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10 Palestinians Killed on Sunday by Israeli Occupation Terrorist Forces, Including 12-Year-Old Girl in Jabalia, Death Toll 98

10 killed in Gaza brings death toll to 98 since Wednesday

Date: 02 / 03 / 2008  Time:  11:18
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The death toll in the Gaza Strip continued to rise on Sunday with 10 Palestinian citizens were killed by Israeli occupation terrorist forces in continued Israeli shelling and air raids in the northern Gaza Strip.

Medical sources said the latest deaths occurred in an Israeli air strike on a group of resistance fighters near Al- Zemo in eastern Jabalia. Several people were also wounded.

Ahmed Abu Warda also died on Sunday after being shot by Israeli occupation terrorist forces in his house. He was left to bleed to death after Israeli forces prevented ambulances from reaching him.

Five people were killed early on Sunday morning in the northern Gaza Strip. Two bodies were also discovered in a house in the Yarmouk neighbourhood of Gaza City on Sunday. The house was hit by an Israeli airtsrike on Saturday evening.

Eyewitnesses said Israeli aircraft attacked the office of deposed Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyah in Gaza City early on Sunday morning.

This brings the number of victims of the Israeli holocaust inflict on the Palestinian people since Saturday to 84 killed with 200 injured, some seriously. 98 people have died since Israel began military operations in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday.

Gazans are hurrying to bury the dead as hospital morgues can not cope with the number of bodies.

The ministry of health in the de facto Gaza government has appealed to the Egyptian government to provide them with cement and coffins for the burials. Both are commodities that are in short supply in the impoverished coastal region because of the Israeli imposed siege.

Medical sources said ambulance crews are being prevented by Israeli troops from evacuating the injured.

Saturday proved to be the bloodiest day of the Israeli military operation dubbed "Operation Hot Winter" by the Israeli government.

67 people were killed on Saturday alone as Israeli tanks backed up by helicopters, pushed into the town and refugee camp of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip, pounding the area throughout the day. Two Israeli soldiers were also killed in clashes with Palestinian resistance fighters.

At least 16 of the Palestinians killed were fighters - including 13 from Hamas, two from Islamic Jihad and one from the Popular Resistance Committees.

Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, has condemned Israel for using "excessive" force in the Gaza Strip and demanded a halt to its offensive. The UN has also called on resistance factions to stop their rocket fire.

The UN Security Council has also expressed "deep concern" over the situation in the Gaza Strip.

IOTF shelling kills 3 Palestinians

[ 02/03/2008 - 12:34 PM ]


Three Palestinians including a 12-year-old girl were killed on Sunday at the hands of the invading Israeli occupation terrorist forces (IOTF) troops in northern Gaza Strip, medical sources reported.

They said that Nirmin Abu Saif, 12, was killed east of Jabalia in Israeli (IOTF) shelling while Wisam Abed Rabbo was killed in Beit Hanoun along with Khaled Rayyan, the nephew of Dr. Nazzar Rayyan, one of the Hamas political leaders. Khaled was a member of the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas.

The Israeli (IOTF) bloodbath in Gaza on Saturday claimed the lives of more than 61 Palestinians and wounded 270.

Meanwhile, the minister of Awkaf and religious affairs in the PA caretaker government, Dr. Yousuf Mansi, denounced in a statement on Sunday the IOTF air raid on a mosque in Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, on Saturday that killed six Palestinians and demolished a major section of the mosque.

He described as "serious" the IOTF targeting of a Mosque in a flagrant violation of the sanctity of places of worship.

The minister compared what the IOTF troops were doing in Gaza to the Mongols when they conquered Baghdad during which they destroyed its mosques and killed its religious leaders in absolute disregard of their sanctity.

Mansi asked the Arab and Islamic countries to support the Palestinian people and to support Palestine's mosques and holy shrines.


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