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60 Palestinians Killed on Saturday, Including 45 Civilians, 11 Children, 160 wounded, in Israeli Occupation Forces Terrorist Attacks on Northern Gaza Strip


Aljazeera tv reported from Gaza at 5:00 pm ET, March 1, 2008, that 60 Palestinians were killed in Jabalia, Gaza Strip, by the Israeli terrorist attacks on Saturday. More than 160 were injured, many of them in critical conditions, indicating the death toll will be increasing from today's Israeli massacre of Palestinians in northern Gaza Strip.

Aljazeera tv reported from Gaza at 1:00 pm ET, March 1, 2008, that 50 Palestinians were killed in Jabalia, Gaza Strip, by the Israeli terrorist attacks on Saturday. More than 150 were injured, many of them in critical conditions, indicating the death toll will be increasing from today's Israeli massacre of Palestinians in northern Gaza Strip.

The overwhelming majority of the killed and injured were civilians, including 11 children. Only 15 of the killed were Palestinian resistance fighters.

IOTF bloodbath claims the lives of 46 Palestinians, including 11 children

[ 01/03/2008 - 05:21 PM ]


The Israeli occupation terrorist forces (IOTF) ongoing barbaric bloodbath east of Jabalia in northern Gaza claimed the lives of 46 Palestinians, including 11 children, and wounded at least 160 others amidst unprecedented world silence.

Medical and security sources said that three citizens were killed in an Israeli missile raid east of Gaza city Saturday evening.

IOF Apache helicopters an hour earlier fired two missiles at another civilian home killing another three citizens and wounding 13 in the powerful explosions that leveled the three-storey building.

Four citizens were also killed in an IOF air raid on an area near a mosque in Jabalia town including a child, medical sources reported.

They added that six others were killed east of Jabalia Saturday afternoon including two members of the Qassam Brigades.

In the morning and until noon Saturday 30 Palestinians were killed in the IOF massacre that started with an IOF incursion east of Jabalia before dawn Saturday.

The Palestinian center for human rights said that all civilians killed in the Israeli savage raid were murdered inside their homes.


Death toll reaches 37 as the army continues its military offensive on northern Gaza

Saturday March 01, 2008 16:05 by IMEMC Staff

As the Israeli occupation terrorist army continued its military offensive targeting Jabalia refugee camp in the northern part of the Gaza Strip Palestinian medical sources reported that the death toll in the Gaza Strip stood at 37 by Saturday midday.

Dr. Mo'awiyeh Hassanain, of the Palestinian Ministry of Health in the coastal region, said that 37Palestinian have been killed by Israeli fire since the Israeli military ground offensive started on Saturday at dawn. He added that 11 of those killed are resistance fighters, while the other 26 are civilians including 5 children, the youngest of whom was just 2 days old.

Hassanain said that so far today 120 Palestinian have been injured, the majority of whom are civilians.

According to the Gaza Ministry of Health the death toll in Gaza due to Israeli attacks since last Sunday now stands at 81, including 19 children.

Ongoing operation:

Jihad Al-Khalidi, a resident of Jabalyia whose home is under attack by Israeli tanks told IMEMC "we have no phones or electricity, the tanks are firing at us. We are unable to move. The water is also cut off."

Al-Khalidi said that soldiers are using roof troop as shot out posts and firing at anything that move. He added that tanks are shelling civilian homes.

The Israeli army started its military offensive at around 1:00 am on Saturday, when at least 30 tanks and bulldozers supported by a battalion of infantry troops attacked the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

Lacking fuel and medicine:

Dr. Bassam Abu Wardah, the Director of the Kamal Adwan Hospital in the northern Gaza Strip told IMEMC "we do not know what we will do if the operation continues. We are suffering from lack of medicine and fuel."

Israel has imposed a total siege on the Gaza Strip since June 2007, leaving the 1.5 million Palestinians living Gaza lacking fuel and medicine

Attacking media and medical crews:

Medical crews reported that they came under fire as they tried to evacuate the injured from Jabalia refugee camp. On Saturday midday Israeli tanks targeted two media crews as they were covering the invasion.

Hiba Abu Shamalih, the Al-Jazeera Arabic correspondent in the Gaza Strip, stated that she came under fire along with her camera crew as they were covering the events in Gaza this morning.


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stated on Saturday midday that he condemned the military offensive and considered it a threat to peace.

Meanwhile Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak, told reporters that his army will continue attacking the Gaza Strip until the Palestinian resistance fighters in Gaza stop firing homemade shells at the nearby Israeli areas.

The Israeli government announced on Friday that its army has completed preparations for a wide-scale offensive against Gaza.

The Palestinian resistance

Meanwhile, the Israeli occupation terrorist army announced that Palestinian resistance fighters managed to kill two invading soldiers and destroyed a military vehicle on Saturday.

Palestinian resistance groups fired 13 homemade shells at nearby Israeli areas on Saturday morning, injuring three civilians in the southern Israeli town of Sderot that borders the Gaza Strip.

The Al Qassam brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, said that 8 of its fighters were killed on Saturday during armed clashes with the Israeli army. Meanwhile the Al Quds brigades said that three fighter from their group were also killed in clashes on Saturday morning.

Update from : 26 including four children killed in Gaza, death toll hits 55
Time : 12:14

Palestinian medical sources reported that at least 26 Palestinians killed and 62 injured during the on going Israeli military operation targeting Jabalyia refugee camp in the northern part of the Gaza strip on Saturday.

Eyewitnesses reported that Israeli troops and tanks invaded Jabalyia and opened fire at resident homes; meanwhile Israeli helicopters fire missiles at civilians homes and cars.

Palestinian medics said that the Israeli troops opened fire at them while they were evicting the injured.

The Al-Qassam brigades the armed wing of the rolling Hamas party said that seven of its men were killed when Israeli helicopters fired missiles at resistance fighters groups defending Jabaliya.

Meanwhile the Al Qudes brigades said that one of its resistance fighters was killed by the Israeli army fire in Jabaliya.

Talking to IMEMC, Dr. Bassam Abu Wardah, the director of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Gaza city said that most of those killed and injured were civilians. Abu Wardah said" we could hear the shelling from the hospital."

The military operation started on Saturday at dawn, eyewitnesses said that army is continuing the shelling of resident homes.

Israeli media sources said that at least 12 home made shells were fired from the Gaza strip into nearby southern Israeli town of Sederot and injured three Israelis. Meanwhile the Israeli army reported that five soldiers were injured during the ongoing attack on the Jabalyia refugee camp.

This brings the number of those killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip since early Tuesday to 55 Palestinians, including women, children, men and members of the armed resistance. At least 150 Palestinians are injured, most of them children. Several are in critical condition, as reported by official medical sources.

This deadly attack comes shortly after Israeli minister of Defense Ehud Barak announced that preparations are complete for a large-scale invasion of the Gaza Strip.

Of those killed today so far were:

1- Iyad Al Ashram 26.

2- Iyad Abu Shabak, 45,

3- and his daughter Jaclyn Abu Shabak, 17.

4-Musleh Abu Ali

5-Bassam Obeed, 45

6-and his son Mohamed 15.

7-Hamzah Al Jamal, 40.

8- Mustafa Abu Jalal, 18

9-Mohamed Al Madbuh, 18.

10- Hussen Abu Safi, 20.

11- Abdullah Abed Raboh

12- Nasser Manoun, 20

13 Saeed Al Hasheem, 20

14- Abdulah abu Sha'erah, 20

15-Samah Asalyiah, 17

16- and her sister Salwah 13.

17- Mo'tassem abed Raboh , 19

18- Ghader Abed Saleh 16

19- Mohamed Saleem 19.

Update from: 26 including four children killed in Gaza, death toll hits 45
Time 11:30

26 Palestinians, including 4 children, and more then 70 injured in early morning air strikes on the northern Gaza Strip city of Jabalia, as Israel carries out its promise of a holocaust on Gaza.

Medical sources reported that early this morning Israeli occupation terrorist forces fired a missile directly into a home, killing a 12 year old girl, Yasmin Saafi and her little brother Iyad Mohammad Abu Safi.

In a similar air attack, Israeli forces killed 45 year old Bassam Obaid and his son Mohammad. A baby girl also died late last night of injuries sustained in an attack on the northern Gaza Strip.

Al-Quds Brigade, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, announced that Mohammad Saleh was killed in another Israeli attack that targeted operatives of the movement.

Two other people were injured. All were rushed to Kamal Adwan Hospital in the northern Strip at dawn. From Hamas’ al-Qassam Brigades, two people were killed.

Israeli forces targeted a car in Jabalia in which Iyad Ashram was killed. Israeli forces also killed Abdullah Faraj, a member of the armed resistance wing who was fighting back.

34 Palestinians dead, more than 100 wounded, 2 Israeli soldiers dead, five wounded in Israeli attacks on Gaza

Date: 01 / 03 / 2008  Time:  11:42

Bethlehem - Gaza – Ma'an –

34 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli occupation terrorist forces attacks on the Gaza Strip on since dawn Saturday, including five children and more than 100 wounded in Israeli shelling on the northern Gaza Strip.

Two Israeli soldiers have also been killed and five injured as Israeli forces step up its attacks on the coastal region.

In the latest attack Abdul Rahman Shahab the son of Hamas leader Muhamad Shahab was killed.

Two sisters 13-year-old Salwa Zedan and 17-year-old Samah Zedan were killed in an Israeli attack near their house east of Jabalia.

Two resistance fighters from the Al-Qassam Brigades Mu'tasem Abed Rabbo and Abdullah Abu Shahira were killed in clashes with Israeli forces.

Israeli Special Forces backed by tanks penetrated the area east of Jabalia in the eastern Gaza Strip under the cover of Israeli warplanes that showered the region with rockets and missiles early on Saturday morning.

Medical sources confirmed that houses were bomabarded with air and ground fire.

According to Dr Mu'awiya Hassanain, director of emergency and ambulance services in the Palestinian health ministry, the dead and injured were transferred to Kamal Adwan Hospital.

Fat'hi Thabet and Tala'at Dardouna were the first to be killed in the Israeli attack. Less than an hour later Ibrahim Al-Zain and Sa'id Al-Hasheim died after being hit by Israeli artillery shells near Al-Zawiyah in the eastern area of the Jabaliya camp. Eyewitnesses reported that Hussain Al-Batsh was also killed.

According to medical sources, a missile fell on the house of Abu Shebak family, killing 12-year-old Jacqueline Abu Shebak and her brother Iyad Mohammed Abu Shebak, along with 45-year-old Bassam Obaid and his son Muhammad. Muhammad Al-Jammal and Abed Faraj were killed in another missile attack. They are reported to be affiliated with Hamas' Al-Qassam Brigades.

On Friday an Al-Qassam Brigades commander was killed in an Israeli airstrike on a car in Jabalia.

The Al-Qassam Brigades told Ma'an that "Iyad Al-Ashram a commander in the Al-Qassam Brigades died when a missile targeted his car in Al-Zamo area of Jabaliya."

Two Israeli occupation soldiers were killed and five others were wounded in clashes between Palestinian resistance factions and the Israeli occupation army east of Jabaliya.

Israeli sources reported that two of the soldiers are in serious conditions. They were air-lifted by helicopter to the Soroka Hospital in Be'er Al-Saba'a.

Al-Qassam Brigades claimed responsibility for targeting an Israeli Terrorist Special Forces unit in a house east of the Jabaliya camp with two rocket propelled grenades. The brigades claim there were casualties and planes were seen evacuating the wounded from the scene.

Al-Quds Brigades claimed responsibility for launching two rocket propelled grenades at a group of soldiers inside the Dardouna family's home in east Jabalia.

Moreover, five Palestinian resistance fighters were wounded as they launched projectiles at the Israeli town of Asqalan on Saturday.

Israeli occupation sources confirmed that five Israeli citizens were slightly injured when a missile landed on a house in the city of Asqalan.

According to Israeli occupation military sources, 18 rockets have landed in the western Naqab and Asqalan since dawn on Saturday.


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