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Zionist Israeli terrorist air strikes continue on Gaza, killing 285 Palestinians, Injuring 900, December 28, 2008

Day 2 of the Israeli occupation terrorist attacks on Gaza Strip

Editor's Note:

In this new round of savage Israeli attacks on the Palestinian people in Gaza, many civilians including women and children have been killed and injured. This is terrorism, period. However, Zionist media in NATO countries abstain from describing the Israeli occupation government and its forces as terrorist. Thus doing, the Zionist media are participant in the Israeli terrorism and war crimes against the Palestinian people.

Honest, peace-loving, and brave journalists should not hesitate to describe the Israeli occupation terrorist forces as they really are. Israeli leaders should also be referred to as who they really are, terrorists and war criminals.

Honest, peace-loving, and brave human rights activists should not hesitate to demonstrate, protest, and demand the arrest of members of the Israeli occupation terrorist forces as well as members of the Israeli occupation terrorist government for their war crimes, terrorist attacks, and crimes against humanity.

In order to prepare for the arrest of the Israeli war criminal terrorists, law suits have to be filed against them in all countries, in order to be tried in these countries or before the International Court of Justice in the Hague, like all previous war criminals.


Israeli strikes continue on Gaza, 285 now dead and more than 900 injured

Date: 28 / 12 / 2008  Time:  09:38
Gaza – Ma’an –

  Zionist Israeli terrorist air strikes continued on Gaza throughout Saturday night and into Sunday afternoon. The death toll of the attacks rose to 285, with 900 injured 180 seriously so.

The attacks began on Gaza at 11:30 Saturday. Two massive waves of strikes kicked off the operation, known as Operation Cast Lead, and strikes have continued throughout the night and early morning.

The death toll rises with each strike, and as more bodies are pulled out of Saturday’s rubble.

A timeline of the latest is:

12:00 Israeli occupation terrorist air forces launched a fresh raid against the governmental compound known as “As-Saraya” killing one child and injuring several others.

11:45 Israeli bombs targeted the government municipal council offices in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip; several injured Gazans were taken to hospital.

11:00 Israel bombs the temporary headquarters of the Rafah governorate injuring several people; the original building was destroyed in Saturday’s attacks.

10:30 Israeli jets targeted a jeep in the Zaytoun neighborhood of Gaza City killing one child. A second strike took place on the Jabalia area, no casualties were reported.

10:00 Three were killed after Israeli occupation terrorist forces bombarded a police station in Al-Shuja'iya neighborhood of Gaza City, and three homes were destroyed in the Tal Al-Hawa neighborhood west of the city.

8:00 The last Israeli raid targeted two de facto government police headquarters in Al-Mahatta and Al-Matahin areas of Dair El-Balah.

7:30 Al-Qarara greenhouses were obliterated in a strike on the southern Strip, killing a civilian, identified as Nabil Abu Tu'eima.

7:15 Bombs hit Al-Shuja'iya neighborhood of Gaza City and another on a military base called “Sa'd Sayil” in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Dozens were injured.

6:45 Israeli bombs landed on Gaza City’s Al-Shuja’iya neighborhood where a police center was destroyed and several injured.

6:30 The attack was preceded by a strike on a medical storehouse in the Al-Junayna neighborhood and a fuel storehouse with diesel and benzene in the Tal As-Sultan area, both in Rafah in the southern Strip. The strikes destroyed the buildings and much needed civilian supplies, and killed three who have not yet been identified.

1:01am After midnight on Saturday Israeli fighter jets bombarded the security room in front of the Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City as well as a mosque in the compound killing two and injuring seven. The blast shattered most of the windows of the emergency ward. The hospital’s morgues were declared full on Saturday and bodies line the hallways waiting to be claimed by family.

12:01am Three Palestinian activists with Hamas’ Al-Qassam Brigades were killed when an Israeli strike hit the Al-Mansura area east of Gaza City around midnight.

11:50 Israeli forces launched airstrikes on Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip and several targets in the north.

11:30 Three from Hamas’ Al-Qassam Brigades were killed when Israeli airstrikes hit the Al-Mansoura neighborhood east of Gaza City.

10:15 Two airstrikes killed three and injured four when they hit the Zaytoun neighborhood of Gaza City and on Jabalia in the north.

Director of Ambulance and Emergency Services in the de facto Palestinian Ministry of Health Mu'awiya Hassanain explained that despite media reports to the contrary, a large number of the casualties are civilians including women and children.

Saturday’s attacks

Two massive waves of airstrikes dropped 100 bombs on Gaza at 11:30 and a second at approximately 2pm. Smaller strikes hit northern Gaza at 5:30 and 8pm.

Israeli strikes targeted buildings of the democratically-elected Gaza government; one Hamas source told Ma’an “every de facto security building was targeted.” Confirmed casualties include Commander of the de facto Government Police Tawfiq Jabir, Governor of the Al-Wusta (central) Districts Ahmed Abu Aashour and Commander of Security and Protection Services in the de facto government police Ismail Al-Ja'abari.

Islam Shahwan, a Hamas police spokesman, said that the attacks destroyed most of the police headquarters in the Gaza Strip and that a police graduation ceremony was being held during the assault.

Saturday afternoon the Israeli occupation terrorist government defense minister, Ehud Barak, declared the 20 square kilometers of Gaza a “special military zone.” The classification is one degree below a declaration of total war against an enemy state.

Palestinian response

In Gaza military wings of Palestinian resistance organizations launched homemade projectiles and shells at Israeli targets, killing one man in the western Naqab on Saturday afternoon. The launches continued throughout the evening, though no other Israeli damages or casualties were reported.

In the West Bank and East Jerusalem demonstrations broke out against the Israeli violence, and clashes erupted in the streets of Jerusalem neighborhoods and in Hebron, where Israeli occupation terrorist forces are present.

***Updated 13:13 Bethlehem time

Gazans sit atop northern roofs challenging Israeli orders to evacuate or face death

Date: 28 / 12 / 2008  Time:  10:18
Gaza – Ma’an –

Israeli occupation terrorist forces called to Gazan families through loudspeakers demanding that they evacuate their homes before intense Israeli shelling began in the northern Gaza Strip.

As the Abu Sultan family in the Jabalia refugee camp prepared their belongings Israeli occupation terrorist forces fire rained down on their home killing several family members and injuring others.

Witnesses of the massacres on Saturday decided to challenge the Israeli order to evacuate and gathered in areas under attack to sit on roofs with families whose homes face imminent destruction.

Despite cold weather and Israeli warplanes flying overhead small crowds could be seen on rooftops across the northern Gaza Strip area. One home with large numbers of Gazans on its concrete roof was that of the de facto government Minister of Communication Yousuf Al-Mansi. Citizens stayed on the roof until early morning.

Israeli occupation terrorist forces gave no warning to the injured and homeless who sought refuge in the Al-Burno Mosque in Al-Shifa medical compound, which was bombed without notification overnight.

On Sunday the streets and squares of the Gaza Strip are empty as a state of fear and sadness overwhelms people who now prefer to stay at home.

At least four more killed in a new Israeli strike in Gaza

Sunday December 28, 2008 11:50 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC Agencies

Israeli occupation terrorist air forces shelled on Sunday morning a Palestinian security compound in Gaza that includes a prison and different security centers. At least four Palestinians were killed and several others were wounded. The number of casualties of the ongoing Israeli offensive since Friday at noon arrived to 282.

The shelled center is an old modified building, known as Al-Saraya, which includes government offices, security offices and a prison. The number of casualties is most likely to increase as more residents are buried under the rubble.

Shortly before the center was shelled, the Israeli occupation terrorist air forces shelled Jabalia and a target in northern Gaza, killing two Palestinians and wounding several others.

The Israeli terrorist attacks started on Saturday at noon; at least 282 Palestinians were killed and more than 900 were wounded.

The number of casualties is expected to increase especially since dozens of wounded residents are in serious conditions and the siege already emptied Gaza hospitals of the basic medical supplies.

Dozens of civilian homes and facilities were in addition to police headquarters and civil society institutions were also shelled.

Also on Sunday morning, the Israeli occupation terrorist army shelled a medical storage facility in Rafah, and a truck carrying fuel. At least three were killed and several others were wounded.

Israeli air raids on Gaza hit several Hamas-run locations

Sunday December 28, 2008 09:58 by Rami Almeghari - IMEMC&Agencies

Israeli occupation terrorist air raids on the Gaza Strip hit on Sunday morning several Hamas-run posts , as the death toll out of Israeli attacks is on the rise.

Israeli warplanes attacked today the Saraya security compound in Gaza city, causing the death of one child and injury of other passersby, witnesses and medics reported.

In the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun, pillars of smoke were seen in the sky as the warplanes raided the town's municipal building. The same happened with the temporary premises of Rafah governorate in southern Gaza, with no causalities reported.

Earlier in the day, six people were reportedly killed including a child, after the Israeli warplanes targeted a a jeep car of Hamas police in the Zaitoun neighborhood, east of Gaza city.

Also, the Israeli air assaults hit the market place of the Jabalya refugee camp in northern Gaza Strip, as well as the Hamas-run police station of Al-Shuja'iya neighborhood in eastern Gaza city, causing the damage of three houses owned by the Hassouna family.

In a related development, a Palestinian man , Nabil Abu To'aima, was killed during Israeli shelling of green houses to the east of the Al-Qarara town in southern Gaza Strip.

In addition, Israeli attacks stroke two other Hamas police posts in central Gaza Strip, leading to the injury of some residents.

Yesterday, Israeli warplanes carried out 60 air raids , targeting 100 locations, mainly security outposts, belonging to the ruling Hamas party in Gaza. Some of the targets were Hamas-run charities.

So far, more than 270 (285 later on early December 28) Palestinians have been killed and almost 900 others have been wounded including 120 in critical conditions, medics estimated. These attacks follow the end of an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas.

In the face of Israel's escalating violence and siege against Gaza, the United States, European Union and other world powers have done nothing to hold Israel accountable.

Amidst such bloodshed, it remains unclear whether that will change and what fate lies in store for the 1.5 million people imprisoned in the Gaza Strip as Israeli tanks deploy to their borders.

The Zionist-Controlled UN Security Council Did Not Order Israeli Terrorists to Stop their Massacres in Gaza:

UN Security Council Calls for End of Israeli Massacre in Gaza

Date : 28/12/2008   Time : 14:24
NEW YORK, December 28, 2008 (WAFA)-

The UN Security Council convened, Sunday, at a Libyan request, and called for an immediate halt to all violence in Gaza after a day of Israeli air strikes  that have resulted in 282 martyrs and more than 700 wounded.
'The members of the Security Council expressed serious concern at the escalation of the situation in Gaza and called for an immediate halt to all violence,' President of the council, Neven Jurica said, Sunday,  in a statement, 'the members called on the parties to stop immediately all military activities.'
After a four hour meeting, the Council issued a statement calling on all parties to address 'the serious humanitarian and economic needs in Gaza' and to take necessary measures, including the opening of border crossings, to ensure Gaza's people were supplied with food, fuel and medical treatment.
Members of the Security Council 'stressed the need for the restoration of calm in full' in order to open the way for a Palestinian-Israeli political solution.

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