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Israel strikes kill 10 in Gaza
Published Saturday 23/08/2014 (updated) 24/08/2014 09:58
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Smoke rises following an Israeli air strike on a Palestinian home in Gaza
City on Saturday (AFP Thomas Coex)
GAZA CITY (AFP) -- Israel pounded Gaza on Saturday with scores of airstrikes, killing 10 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and bringing down a 12-story apartment building as Egypt called for new truce talks.

Since a previous round of frantic Egyptian diplomacy collapsed last Tuesday, shattering nine days of calm, 86 Palestinians and a four-year-old Israeli boy have been killed in the violence.

Israel on Saturday sent text messages, voicemails and leaflets warning Palestinians that "every house from which militant activity is carried out, will be targeted" and to stay away from "terrorists."

Israel has vowed no let-up until it can guarantee the safety of its civilians, while Hamas insists that Israel must end its eight-year blockade of the territory as part of any truce.

At least 2,103 Palestinians and 68 people on the Israeli side, all but four of them soldiers, have been killed since July 8. The UN says 70 percent of the Palestinians who have died were civilians.
1 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
23/08/2014 22:36
The UN irresponsibly uses statistics from the Gaza Ministry of Health that is run by Hamas. So obviously there is a factual precedent that the numbers are wrong and most like more than 50 percent of the dead are combatants. Everybody already knows that Hamas has harassed and threatened journalists, knowingly lies about the facts, and is a jihadist organization committed to war. Hamas leaders say they want victory or martyrdom (aka - death), not peace.

2 ) JoeFattal / USA
23/08/2014 22:41
An Israeli spokesperson couldn't explain why the whole building has to be leveled. I can explain that. The more damages Israel infict in the city the more Israel feel that they have won the battle. For Israel to be told which I believe is the case that some militants were on the six floor as they claim, Hamas has another war in their hands. Is to catch and eliminate those who gives Israel information of the fighters in Gaza. In this case we cannot condemn Hamas for executing the informants.

3 ) mexica / mexico
24/08/2014 01:01
this is now the time to give full support to the palestinians. if arab countries dont support now when will they do it?

4 ) Outlier / USA
24/08/2014 01:56
A "knock on the roof" warning also was given ahead of the strike. Loss of life might have been less, had everyone heeded the warnings.

5 ) David / USA
24/08/2014 03:26
I'm sure if Ma'an tries hard enough, they can find a 'reputable' source that will state 100% of the casualties in Gaza are women, infants, and old blind men. Israel has eyes all over Gaza, looking down from a few thousand feet, and sees every launch of every rocket and mortar. Hamas fires from UN areas putting everyone in danger, yet the people are ok with it. Too bad. Every launch site, every Hamas member, every tunnel is a fair target. Stop the rockets or more bad things will happen.

6 ) Maureen / Astralia
24/08/2014 05:09
Various media state 95% of Israelis support Israel's bombing of Gaza. War crimes are a looming issue against the Israeli military junta so does therefore 95% of Israelis are with war criminals, right?

7 ) No choice/ Every building from / which Hamas fires- is now
24/08/2014 09:09
a TARGET No matter who is around So please stay away from rocket lunchers-- because you fate is sealed

8 ) Altamash / India
24/08/2014 10:01
The zionist regime is a cancer to the arab world.It must be cured as early as possible.

9 ) Peter / UK
24/08/2014 10:14
What the article fails to mention, is that 60 rockets were fired into Israel that same Saturday. For which incidentally no texts SMS or leaflet were sent in advance as a warning.

10 ) Oscar / Austria
24/08/2014 10:27
Hamas has now executed 27 Palestinians accused of spying for Israel, after killing another four Saturday. Seven were shot dead in a public square outside a Mosque after Friday prayers. The victims’ heads were shrouded in hoods and their hands tied behind their backs. The executions were taped and released for publication. The tapes are on there way to you Mel?USA, enjoy?

11 ) suharto / indonesia
24/08/2014 18:02
Cohen,The Jews were unwanted people wherever they lived.They were notorious for various conspiracies.The Roman destroyed their temple leaving only the Wailing Wall.Hitler killed 6million of Jews because they very dangerous for Germany.Now Americans mass are fighting to achieves the Zionist ends.

12 ) William Wallace / Scotland
24/08/2014 18:57
#1: Speaking of lying Brian - "... former Israeli Attorney General Michael Ben Yair has said [on the website of Makor Rishon newspaper] that "it was Israel who staged the alleged Hamas breach of the ceasefire in order to create the conditions for assassinating Muhammad Al-Daif, Commander-in-Chief of Hamas's military wing, Al-Qassam Brigades..." (www.middleastmonitor.com). Except they didn't kill Al Deif, but killed his wife & baby instead. Collective punishment on the family also a war crime!

13 ) rosemerry / france
24/08/2014 23:38
How sad to see Israeli supporters who care only about their cruel and vicious attacks on people who are the inhabitants displaced by Israel and asking only for a decent life, which Jews think only they have a right to. Gaza has NO army, navy , even one plane or ship, yet you pretend they are a danger and you bomb any building, killing thousands for no reason.
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