Israel kills 23 in Gaza, wounds 73, most of them civilians –PCHR

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Israeli airstrikes on Gaza have continued into their fourth day, and reports from sources on the ground say that today’s bombings have killed three civilians.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), which holds consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations, has been producing detailed dispatches on the Israeli airstrikes’ toll. Its latest dispatch reports:

Today, 3 Palestinian civilians (a child and an old man and his daughter) have been killed and 36 others, including 19 children and 7 women, have been wounded. Two members of resistance have been killed, and two others have been also wounded by a series of Israeli air strikes. Thus, the number of Palestinians killed since the beginning of this offensive has risen to 23 and the number of those wounded has risen to 73, most of them civilians.

Ma’an News is also reporting that “Israeli airstrikes killed two Islamic Jihad militants and three civilians on Monday.”

The PCHR report contains more on the impact the latest Israeli raids are having on civilians in Gaza:

At approximately 02:00 also on Monday, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at a house belonging to Bahjat Mohammed Hammad near Jabalya Martyrs Elementary School in ‘Izbat ‘Abed Rabbu in the northern Gaza Strip town of Jabalya. The missile hit the first floor of the three-storey house, where 9 individuals, including 3 children live. As a result, the house was completely destroyed and 7 members of the family, including 3 children and 3 women, were wounded. Eighteen neighboring houses were also affected by the missile, 3 of them sustained heavy damages. Twelve members of the Abu al-‘Eish family, including 3 children and two women, and 7 members of the Sukkar family, including 5 children, were also wounded. The houses of the two families are adjacent to the targeted house. In addition, 350 windows, 7 wooden and 3 iron doors in the above school were damaged. Two windows from the Palestine Red Crescent Society premises were also destroyed…

At approximately 09:25, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at a gathering of Palestinian civilians, mostly children, near al-Khuzondar fuel station in the west of the northern Gaza Strip town of Jabalya. As a result, Nayef Sha’ban Nayef Qarmout, 14, was killed, and another 5 children were wounded by shrapnel.

At approximately 13:30, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at Mohammed Mustafa al-Hussoumi, 65, and his daughter Faiza, 30, when they were on their agricultural plot near Tal al-Za’tar School in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia. The old man was instantly killed, and his daughter died a few minutes after her admission in Kamal ‘Edwan Hospital in Beit Lahia.

The current fighting was sparked by Israel’s assassination of a leader of the Popular Resistance Committees. This round of attacks is even deadlier than what occurred in August 2011, when Israel falsely blamed a murderous attack in Eilat on Gazans, then killed five PRC members, igniting another flare-up in which at least eight Palestinian civilians died, according to Human Rights Watch.

And even though the Israeli military itself has acknowledged that what happened in Eilat was carried out by Egyptians, it has reverted to lying about who perpetrated the attack to justify this latest assault on Gaza.

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  1. Kathleen
    March 12, 2012, 1:05 pm

    “Today, 3 Palestinian civilians (a child and an old man and his daughter) have been killed and 36 others, including 19 children and 7 women, have been wounded. Two members of resistance have been killed, and two others have been also wounded by a series of Israeli air strikes. Thus, the number of Palestinians killed since the beginning of this offensive has risen to 23 and the number of those wounded has risen to 73, most of them civilians.”

    What we will not hear on NPR, MSNBC etc.

    • proudzionist777
      March 14, 2012, 7:34 pm

      Not that you lot care, the Gaza school kid wasn’t killed by an Israeli air strike. The kid and his mates were carrying some ordinance that blew up. See the AFP update.

      • Cliff
        March 14, 2012, 7:50 pm

        where did the ordinance come from?

      • proudzionist777
        March 14, 2012, 8:41 pm

        Uhhh…I think my point is that Israel didn’t kill these Gaza kids?

      • Blake
        March 14, 2012, 7:57 pm

        Proudzionist: Please ignore the root cause why don’t you. Palestinians are not the ones who went and occupied your homeland and oppress you. You cannot sit here and justify yourself being on their land for all the gold in fort knox. Frankly how can you be a proud zionist and have a conscience or even a sane rational thought?

      • proudzionist777
        March 14, 2012, 8:49 pm

        Root cause?
        The Arabs drew first blood.

      • Blake
        March 15, 2012, 1:18 am

        You cannot attack your invader and occupier. It defies logic. Palestinians are not even Arabs and if you refer to the Arab armies who came to the Palestinian defense after you had ethnically cleansed out over 400,000 people from their homes/homeland you drew first blood.

      • proudzionist777
        March 16, 2012, 2:44 pm

        And….Two more Gazans killed during funeral gunfire
        A couple of days ago, an 8 year old boy was killed in Gaza as a result of gunfire shot during a funeral. His death was initially blamed on Israel.

        On Thursday, two more people were killed during gunfire at funerals in Gaza. A 17-year old died immediately and the other died of his wounds in Shifa hospital in Gaza.

  2. Bumblebye
    March 12, 2012, 1:16 pm

    “The current fighting”
    No Alex, “fighting” is not even a remotely appropriate word. Military assault. Initiated by the IOF on the flimsiest basis.
    And homemade rockets against missiles is equivalent to rocks against rubber-coated bullets and tear-gas grenades.

    • shawket
      March 12, 2012, 2:15 pm

      Just like the 2009 “Gaza War” was no war. War implies two sides fighting each other. It was a massacre, likened by one IDF soldier to burning ants with a magnifying glass.

    • Mayhem
      March 12, 2012, 5:19 pm

      Palestinian officials have acknowledged that several of the dead were preparing to fire rockets. If Hamas and it’s proponents stopped raining rockets on Isrsel then there would be no violence. Simple as that. It is no excuse to say that because their weaponry has been ineffective that they should not be dealt with severely. Unless Israel acts with strength its opponents have and will cintinue to fire rockets and every now and then manage to kill somebody.

      • justicewillprevail
        March 12, 2012, 6:49 pm

        IF Israel stopped raining bombs on defenceless Gaza, using snipers to kill children, starving them to death and locking them away from the world then maybe there wouldn’t be any violence. Simple as that. On the other hand you can keep repeating hollow statements you have learnt from the shameless propagandists and useful fools and liars who populate the Israeli and US media and governments. Israel doesn’t act with strength, it acts with unparalleled cruelty and wanton violence, brutality and sadism, locked in its ideology of racial superiority.

      • iRevolt
        March 12, 2012, 9:33 pm

        Your premise, that if Hamas et al. would simply “stopped raining rockets on Israel then there would be no violence” is fallacious; it is a bold-faced lie.

        Israel admitted to preemptively striking the Gaza Strip. Yet you, and many others, will stop at nothing re: defending the apartheid entity despite this flagrant murderous act against a people living under siege. Despite IDF officials admitting that they attacked the people of Gaza, before any rockets were launched.
        link to electronicintifada.net

        Also, the Islamic Jihad’s reply was rockets, yes. And what of it? The international community does not expect any people to simply allow a foreign, and in this case occupying, entity to attack them without them striking back. The people of the Gaza Strip live under Israeli siege; their skies, their sea and their borders are monitored by Israel, routinely bombed by Israel and they are unable to freely travel, receive a plethora of goods, fish, etc. because of Israel.

        Israel acted with cowardice, not strength; Israel acted with despicable cruelty.

        This yawn-inducing charade of pitting the blame on the Palestinians each time Israel kills them is getting old.

      • Shingo
        March 13, 2012, 6:36 pm

        If Hamas and it’s proponents stopped raining rockets on Isrsel then there would be no violence. Simple as that

        False.

        Iarael began the violence and the rockets were fired as a result.

        Israel attacked Gaza killing civilians first.

        Unless Israel acts with strength its opponents have and will cintinue to fire rockets and every now and then manage to kill somebody.

        The exact opposite is true. There were no rockets fired until Israel acted without provocation – just as it did in 2008.

  3. Talkback
    March 12, 2012, 4:53 pm

    A decade ago:
    “What is the wisdom here?” a Meretz party leader asked the Knesset. “At the very moment that it appeared that we were on the brink of a chance for reaching something of a cease-fire, or diplomatic activity, we always go back to this experience – just when there is a period of calm, we liquidate.”
    link to normanfinkelstein.com

    • kalithea
      March 12, 2012, 9:39 pm

      I used to respect Finkelstein, but ever since the BDS interview; I think he’s a boob.

      • Doctor Pi
        March 12, 2012, 11:13 pm

        There are a times when I will disagree with Norman Finkelstein and Noam Chomsky, but they will never be boobs. They are simply outstanding scholars.

      • Annie Robbins
        March 12, 2012, 11:56 pm

        agreed dr pi

      • kalithea
        March 13, 2012, 12:06 pm

        I wouldn’t call someone who can’t see the writing on the wall an “outstanding scholar”. He’s delusional if he believes 500,000 settlers are just going to pack their bags and move out of the West Bank to make way for a Palestinian state. He’s cruel and dishonest dismissing the rights and suffering of millions of Palestinian refugees who live in abject conditions in the diaspora; while he embraces a state for Jews living in total comfort with full rights in the diaspora. Dozens of Zionist sites embraced his position on BDS making them feel vindicated! With his comments he empowered Zionism. That’s a dumb move in my book.

        I don’t give a rat’s ass about “scholarliness”; what concerns me is JUSTICE and HUMANITY and supporting it ALL THE WAY to end the suffering of millions. I DON’T CARE ABOUT EGOS.

        I’m not sure why you’re jumping to his defense. When someone shows their true colors and proves their hypocrisy; it’s time to cut him lose. He has failed to evolve with the evolving reality — how regressive and ignorant. Someone who enables Zionism is counterproductive to the cause of Palestinians, justice and humanity. BDS is the most powerful tool in the resistance arsenal; it represents ACTION over mere talk. Talk is cheap and Zionism IN ANY FORM is treachery.

      • Talkback
        March 13, 2012, 9:49 am

        kalithea, I don’t respect his solution, but I respect his contribution.

      • kalithea
        March 13, 2012, 11:47 am

        And he set back the contribution lightyears back, since a plethora of Zionists sites have embraced his “awakening”.

  4. Daniel Rich
    March 12, 2012, 5:27 pm

    Poor Israel ‘only returns violence’

    ‘200 Rockets Hit Israel, 23 Gazans Killed in Return’ http://news.yahoo.com/200-rockets-hit-israel-23-gazans-killed-return-145000964–abc-news.html

    I am sick to the teeth.

    Can anyone tell me what a ‘Palestinian militant’ looks like?

    Am I wrong in not wanting Israel to exist, acting like she does?

    Why don’t I feel guilt [guilty] in being a ‘self-hating Jew?’

  5. kalithea
    March 12, 2012, 7:11 pm

    HEY ISRAEL, GTFO!!!!!!!

    link to washingtonpost.com

    Woooo-hooooooo! The Anti-Zionist Revolution has started!!! I love those Egyptians!

    • Sherri Munnerlyn
      March 13, 2012, 1:16 am

      That is such beautiful news to read, Egypt voting to expel Israel’s Ambassador, and that taking place on the day three civilians were killed by Israel in her Gaza concentration camp, that included a 14 year old child. Is this action being taken right now as a direct response to what is presently happening in Gaza? Do we know the answer to that? I just love this: “The vote was taken by a show of hands on a report by the chamber’s Arab affairs committee that declared Egypt will “never” be a friend, partner or ally of Israel. The report described Israel as the nation’s “number one enemy” and endorsed what it called Palestinian resistance “in all its kinds and forms” against Israel’s “aggressive policies.”” link to washingtonpost.com

  6. Sherri Munnerlyn
    March 13, 2012, 1:26 am

    Every single attack addressed in this article, that occurred today, were direct attacks by Israel on civilians and civilian objects, killing three civilians that included a child.

    Where is the condemnation for attacks that so blatantly violate the Fourth Geneva Convention? I hear only silence.

    Art 48. Basic rule
    In order to ensure respect for and protection of the civilian population and civilian objects, the Parties to the conflict shall at all times distinguish between the civilian population and combatants and between civilian objects and military objectives and accordingly shall direct their operations only against military objectives.

  7. proudzionist777
    March 13, 2012, 7:39 am

    Islamic Jihad cynically uses their rocket attacks in order to make Hamas look bad and to increase Islamic Jihad’s political prestige. Certainly these rocket attacks don’t hurt Israel but the rocket attacks do hurt Gaza civilians who Islamic Jihad uses as human shields.

    • Sherri Munnerlyn
      March 13, 2012, 9:12 am

      Zionists never take responsibility for their killings. As they kill, we always see them rally together for a celebration, a Hate Fest!

    • Talkback
      March 13, 2012, 9:25 am

      @ proudzionist777

      Israel fires on civilians even if they are abused as human shields???

      • kalithea
        March 13, 2012, 12:13 pm

        Don’t feed. That comment you made plays into his theory. You know the saying: Don’t argue with a fool (a hasbara tool or a troll); he’ll drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

      • Talkback
        March 13, 2012, 5:59 pm

        “That comment you made plays into his theory”

        Don’t ruin my bait.

        “Don’t argue with a fool (a hasbara tool or a troll); he’ll drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.”

        I see it more from the view of a cat playing with a mouse.

  8. kalithea
    March 13, 2012, 12:31 pm

    Zionist comrades like the “proudone” prowling this thread support the armed Syrian resistance that holds entire city suburbs hostage and makes them huge human shield targets. I see Zionists crying crocodile tears all the time for the Syrian resistance that has killed pro-Assad civilians and government troops; and then, they turn around and pound Gaza into the ground for POLITICAL REASONS and rockets that rarely kill anyone and squash even peaceful protests against the LONGEST OCCUPATION IN HISTORY, killing and maiming protesters.

    ZIONISTS TAKE HYPOCRISY TO ANOTHER LEVEL.

    • proudzionist777
      March 14, 2012, 7:16 pm

      I believe that China’s occupation of Tibet and China’s ‘Western Provinces’ pre date the Israel’s occupation of Judea snd Samaria.

  9. kalithea
    March 13, 2012, 2:04 pm

    Need to inject this bit of irony: The Opposition that Zionists laud and cry croc tears over in Syria is made up of Muslim Brothers and Salafis. Islamic Jihad (Muslim Brothers) and Salafis groups in Gaza want Hamas to return to violent resistance.

    So when the Salafis move into the Golan Heights and take over Gaza, they’ll be crying real tears ….lol! But then Zionists can reclaim even greater victimhood in the eyes of the world and this will justify Israel holding on TO ALL THE LAND IT STOLE for their “security”. Their lust for land is so insatiable they’ll end up using this excuse to deprive millions of Palestinians of their rights. They’re trying the same excuse with the Iran-bogeyman issue. These trigger-happy Zionists love to play with fire to get their way, and there’s no doubt that the fire and hell they’re unleashing will consume them in the end.

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