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Day 17 of the Zionist Israeli Terrorist War on Gaza, 919 Palestinians Killed, 4263 Injured, Palestinian Resistance Formidable, Launches More Missiles
Palestinian Resistance Continues Despite Israeli Crimes Against Humanity & US-EU Support
Summary and commentary By Hassan El-Najjar
Editor of ccun.org
January 12, 2009, 8:00 am ET
The Zionist Israeli terrorist war on the Gaza Strip has continued for the seventeenth day without end in sight. The invading Israeli terrorist forces have continued attacking all areas in the Gaza Strip from the air, sea, and land, focusing on Gaza City and the Egyptian-Palestinian border area in Rafah.
The invading Israeli terrorist forces were reinforced with reserve forces in order to push further around and inside Gaza City.
According to Arabic TV stations reporting from Gaza, death and destruction have spread every where, with the death toll reaching 919 victims, and more than 4263 injuries. Among the civilians killed by Israeli terrorist forces were 277 children and 93 women. Most of the rest of victims were civilian men. Very few resistance fighters were killed.
The Israeli terrorist forces used all the weapons in their arsenal except their nuclear bombs. Yet, they are not capable of defeating the Palestinian resistance, even with the use of the internationally prohibited weapons such as the white phosphorus and DIME bombs.
The war criminal president of the Israeli terrorist state, Shimon Peres, summarized today what the Israelis did by saying, "what we have achieved in 16 days, we did not achieve in 16 years." He was accurate indeed when it comes to the death and destruction inflicted on the Palestinian civilian population. Zionists in particular enjoy the killing of children and their mothers. However, he is wrong concerning achieving any success against the formidable resistance so far. For the seventeenth day, Palestinian resistance fighters are there defending their neighborhoods, attacking invaders, and launching their missiles to reach the most strategic Israeli targets, nuclear air bases., statistics of which were listed in yesterday's news report.
Today, during the early morning hours, Palestinian resistance fighters launched 11 rockets at Israeli targets, including 5 Grad missiles which reach targets about 50 kilometers away from Gaza. The number of missiles and rockets reached 20 at the end of the day. The far-reaching and strategic implication is that the Palestinian missiles are capable to reach the Dimona nuclear reactor and the nuclear bomber air base in Al-Naqab. Israelis and their supporters need to think about that and opt for peace and co-existence, instead the present mentality of achieving security through war crimes and crimes against humanity.
They also destroyed an Israeli armored vehicle and sniped an Israeli soldier in Al-Zaytoon neighborhood. Palestinian resistance fighters also announced that they captured an Israeli soldier but Israeli forces killed him when they bombed the group which captured him.
The world governments are silent, doing nothing to stop the Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity. In particular, US-EU governments have been in support of the Israeli terrorist war on the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip. They have provided the Israeli terrorists with the weapons and the financial support necessary to commit this genocidal war.
The Zionist propaganda machine, represented by major TV networks like CNN, Fox, and MSCNBC have been silent and rarely show viewers scenes of death and destruction in Gaza. To the contrary, they distract viewers to other local US stories, away from what is happening in Gaza. If they ever address the issue, they present the Israeli viewpoint and blame the victims.
The AIPAC-controlled members of US Congress passed two resolutions in the House and the Senate condemning the Palestinian victims and justifying Israeli war crimes as self-defense.
The US-EU governments made sure that the UN Security Council resolution does not order an immediate ceasefire, in order to give the Israeli terrorists the time needed to continue their war crimes and crimes against humanity.
European representatives in the UN Human Rights Organization in Geneva blocked all attempts to condemn the Israeli terrorist war, which violates all UN conventions regarding human rights of civilians at the time of war. They only insisted on passing a resolution which does not condemn the Israeli war criminals.
This war once again demonstrates that the EU governments are active participant in the Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The world has not gotten rid of imperialism yet!
At least 20 Palestinians killed Monday; 900+ in ongoing assault
The Palestinian death toll in Gaza rose to 20 on Monday when Israeli
terrorist forces fighter jets continued shelling targets throughout
Jabaliya Refugee Camp into the early evening.
Israel kills more than 900 Palestinians during its 16-day aggression on Gaza
[ 12/01/2009 - 10:27 AM ]
The death toll of the continued Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip rose with the end of the 16th day on Sunday to more than 900 Palestinians most of them were children and women, while the number of injuries rose to 4,100 Palestinians.
According to Dr. Muawiya Hassanein, the director of emergency services in the health ministry, Israel killed 906 Palestinians so far including 277 children and 93 women.
On Sunday, the IOF troops continued the acts of ethnic cleansing killing more than 38 Palestinians in one day and wounding dozens others.
Palestinian medical sources reported yesterday that five Palestinians were killed during Israeli air strikes on the Gaza city and Jabaliya and another one was killed after bombing his motorcycle in Rafah.
According to the sources, more than 12 citizens were wounded and two others were killed by Israeli artillery fire in Khan Younis, while a Palestinian child was reportedly killed as a result of the continued Israeli shelling in Khuza'a amid reports of more casualties in the area.
The withdrawal of IOF troops from the area of Sheikh Ajlin, southwest of Gaza, unveiled an Israeli massacre, where 14 Palestinian were killed including a one-year-old child.
The IOF troops also killed dozens of Palestinians in other areas of Gaza including a citizen along with his wife and child who were killed by an air-to-ground missile fired by an Israeli drone north of Gaza city.
Human rights reports said that the IOF troops since the start of the ground offensive on Gaza had turned a number of homes into barracks and detained Palestinian inhabitants in their houses under inhuman conditions without providing them with any food or water.
Ten Palestinians, including two children and two women, killed in on Monday morning
On the 17th day of the ongoing Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip, the Israeli Army carried further strikes Monday morning, killing 10 Palestinians, including two children and two women, in different parts of the Gaza Strip.
Dr. Moawiya Hassanen, of the Palestinian Ministry of Health, said that the Israeli Army shelled on Monday midday al-Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza city. The shells directly hit a number of homes, killing three family members.
Medical sources reported that two residents, including a child, were killed in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. Their bodies were moved to Kamal Adwan Hospital.
The sources added that a child of Dalloul family died of his wounds in al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. The child was wounded in overnight Israeli military shelling that targeted al-Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza City; one woman was also killed in the shelling.
Also, Amal Mohammad Al Madhoun and another resident, who remained unidentified until the time of this report, were killed in another Israeli strike.
Resident, Shaiboub Shambaly died at a hospital in Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, after he was seriously wounded by the Israelis.
Heavy clashes were reported in a number of areas in in the north and the south of Gaza City. The Israeli Air Force first shelled dozens of homes in the area before ground troops advanced inside the city.
Several neighborhoods were also shelled in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, including a home which belongs to Fady Al Amoudy, who was killed in the first days of the offensive. Al Amoudy is a member of Ayman Jouda Brigades, one of the resistance groups affiliated with the al-Aqsa brigades of the Fatah movement.
The shelling also targeted a home in Beit Lahia, and an organization that provides rehabilitation services to wounded and handicapped residents.
The Israeli Army also shelled the al-Tuffah neighborhood, east of Gaza city and at least one shell struck al-Dorra Children's Hospital.
In Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, the Israelis shelled areas close to the Philadelphi Route, causing excessive damage.
In Khan Younis, also in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, the Israeli Army shelled a number of homes, especially in Khuza'a area; several homes caught on fire.
At least 905 Palestinians, including 280 children, were killed in the ongoing offensive while the number of injured Palestinians in now over 3800, including 460 who are in serious conditions.
Israel decides to move forward with "Phase three" in Gaza
The Israeli government decided on Sunday night to intensify its operation in Gaza, the Israeli Radio reported on Monday morning.
The Radio reported that a meeting last night that included the Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, the Israeli Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, and the minister of Forging Affairs, Tzipi Livni.
During the meeting, the three decided to extend the military operations to its third stage. They also agreed to reschedule the visit of Ivad Ghelad, the chief of Security and Political Affairs Dept. in the Israel Israeli Defense Ministry from today to Tuesday.
The Israeli government demands from Egypt that they put to an end the smuggling of weapons into the Gaza Strip through tunnels from within Egypt's borders. The Israeli radio reported that Israel is wiling to stop the attack, that entered its 15th day on Monday, if Egypt manages to form an effective mechanism to control its borders with Gaza.
The Israeli Army embarked on its military offense on Saturday December 27, 2008. In the first stage, warplanes shelled all Palestinian security posts in the Gaza Strip. In the following days, the shelling was expanded. Hospitals, homes, blacksmith workshops, schools, and mosques were targeted. Day and night, the entire Palestinian coastal region was under attack.
On Saturday, January 3, 2009, the second stage of the attacks was implemented as Israeli ground forces entered the Gaza Strip from several directions, cutting off Gaza City from the rest of the Coastal region.
On Monday, IMEMC corresponded in Gaza reported that Israel had called up more reserve troops to Gaza. Tanks and existing infantry units proceeded to push deeper inside the Costal territory. The Israeli government decided last night to call more reserve units back to action, Israeli radio stated.
Since the Start of the Israeli attack on Gaza 17 days ago, 901 Palestinians have been reported killed, more that 50 percent children, while 3,695 others were wounded, including 300 in critical conditions. These figures don't take into consideration the hundreds of bodies gone missing under the rubble.
Palestinian resistance continues to fire home-made shells at Israeli targets near Gaza
Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza continued to target Israeli areas on Monday with homemade shells in response to the ongoing military attacks on Gaza.
The al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, announced that its fighters managed to fire at least one Grad Missile at an Israeli military site near the Gaza border, adding that another group of its fighter targeted Israeli tanks in Gaza city with a homemade roadside bomb.
Meanwhile, Fatah fighters and leftist groups reported that they fired at least five homemade shells at areas in northern Israel on Sunday night and Monday morning. All groups said that the attacks will continue as long as Israel proceeds with its military operation on the Gaza Strip, which entered its 17th day on Monday.
So far, the Israeli Army has killed 905 Palestinian during its ongoing offensive. Israeli Army sources told the Israeli online daily Haaretz that the ability of Hamas and other Palestinian groups to fire homemade shells toward Israel have dropped by 50 percent since the Israeli offensive began over two weeks ago. Palestinian resistance fire has killed 13 Israelis since the offensive started; 10 of which are soldiers.
901 killed, more than 3,695 wounded in the ongoing aggression
As the Israeli Army continued to pound civilian areas in the Gaza Strip, and its tanks continued to push through the coastal region, especially in areas east of Jabalia, al-Shujaeyya, al-Zaytoon and other areas in different parts of the Gaza Strip while firing tank shells, missiles and illegal munitions, the number of Palestinians killed in the offensive topped 901, while more than 3,695 have been wounded.
The Israeli Army continued to pound Gaza by land and air while its ground forces were countered by fierce resistance.
Palestinian medical sources reported that five Palestinians were killed on Sunday evening when the Israeli Army fired artillery shells at homes in al-Shuja'iya, east of Gaza City and al-Jarn area, in the center of Jabalia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.
The sources added that two residents were killed in the shelling that targeted Gaza City, and three others were killed in Jabalia. The casualties of the Jabalia shelling were identified as Mosab Khader, Hussein Abu Sultan, and Amal Alloush, age 15. Dozens of residents were wounded.
The Israeli Air Force also shelled the home of Fatah leader, Palestinian legislator, Mohammad Dahlan, in the center of Gaza City, completely leveling it.
Also, the Air Force shelled the house of Abu Shady Lubbad, in Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.
Furthermore, Israeli tanks pushed through several neighborhoods in Gaza, such as Tal Hawa and Sheikh Aajleen, while the Israeli Air Force shelled these neighborhoods to clear the area for the invading tanks. At least 14 residents, including two brothers; one of them an infant, were killed and dozens of residents were wounded.
On Sunday evening, the mother of Sharif Ziyada, one of the leaders of the al-Quds brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, was killed along with her other sun and his pregnant wife while they were heading to a hospital as the pregnant wife was in labor.
Three members of the Brigades were wounded during clashes with Israeli soldiers in Khuza'a town.
In Jabalia, resident Baha' Abed, age 25, was killed, and his sister was wounded along with a 20-year old woman when the Israelis shelled homes in Al-Jurn area.
Also in Jabalia, the Israeli Army fired artillery shells at homes in the western part of the city and killed two brothers, identified as Ibrahim Mohammad Khalaf, age 35, and Bilal, age 19.
On Sunday at dawn, fierce clashes were reported in Gaza City as the Israeli Army continued to advance and continued to shelled homes and structures in the area. Twelve residents were killed, and several others were wounded.
The slain residents were identified as Mohammad Sa'ada, age 21, Abdul-Rahman Al Kashif, age 21, Ibrahim Hamdan, age 18, Abdullah Shamlakh, age 37, Ali Shalmlakh, age 23, Isam Shamlakh, age 22, Mahmoud Shamlakh, age 21, Mohammad Al Tatar, age 28, Mohannad Al Yazijy, age 21, Ramzi Abu Ghanima, age 23, Ata Al Dahdouh, age 19, and Mahmoud Al Jalab, age 70.
In the north of Gaza City, the Israeli Army fired a missile that landed near some homes. When the residents rushed out fearing for their lives, the Israelis fired another missile, killing four residents, including a man, his wife and their son. The four residents were identified as Ala' Basheer, age 40, his wife Lamia, age 40, their son Soheib, age 18, and a 75-year old woman identified as Jamila Hasan Ziyada.
In Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, one resident identified as Ibrahim Suleiman, age 25, was killed when the area near al-Karama residential towers was shelled by Israeli tanks.
Five Children were killed in Beit Lahia when the Israelis shelled homes near a local mosque. The six children were identified as Haitham Yasser Ma'arouf, age 12, his sister Jihan, age 16, Fatima Roshdy Ma'rouf, age 16, Khawla Ahmad Ghabn, age 16, and her sister Sahar, age 14.
On Sunday evening, and as the Israeli Army was trying to push through to the southern part of the Gaza Strip, while tanks and planes showered the area with bullets and shells, one resident of Al-Sha'er family was killed, and at least seventy residents were injured. Another resident, who remained unidentified until the time of this report, was killed on Yafa Street.
IOF artillery targets Gaza outskirts, resistance retaliates firing more rockets
[ 12/01/2009 - 10:03 AM ]
Israeli occupation forces artillery barrage continued targeting the outskirts of Gaza city on late Sunday night and early Monday for the third consecutive day with the powerful sounds of explosions resounding in various Gaza suburbs.
Local sources said that the IOF artillery was firing at certain targets in Tufah and Zaitun suburbs. Fire was seen in targeted areas in Tufah suburb, believed to be civilian homes and installations, they added.
Palestinian resistance fighters are bravely resisting the IOF invaders as clashes were reported in many locations.
The resistance fighters, despite 16 days of IOF onslaught on all areas of the Gaza Strip, persisted in firing locally made rockets at Israeli targets near the Strip.
Israel, despite the media blackout on war news, has acknowledged that the crude missiles had killed three settlers and a soldier, and that 683 rockets fell on Israeli controlled lands in 1948 occupied Palestine.
The Israeli official announcement also said that 53 settlers were wounded and that hundreds of targets were hit despite the fact that the main goal of the IOF thrust into Gaza was neutralizing those rockets.
In another development, the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas Movement, said on Sunday afternoon that its fighters managed to hit an IOF chopper that was forced to make an emergency landing.
The IOF military operation against Gaza has claimed more than 900 lives and wounded 4100 who include many serious conditions.
Israeli troops push towards Gaza City center, strike homes around city to ensure easy access - 895 dead, 7 since dawn
Seven were dead by dawn on day 17 of the Israeli war on Gaza, as
Israeli strikes and ground troops push towards Gaza City.
More clashes were reported between resistance fighters and Israeli
soldiers in the neighborhoods north and south of the Old City, Zaytoon
and Tuffah. In what now appears to be the Israeli strategy in their war,
warplanes flew over the area before ground troops entered, hitting tens
of homes with missiles and phosphorous bombs. At least ten homes in the
area are in fire.
Brigades clash with troops across Strip, fighting concentrated in Gaza City area
Palestinian resistance Brigades in Gaza have been engaged in battles
with Israeli troops all around Gaza City on Monday.
Islamic Jihad: Israel is no longer able to achieve its goals in Gaza
Israeli forces have not achieved their objectives despite more than
two weeks solid offensive in Gaza, said Secretary General of the Islamic
Jihad Movement in Palestine Dr Ramadan Abdullah Shallah on Monday.
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