Atrocities in Gaza and Lebanon

Below, we provide a tiny sample of recent news stories describing some of the Israeli atrocities in Gaza and Lebanon. These stories are matched by hundreds, even thousands, more.

Gaza

Workers at ash-Shifa hospital in Gaza confirmed that Ali (25), Ilham (15) , Sabreen (4), Hanadi (1), and Haythem (6 months), along with their two parents, were killed. Sabreen was brought to the hospital with "brains outside" her head. Their deaths bring the number killed in Gaza in one 24-hour period to 14. Seven other Palestinians, of them three civilians, were killed in a series of extrajudicial assassinations. In all of these attacks, 36 Palestinians were injured, thirteen of whom are children.

(From "The Palestine Monitor" June 10, 2006)

(Gaza resident, quoted in "The Guardian", June 29)

The ministry showed that most of the injuries which the hospitals receive result from huge explosions which cause burning and severing of limbs, including the inner parts of the body. This causes long term deformations.

It is added that doctors in Gaza have been forced to amputate limbs of at least 12 injured Palestinians as a result of injuries sustained in the current Israeli offensive.

(Published by Ma'an News Agency)

PCHR's preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 19:15 on Monday, 10 July 2006, an IOF plane fired a rocket at 4 children who were near Hayel Abdel Hamid Secondary School in northern part of Beit Hanoun. They were in an area previously used as a soccer field near their homes. The rocket fell amidst the children. Three were killed instantly; and their bodies were torn by the blast. The fourth child suffered serious injures. The dead children are: Mahfouth Farid Nuseir (16) , Ahmad Ghalib Abu Amsha (16), and Ahmad Fathi Shabat (16). The injured child is Raji Omar Deifallah (16).

(Palestinian Center for Human Rights)

(Published by the Electronic Intifada)

The 15-month-old boy, who was buried yesterday in Gaza, was the latest victim of a family caught in an Israeli attack late last month. Many members of the family were killed when an Israeli missile hit the house where the boy's family gathered to celebrate the return of his uncle, Zakarya Ahmad, from Saudi Arabia after working there for five years as a journalist.The lunch banquet held at Khan Younis to honour Zakarya Ahmad turned into a nightmare. Zakarya, 47, and his pregnant sister, 25, mother of Khalid Wahbeh, were killed on the spot.

(Published in the UAE)

Lebanon

The 18 civilians, including nine children, burnt to death when missiles fired from an Israeli helicopter gunship hit their convoy, had been fleeing with many others from border villages in southern Lebanon, UN and hospital sources said. Seven other people were killed in attacks on bridges and petrol stations in east and south Lebanon, including a strike that blocked the main border crossing into Syria.

(Published in the Independent)

(Published by AFP)

"No one is in Hezbollah, I assure you," he said. "All of them are civilians. Hezbollah soldiers are not being sent to the hospital. We don't see them. These are very secret people. The Israelis are just killing civilian people." Ahmad Mrouweh, a doctor at the Jabal Amal hospital, said that he had received 20 bodies since the conflict had begun but many remained in the rubble of bombed houses or in burnt-out cars. "There are bodies still lying in cars," he said. "It's a disaster. Nobody can reach the hospital because all the roads are cut."

(Published in Al-Jazeera)

We had to navigate through the debris from destroyed buildings, which was strewn about the streets. Furnishings from apartments had been thrown by the blasts and hung from balconies and open windows. Cars and other vehicles, their colours either faded or difficult to discern from their shrouding of dust, were tossed on their sides, some bent and misshapen under layers of concrete, brick and metal.

Even residents who fled the area and came to check on their homes when the bombing subsided said they could not easily identify streets where they had once shopped with their families. Ihsan Mroweh, a civil engineer, fled the area a day before the Israeli bombardment of the southern suburbs of Beirut. When he returned to check on his home, which he renovated only three years ago, he could not find it.

Israeli jets hit central Beirut Wednesday 19 July 2006. Ahmed Fatfat, the Lebanese acting interior minister, said Israel was trying to destroy Lebanon's infrastructure, not just defeat Hezbollah. "Are they turning it into a second Iraq?" He asked.

Aljazeera's correspondent, Katia Nasir, reported that air raids had killed more than 55 people and destroyed much in the south during the day. The fighting has killed about 295 people in Lebanon and 25 Israelis, mostly civilians. In al-Srifa, at least 15 houses were completely demolished, the head of al-Srifa town municipality told Aljazeera. News reports said at least 12 villagers, including several children, were killed and 30 wounded. Afif Najdi, the mayor, said there had been a "massacre committed in Srifa".

(Published in Al-Jazeera)

(Published by the Associated Press)