Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Gaza Death Toll Rise to 380, 1,725 Wounded, Hundreds Critically

Israeli Warplanes Target Rafah Tunnels; Fatalities Rise To 368 Gazans, 1,700 Wounded, Hundreds Critically

Left: A Palestinian woman carries a child on the rubble of a damaged house near the destroyed Hamas government buildings following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, December 30, 2008. Early Tuesday, Israeli aircraft dropped at least 16 bombs on five Hamas government buildings in a Gaza City complex, destroying them, setting fires and sending rubble flying for hundreds of yards, witnesses said. Rescue workers said 40 people were injured. MaanImages/Hatem Omar

Gaza - Ma'an - Israeli F16 warplanes fired heavy missiles at the tunnels on the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip Tuesday night.

According to Israeli TV, 12 heavy missiles landed inside the tunnels. This is the second Israeli attack on the Rafah border and the tunnels beneath the area in as many days.

The shelling came hours after the Egyptians announced closure of the crossing following Israeli threats to shell the area. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said in a speech Tuesday afternoon that his country would not open the Rafah crossing unless it is controlled by the PA and European monitors.

There are no reports of deaths from the latest tunnel attack.

The death toll since the Israeli attacks began Saturday has reached 380 with more than 1,725 injured, hundreds seriously so.

5:00pm A lathe workshop belonging to the Ashour family in the Zaitoun neighborhood of Gaza City, and a dairy belonging to the Dalloul family in the Sabra neighborhood, also in Gaza City were destroyed by Israeli missile fire. No casualties have been reported.

2:00pm Israeli warplanes bombarded Khan Younis in the southern Strip

1:00pm Israeli helicopters targeted a site used by Hamas' Al-Qassam Brigades in Beit Lahiya and another site in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported in either raid.

11:45am An Israeli missile made a direct hit on three siblings killing two girls, 4 and 11-year old sisters. The three were throwing garbage into a nearby dumpster. The youngest died instantly and the eldest died en route to the hospital. The lack of ambulances in the area meant her parents had to load the girl's body onto a donkey-cart to try and get her to a doctor.

The family lives on As-Sekka Street in Beit Hanoun, and the area was hit as Israeli warplanes targeted a nearby farming cooperative affiliated to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), according to two international eyewitnesses.

The third casualty was a passerby, killed by flying debris as Israeli warplanes dropped missiles on a de facto government police station in Al-Qarara east of Khan Younis.

Early in the morning on Israel's fourth day of attack residents could hear heavy shelling and airstrikes against the northern and central regions of the Gaza Strip.

Overnight Monday

Israeli warplanes, drones and apache helicopters hit 56 targets overnight on Monday including training sites and homes affiliated with the Al-Qassam Brigades, as well as de facto government ambulance services and medical crews.

A home next to the Caliph's Mosque in the northern Gaza Strip was demolished along with an Al-Shamal Governorate building in the Ash-Sheikh Zayid area. The car of a Gazan civilian received a direct hit on Aj-Jala Street, and several already damaged buildings in the area were further bombarded.

Airstrikes in the north also targeted government ministry buildings in Tel Al-Hawa. The buildings were bombed several times through the night and were completely demolished.

In the southern Gaza Strip a de facto government building was demolished when Israel launched two missiles at the structures. This is the second time Israel has targeted the buildings, the first was on Saturday in the first wave of massive strikes.

West of Gaza City Israeli forces targeted the Bader area, which is affiliated to the Al-Qassam Brigades. Also demolished in the strike was the Omar Bin Al-Khattab mosque in the central city. It is the sixth mosque to be targeted since Saturday.

Always calculating, forever scheming, the Zionist plan becomes more apparent as they continue to devastate all avenues availed to Gaza for its sustenance except those at the disposal of the Jews. Maybe the Zionists will ask the Palestinians to trade food for land in the end.


Blogger Merche PallarĂ©s said...

The "official" death toll is 380 but, as you mention, all the bombings with NO casualties I find very strange. I'm sure the toll is much, much higher. Poor Gazans are in a rat hole. Much love, M.

December 31, 2008 at 2:24 AM  

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