Thursday, January 15, 2009

1,000 Gazans Now Dead

It seems everyone keeps talking about a cease fire, but 1,000 Palestinians in the Gaza strip are now dead. Releasing new figures, the Hamas-run Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip said 1,018 Palestinians had been killed and 4,700 wounded by Israeli forces so far. The Gaza-based Palestinian Centre for Human Rights said more than 670 civilians were among the dead. Ten Israeli soldiers and three civilians hit by rockets fired from the Gaza Strip have been killed since Israel launched its campaign on Dec. 27.

Additionally, this morning the U.N. was shelled by the Israelis in the Gaza Strip. The shelling engulfed the building in fire and destroyed thousands of pounds of food and humanitarian aide intended for Palestinian refugees. The U.N. is demanding an explanation. The Israelis describe the shelling as a "grave mistake." Still, Israel continues to press farther into Gaza to "continue the pressure on Hamas."

"Bullets also entered another building housing The Associated Press offices, entering a room where two staffers were working but wounding no one. The Foreign Press Association, representing journalists covering Israel and the Palestinian territories, demanded a halt to attacks on press buildings."

War is war I guess. So much for the "precision" of Israel's air force, huh?

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