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1391 Palestinians Killed, Mostly Children, Women, Elderly, Over 8,000 Injured by Israeli Terrorist Air-Land Attacks on Gaza, as of July 31, 2014

Israeli occupation government cabinet decides to intensify Gaza aggression

[ 31/07/2014 - 08:05 AM ]


The Israeli occupation government security cabinet has resolved to press on with its bloody aggression on the Gaza Strip and the destruction of tunnel network.

Israeli radio quoted a military official as saying that the Israeli army will continue to pursue a policy of setting up humanitarian ceasefire for specific periods in areas that are free of fighting without endangering the lives of soldiers at risk or to stop the destruction of the tunnels

It is expected that a second meeting is to be held Thursday to assess the situation and make decisions for the next stages of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip.

On the other hand, Israeli occupation authorities decided on Wednesday to call up 16,000 additional reserve troops, raising the number of reserve soldiers called up so far to 86,000.

The sources said the call-up and the frequent visits to U.S. came as part of Israel's ongoing preparations for expanding its military mission.

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel reiterated his country’s stand in the following statement affirming: "the United States' support for Israel's security and its right to defend itself," according to a statement released by the U.S Department of Defense.

8 journalists, 1359 civilians killed in ongoing Israeli genocides

[ 31/07/2014 - 08:14 AM ]


Sameh Al-'Aryan, a journalist at al-Aqsa TV channel, died of injuries he sustained in Wednesday’s Shujaiya market massacre, which took away the lives of 18 civilians, medics at al-Shifa hospital reported Thursday.

Journalist Rami Rayan, was also killed in al-Shuja'iya genocide, bringing the death toll of journalists murdered in the Israeli offensive on besieged Gaza Strip to eight.

Female journalist Najla Mahmoud al-Haj and photographer Khalid Hamad, along with journalists Izat Zakkout, Abdul Rahman Ziyad Abu Hein, Izzat Dhuhair, and Bahauddin Gharib were all killed in the Gaza offensive.

The Palestinian Journalist Bloc denounced in a statement such Israeli genocides, declaring Israel has crossed all red lines and dealt a serious blow at all international laws and decrees.

The Bloc called on the international community, the UN, the Arab media corpus, and Reporters without Borders to take on their responsibilities and break their shameful silence over such Israeli attempts to stifle the voice of journalists and prevent any authentic coverage of the scene.

The Journalist Bloc further denounced such Israeli premeditated and cold-blooded mass-murders and urged the international community to immediately step in so as to impose an international ban on exporting arms to the Israeli occupation.

At least 1359 civilians were killed while some 7600 were left wounded in the ongoing Israeli offensive on the besieged Gaza Strip. 110 was the number of Gaza civilians mass-murdered in no more than 24 hours’ time, Wednesday.

Palestinian medics said Al-Shuja'iya massacre, alone, killed 18 civilians and left some 200 others severely wounded. Several limb amputations have been reported in the massacre.

13 Palestinians Dead, Scores Wounded By Israeli Air Strikes

Thursday July 31, 2014 13:38 by Celine Hagbard - IMEMC News

Following two days of massive Israeli bombardment of all parts of the Gaza Strip resulting in more than 200 Palestinians dead, the early hours of Thursday morning saw 13 additional Palestinians killed, and dozens injured.

A Palestinian man was assassinated, and several others have been injured, by an Israeli missile in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. The slain Palestinian has been identified as:

Fadel Nader Almeghari, 27, Rafah

Another Palestinian journalist died, of earlier injuries, at the Shifa Medical Center in Gaza. He has been identified as:

Mohammad Daher, Gaza.

The Israeli Air Force also fired a missile into a home belonging to Sabra family members in the ad-Daraj neighborhood of Gaza City.

Soldiers also fired shells into the al-Maghazi School for Girls, run by the UNRWA, in central Gaza.

13 Palestinians Dead, 15 Wounded By Israeli Air Strikes
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:07:37

The bodies of two Palestinian family members who were killed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza were brought to the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital:

Suleiman Baraka, 31 and
Aref Baraka, 58

Two civilians were reported to have died from wounds sustained in earlier airstrikes. Both died in Al-Aqsa Martyr’s Hospital in Gaza City. They were identified as:

Ahmed al-Loah, 22 years old and
Baraa' Yousef, 19.

The four men all died in the Al Aqsa Hospital, which was itself the target of an Israeli air strike on July 21st. 5 people were killed, and 70 were injured in that blast.

In northern Gaza, 15 people wounded in Israeli airstrikes arrived at the Kamal Odwan Hospital for treatment in the pre-dawn hours of Thursday.

In Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, Abu Yousef Hospital received the body of a woman who died in an Israeli airstrike. She was identified as:

Maha Abdul-Nabi Salim Abu Hilal.

In Khan Younis, six Palestinians were killed in an Israeli airstrike, and their bodies taken to the Gaza European Hospital. They were identified as:

Majdi Mohammad Ahmad Fseifis, 34
Hani Abdullah Abu Mustafa, 44.
Naji Abdullah Abu Mustafa, 31
Hanan Yusef Abu T'eima
Maher Al-Najjar
Mahmoud Fouad Al-Najjar

Resident Mohammad Juma’ Al-Najjar, 32, suffered a serious injury.

According to journalist Mohammad Omer, airstrikes early Thursday morning targeted Al Aqsa TV in northern Gaza, which was previously targeted by Israeli airstrikes on Monday.

Airstrikes hit the home of the Sabra family in southern Gaza, the head of the family is a well-known Palestinian doctor.

The Al-Maghazi refugee camp has been hit numerous times throughout the night, as has the area around the UN school in Jabalia that was directly targeted by an Israeli airstrike Tuesday.

The continued bombardment of the area around the Jabalia school made it difficult for investigators to enter the area to examine the damage.

They did manage to get in on Thursday morning to conduct a preliminary investigation into the attack, which took place in the pre-dawn hours on Tuesday and killed a number of children in their sleep.

U.N. Calls Israeli Attack on School "Outrageous"

Thursday July 31, 2014 10:24 by James Harper - IMEMC & Agencies

The United Nations continued to rhetorically condemn Israel yesterday. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called an attack on a school, which held displaced Palestinians, “outrageous.”

“I condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms. It is outrageous. It is unjustifiable, and it demands accountability and justice,” Ban said, “Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children.”

Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson mirrored Ban’s sentiment, adding, “This is a moment where you really have to say: ‘Enough is enough.’”

The United States also condemned the attacks. The spokeswoman for the U.S. National Security Council Bernadette Meehan highlighted a key issue.

“We are extremely concerned that thousands of internally displaced Palestinians who have been called on by the Israeli military to evacuate their homes are not safe in UN designated shelters in Gaza.”

Meehan went on to decry “those responsible for hiding weapons in United Nations facilities in Gaza,” presumably meaning Hamas.

In an interview with the BBC, Peter Lerner of the Israeli military was vague in his answers to questions. However, he did say, “We do not target UN facilities,” despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

This conflict has reached its 23rd day, making it the most drawn out Israel-Gaza conflict since Operation Summer Rains in 2006. However, only 409 people were killed on either side of that five-month conflict. Operation Protective Edge is already responsible for the death of over three times as many people. 

26 Palestinians Killed in Wednesday Afternoon Airstrikes; Including 17 Killed in Crowded Market

Wednesday July 30, 2014 23:54 by Mohammad Nabil, Ruba Quds) - IMEMC News

Throughout the day, on Wednesday, casualties have been pouring into hospitals in every part of Gaza, as medical facilities have had to turn to backup generators for power after Israel bombed the main power station on Tuesday. Among the dead are 17 people who were killed in an airstrike on a market in Shuja’iya. At least 129 Palestinians have been killed on Wednesday, and 400 wounded.

Palestinian civilians wounded in attack on Sheja'eyya market (image by Palestinian Ministry of Health)

Update 11:40 pm July 30th

The Palestinian Ministry of Health reports an additional twenty people killed, and many more injured, in Israeli airstrikes in Jabalia, in northern Gaza, and in Al-Buraij, in central Gaza. Most of those killed are still awaiting identification. One has been identified as:
Ismail Bassam al-Qassas, 23

In Khan Younis, a Palestinian died of wounds sustained in Israeli shelling earlier on Wednesday. He has been identified as:

Fayez Ahmed ' Omar Abu Olayan, 21.

This brings the total number of people killed on Wednesday to 129, with over 400 wounded.

updated from:

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:54:00

In Kamal Adwan Hospital, in northern Gaza, doctors who have been struggling to deal with the dozens of wounded and 15 killed, earlier Wednesday, in a strike on a school serving as a shelter have also had to deal with an influx of dead and wounded being brought to the hospital from other strikes.

Those killed include:

1. Husam Mohammad al-Najjar
2. Sha'aban Abdul-aziz al-Jamal.
3. Alaa' Joudy Khader

The Palestinian Ministry of Health reported the arrival of 17 killed and 200 injured, to al-Shifaa hospital, after the Israeli Air forces targeted the Shuja’eyya market in eastern Gaza. They have been identified as:

4. Mohammed Mazen Moussa Foda
5. Ahmad Abdulkarim Hannoun
6. Saadi Saadi Faraj
7. Hussein Saeed Kar're'ra
8. Hamdi Sadi Abu Zour
9. Abdulkarim Hussein El-Selk
10. Aahed Ziad Al Gharabli
11. Abdulaziz Ibrahim El-Beltagy
12. Lena Ala'a El-Selk
13. Abdulaziz Mohammed El-Selk
14. Abdel Halim Mohammed El-Selk
15. Moataz Bassam Deeb
16. Mahmoud Mohamed Ragab
17. Moaaz Khaled Tayeh
18. Malak Jalal El-Selk
19. Amina Mohammed El-Selk
20. Layan Nael El-Selk

Three Palestinian civilians were killed in an airstrike on Gaza City, their bodies brought to Nasser Hospital. They were identified as:

21. Abdullah Fayez Fayad 23 years
22. Suhaib Salleh Salama 23 years
23. Ibrahim Yusuf al-Astal 35 years

In Khan Younis, a Palestinian died of his wounds. He was identified as:
24. Aassem Ahmed Baraka 25 years

And in Dair El-Balah, in northern Gaza, two Palestinians, including a young child, were killed in air strikes that targeted homes. They were identified as:
25. Mayar Jamal Abu musbeh, 9 yrs
26. Mohammad Tayseer Abu Hazaa', 25 yrs

Today’s latest casualties bring the total number of Palestinians killed in the offensive which began on July 8th to 1359, with 7677 wounded, according to the Ministry of Health.

See: Ministry of Health: Muslim Holy Days Marred by Gaza Genocide

Israeli artillery bombardment of Gaza market kills 17, wounds 200

[ 30/07/2014 - 05:30 PM ]


The Israeli occupation terrorist army unleashed its artillery fire at a crowded market in Shuja'iya suburb in Gaza City killing 17 citizens and wounding 200 others, many of them in critical conditions.

Eyewitnesses and medical sources said that the number of casualties was a preliminary one and that the number is expected to rise further.

They said that the shelling was deliberate as it recurred three times, adding that the market was overcrowded at the time of the incident.

The number of those killed at the hands of Israeli occupation forces on Wednesday those rose to 80 while scores others were wounded.

Israeli warplanes blast the Red Crescent building

[ 30/07/2014 - 01:04 PM ]


Israeli warplanes shelled the main headquarters of the Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC) and its Quds Hospital west of Gaza Strip before noon Wednesday.

A field observer told Quds Press that Israeli warplanes blasted the upper floor of the PRC building and the hospital’s premises.

Israeli occupation forces had razed the PRC building in the 2008-2009 aggression, but it was rebuilt.

Death toll of Gaza civilians tops 1258 renewed Israeli genocide kills 6 children

[ 30/07/2014 - 11:49 AM ]


A new massacre has hit the Gaza Strip Wednesday morning as six Palestinian children were killed while another sustained deadly wounds in a renewed wave of Israeli strikes east of Gaza City.

Palestinian sources told a PIC correspondent the six minors breathed their last after an Israeli F16 Fighting Falcon fired a rocket on a civilian home in Al-Tofah neighborhood, to the east of Gaza.

The casualties’ bodies were carried to Al-Shifa hospital cut into shreds. Another child was rushed to hospital after he sustained severe injuries.

Four more Palestinian civilians were murdered earlier in two Israeli strikes east of Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli fighter jets have been targeting civilian homes and communities with waves of random missiles, leading to the death of at least 1258 civilians so far.

Israel’s massacres continue on the 23rd day of its aggression

[ 30/07/2014 - 12:32 PM ]


Israeli occupation forces (IOF) committed on Wednesday a new massacre south of the Gaza Strip after bombing a home. Five members of Al-Ghalban family were killed during the attack.

Eyewitnesses told Quds Press that Israeli F16 jets bombed Al-Ghalban family’s home in Khan Younis. Several casualties from the same family were reported.

Five members of the family reached Nasser hospital torn into pieces while others were critically injured.

In a similar attack, three people were killed while 20 others were injured after targeting Abu Hussein family’s home in Jabalia town.

Along the same line, four other Palestinians were killed when Israeli missiles hit a group of people in Khan Younis.

Six other bodies were pulled from the rubble after bombing Abu Amer family’s home. Palestinian civil defense is still looking for other casualties.

Another airstrike targeted a home in Gaza City belonging to Thuban family, killing one woman and injuring 12 people, while a man was killed in a similar attack.

As the Israeli aggression enters its 23td day, dozens of Palestinians were killed since the early morning hours during Israeli heavy shelling and bombing throughout the Strip, rising Gaza death toll to 1258 martyrs, in addition to around 7100 wounded.


List of Palestinians Killed: 7/8 - 7/31

Wednesday July 09, 2014 06:09 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News

This list is constantly updated due to the ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza since July 8th. The following 1151 names have been confirmed - the actual number is at least 1359, as of 7/30 at 11 pm.  

We realize the number of slain Palestinians is higher than this. The Ministry of Health has stated that a total of at least 1361 Palestinians have been killed, but we are still awaiting confirmation of some names.

Killed Thursday, July 31

  1. Suleiman Baraka, 31, Gaza.
  2. Aref Baraka, 58, Gaza.
  3. Ahmed al-Loah, 22, Gaza.
  4. Baraa' Yousef, 19. Gaza.
  5. Maha Abdul-Nabi Salim Abu Hilal, Rafah.
  6. Majdi Mohammad Ahmad Fseifis, 34, Khan Younis.
  7. Mohammad Juma’ an-Najjar, 32, Khan Younis.
  8. Hani Abdullah Abu Mustafa, Khan Younis.
  9. Hanan Yusef Abu Taimeh, Khan Younis.
  10. Mahar an-Najjar, Khan Younis.
  11. Mahmoud Fouad an-Najjar, Khan Younis.
  12. Mohammad Daher, Gaza.
  13. Fadel Nader Almeghari, 27, Rafah

Killed Wednesday, July 30

  1. Ahmad Mohammad Yassin al-Majayda, Khan Younis.
  2. Ali Mahmoud al-Astal, 23, Khan Younis.
  3. Khaled Salim al-Astal, 26, Khan Younis.
  4. Mohammad Salim al-Astal, 26, Khan Younis.
  5. Ramzi Ibrahim al-Astal, 21, Khan Younis.
  6. Odah Ahmad al-Astal, 25, Khan Younis.
  7. Ahmad Mahmoud Suleiman al-Astal, 26, Khan Younis.
  8. Ahmad Ibrahim Ali al-Astal, Khan Younis.
  9. Khalil Ibrahim Ali al-Astal, Khan Younis.
  10. Ezzedddin Jabr Mohammad al-Astal, Khan Younis.
  11. Mohammad Mahmoud al-Astal, Khan Younis
  12. Mohammad Abdul-Sattar al-Abadla, 21, Khan Younis.
  13. Fahd Mahmoud Jaber al-Agha, 23, Khan Younis.
  14. Asma’ Abu al-Kaas, 16, al-Boreij, Central Gaza.
  15. Walid Shihda Marzouq Moammar, 51, Rafah.
  16. Sojoud Abdul-Hakim Oleyyan, 11, Gaza.
  17. Issam Jaber al-Khatib, Jabalia.
  18. Sa’id Abu Jalala, Jabalia.
  19. Taiseer Hammad, Jabalia.
  20. Lu’ay al-Feery, Jabalia.
  21. Bassem Khaled Najjar, Jabalia.
  22. Tha’er Khaled Najjar, Jabalia.
  23. Osama Mohammad Sohweil, Jabalia.
  24. Bilal Midhat al-‘Amoudi, Jabalia.
  25. Abdullah Midhat al-‘Amoudi, Jabalia.
  26. Mohammad Mousa Ghaban, Jabalia.
  27. Ramadan Khader Salman, Jabalia.
  28. Alaa' Khader Salman, Jabalia.
  29. Ali Ahmad Shaheen, Jabalia.
  30. Rami Barakat, Jabalia.
  31. Adel Mohammad Abu Qamar Jabalia.
  32. Mohammad Ezzat Abu Sweireh, 34, Central District.
  33. Hussein Mohammad Abu Rezeq, 36, Rafah.
  34. 'Aed Zaqqout, Gaza City (coach of Palestine National Football Team)
  35. Abdul-Aziz Hosni Abu Hajras, 23, Khan Younis.
  36. Omar Awad al-Breem, Khan Younis.
  37. Kamal Ahmad Al-Breem, 57, Khan Younis.
  38. Jihad Salah Mohammed al-Breem, 28, Khan Younis.
  39. Mariam Ahmad Hejazi, Khan Younis.
  40. Salah Hejazi, Khan Younis.
  41. Sabha Ibrahim Hejazi, Khan Younis.
  42. Ibrahim Mousa al-Ghalban, Khan Younis.
  43. Ismael Mahmoud al-Ghalban, Khan Younis.
  44. Ahmad Suleiman Abu Amer, Khan Younis.
  45. Mohammad Ahmad Abu Amer, Khan Younis.
  46. Marwa Ahmad Abu Amer, Khan Younis.
  47. Marah Ahmad Abu Amer, Khan Younis.
  48. Yasser Ahmad Abu Amer, Khan Younis.
  49. Suleiman Ahmad Abu Amer, Khan Younis.
  50. Mona Hajjaj Abu Amer, Khan Younis.
  51. Jihad Salah Mohammad Al-Breem, 25, Khan Younis.
  52. Zeinab Abu Jazar, Khan Younis.
  53. Maisara Mohammad at-Ta’ban, 35, Deir al-Balah.
  54. Iftikhar Mohammad Shahin (Abu Zrei’ey) 50.
  55. Odai Yahia Zaki Abu Jneid, 19, Beit Lahia.
  56. Abdul-Jalil Mohammad Kamel Abu Shodoq, 35, Beit Lahia.
  57. Jamal Shihda Abu Shodoq, 40, Beit Lahia.
  58. Jamalat Mahmoud Dheir, Khan Younis.
  59. Salama Mahmoud Dheir, Khan Younis.
  60. Mahmoud Salama Mahmoud Dheir, Khan Younis.
  61. Yamen Omar Salama Mahmoud Dheir, Khan Younis.
  62. Shorouq Mahmoud Dheir, Khan Younis.
  63. Arwa Mahmoud Dheir, Khan Younis.
  64. Ramadan Mohammad Abu Jazar, Khan Younis.
  65. Ali Ahmad Shahin, Gaza.
  66. Taiseer Sababa, 22, Beit Lahia.
  67. Ammar Suleiman Ali al-Masdar, 31, Gaza.
  68. Hamza Yasser Mohammad Mheisin, 23, Gaza.
  69. Wisam Dardouna, Beit Lahia.
  70. Anwar ‘Adel Abu Nasr, 20, Khan Younis.
  71. Ismael Walid Abu Nasr, 18. Khan Younis.
  72. Ahmad Khalil Abu ‘Anza, 32, Khan Younis.
  73. Shadi Abdullah Abu ‘Anza, 38, Khan Younis.
  74. Ali Mahmoud Abu ‘Anza, 27, Khan Younis.
  75. Ahmad Abdullah Abu ‘Anza, Khan Younis.
  76. Mohammad Suleiman Baraka, Khan Younis.
  77. Mustafa Ahmad Abu Jalala, Beit Lahia.
  78. Husam Mohammad al-Najjar, northern Gaza
  79. Sha'aban Abdul-aziz al-Jamal, northern Gaza
  80. Alaa' Joudy Khader, northern Gaza
  81. Mohammed Mazen Moussa Foda, Sheja’eyya
  82. Ahmad Abdulkarim Hannoun , Sheja’eyya
  83. Saadi Saadi Faraj , Sheja’eyya
  84. Hussein Saeed Kar're'ra , Sheja’eyya
  85. Hamdi Sadi Abu Zour , Sheja’eyya
  86. Abdulkarim Hussein El-Selk , Sheja’eyya
  87. Aahed Ziad Al Gharabli , Sheja’eyya
  88. Abdulaziz Ibrahim El-Beltagy , Sheja’eyya
  89. Lena Ala'a El-Selk , Sheja’eyya
  90. Abdulaziz Mohammed El-Selk , Sheja’eyya
  91. Abdel Halim Mohammed El-Selk , Sheja’eyya
  92. Moataz Bassam Deeb , Sheja’eyya
  93. Mahmoud Mohamed Ragab , Sheja’eyya
  94. Moaaz Khaled Tayeh , Sheja’eyya
  95. Malak Jalal El-Selk , Sheja’eyya
  96. Amina Mohammed El-Selk , Sheja’eyya
  97. Layan Nael El-Selk, Sheja’eyya
  98. Abdullah Fayez Fayad 23, Gaza City
  99. Suhaib Salleh Salama 23, Gaza City
  100. Ibrahim Yusuf al-Astal 35, Gaza City
  101. Aassem Ahmed Baraka 25, Khan Younis.
  102. Mayar Jamal Abu musbeh, 9 yrs, Deir al-Balah
  103. Mohammad Tayseer Abu Hazaa', 25, Deir al-Balah

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