The Supreme Committee for Ambulance and Emergency Services have confirmed that the Israeli Occupation Forces have launched more that 90 raids on the citizens of the Gaza Strip since yesterday afternoon.
Commission spokesperson Adham Abu Salmiya said in a press statement to the Government Media Office a short while ago that the number of air strikes has climbed to 90, the number of dead has reached 13, and more than 120 have been injured.
Adham Abu Salmiya said that among the martyrs are two children, a pregnant woman and an old man. 20 women and 20 childlren have been injured, including a young girl who had to have her hand amputated.
Meanwhile, the US State Department, in stark contradiction of the facts, released a Press Statement in which it claimed “There is no justification for the violence that Hamas and other terrorist organizations are employing against the people of Israel.”
International Law is quite clear on this point – Palestinians have the right to resist Israeli occupation, and that all the means of this resistance – political as well as military – are valid. Further, as Hans Lebrecht has written more than once, at the Nuremberg Tribunal it was unequivocally set down that resistance fighters in occupied territories acting in accordance with international law are NOT deemed to be terrorists.
Israel broke the truce, extra-judicially assassinated a resistance leader, and has targeted, killed and injured scores of Palestinian civilians. These are CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY.
Israel is the aggressor in this military offensive, and Palestinians have as much a right to security and self-defence as does Israel.
Obama would do better to concern himself with the numerous breaches of international law committed by Israel, and the endless refusals of the Israeli rogue state to abide by United Nations Security Council Resolutions.
He would do better to open his other eye, and insist on Israel’s observance of international law.
Then, and only then, might he not only deserve the Nobel Peace Prize he was erroneously awarded, but he might even contribute to a genuinely peaceful solution to the ongoing Israeli-instigated conflict in the Middle East.
The Gaza Government has strongly condemned today’s Israeli attack on a tent full of mourners in the eastern Gaza City neighbourhood of Shujaiyeh late this afternoon.
At least four are dead, ten are still fighting for their lives, and another twenty are injured following the cowardly shelling of grieving civilians.
18 year-old Ahmad al-Dardasawi and 17 year old Muhammad Hararah died immediately, while two unidentified men died later from injuries sustained in the attack.
“The Palestinian Government in Gaza condemns the continuous aggression against our people, and holds the enemy government responsible for the large number of civilian deaths and injuries,” they said in a statement released by the Government Media Office this evening.
“The Palestinian Government calls on the world to stop Israeli aggression, and stresses the right of Palestinians to self defence as long as the aggression continues.”
They added that they are attending to the treatment needs of the many injured, despite the siege and the difficult conditions.
“We condemn the Zionist escalation in the strongest terms, and call on the international community and the world powers to rein it in,” they said.
Israeli tanks also shelled an area east of Khan Younis late afternoon, injuring at least another four people.
Following its opening for two hours for internationals only to leave, Erez Crossing closed again, and those still queuing were advised to return to Gaza City.
Meanwhile, Ehud Barak, the Israeli defence minister, said that Israeli air strikes had killed 15 Palestinian militants in the territory in the past week, and that “Israel could be forced to take more robust action.”
No Israelis have been killed during the same period, and only one Israeli soldier has been wounded – and that in response to Israeli military fire.
Despite the clear evidence that Israel is the aggressor, and the Gazan resistance is responding in self-defence, Israel continues its spin to justify what it hopes to be a vote-catching operation.
“If we need a ground operation, there will be a ground operation,” Ehud Barak told Israel Radio, while Netanyahu warned of “extensive and deeper action,” according to Ma’an.
Although the skies have been relatively quiet this afternoon, Gazawis remain on alert in expectation of further disproportionate Israeli response to Gaza’s legitimate exercise of the right to self-determination, resistance, and self-defence.