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Child pulled from Gaza rubble as Cairo negotiations continue
Published Saturday 09/08/2014 (updated) 10/08/2014 19:19
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A Palestinian man stands on the rubble of a destroyed building
following an Israeli military strike on Beit Lahiya, in the northern
Gaza Strip on July 15, 2014 (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Medics recovered the body of a Palestinian child in the Shujaiyya neighborhood of Gaza on Saturday, a health official said.

The body brought the death toll of the Israel's 33-day offensive on the Strip to 1,904, with 9,837 injured, health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said in a statement.

Israeli warplanes continued targeting various sites across Gaza Saturday, leaving five Palestinians dead on the second day after the end of a 72-hour ceasefire with long-term ceasefire negotiations in Cairo still at a standstill.

In the most recent Israeli attack, five Palestinians were injured in a shelling on northern Gaza City.

The Israeli army said Palestinian militants fired 14 rockets into Israel, bringing to 52 the number of projectiles launched at Israel since Friday.

The United Nations says at least 1,354 of the Palestinian dead are civilians, including 447 children.

Meanwhile, negotiations in Egypt continued, with the Hamas movement vowing that it would not let go of any of its demands from Israel for a permanent ceasefire deal.

"The occupier's intransigence will get it nowhere and we will make no concessions on the demands of our people," spokesman Fawzy Barhum said in a statement.

A spokesman for the military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine concurred.

"He who imposes their conditions are the winners," said Abu Jamal. "The resistance has the right to impose its terms and oblige the enemy to accept them."

Hamas and Palestine Liberation Organization officials have insisted that Israel end its eight-year siege on the Gaza Strip, release dozens of prisoners whom Israel has re-arrested that were released in 2011 as part of the Shalit exchange, re-open a seaport and airport in Gaza, and create a safe passage between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

A Palestinian official said on condition of anonymity Egypt and the Palestinians had reached a draft agreement for submission to Israel on Saturday.

It would see Egypt and the Palestinian Authority take control of the Rafah border crossing into Egypt, in which Hamas would essentially activate a unity deal signed with the PA in April.

Negotiations on the sea port, demanded by Hamas, would then be delayed and entrusted to the PA, with whom Israel is prepared to deal.

Displaced Palestinians gather to receive food aid at a UN school, turned shelter,
in Gaza City, on Aug. 8, 2014 (AFP Roberto Schmidt)

'Intolerable' conditions in Gaza

Meanwhile, Palestinian member of parliament Mustafa Barghouti was visiting Gaza, and spoke to Ma'an about the "intolerable" conditions there.

"As the battle continues, hospitals across the Strip are suffering from from serious shortages in medicines and medical equipment which can't be brought easily into Gaza given the Israeli restrictions and the closure of Gaza crossings," Barghouti said.

"There aren't enough hospital beds and morgues in the Gaza Strip to cope with the large numbers of deaths and injuries," he said.

The offensive has severely damaged Gaza's infrastructure, Barghouti added.

"The people of Gaza Strip are facing serious health threats ... after water and sewage networks across the coastal enclave were destroyed. Sewage is now running in the streets and reaching the sea."

Chris Gunness, spokesman for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA, called for the Gaza blockade to end so enable reconstruction could begin.

"Huge swathes of Gaza have been leveled. We cannot rebuild it with our hands tied behind our backs," he said. "The blockade must end. ... All those directly and indirectly responsible for the carnage and destruction must engage," he added.

At least 65,000 people have had their homes destroyed, and UNRWA said 222,000 people are still sheltering in 89 UN schools.

US-based Human Rights Watch said the knocking out of Gaza's only electrical power plant, by apparent Israeli shellfire, has worsened the humanitarian crisis.

AFP contributed to this report.
1 ) JoeFattal / USA
09/08/2014 18:36
Negotiating with Israel is like making a deal with the devil. You going to end up losing. Negotiating with the US on behalf of Israel you still making a deal with a bigger devil. I wont negotiate with Israel because I do not trust Israel. If a foreign head of state said he doesn't trust Netanyahu, how the PA or Hamas can trust him. So why negotiating with Israel.

2 ) Crepe Suzette France / France
09/08/2014 18:46
Contrary to international rules of warfare, Hamas has commandeered a large hospital in Gaza City as its de facto headquarters. At the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City has become a de facto headquarters for Hamas leaders, who can be seen in the hallways and offices.

3 ) Tomas / Austria
09/08/2014 18:53
There have been reports for years that Hamas uses the main hospital in Gaza, Al-Shifa, as a headquarters. It reportedly has bunkers underneath, and uses the hospital itself. But mostly it has been covered up by reporters in Gaza. Tweets have been deleted and articles taken down by reporters for major publications. One Italian reporter who left Gaza blew the whistle on the fact that it was Hamas or Islamic Jihad misfired rockets that cause a large number of deaths in a refugee camps.

4 ) Crocidile Tears / Nile
09/08/2014 18:54
Palestinians are reaping the natural consequences of their actions.

5 ) Ishmael / India
09/08/2014 18:57
In contrast to the clich?d statement that there is no military solution to terrorism, Israel has proven it can solve systemic terrorist threats against it militarily. Nonetheless, the political solution is always to be preferred. The long term political solution for Gaza is the continued weakening of Hamas – economically, politically, and militarily – and the creation of better political alternatives for both the Palestinians and Israel.

6 ) rocky / sweden
09/08/2014 19:05
I cry for the palestinian children. Stop this senseless butcher by the racist state of israel.

7 ) Chris / USA
09/08/2014 23:23
Lots of hasbara on this thread. Re the allegation that 'Hamas' uses al-Shifa hospital as a headquarters: prove it. Produce the photos and video. Can't? Then retire that tired lie. Re the notion that Israel can solve 'terrorism' (ie. legitimate resistance to illegitimate occupation) through military means, in fact quite the opposite is happening, with a growing number of people repulsed by Israel's brutality.

8 ) carine / UK
10/08/2014 04:28
I can only shake my head in disbelief at the number of paid parrots on every forum I go to. As I've said before - some people will do ANYTHING for money; they have no shame - they sell their souls to the highest bidder!

9 ) Someone / everywhere
10/08/2014 08:05
Cowardly Zionist cannot fight like men. They only know how to kill and maim children from the inside of a tank or F16 or gunboat. When they dare enter Gaza on foot to face real men on an equal footing it becomes obvious what they are. Cowards. Child killers.

10 ) Mel / USA
10/08/2014 18:57
#8:carine/UK:"paid parrots"?Yes, Israe, UK/US pro-Zionists always pay MANY people(pre-peri-attacks on Palestine/Gaza)to hike up the hasbara. Sloths & poor people will take money to hike hasbara stats up,especially when'schools out for summer'.But fear not! Zionism &Israel are imploding.The more the Bots scream hasbara,the more you know Israel's collapsing under Zionism.Patience! USG,UKG,EU can't sustain Zionism,it's jeapodizing the WEST NatSec.The plug's getting pulled on Zionism. BDS ISRAEL!
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