Israeli strikes kill 23 in bloodiest day for Gaza

Israel, supported by the US and other Western nations, continues its brutal attacks on Gaza

  • Gulf News Report
  • Published: 22:31 November 18, 2012

  • Image Credit: AFP
  • The bodies of children after an Israeli missile struck a home in Gaza, killing at least eight members of the Daloo family

GAZA CITY: Another massacre, which took the lives of several Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip, failed to move world public opinion as Israel, supported by the United States and other Western nations, continued its brutal attacks Sunday, bombing civilian targets from the air and sea for a fifth straight day.

Israeli strikes Sunday killed 23 Palestinians including 14 women and children in the bloodiest day of its Gaza bombing campaign, the Hamas-run health ministry said.

Nine children, five of them babies and toddlers, and five women were among the victims in violence that raised the overall number of Gazans killed to 69 in around 100 hours of relentless Israeli air strikes.

An air strike flattened a two-storey building of the Daloo family. Gaza health official Ashraf Al Kidra said four women and five small children of the same family were among the dead. Frantic rescuers pulled the children’s bodies from the rubble, including a toddler, as shocked survivors and bystanders screamed in grief.

The world continues to watch and even supports the aggression, as Israel repeats its war crimes –crimes that the occupation had committed with impunity in Lebanon in 2006 and in Gaza in 2008-2009.

US President Barack Obama and British Foreign Secretary William Hague both again insisted Sunday that Israel had “a right to defend itself” but it would be “preferable” to avoid an Israeli ground offensive in Gaza.

“Israel has every right to expect that it does not have missiles fired into its territory,” Obama said.

Meanwhile, an Arab League delegation headed by the bloc’s chief Nabeel Al Arabi will visit the Gaza Strip tomorrow in a show of support for the territory in the face of Israeli air strikes.

Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi said there were “some indications” a ceasefire could come soon but added he did not have guarantees.

An Israeli official arrived in Cairo Sunday for Egypt-mediated truce talks with Hamas to end the conflict, Egyptian security officials said. Hamas officials say intensive truce talks are focused on agreeing guarantees for the ceasefire conditions.

Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman insisted that “the first and absolute condition for a truce is stopping all fire from Gaza,” and that all armed groups would have to commit to it.

Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Israel was ready to “significantly expand” its operation.



Comments (38)

  1. Added 16:53 November 19, 2012

    When rockets are being fired to Israel, they have the rights to defend and even kill innocent children. But when Israel is continuously robbing the Palestinians of their land by demolishing their homes and building their own colonies, the UN and US are tolerating this. We must not forget that Israel is the occupier here and the Palestinian are just defending their land.

    Jose Dizon, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 16:50 November 19, 2012

    This is a cowardly act and shows the aggression of Israeli's on a harmless nation. This nation has no army to fight a war with Israel and could be justified if Israel fought a war with the army of the nation. However, it shows the brutality and inhumane nature of the policies they possess. Time to act!

    fawad ahmad, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 16:44 November 19, 2012

    I felt so sad seeing these innocent children die for that non sense war. I don't know what to say about this. Stop the war! how many children will die before the war will stop?

    anonymous, Naga City, Philippines

  4. Added 16:25 November 19, 2012

    YA ALLAH Please help all the Muslims in the world.

    Salman Arif, Karachi, Pakistan

  5. Added 15:47 November 19, 2012

    Shame on countries supporting Israel's terrorism. If they were sensible, they would have called for a ceasefire, instead they provoked Israel for more barbarism. May Allah help Palestinians.

    Mohammad Ashfaq, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 15:19 November 19, 2012

    Here problem is this: innocent people are being killed who have nothing to do with war or fight. War is fought between fighters and between army and innocent people. We must raise our voice for the help of Muslims of Palestine using peaceful ways.

    Jalil, Islamabad, Pakistan

  7. Added 15:03 November 19, 2012

    Allahu Akbar. I was not able to see the picture, it hurt me very badly as i have two kids of similar ages. What these kids had to do? Why they were punished? O God why don't you see all these. Your people are crying.

    Sharief, Abu dhabi, India

  8. Added 14:49 November 19, 2012

    Shame on you Israel and American. Shame on you

    Khalid, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 14:47 November 19, 2012

    My heart goes out to these helpless children. I am in tears after seeing this pic. How can someone do such crime to small children? What did this helpless lot do to these full grown, so-called mature, people? Ruthlessness is what this is called. Where is the world getting at with this approach to life? For such attacks who are going to be happy?

    Nisha, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 14:17 November 19, 2012

    Inshallah Allah will help them, poor kids.

    Sara, ad, United Arab Emirates

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