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14 killed in Gaza, dozens injured in series of strikes
Published Friday 08/04/2011 (updated) 10/04/2011 12:38
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Al-Qassam fighter killed in northern Gaza Strike [MaanImage]
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli air strikes and artillery fire have hit Gaza nine times Friday, killing nine, and bringing the total number of dead since Thursday afternoon to fourteen, including civilians.

A mother and daughter, and elderly man were killed in two separate strikes near Khan Younis, a fourth - identified as an Al-Qassam Brigades fighter - was killed near Gaza City, and two unidentified men was killed when a shell hit his home east of Gaza City.

A statement from Israel's military acknowledged civilian casualties, saying that the military "regrets that the Hamas terrorist organization chooses to operate from within its civilian population, using it as a 'human shield'."

Hamas officials in Gaza released a statement accusing Israel of launching white phosphorus missiles toward civilian populations, a claim an Israeli military spokesman denied.

The military reported "heavy rocket and mortar fire," emanating from Gaza Friday afternoon. A later statement said a total of five mortars and eight projectiles had been fired from Gaza on Friday.

DFLP fighters claimed to have fired two projectiles at targets from the northern Gaza Strip. A statement said the fire was a "response to Israel’s lack of commitment to the truce [and its] continuing of shelling of our unarmed people."

In the early evening, Hamas' Al-Qassam Brigades said fighters launched six projectiles and three mortars on an Israeli military post east of Rafah.

Friday attacks have been reported as follows:

6:30 Shell lands on home east of Gaza City, two civilians killed, medics said, and ten others injured.

Witnesses said three shells landed on homes in the Ash-Shuja'iyeh neighborhood. Medics said all were transferred to the Ash-Shifa Hospital.

5:30 Israeli warships fire on shoreline near Rafah, no injuries.

4:30 p.m. An Apache helicopter fired one missile on residents of Beit Lahiya, killing two Al-Qassam members, identified as Raed Shehada, 27, Ahmad Abu Ghurab. The second died in hospital of injuries he sustained during the shelling.

In the Az-Zaytoun neighborhood of Gaza City a resistance fighter was said to have "escaped death," a statement from resistance groups said. The strike was aimed at a metal workshop, which was damaged.

Medics confirmed that there were no injuries reported from the area.

3:00 p.m. Air strikes hit a smuggling tunnel between Egypt and Gaza. No injuries were reported, but witnesses said a large fire broke out in the area following the blast.

Witnesses said the tunnel had been used to smuggle fuel into Gaza. Since January, Gaza's power plant stopped using industrial fuel from Israel, and instead began relying on fuel imported from Egypt via the tunnels. The engineer responsible for developing the purifying mechanism for the fuel was abducted by Israeli intelligence officers while on vacation in the Ukraine. He is currently in prison on charges of assisting the resistance in Gaza.

2:00 p.m. Israeli artillery fire hits the Al-Farahin area east of Khan Younis. A mother and child were killed and another of her children injured.

Israeli media reported shortly before the strike that five projectiles launched from Gaza landed near Ashkelon, with no injuries.

Medics later confirmed that Najah Kudeih, 45, and her daughter Nidal, 21, were killed, while a second daughter, Nida, 18, was seriously injured. Three others were wounded.

1:30 p.m. A 55-year-old man was killed by an Israeli air strike which hit in the Qarara area east of the city. Medics identified the man as Talal Abu Taha, 55.

9:45 a.m. An airstrike combined with artillery hit the town of Khuza'a, east of Khan Younis, killing two.

Israel's military said in a statement that "forces identified two terrorist squads from the Hamas terrorist organization," adding that air and artillery fire were used and the military "identified hits."

Hamas' military wing, the Izz Ad-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, named those killed as Abdallah Al-Qarra and Muataz Abu Jamea.

8:00 a.m. An Israeli strike hit in an open area east of Rafah, no injuries were reported.

7:00 a.m. Israeli shelling on Rafah airport in southern Gaza injured three, witnesses reported.

Thursday strikes kill five

Air strikes hit what was described by the Israeli military as positions in and around Gaza City where projectiles had been fired from on Thursday, and other raids hit targets in the southern cities of Rafah and Khan Younis.

The strikes killed four, identified as resistance fighters affiliated with Hamas. A statement from the Al-Qassam Brigades identified those killed as leader Salah Tarabin, 38, Musab al-Sufi, 18, Muhammad Almanmom, 25, and Khaled Aldbari, 23.

Thursday afternoon, Artillery fire also hit the southern Gaza Strip, with witnesses saying artillery fire injured five people, including a small child, and killed Mahmoud Al-Manasra, 50, who died after shells landed near his home in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City.

In total, more than 40 people were wounded across the Gaza Strip overnight.

Smoke billows from a bombed Hamas police training camp
in Beit Lahia on April 7, 2011 [AFP/Mohammed Abed]
1 ) Tobias / US
08/04/2011 14:23

IF "Hamas wants to prevent further Israeli strikes",
they are making the wrong move, or using the wrong currency,
"by getting most armed Palestinian factions in Gaza to sign
on to a ceasefire pledge" !!!


2 ) Apartheid State desperate / USA
08/04/2011 14:26
Killing women and children is the last desparate act of the dying apartheid state. From September, the Palestine State at the U.N. General Assembly will increasingly represent the whole of Palestine as the apartheid authority will increasingly be seen to be what it is - an illegal "state within a state" that it always was in multi communal, multi religious Holy Land

3 ) Tobias / US
08/04/2011 14:53

The Targets of the Israeli retaliation attacks,
with "10 killed in past 24 hours" were
"Hamas militant group leaders" and fighters !!!

IF Hamas want to protect the mothers, daughters, and elderly men,
all they have to do is keep militant group leaders away from them,
or better yet, stop firing projectiles, disarm, and accept peace !!!!

4 ) stephanie / usa
08/04/2011 16:46
for gods sake, besides all the rockets and mortars fired at israel, a anti tank missle was fired at a school bus!! since this all comes from gaza, and hamas is the government of gaza, they are 1000 percent responsible for all of this. They have to know that israel would retaliate. That means when they allow rocket fire to be fired from gaza, the know already that civilians will be killed.

5 ) Robert Haymond / Israel/Canada
08/04/2011 17:00
Hamas fired mortars from within the heart of a civilian neighbourhood. The IDF struck back. More "human shielding" on the part of Gaza terrorists. See Ynet. It's evident that Hamas uses the people whom it's supposed to represent. It prefers attempting to disrupt and destroy Israel over the well=being of its own civilians. On Thursday, they launched an attack against a yellow school bus critically injuring one adolescent boy and destroying the bus.

6 ) Outsider / EU
08/04/2011 17:00
Is this "necessary force", Mr Netanyahu? Why didn't you accept the offer of a ceasefire when offered?

7 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
08/04/2011 17:13
... and this sickening cycle of rocket fire and our retaliation and killing and dying on both sides ... and rocket fire and our retaliation ... and rocket fire and our retaliation... goes on ... and on ... and on ... and on ... and ... A lot of us in Israel don't even give a damn anymore whether it's Hamas or DFLP or Islamic Martyrs Brigades or Izz Ad-Din Al-Qassam Brigades or Islamic Jihad or anything else ... This crap will never end until the Palestinians are evicted from the Gaza Strip.

8 ) Outsider / EU
08/04/2011 18:02
It's interesting that the Israeli military regrets "that the Hamas terrorist organization chooses to operate from within its civilian population". Was the rocket that hit the bus fired from the locations that are being bombed, or is any old Palestinian target good enough?

9 ) Mo / Canada
08/04/2011 20:25
Okay so if the Israel military says that they attacked Hamas targets who were firing AND Hamas said that its fighters were killed, why can't you just report that Israeli military killed Hamas fighters? Obviously they did kill Hamas fighters! You don't have to pretend that Israel is lying and just claiming they killed Hamas fighters because even Hamas corroborates it! It's reporting like this that makes Israel look like an evil lying bad guy when in reality it's just defending itself from rockets

10 ) Tobias / US
08/04/2011 21:03

You should writing the truth for a change.
You know that the Hamas target was the civilian bus - a war crime !!

And, I know that the IDF target was the Hamas fighters,
just like in previous IDF attacks, where even the military wing of Hamas admits* "that an area commander of Hamas was killed in the attack,
along with another member of the organization, in the IDF Friday evening attack on the terror cell in Gaza."

* http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=215762

11 ) carine / UK
08/04/2011 21:14
"See Ynet"- Pfff.
Are you advocating evicting 2million people from their own land? Shame on you!

12 ) Arnold / Canada
08/04/2011 21:20
What is not mentioned is that on Thursday Hamas freedom fighters shot an anti-tank missile ....................at..............a SCHOOL BUS.

13 ) Jamila / USA
08/04/2011 22:04
I don't understand why the Gazans don't revolt against hamas. They are either afraid and suppressed by Hamas or they simply don't care. Don't they see all the mysery Hamas brought to them? No jobs, no money. All the big money goes in their currupted leaders' pockets and to get more rockets to kills Israeli kids and their families as humansheild. Get rid of Hamas and you'll get peace! Israel wants peace why not the Gazans too?

14 ) Tony B? / ME
08/04/2011 22:07
As long as Hamas exists this is inevitable. The best thing Israel can do for the future of both themselves and Pals is wipe them out. Hopefully Pals will rebel against being used as human shields this time.

15 ) Ellie / UK
08/04/2011 23:45
Sorry, my Zionist Israeli friends, but according to international law Israel is illegally occupying Palestinian land and imposing an inhumane regime on the people of Gaza. What, under the circumstances, would you do? Have you forgotten that the first so-called terrorists were the Stern Gang and Irgun – and they were fighting as colonists, not to maintain rights and freedom to their own indigenous land? The Palestinians are PEOPLE!

16 ) Firas / US
09/04/2011 01:22
Israel does not want peace, they want to bring an end to any opposition against Israel and also ethnically cleanse the city of Gaza, it is not collateral damage when the majority of deaths in Gaza following Israeli terrorism are civilians. Hamas is defending the Palestinians of Gaza through resistance, that is not terrorism.

17 ) Matt1234 / USA
09/04/2011 02:06
Be thankful it is Israel that you attacked a school bus in, Hamas in any other nation if you did that, Gaza city would be burned to the ground.

18 ) Malone / Hfx
09/04/2011 03:57
It's really quite simple...stop firing missiles into Israel...duh!!
Stop targeting school busses full of kids...duh!!
Stop slitting the throats of sleeping families...duh!!
Obviously,Hamas wants attention,and Ithink they're going to get it.
Hopefully,once and for all.

19 ) Robby / USA
09/04/2011 04:53
If I were Palestinian I'd be praying for Iron Dome to be a success. If Israel can stop the incoming missiles they would be less likely to participate in this miserable "tit-for-tat" cycle of violence.

20 ) fadel / nablus
09/04/2011 05:21

21 ) Amarein / Palestime
09/04/2011 11:49
This is outrageous? where is America when it comes to our safety?

22 ) ramzi / gaza
09/04/2011 18:09
safety first for israel and then for gaza

23 ) ABE / USA
09/04/2011 18:50
To #21 Amarein, America is watching. Blame Hamas for the problems your in. If you start something you should be prepared to finish.

24 ) Brian / UK
10/04/2011 04:37
The Israeli state shows itself to be wicked in its wanton disregard for human life. I am no supporter of Hamas & condemn any murderous targetting of civilians. But it is hard to blame a people treated so unjustly from trying to defend themselves and resist zionist aggression. I am told by friends in Gaza that even Christians there are beginning to support Hamas because that is all they have to fight back with.

25 ) ABE / USA
10/04/2011 19:00
To Brian#24 The most unjustly treated people of all are Christians in Gaza. I do not believe for one minute that they back Hamas. They have had churches burned down and must always watch their backs. They are not mistreated by ISRAEL.

26 ) silver / phil.
25/06/2011 10:12
israel is deligitimizing itself by not humanely treating the occupied people
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