resolution regarding the deaths of 19 Palestinian citizens in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanun on Wednesday.

The Palestinian citizens were accidentally killed in an Israel Defense Forces shelling meant to destroy Qassam rocket launchers in the area.

The draft was written and distributed among Security Council members on Wednesday by Qatar, a non-permanent member of the Security Council.

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=786114&contrassID=1&subContrassID=1

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oralloy
 
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Reply Fri 10 Nov, 2006 10:20 am
Re: Israeli shells kill 18 in Gaza including eight children
FreeDuck wrote:
oralloy wrote:
The Palestinians brought it on themselves with their unending attacks on Israeli civilians.

How Israel manages to be as restrained as they are, I'll never understand.


The numbers of civilian casualties are about 10 Palestinians for every Israeli, so that's just pure bullshit.


The fact that the Palestinians die in greater numbers does not mean that Israel is not showing restraint.

When all those women went and rescued those terrorists that Israel had cornered in that building, any rational person would have mowed the lot of them down with machinegun fire.

Yet Israel let them storm the building and rescue the terrorists.



FreeDuck wrote:
The Palestinians don't see any difference between what Israel did here and what a suicide bomber does in Israel, and frankly, I'm not sure I see any difference either.


You may not see the difference between the intentional murder of a civilian and the accidental death of a civilian, but I assure you there is a very large difference.
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Zippo
 
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Reply Fri 10 Nov, 2006 12:17 pm
Just about anytime that the government of Israel gets its wind up for some blood, the brave and bold Israel Defense Forces tank their way into Gaza and kill Palestinians. It's almost like an Israeli national sport.

Gaza: Fun house or death house?
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FreeDuck
 
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Reply Fri 10 Nov, 2006 01:50 pm
Re: Israeli shells kill 18 in Gaza including eight children
oralloy wrote:

You may not see the difference between the intentional murder of a civilian and the accidental death of a civilian, but I assure you there is a very large difference.


What I no longer am sure that I see is that it was in fact accidental. As these things have happened many times before, and always been called accidental or denied outright. I am sure that in the case of Palestinian attacks, if you asked their government they would also deny involvement or malice.
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Baldimo
 
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Reply Fri 10 Nov, 2006 01:58 pm
Re: Israeli shells kill 18 in Gaza including eight children
FreeDuck wrote:
oralloy wrote:

You may not see the difference between the intentional murder of a civilian and the accidental death of a civilian, but I assure you there is a very large difference.


What I no longer am sure that I see is that it was in fact accidental. As these things have happened many times before, and always been called accidental or denied outright. I am sure that in the case of Palestinian attacks, if you asked their government they would also deny involvement or malice.


Wasn't the shelling in response to rockets and mortars being launched from that area of town? That is what I read. If mortars and rockets are being launched from there, how is Israel supposed to respond? Shouldn't the people who live in that area report on the people doing the launching so that they don't get attacked in response?
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FreeDuck
 
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Reply Fri 10 Nov, 2006 02:12 pm
The problem with that logic is that everything is a response. You could also say, "wasn't the launching of rockets into a Israel a response to Israeli attacks on civilians?" You can keep going and going with that logic because every action is a response to something.

So, in answer to "how are they supposed to respond" my answer is not by shelling a residential neighborhood and killing children in their sleep.

I keep hearing this defense of Israel, that they are defending themsleves the only way they know how, and it really is illogical. This is the way they always respond and it has never, ever worked.
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