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Using US-Made F-16 Warplanes, New Israeli Terrorist Air Raids on Gaza Kill 4, Destroy a Mosque

New wave of IOF air raids on Gaza kills four, destroys mosque

[ 28/12/2008 - 11:01 AM ]


The Israeli occupation forces using American supplied F-16 warplanes resumed on Sunday "targeted raids" on the Gaza Strip killing four citizens and wounding others in addition to destroying a mosque near Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza city.

PIC reporter said that the aerial raids leveled the mosque in which tens of citizens, relatives of patients, were taking refuge killing two and wounding many others.

He added that material damage was inflicted on the nearby Al-Shifa hospital, which is the biggest in the Strip.

The warplanes bombed a building for the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, killing two of its members.

The new wave of raids targeted security installations, workshops, factories and houses inflicting an unspecified number of casualties.

Citizens said that they received messages on their mobile phones from Israeli officers threatening that their homes would be bombed and asked them to evacuate them if they had any weapons stashed in them.

The IOF devastating raids started on Saturday noon and dropped at least 60 missiles at various areas in the Gaza Strip in what a western news agency described as "raining death on Gaza".

The strike, which started with simultaneous air raids on 50 targets along the coastal Strip, left 271 Palestinians killed and more than 750 others wounded (more recent statistics are 282 killed and 900 injured), almost 200 of whom are in very serious conditions, the PA health ministry in Gaza said.

Medical sources said that the number of martyrs could rise to 350 in view of the seriousness of a big number of the injured.

They said that 15 martyrs were not yet identified, and added that 80 bodies were shredded while many others were still under the debris.

The sources said that hospitals in the Strip suffer from shortages in medicine and first aid materials, other than medical utilities for urgent surgeries, and appealed to the Arab countries to expedite sending those medical supplies.

Hamas: Severing relations with Israel, opening Rafah crossing practical response

[ 28/12/2008 - 10:52 AM ]


The Hamas Movement on Saturday said that the "practical response to the ongoing Zionist aggression on the Gaza Strip is to sever relations with the Zionist enemy and to open the Rafah border terminal with Egypt".

A Hamas statement said that hundreds of Palestinians were the victims of a "Zionist criminal, brutal and savage aggression" in an attempt to subdue the steadfast Gaza with the collusion of official Arab and Palestinian parties and with unlimited support from the American administration.

Hamas said that the aggression will be defeated and the scenes of blood and scattered bodies would not weaken the Palestinian steadfastness.

The Movement strongly denounced the statement of one of the advisors of PA chief Mahmoud Abbas who blamed Hamas for the IOF aggression, and asked Abbas to sack him as a minimum punishment for such a "shameful position".

Hamas finally called on the Arab and Islamic masses to pressure their governments with all peaceful means to support the people of Gaza and to halt the attacks on them.

The AP reported, "Israeli warplanes rained more than 100 tons of bombs on security sites in Hamas-ruled Gaza Saturday and early Sunday, killing at least 230 people in one of the Mideast conflict's bloodiest assaults in decades".

Earlier Reports:

230 Killed and 750 wounded in the latest Israeli massacre

[ 28/12/2008 - 01:02 AM ]


On the most bloody day witnessed in Palestine since 41 years the Israeli occupation war machine on Saturday killed more than 230 Palestinians and wounded around 750 others, 200 of them in serious condition.

More than a hundred American supplied F16s carried out a series of simultaneous air strikes at noon Saturday across the Gaza Strip targeting police stations and a mosque.

The air strikes were timed to coincide with time school children leave their schools home causing many casualties amongst school children.

Mu'awiya Hassanain, director of emergency services, said that 230 people were killed in the attacks and 750 were wounded, 200 of them seriously, adding that a large number of civilians were amongst the victims. Medical sources expected the death toll to rise to 350.

Hassanain added that there 15 victims who could not be identified because their bodies were badly mutilated, adding that at 80 of the victims were mutilated.

He said that the rapid rise in the death toll was due to the recovery of new victims from under the rubbles and the continuing Israeli air strikes which have not stopped until the early hours of Sunday.

Hassanain also said that hospitals are lacking medicines and medical materials necessary for treating the wounded calling on Arab countries to provide the essential medical supplies urgently.

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