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Day 6 of Israeli War On Gaza:

More suffocating bombings claim lives of children

By Sameh A. Habeeb, January 2, 2009

The scale of Israeli war escalated today by hitting more targets in various places across the occupied Gaza. The army opened the new year with more military fatal actions in Gaza leaving more people dead. Trauma cases raise up and more people are suffering from the air raids.

Many facets of harmed people can be found in Gaza. You either find a hit house with a dead one of the family or a hit house in which its residents traumatized and panics.

Casualties of Israeli heavy bombings reached 415 while wounded rise up to 2100 persons.  Many wounded are in critical condition and there is no ability to respond to their deteriorated cases.

Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister, Tsivi Livini, declared that Israel is only targeting Hamas members indicating that Gaza doesn't suffer from any shortages of humanitarian needs. However, the incoming humanitarian needs are not enough for the populations amounted of 1.5 million.

United nation debunks the allegation of Mrs. Livini and says the incoming materials are not enough. Gaza needs 100 vans of flour. Karin Abu zaid the general commissioner of UNRWA said also that around 20 thousand people face troubles in getting the food supplies.

Main Israeli Military Actions in Gaza:


Loud bombings in all Gaza City and north of Gaza. Naval fire, F16s, Apaches and tanks heavily bombs many targets and darkness prevail Gaza.
*Israel asks International journalists and peace activists to leave Gaza tomorrow.
*Israeli army broke into local radios and tunes some statement for people.
*Israeli F16s destroyed civic defense station and a local organization in the north of Gaza city of Bait Hanon. Many houses partially destroyed.
*Rockets of F16s hit a target in Al-Zaytoun area in Gaza City. More bombings in some areas west of Gaza City.
*Heavy bombings in East of Gaza. A house next to an ex-Hamas member  destroyed in Al shja'ya area. No news about conditions of house residents.
*Israeli F16s bombed  the run Palestinian legislative Council. The air raid destroyed half of the premises and caused massive damage in some of the neighboring houses.
*Israeli heavy artillery takes part in the military operation  by hitting many targets in Gaza.  Many parts in the eastern areas of Gaza were  shelled.
*A house destroyed mid of Gaza city, Al-Sabra Quarter, leaving around 13 injured. Most of the wounded are women and children who also turned traumatized.
*Israeli F16s raided on the house of Nizar Rayan, a Hamas  key leader. The  house is based in Jabalia camp where thousands live in that small refugee camp.
*Nine Palestinians between children and women killed due to the bombing of Rayan's house. Some of the killed children were playing near the targeted house.
*Five houses partially damages while bombing Rayan's house and several other got deadly shrapnel.
*Israeli heavy F16s' rockets destroyed the Agricultural College of Bait Hanon, north of Gaza Strip.
*Israeli navy bombs Gaza shores and open its heavy fire on some buildings, boats and security offices. Many shells fall down behind some densely populated buildings north of Gaza.
*Trauma across the Nusairat Refugee Camp as Israel hit the house of Ahmed Abu Nader twice. The house was totally damaged while neighboring houses partially damaged.
*Israeli F16s raided on a house of Tawfiq Abu Al-Rous, in  Al-Nusairat Refugee Camp. Many civilians injured.
* A house of Hani Abu Al Amrain in Al Shaikh Ridawan area  bombed by Israeli Air forces. Medical sources reported that many wounded arrived at Al Shifa' hospital.
*A number of wounded resulted in a rocket hit a house for a Hamas member in Rafah.
*Israeli Air forced totally destroyed two mosques by heavy rockets in Khan Younis and Rafah cties.
*Few vans of aids, food stuff and medical aids arrived into Gaza. Arab governments to send urgent medical and food aids to Gaza. Airborne assistance expected to land in Al-Arish Egyptian airport near Gaza.
*Neither fuel, nor gasoline nor Benzin in Gaza. Power cuts  up to 21 hours. All aspects of life are not longer available in Gaza.
*Neither spare parts nor Gasoline available to operate pumps of fresh water. A great number of Palestinians don't have an easy access for fresh drinking water.
*Palestinian factions retaliate against Israeli air raids in Gaza.  Around 50 homemade rockets fired into Israel with no casualties.

Day 5 of Israeli War On Gaza

Report direct from Gaza 31 December 2008: 400 death toll todate wounded 2000
By Sameh A. Habeeb, A Photojournalist, Humanitarian & Peace Activist in Gaza Strip.
Gaza Strip,31, December, 2oo8- Three hours later, a new happy year would be starting for the rest of the world. Palestinians in Gaza would receive it with blood, sadness and bombings.  It seems Israeli air force, naval forces, rockets, shells would share them a high-tech bloody fireworks. War on the Gaza Strip continues raising casualties and effects in both sides.  Bombings, rockets, heavy missiles of Apachi and F16s tear down many targets across the besieged strip.  The number of victims still dramatically raising.

Many calls raised for a ceasefire. The Islamist Hamas Movement expressed its readiness for a truce in return of lifting siege and ending the recent launched War. The Hamas stance was conveyed to Russia which is trying to play role to end this War.  Lately in Tuesday, Israel refused a French suggestion of 48-hour-truce.

Israeli Television said that troops would enter Gaza n Friday to pursue the ongoing War. Meanwhile, Hamas Primer, Ismail  Hanya,  said that Israli war on Gaza is against Arab, Islamic and free civilized countries.

Casualties of Israeli heavy bombings reached 400 while wounded rise up to 2000 persons.  Around 210 a big number of them civilians. Around 210 in critical conditions and they are exposed to slow death due to lack of medicines.
Main Israeli Military Actions in Gaza:

*  Al Nasir  incubators  of newly born babies affected by Israeli heavy bombings hit a shop of money transfer and exchange in the west north of Gaza City. A another Israeli air raid targeted money exchange shop mid of Gaza City.
*Heavy bombings  hit the of Egyptian Palestinian borders destroying tunnels used for food smuggling.
*Israeli heavy artillery takes part in the military operation for the first time. Many parts in the eastern areas of Gaza were hit.
*Israeli Apache helicopters fired 5 rockets in Toffah neighborhood east of Gaza. Medical sources reported that several Palestinians injured.  
*Three Palestinians injured in Israeli rocket hit a house in Khan Yonis City.
*Israeli air force bombed Ezbat Abd rabu area north of Gaza Strip.
*Israeli air force bombed Civic Administration office in Jabalia town, north of Gaza.
*Israeli navy bombs gaza shores and open its heavy fire on some buidlingd.
*A number of wounded resulted in a rocket hit a house for a Hamas member in Rafah. Few vans of aids, food stuff and medical aids arrived into Gaza.
*International Ngo's deliver aids and medical assistance for Gaza hospitals and the harmed families.
*10 Ambulances arrived in Gaza donated by Libyan government.
*Neither fuel, nor gasoline nor Benzin in Gaza. Power cuts  up to 21 hours. All aspects of life are not longer available in Gaza.
*Palestinian factions retaliate against Israeli air raids in Gaza.  Around 40 homemade rockets fired into Israel with no casualties.
*Israeli air force bombed sewage lagoon in north of Gaza and Coastal Municipalities Water in Gaza called on people to limit use of waster. Neither spare parts nor Gasoline available to operate pumps of fresh water. A great number of Palestinians don't have an easy access for fresh drinking water. 

Day 4: Escalation goes on; death toll up  to 390 in Gaza

Gaza Strip, 30 Dec, 2008- Israeli air force still launching the heaviest bombardments in Gaza ever. The fourth day of Israeli military operation started with heavy bombings took place west of Gaza City in addition to killing 2 children and around 10 in various places in Gaza to raise death toll to 390 while wounded people up to 1 thousand and 700 most of them civilians.

The Israeli announced decapitation strategy of targeting Hamas movement and avoiding civilians clearly unveiled. The F16s targeted a group of governmental building using tons of explosion resulting in killing at least 4 Palestinians. The bombings lasted for 30 minutes echoed across Gaza City causing great trauma and panic for civilians. Total damage stormed the buildings while partially destroyed some neighboring populated buildings.

Israeli warplanes, drones, artillery machines, and apache helicopters broadly took part in the nightly raids. Israeli air raids destroyed a sport club and a building inside the Islamic University of Gaza IUG. IUG was hit Monday night and 2 building were destroyed. One of the destroyed building was the laboratory funded by Islamic Development Bank estimated of millions of dollars.

The bombings continued for the whole night in separated areas in Gaza Strip. Many civic targets were bombs including mosques in Khanyonis City. Old man was killed in south of Gaza in Rafah City.
A run-Hamas police station was hit in El Burej refugee camp mid of Gaza and another one in Bait lahia. The naval forces participated in bombing Gaza destroying many buildings and premises on the coastal areas. Information office I linked to Popular Resistance Committees based in a residential building was hit and medical sources reported some that some people wounded in the raid.

Tuesday morning two female children aged 4 and 11 years killed in North of Gaza while they were on a donkey-driven carriage. The bombing of these children debunks the Israeli allegation of only targeting Hamas militants. They were bombed by High-tech F16 in daylight.

A boat sailing from Cyrprus to Gaza loaded with 3 tons of medical aids was not far away from Israeli army fire. The boat was hit despite it was not loaded with weapons for Hamas which is clearly deflate the Israeli propaganda. The boat was exposed to fire of Israeli naval gunboats and partial damage took place in the body of the boat. The relief boat still in the territorial waters and it's seeking a seaport to anchor.

On the midday of Tuesday, a new phase of the military operation started. F16s started to break the sound barrier of Gaza. Raids of sonic bombs occurred causing a trauma and panic atmosphere across Gaza residents.

The death toll has reached 390 with more than 1,700 injured, 2 hundreds are in critical conditions while there is a severe shortages in medicines. Medical sources announced a collapse in medical sector and Gaza hospitals. Muhamad El Khozndar a doctor at Al Sehfa' hospital said on a local radio station that Gaza hospitals are no longer working properly. Bandaging stuff, medical tools, medical machines and general cleaning unavailable at the hospitals. Additionally, windows of the hospitals crashed due to a nearby bombings hit a mosque.

The early hours of Tuesday night witnessed a set of Israeli missiles west of Gaza City. Medical reports said a number of injured arrived to Al shifa' hospital including some casualties. Many tanks shelled the norther eastern area of Gaza City.

It's remarkable that humanitarian stage in Gaza is totally collapsed and disastrous as aspects life vanished. All oil derivatives of fuel, gasoline and cocking gas unavailable in Gaza due to a siege imposed two years ago. Bread, milk, rice, sugar, cooking oil are not available and what is inside Gaza is limited quantities stored at homes.

Add to that, it is very dangerous for people to leave their house in search of food supplies. Any mobile car, bicycle or walking persons turned to targets for Israeli military machine.

Main Military Actions in Day 4

*Casualties of Israeli heavy bombings reached 360 while wounded rise up to 1800 persons, a big number of them civilians. Around 200 in critical conditions and they are exposed to slow death due to lack of medicines.

*Israel started the day with 20 heavy missiles of F16s. The bombardments targeted governmental offices and damaged some houses nearby. The sound of bombings echoed in all Gaza city resulting in a panic status and trauma for children.

*Two siblings aged 4 and 11 years killed in Israeli air raid north of Gaza town of Bait Lahia.

*Many houses shelled in the early morning in the North of Gaza. Victims of the north area are 60 alone.

*Neither fuel, nor gasoline nor Benzin in Gaza. Power cuts up to 21 hours.

*Israeli navy fired on the dignity boat and hurting it. The boat was to deown and now it has gone to Lebanon ports. The boat was loaded with 3 tons of Medical aids needed to Gaza hospitals.

*Medical sector collapsed in Gaza. Doctors request medical airplane to evacuate wounded people who are slowly dying. Only 10 wounded left to Egypt due to lack of Ambulances equipped with ICU.
*Windows of Al shifa' hospital destroyed in bombings nearby while stormy and rainy weather in
*Two Israelis killed in Palestinian homemade rockets.


Dear Editors, Journalists and Friends,

I wish you a happy new year different from the Gazan one for sure.  Below is a new report for the 6th day of Gaza War. For more  reporting, breaking news, interviews and accounts in Gaza, you could reach me on my contact info below. Please try both numbers below because there is a big problem in communication resulted in Israeli power cuts.
You could reach me anytime in my house especially after 5PM of Gaza Time. I'm not sleeping so you are welcome to call me on this number in the night:

Landline: 0097282802825
Mob: 00972599306096
Landline: 0097282802825

Skype: Gazatoday, Facebook: Sameh A. habeeb
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Day 6 of Israeli War On Gaza

By Sameh A. Habeeb,
A Photojournalist, Humanitarian & Peace Activist in Gaza Strip.

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