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Heavy Gaza attacks kill over 50 Palestinians
Published Monday 21/07/2014 (updated) 22/07/2014 13:37
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces continued airstrikes and artillery assaults on the Gaza Strip Monday for the 14th day, killing multiple members of three extended families as the death toll tops 500.

The latest strikes in Gaza City killed five members of the al-Yaziji family, including Yasmin Nayif al-Yaziji, Mayar Nayif al-Yaziji, two, Wajdi al-Yaziji, Safinaz al-Yaziji, and Anas al-Yaziji, five.

In Khan Younis, Karam Ibrahim Atiyeh Barham, 25, Nidal Ali Abu Daqqa, 26, Nidal Jumaa Asi, 43, and Muhammad Mahmoud al-Mughrabi, 24, were killed in an airstrike, and Mahran Kamil Jundiya, Majdi Mahmoud al-Yaziji, 56, and Samih al-Ghalban were killed in eastern Gaza City.

Three others were killed in ongoing fighting in the besieged Shujaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City.

Earlier, an Israeli airstrike killed 11 members of the Siyam family in Rafah, including an eight-month old baby and two other children.

Sumud Nasser Siyam, 26, Muhammad Mahrous Salam Siyam, 25, Badir Nabil Mahrous Siyam, 25, Ahmad Ayman Mahrous Siyam, 17, Mustafa Nabil Mahrous Siyam, 12, Ghayda Nabil Mahrous Siyam, 8, Sherin Muhammad Salam Siyam, 32, Dalal Nabil Mahrous Siyam, 8 months, and Kamal Mahrous Salamah Siyam, 27, were pulled from the rubble.

In Khan Younis, at least 26 members of the Abu Jami family were killed by Israeli shelling, after more bodies were pulled from the rubble.

Earlier, medics identified 13 victims as Jawdat Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jami, 24, Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jami, 5, Hayfa Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jami, 9, Yasmin Ahmad Salamah Abu Jami, 25, Suheila Bassam Abu Jami, Shahinaz Walid Muhammad Abu Jami, one-year-old, Rayan Abu Jami, 9, an elderly woman Fatima Abu Jami, Rozan Abu Jami, 14, and Ahmad Salhoub, 34, a next door neighbor.

Bilal Abu Daqqa and Abdul-Rahman al-Qarra were killed in an airstrike on the al-Mughrabi family home east of Khan Younis, while the body of Mahmoud al-Nakhala was pulled out from underneath rubble in Gaza City.

Two more bodies were pulled form the rubble in the Shujaiyeh neighborhood, while one person was killed in al-Nuseirat, fisherman Raed Bardawil in Rafah, Zakariya Masoud al-Ashqar, 24, and Raed Issam Dawood, 33, in Zaytoun, and Kamal Talal Hasan al-Masri, 22, in Beit Hanoun.

Diplomatic push

Gaza's emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said many of the more than 150 Palestinians killed on Sunday -- the bloodiest day of fighting in Gaza in years -- were women and children.

The Security Council held urgent talks on the conflict, expressing "serious concern about the growing numbers of casualties."

"The members of the Security Council call for an immediate cessation of hostilities," said Rwandan ambassador Eugene Richard Gasana, whose country chairs the 15-member council.

Late Sunday, the armed wing of Hamas claimed it had kidnapped an Israeli soldier, prompting celebrations in the streets of Gaza City and West Bank towns.

"The Israeli soldier Shaul Aaron is in the hands of the Qassam Brigades," a spokesman using the nom de guerre Abu Obeida said in a televised address.

Israel's UN ambassador Ron Prosor denied a soldier had been kidnapped, saying: "Those rumors are untrue."

However a spokeswoman for the Israeli military said they were investigating the claim.

During the Security Council talks, Palestinian envoy Ryad Mansour called for decisive steps to end the violence, and voiced frustration with what he termed the world body's failure to take a strong stand.

"The Council failed again and again to shoulder its responsibility," Mansour told reporters.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon was also in Doha where he urged Israel to "exercise maximum restraint".

"Too many innocent people are dying...(and) living in constant fear," he told a news conference in Doha.

So far, ceasefire proposals have been rejected by Hamas which has pressed on with its own attacks.

The Doctors Without Borders charity urged Israel to "stop bombing civilians trapped in the Gaza Strip", noting the majority of the injured arriving in the al-Shifa hospital were women and children.
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1 ) Emily Friedman / USA
21/07/2014 16:09
This loss of innocent life is a tragedy. Please inform your readers whether the areas targeted by Israeli forces were used to fire rockets at Israeli civilians, to store weapons, or as a base for military operations.

2 ) Mel / USA
21/07/2014 22:32
AND 24 MEMBERS OF THE Al Jamaa family,Khan Younis!
BABIES in diapers, Israel!
Babies in DIAPERS!Mothers,brothers,sisters!
I'm sure that DIAPER drawer must have been FILLED with Resistance rockets!
WAY TO GO BIBI! Your demons are IN DIAPERS??
A million condolences Gaza! Ethnic cleansing has a new name?
"Israel's right to self defense" !!!!

3 ) Beth Silverman / USA
21/07/2014 22:43
Emily, it is imperative to remember that Hamas is not an army. It does not have bases. The pop. density in Gaza is bwteen 10-13 thousand per sq. mile. This is equivalent to Boston, DC, or Phili. The rockets shot rarely kill or seriously injure civilians and the fact that many rockets in the past weeks have landed in Palestinian areas of Bethlehem and Jerusalem attest to the fact that they are not targeted. Resistance to occupation is allowed under international law. The occupation is not.

4 ) Mary Blum / USA
22/07/2014 02:02
Related to Emily's request: perhaps you could inform readers whether the civilians and civilian property in Gaza that are targeted by Israel are considered under international laws of war to be lawful military targets. I believe the Human Rights Watch did a field study during “Operation Pillar of Defense" that addressed the topic.

5 ) Obvious / Truths
22/07/2014 02:33
Gazans Really Only Have Four Choices: -1- The Civilians Leave, And Live Somewhere Else. -2- The Militants Leave, And Civilians Live In Gaza, Or -3- Both Stay, And Both Keep Dying, Or -4- Hamas Accepts Peace With Israel, And Unfortunately * Gazans Have A History Of Choosing Very Unwisely !!!!

6 ) Tibi / Tubas
22/07/2014 03:15
After the fourth time the world leaders should have learned something !! Hamas Started The Same War, In 2006, 2009, 2012, & Now 2014, and Hamas Forced The Civilians Of Gaza To Be Their Human-Shields, Again In 2006, 2009, 2012, And Now 2014, And Each Time, A Ceasefire Was Just For Hamas To Prepare For The Next War, And * THE WORLD SHOULD STOP ASKING FOR ANOTHER CEASEFIRE. * It IS TIME FOR THE WORLD TO FORCE PEACE UPON GAZA, * WITH SANCTIONS JUST LIKE IRAN.

7 ) Robin / Fiji
22/07/2014 07:05
@Emily From a Guardian article: "Tomer Siyonov, 22, a friend of the dead soldier..... drew deeply on a cigarette as the eulogies were delivered. "Hamas killed my friend; we need to kill them – not just the Hamas militants but all the people in Gaza," he said." It is clear that many Israelis believe that noone in Gaza is innocent. Can an 8 month old baby be implicated in this conflict? How many Israeli civilians have been killed, how many Palestinian? The concept of "tragedy" is subjective.

8 ) syed Riyaz / kashmir occupied by india
22/07/2014 07:19
I stand with Gaza from srinagar kashmir occupied by india save Gaza destroy israel,,, kashmiri people are always with you,,, go ahead and make your life,, make your future,,, free Gaza free kashmir,,, Allah makes you always winner
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