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Mother and four children among latest Gaza death toll 510
Date: 04 / 01 / 2009 Time: 09:44
Gaza – Ma’an –
A mother and her four children became are among the most recent
victims of an ongoing Israeli terrorist air and ground offensive on the Gaza Strip
on Sunday, bringing the death toll 40 (47 later) since the ground
invasion began on Saturday night.
At least 510 Palestinians have
been killed since Israel began intense airstrikes on 27 December. Gaza
medical officials put the number of wounded at 2,250 over nine days.
Palestinian medical officials in Gaza said that the five members
of the Baker family were blown to pieces when Israeli warplanes targeted
their home in the At-Toufah neighborhood of Gaza City.
also said that two of the children were one and two years old
respectively. The ages of the other two were not determined.
Separately, an airstrike near a mosque in Jabaliya, in the north of the
Gaza Strip, has killed five Palestinians.
Four other children
were killed in the town of Beit Lahiya, in the north of the Gaza Strip,
in a series of airstrikes during which ten civilians were killed and 30
injured. Earlier on Saturday, three children were killed in an airstrike
in the city of Rafah, in the south that targeted a Palestinian fighter.
Tank fire killed at least eighteen Palestinians on Sunday, including
14 in Beit Lahiya and four in Beit Hanoun.
The Israeli occupation
terrorist forces escalated
shelling in the Gaza Strip in recent hours, killing a number of
Palestinians as resistance fighters continue to confront Israeli tanks
and ground troops that entered the Strip from four points.
Ma’an’s journalists in Gaza have confirmed that Israeli forces killed a
senior leader of one armed group, the National Resistance Brigades, the
military arm of the leftist Democratic Front. The leader Muhmmed Barbakh
was killed along with his father, two brothers, and his nephew in the
Al-Nahdah neighborhood of the city of Rafah.
Separately at least
five Palestinians were killed and forty others injured when a local
market in the western section of Gaza City.
Explosions are being
heard across the Gaza Strip, and fierce fighting has been reported
between Hamas’ military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, and Israeli
soldiers. The group reported capturing two Israeli soldiers around
eleven in the morning Sunday, though the capture has been denied by
Sunday’s developments are as follows:
5:00pmAn airstrike killed five Palestinians in Jabaliya.
airstrike in At-Toufah, in Gaza City killed mother and four children.
4:00pmFour children are among 10 killed in airstrikes in Beit Layhia.
12:15pm Israeli artillery hit a market area killing at least five
civilians and injuring more than 40.
11:45am Israeli missiles
targeted the Palestinian Ministry of Waqf and Religious Affairs in Gaza
City, injuring several passersby.
11:30am Israeli warplanes
fired missiles at Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. Ambulances
were seen speeding up towards the area.
11:15am An Israeli
reconnaissance plane fired a missile at the Rafah home of DFLP leader
Muhammed Abed Barbakh, killing him and four members of his family
including his father Abed, his two brothers Mahdi and Yousuf, his nephew
11:00am Al-Nassar Salahuddin activist dies of
wounds in Saudi Arabia hospital
Tanks advance from four points
Israeli occupation terrorist forces
breached Gaza borders at ten Saturday evening and
have been advancing ever since. Palestinian fighters clashed with the
advancing army, reportedly killing 30 Israeli soldiers.
Gaza City tanks entered Gaza through the Nahal Oz and Karni crossing
points, they advanced and headed south of Gaza City and are currently
stationed at what used to be an Israeli settlement called Netsarim. Tank
fire killed three in the Ashuja’yya neighborhood.
In Beit Hanoun
in the north eastern Gaza Strip, tanks penetrated hundreds of meters
closing the main road between Beit Hanoun and Gaza City, though they
have not entered the city. Four Palestinians were killed in Beit Hanoun.
From the northwest witnesses said
the Israeli occupation terrorist forces
American school north of Beit Lahiya. Forces killed two in Beit Lahiya.
The school was leveled on Saturday by and Israeli airstrike.
the south tanks entered near the destroyed Yasser Arafat Airport east of
the city of Rafah amid heavy artillery fire, killing one Palestinian
fighter and injuring several others.
Just before the ground
invasion Israeli warplanes bombarded more than 45 targets throughout the
Gaza Strip. The Israeli military claimed the targets were ammunition
caches and groups of Palestinian fighters, although the bombing
destroyed a school, apartment buildings,
Another air raid was
also in the southern Strip near Khan Younis. The strike killed Hamas
activist Muhammad Al-Heila and injured an another who could not be
***Updated 18:44 Gaza time
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