Video: Survivors of Israeli attack on Gaza says bombs continued to fall on the al-Shoja’iya neighborhood as civilians raised white flags

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The video above interviews two survivors of the Israeli attack on the al-Shoja’iya neighborhood east of Gaza City. Here is a summary published by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights over the weekend on what took place in the neighborhood:

Over the past 72 hours, the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have escalated their aerial and ground attacks against the Gaza Strip. Five Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, have been killed, and 52 others, including 6 women and 12 children, have been wounded. Four of these deaths and 38 of the injuries resulted from an Israeli attack on a football playground in al-Shoja’iya neighborhood east of Gaza City. Additionally, 2 members of the Palestinian resistance were killed, and some civilian facilities were destroyed or damaged.

According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 15:30 on Saturday, 10 November 2012, Israeli military vehicles stationed at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired an artillery shell at a number of Palestinian children who were playing football at al-Mentar Hill east of al-Shoja’iya neighborhood, which is east of Gaza City and nearly 1,500 meters away from the border. As a result, 2 children were instantly killed:

1- Mohammed Ussama Hassan Harara (16); and

2- Ahmed Mustafa Khaled Harara (17).

Following this attack, a number of Palestinian civilians, who were in the consolation house of the Harara family, rushed to the area, where the IOF immediately fired another 3 shells. As a result, 2 Palestinian civilians were instantly killed:

1- Ahmed Kamel Al- Dirdissawi (18); and

2- Matar ‘Emad ‘Abdul Rahman Abu al-‘Ata (19).

Additionally, 38 civilians, including 8 children, were wounded; the wounding of 10 of these civilians was described by medical crews as being serious.

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  1. seafoid
    November 12, 2012, 11:42 am

    Israel just wants peace but will bomb the crap out of Gaza if it disagrees.

  2. Susie Kneedler
    November 12, 2012, 11:46 am

    Again, the US press (here, AP and NPR) blames Palestine, not Israel, the actual aggressor, who shelled caged Gaza and its precious children playing football [soccer].

    “Rocket Fire From Gaza Intensifies”

    “JERUSALEM November 12, 2012, 03:41 am ET
    “JERUSALEM (AP) — Gaza militants launched 10 rockets into southern Israel by midday Monday, including one that struck the yard of a house, the military said. The barrage ramps up pressure on the Israeli government to stage a large-scale operation aimed at stopping the persistent attacks.

    “No injuries were reported and there was no immediate Israeli retaliation. But earlier in the day, Israeli aircraft struck three militant sites in Gaza.

    “According to the military’s count, more than 110 rockets have hit Israel since Saturday.

    “The violence threatens to explode into a major confrontation ahead of Israel’s Jan. 22 elections.

    “Israeli leaders have warned they won’t tolerate continued assaults and have threatened a more forceful response.

    “‘The world must understand that Israel will not sit idly in the face of attempts to attack us,’ Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.

    “Defense Minister Ehud Barak has said Israel’s upcoming elections will not deter Israel from acting militarily.”

    **Update**: Ominously, NPR has now changed the headline to “Gaza Fire Increases Pressure On Israel To Hit Back.”

  3. FreddyV
    November 12, 2012, 11:53 am

    Dear god, we’re going to see Cast Lead all over again aren’t we?

    Interesting that a week after the US elections and just after Abbas announcing the UN bid, Israel have somehow managed to pick fights with Gaza and Syria.

    What’s next, Hezbollah and Iran?

    Netanyahu really does have Masada on his mind…….

  4. talknic
    November 12, 2012, 12:40 pm

    Deuteronomy 20:15

  5. Sherri Munnerlyn
    November 12, 2012, 5:17 pm

    It makes me sick, I am so sick and tired of watching Israel use American supplied weapons to deliberately hurt and kill Palestinian civilians in Gaza. And it just keeps going on and on and on and on, and we keep having to watch Israel kill with seeming impunity, day after day, and year after year. Enough is enough!My soul cries out to God for an end to this Injustice! Enough is enough!

  6. Avi_G.
    November 12, 2012, 5:32 pm

    Israeli elections are coming up. As with every Israeli election, the politicians need to prove to the public that they are tough on Arabs. He who delivers the strongest blow to Arabs is most likely to garner wide support among the public.

    But this recent attack on Gaza is also designed by Israel to signal to Obama that although Romney did not win the election, Israel will do whatever it likes with Palestinians. In other words, Netanyahu is sending a message to Obama, as if to say, “Though we put all our eggs in the Romney basket, do not for a minute think that we are backing down.”

    The UN bid doesn’t quite play a role in all this as Gaza is under Hamas’ control and it is Fatah who are taking the bid to the UN.

    Should Israel launch a full scale attack on Gaza, however, the situation in Syria and the Sinai is likely to escalate. It is in Israel’s interest not to escalate this situation, but it’s quite possible that both Netanyahu and Barak are interested in a full conflagration in the region (For other reasons entirely).

  7. ritzl
    November 12, 2012, 7:30 pm

    At some point, probably passed, perpetual war becomes a trait instead of a pattern.

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