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24 killed in Sunday raids on Gaza
Published Sunday 18/11/2012 (updated) 19/11/2012 08:02
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Palestinians carry the dead body of a child from under the rubble of a
house after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, Nov. 18.
(Reuters/Ahmed Zakot)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli air raids across the Gaza Strip killed 24 people on Sunday, including five women and nine children, as Israel pounded the Gaza Strip for the fifth day.

Since Wednesday, 72 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli airstrikes, tank fire and naval shelling.

On Sunday evening, an Israeli airstrike on Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip killed 54-year-old Atiyyeh Mubarak and 37-year-old Husam Abu Shawish and critically injured three others. The group was performing evening prayers together when they were hit by an Israeli missile.

Minutes earlier, seven members of the Abu Shehada family were injured when their home was bombed in the al-Maghazi camp in central Gaza.

An Israeli airstrike hit a vehicle in Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday afternoon killing Suheil Hammad, 45, and his 15-year-old son Muamin. They were driving a water tanker to sell water to residents, a Ma'an reporter says.

Four women and four children were among 11 killed in an Israeli missile attacked that leveled the al-Dalou family home in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood of Gaza City.

Israeli airstrikes killed two men in separate airstrikes on Gaza City's Shujaiyya neighborhood, killing Saadiyya al-Theib and 24-year-old Sami al-Faqir, medics said.

Muhammad Abu Naqira died after Israeli jets bombed his home in the Shaboura neighborhood of Rafah in southern Gaza, witnesses said.

In northern Gaza, medics recovered the body of 52-year-old woman, identified as Nawal Abed al-Ali, from the rubble of an airstrike on a police station in the al-Tufah neighborhood.

Medics said 27-year-old Ahmad Nahhal and 9-year-old Tasneem Nahhal died and eight others suffered injuries in a strike on al-Shati refugee camp, on the coastline of Gaza City.

A strike on al-Bureij refugee camp killed 18-month-old Eyad Abu Khousa and wounded his brother, a Ma'an correspondent said.

Earlier, two children died and more than 12 people sustained injuries as two houses came under fire in northern Gaza early Sunday, medical official Ashraf al-Qidra said. Medics identified the two children as Tamer Abu Asaifan and one-year-old Jumana Abu Asaifan.

Witnesses said Israel's aerial bombardment of Gaza continued with intensity overnight.

Earlier airstrikes hit two media headquarters in Gaza City, including Ma'an's office, injuring at least six journalists.

Israeli shelling pummeled Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza, while fighter jets struck southern Gaza. Meanwhile, Israeli gunboats shelled the coastline of Gaza City and central Gaza, eyewitnesses said.

Israel's army said fighter jets fired on approximately 70 sites in the Gaza Strip overnight, and 50 sites during the day.

No rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel after midnight Saturday, the army said, until several projectiles hit the south after 8 a.m. One rocket salvo unleashed Sunday wounded two people when it hit a house in the coastal city of Ashkelon, police said.

Hamas' al-Qassam Brigades says it has carried out 900 rocket attacks on Israeli military bases and across the border since Wednesday, reaching Tel Aviv and an Israeli settlement south of Jerusalem for the first time.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is ready to widen its offensive.

"We are exacting a heavy price from Hamas and the terrorist organizations and the Israel Defense Forces are prepared for a significant expansion of the operation," he said at a cabinet meeting, giving no further details.

On Sunday, Israel's military chief Benny Gantz instructed forces to intensify attacks on "terror targets" in Gaza, Israeli news site Ynet reported.

Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi had said there were "some indications" a ceasefire could be reached soon between Israel and Gaza Palestinians but he had no firm guarantees.

The head of the Arab League and a group of Arab foreign ministers will visit Gaza on Tuesday to show solidarity with Palestinians under Israeli attack, officials said Sunday.

Arab league ministers had called at an earlier meeting for a mission to go to Gaza. Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi told reporters in Cairo the visit would take place on Tuesday. A League source said al-Arabi would lead the delegation.
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1 ) farouk / lebanon
18/11/2012 16:33
so they are targetting peoples launching rocket ,hamas memebers?

2 ) Mel / USA
18/11/2012 17:13
Israel won't widen its"offensive"full ground-force!They won't let IOF die!And USG won't allow that.There'll be a miraculous 'truce'B4 then,to pretend Israel's being FAIR!They want to MURDER people from a distance&Hamas elected government!Israel wants to KILL anyone &MOONSCAPE Gaza again,as before.WHERE'S ABBAS?Obama's HIDING OUT in Thailand/Burma trying to make NEW BFF's in old-colonial mandates,while colonial BRUTE Israel,exterminates non-Jews AGAIN!Obama must like the NAZI method too?

3 ) Jabril / Israel
18/11/2012 17:22
How many dead Palestinians will it take before Hamas stops shooting rockets at Israeli civilians

4 ) Mel / USA
18/11/2012 18:26
ISRAELI COWARDS! We hate U as much as we hate NAZI'S,or any HUGELY ARMED army that slaughters relatively unarmed MEN,WOMEN &CHILDREN! DON'T DARE USE THE EXCUSE-ISRAEL-OF 'SELF-DEFENSE',when U haveMASSIVE WEPS,ROGUE-NUKES,bio-chem,AND GUIDED DRONE,HELO,NAVAL,HEAVY MISSILES,pounding,attacking,dessimating 1.7 million CIVILIANS trying to DEFEND themselves,in a blockaded tightly-packed residential strip,doing their best to RESIST USG,Israel's occupation of 67yrs!Shame on U Jabril,4 beingPRO-BULLY!

5 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
18/11/2012 18:30
I would strongly urge Egypt's Prime Minister and other Arab League ministers to REMAIN in Gaza to delay and hopefully stop our potential, damn ground invasion. As long as they're there, we won't go in. If there are indications that a truce--Insha' Allah !!!--might somehow be miraculously arranged then this madness will at least cease (for now). The media reports may say we're ready to go in, yes, but we HATE it. Our murders of innocent Palestinians has poisoned this generation permanently.

6 ) Peter / Switzerland
18/11/2012 18:30
When will the people of gaza realise Hamas is using them as human shields for his military needs, and start fighting for their basic human rights against Hamas regime?

7 ) from Ghetto of / Palestine
18/11/2012 18:49
Warsaw, Auschitz, Germany = Deir Yasin, Jaffa, Jerusalem, Gaza… and all Palestinian villages and cities 1948. Whoever legalizes the existence of Israel should legalize the existence of Nazi-Germany as well during Hitler’s time.

8 ) Haithem El-Zabri / USA
18/11/2012 18:51
When will misled people (and possibly racists) in Israel and Switzerland stop making ignorant and racist comments about Hamas having to stop it first. Learn your history and recognize that Israel is the aggressor and occupier, and Hamas has every right to defend its population from Israel's continuing crimes against humanity, including the siege. FREE PALESTINE! STOP ISRAELI TERRORISM!

9 ) Mary / Ireland
18/11/2012 19:55
Netanyahu is a psychopathic mad man. He couldn't get his attack on Iran so is killing Palestinians to satisfy his bloodlust. Someone has to stop him.

10 ) Peter / Switzerland
18/11/2012 19:57
You are right, here in Switzerland we have no idea about history, thats why we have 800 years of living in peace with our neighbours. If you call this defending the people, let them keep their "defending" and keep crying to rest of the world you are being killed. Its not a secret anymore, the whole world is aware of the fact that Hamas is using innocent women and children as human shield for their military activities. and it is a war crime just as shooting intentionally on civilian targets.

11 ) #6Who's terrorist in the M.E / their criminal machinations
18/11/2012 20:00
Peter you see it wrong! I have been many hours over five days on lot of news channels and I tell you that the Hamas not abuse the people in Gaza as a shield, the Israelis targeting everything just as the have always done. The are not interested in non Jewish life,even not for their children who daily dieing.Even the building manned with international press. The problem was???? Namely that the war crimes which they operate should not be disclosed. that is the truth about the Israelis terrorist.

12 ) Colin Wright / USA
18/11/2012 20:19
To Yehuda #5 ' Our murders of innocent Palestinians has poisoned this generation permanently...' Yehuda! What happened to all that Israel-love? Have you become a self-hating Jew, a TRAITOR? Come on. lap it up. This is Israel at its finest...

13 ) Colin Wright / USA
18/11/2012 20:21
To Peter #10: 'When will the people of gaza realise...' When will you be honest with yourself and admit not only that Israel is an evil, brutal abomination ethically indistinguishable from Naziism, but that this is precisely why you like it?

14 ) Christy Keeney / Ireland
18/11/2012 20:37
If Hamas were to use their own people as human shields, and Israel believe this ,then how does it make sense to send rockets into Gaza knowing that innocent people will be killed. I think the propaganda machine in Israel is very alive and well.

15 ) Gina / IT
18/11/2012 21:28
The Israelis are the worst terrorizing creatures in the middle east and to the whole world. Who do not deserve to be there and have weapons, I see no distinction between the Nazis and the Israeli government. The so-called Zionists should buy tickets and go back where they belong namely in their birth country's in Europe Africa USA or on the moon or other planets main thing away from Palestine.

16 ) Majd / Palestine
18/11/2012 21:31
To Jabril from israel : how many Palestinians your people need to kill to satisfy their need for blood ? how many more acres of land do you want to steal from our land? How much more time you need to realize this is not your land and it will never be ? how many more children you need to kill before the world finally sees the terrorism you have been practicing since 1948 ? how much water you need to steal to feel your pools and water parks while many of us do not have enough water to shower ?

17 ) ian / australia
19/11/2012 14:27
#14 "I think the propaganda machine in Israel is very alive and well." I agree Christy. Hamas using "human shields" is a total myth without a shred of evidence to support it, dreamt up to demonise them. Classic attrocity propaganda. But there's another way to look at it. What is a "human shield" anyway? Is it a deterrent, which forces the attacker to hold their fire, like in a cop show: "Don't shoot! He's got a kid!"? Or is it a buffer to soak up the bullets before they hit you?

18 ) ian / australia
19/11/2012 14:28
(contd.) Either way it wouldn't work. Not with Israel. Israel happily shoots at ANYONE, inc. women and children (so it's no deterrent) and would keep blasting away after your "shields" are all dead...so the myth kind of falls apart, because it would be of no benefit to Hamas to use it.

19 ) johnny benson / usa
28/11/2012 04:46
whats the matter maan editors....no guts ...all cowards...afraid to print my posts?
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