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Day 7 of the Zionist Israeli Terrorist Attacks on Gaza Strip, 16 Children & 9 Women Killed, Death Toll 428, Injuries 2220

57% of Palestinian casualties in Gaza in 2009 were children, 428 dead since strikes began

Date: 02 / 01 / 2009  Time:  11:00
Gaza – Ma’an –

Sixteen out of the 28 killed as a result of the Israeli terrorist airstrikes since New Year’s Eve were children; nine were from the same family, five of the adults killed were women.

The percentage of Palestinian casualties that are children in 2009 is 57%.

On Friday the bodies of the Rayan family children were buried, and Palestinian medical sources confirmed the deaths of three more Palestinians under 17.

Seven Palestinians have been killed since midnight Thursday bringing the death toll to 428 and the injured to 2,220 on day seven of the Israeli operation.

The day’s Israeli terrorist strikes were reported as follows:

2:45 One of the children killed Friday was from the Al-Astal family. He was playing outside his home in the Al-Qarara neighborhood was killed when a shell hit the area.

2:30 In the Al-Nussairat refugee camp the Israeli army targeted the home of Imad 'Aqel, a prominent leader of the Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas. The home was destroyed but no injuries were reported.

A’qel is one of the assistants to general leader of the brigades Ahmad Al-Ja’abari.

2:15pm Three were killed in an airstrike on Al-Qarara village in southern Gaza.

2:00pm Shells landed on the home of Hamas’ Al-Qassam Brigades leader in the central Strip.

1:15pm 20 year-old Fadi Shebat killed in Israeli shelling at Bet Hanoun

1:00pm 15 year-old Hammad Musabeh was killed by Israeli shells in Gaza City.

Medical sources in the Palestinian Red Crescent confirmed that Hammad was killed by shrapnel from an Israeli missile strike fired from a pilotless drone. His body was difficult to identify since it arrived to the hospital in pieces.

12:10pm Gazans crowd Jabalia streets in public outcry against Israeli killing of Hamas leader Nizar Ryan and his 15 family members on Thursday.

12:00pm Shells fall on Dair Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.

10:30am One dead several injured as Israeli missiles land on home in Jabalia, in the northern Gaza Strip. 6 year-old Christine At-Turk died from her wounds sustained during the strike on Friday afternoon.

10:00am Fuad Al-Ma'atouq was killed and four were injured after Israeli shells hit an empty home in the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip.

Shelling targeted the home of Nabil Ma'atouq, Fuad’s brother. The home was also demolished.

9:00am Missile strikes in residential areas across the Strip were reported.

7:00am Israeli missiles targeted the homes of two Hamas members in the Al-Buraij refugee camp near Gaza City. The strikes left the homes of the men totally demolished, as well as damaging several buildings in the area.

One of the damaged homes belonged to Jamal Al-Durrah, the father of Muhammad Al-Durrah, whose death at the hands of Israeli gunfire was caught on film in the now iconic image of the young boy cowering behind his father as they hide behind an oil drum in the face of Israeli fire.

6:45am Two homes in Rafah were bombed, injuring six people.

6:30am Israeli shelling targeted a house in the Tal Al-Hawa neighborhood west of Gaza City.

6:00am Israeli shelling hit the Caliphates’ Mosque in the Jabalia refugee camp injuring four Palestinians.

5:45am Thousands of birds were killed when Israeli fire targeted a farm in Gaza City.


Gaza enters day seven of Israeli air raids: Death toll reaches 428

Friday January 02, 2009 09:38 by IMEMC Staffe - IMEMC News

For the seventh day, the Israeli Air Force continues to attack the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian sources reported that the US-made Israeli occupation terrorist forces F-16 jetfighters targeted several Palestinian homes in several parts of the Gaza Strip.  Targets included blacksmith workshops, local schools and civilian vehicles.

Medical sources stated that during Friday morning raids, three Palestinians were killed, and at least 20 others were injured. Among those killed was Fu'ad al-Mutawak, who was killed when his home, located in Jabalia refugee camp, in the northern part of the Coastal Region, was attacked by the Israeli Air Force.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza reported that by Friday morning, the death toll in Gaza, due to the Israeli Air Force bombardments, now stands at 428. The ministry added that there are an additional 2220 injured, among them at least 300 are in critical condition.

The Israeli occupation terrorist government embarked on its military operation on Saturday December 27th, coming only days after the sixth-month Egyptian-mediated cease fire between Hamas, that controls Gaza, and Israel finished on December 16th, 2008.


Twelve projectiles launched into Israel Thursday morning

Date: 02 / 01 / 2009  Time:  14:30
Gaza – Ma’an –

The military wing of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) launched 12 projectiles at the Israeli side of the Nahal Oz crossing in northern Gaza, as well as the nearby Kibbutz Sa’d, Asqalan, Sderot and a military gathering east Juhr Al-Deek overnight on Thursday.

The brigades said in a statement that their attacks come as a response to the Israeli massacre in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli sources said two women were lightly hurt when projectiles landed in Asqalan.

***Updated 14:39 Bethlehem time

Palestinian resistance shell Israeli targets in response to the Gaza attacks

Friday January 02, 2009 09:48 by Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC News & Agencies

Israeli media sources reported that four Palestinian home-made shells have hit the town of Ashkelon, located in northern Israel, on Friday morning.

According to the sources two Israelis were injured when three of these home-made shells landed near homes in the town. The Palestinian Resistance groups in Gaza say that the shells attacks are in response to the Israeli continued attacks on the Gaza Strip.

Israeli launched its military operation on Saturday December 27th, the latest military attacks came only days after the sixth-months long Egyptian mediated cease fire between Hamas, that control Gaza, and Israeli finished on December I6th 2008. So far 422 Palestinians were killed and at least 2220 reported injured by the Israeli continued air attacks.


Signs of imminent land invasion:

250 international passport holders leave Gaza through Erez crossing

Date: 02 / 01 / 2009  Time:  10:37
Gaza - Ma'an -

About 250 foreign passport holders left the Gaza Strip through the Erez crossing near Beit Hanoun Friday morning.

Palestinian sources say those leaving are Palestinians with foreign passports and internationals married to Palestinians, who are leaving with their children. Most of the internationals departing the Gaza Strip hold passports from the former Soviet Union and some European countries.

The Israeli occupation terrorist army decided to allow the group to leave the area after a military decision was issued Thursday night,

Other families refused to leave because loved ones were not granted permits to exit the Strip and they would not leave children and close family behind.

Israel announces 48 hour closure of West Bank; northern West Bankers unable to travel to south

Date: 02 / 01 / 2009  Time:  09:36
Bethlehem/NAblus - Ma’an -

The West Bank will be closed for 48 hours and Israeli police are on “high alert” as the Israeli occupation terrorist forces move into its seventh day of Operation Cast Lead.

The decisions were announced by the Israeli occupation terrorist government defense minister, Ehud Barak, after a meeting with Israeli terrorist security officials Friday morning.

The meeting came hours after Hamas called for mass demonstrations in the West Bank denouncing the assassination of party leader Nizar Rayan in the Gaza Strip. Fifteen of his family members were also killed in the attack.

The measures will prevent Palestinians with either a Jerusalem or Palestinian ID from travelling into Jerusalem.

According to a spokesperson for the Israeli occupation terrorist army Palestinians be able to move within the West Bank as usual, though delays are expected.

Eyewitnesses in Witnesses said to Ma’an that the Israeli troops closed the Shave Shomeron checkpoint northwest of Nablus and prevented Nablus residents under the age of 50 from passing through the Za’atara checkpoint to the south of Nablus.

Any Palestinian holding an identity card saying he or she is from Nablus, Tulkarem or Jenin are being turned away from Za’atara.

Foreign passport holders traveling between the West Bank and Jerusalem face no change in status, but should also expect delays in travel.

In Jerusalem and Palestinian neighborhoods within Israel police presence will be dramatically increased. Access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque is expected to be restricted to men over 50-years-old, and women with Jerusalem ID cards already in the area.

***Updated 13:18 Bethlehem time

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