Gaza’s bloodiest day: Israeli blitz kills 23, including 9 children

Published: November 19, 2012
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A Palestinian woman reacts as she sits on the rubble of her destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in Rafah in southern Gaza Strip. PHOTO: REUTERS

A Palestinian woman reacts as she sits on the rubble of her destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in Rafah in southern Gaza Strip. PHOTO: REUTERS

GAZA CITY, PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES: Israeli strikes on Sunday killed 23 Palestinians, including 14 women and children, in the bloodiest day of its Gaza bombing campaign, the Hamas-run health ministry said.

Nine children, five of them babies and toddlers, and five women were among the victims in violence that raised the overall number of Gazans killed to 69 in around 100 hours of relentless Israeli air strikes.

In Cairo, the Palestinian Authority has asked for an urgent Arab League summit to discuss Israeli “aggression” on Gaza, the League said on Sunday.

Earlier Arab foreign ministers condemned the Israeli
offensive on Gaza and expressed “complete discontent” at the UN Security Council’s failure to bring about a ceasefire.

By far the bloodiest strike was in northern Gaza City where a missile levelled a three-storey building, killing nine members of the Al-Dallu family, five of them children, and two other people, medics said.

Health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra named the dead as policeman Mohammed al-Dallu, 35, Suheila al-Dallu, 50, Samah al-Dallu, 22, and five children: Jamal and Sara, whose ages were not immediately available, five-year-old Yussef, two-year-old Ranin, and 11-month-old Ibrahim.

The body of another woman from the same family was also pulled from the rubble but her identity was not immediately clear.

The other two victims, who lived next door, were named as Amina Mattar al-Muzzana, 83, and Abdullah Mohammed al-Muzzana, 22, Qudra said.

The Israeli army had no immediate comment on the strike, saying only that the air force had hit “a few targets in northern Gaza City”.

Shortly afterwards, six more Palestinians were killed in four separate strikes – two in Gaza City, one on the Jabaliya refugee camp and one on the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza.

In Gaza City, Sami al Ghafir was killed in a raid on the eastern Shejaiya neighbourhood, and Mohammed al Awf was killed in the north of the city.

The strike on Jabaliya killed Suheil Hamada and his son Moamin as they were driving a water delivery truck through the camp.

And an early-evening strike on Nuseirat killed two men, Aatiya Mubarak and Hossam Abu Shawish, the emergency services said.

Earlier strikes across the strip killed six more Palestinians, four of them children.

At around 2:00 am strikes on the northern town of Beit Hanun killed two toddlers, three-year-old Tamer Abu Saeyfan and his one-year-old sister Jumana.

Several hours later, 18-month-old Iyyad Abu Khusa was killed in a strike east of Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza.

His two brothers, aged four and five, were critically wounded in the raid, Qudra said.

Medics later reported finding under the rubble of a house in eastern Gaza City the body of a woman who had been killed in a strike earlier in the morning. They named her as Nawal Abdelaal, 52.

And in the late morning an air strike on a small house in the beachfront Shati refugee camp in Gaza City killed 13-year-old Tasneem al Nahal and Ahmad al Nahal, 25, both from the same family.

The bloodshed has killed 69 Palestinians and injured more than 600 since an Israeli air strike which killed a top Hamas militant kicked off the Jewish state’s military campaign against Gaza.

Three Israelis have been killed and more than 50 injured, a spokesman for the Magen David Adom emergency services told AFP. The army said 10 of them were soldiers, one of whom was severely hurt.

On Sunday, nine people were injured by rockets in southern Israel, one of them seriously and two moderately.

So far, the military says it has struck more than 1,132 targets in the Gaza Strip, without saying how many strikes it had carried out.

In the same period, 544 rockets fired by Gaza militants have stuck southern Israel, and another 302 have been intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defence system.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 19th, 2012.

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  • OverseasPak
    Nov 19, 2012 - 2:45AM

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  • Asad
    Nov 19, 2012 - 3:43AM

    what’s the Arab leagues’ job description anyway…? talk about aggression?

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  • Imran Khan
    Nov 19, 2012 - 4:56AM

    Where are the Muslim Nations sleeping Allah asks for Jihad wake up

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  • Xtreme
    Nov 19, 2012 - 5:16AM

    Where is UN?
    Where is Amnesty International?
    Where are all the champions Human Rights?

    Is this because Muslim blood doesn’t value much??????

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  • IndependentOpinion
    Nov 19, 2012 - 5:22AM

    Pakistan may have its problems, and we get hated on a lot from many different parties routinely (Indians, Afghans, BLA, radical lefties etc). But thank Allah we are not militarily as incompetent as the Arabs are today.

    And if we were attacked in such a manner (by Air, Naval blockade etc), we would be able to respond with what we have, which ultimately would have devastating consequences for the aggressor.

    Im not talking about ak-47 wielding taliban, suicide bombings, or the odd US drone strike. Im talking about the aerial bombardment of Islamabad or Karachi day and night.

    THAT cant happen. As we have the nuclear option. Simple as that.

    It seems like the non muslim world has no fear of attacking the muslims, whether its Burma. Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza, Chechnya. REST ASSURED If Pakistan didnt have nukes, it would have been us next.>

    As for Jihad, the muslim world today is full of puppet presidents and corrupt kings. Probably only the Iranian leadership have a bit of backbone and are highly competent.Recommend

  • A2Z
    Nov 19, 2012 - 5:31AM

    Champions of human rights are dead, they condemn the execution of a person who killed someone but they don’t condemn the barbarian acts of Israel rather support it in its offensive.
    Muslim world is dead

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  • Sexton Blake
    Nov 19, 2012 - 5:43AM

    @Imran Khan: “Muslim Nations sleeping”
    I quite agree. So far all the Arab/Muslim countries have allowed Western/Zionist interests to pick-off their brothers one by one and done nothing to help. Starting with Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and now Syria, Iran and several African nations on the hit list, the West will get them all eventually, and they will be allowed to get away with it..

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  • Ashraf P
    Nov 19, 2012 - 6:00AM

    Not a single word about Hamas firing rockets at Israeli civilians?

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  • Usman
    Nov 19, 2012 - 6:40AM

    This was a strike at the house of the head of rocket launching unit of Hamas. This was in retaliation to the 3 Israelis killed a few days earlier by there rockets. Please publish the whole picture, not one-sided propaganda.

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  • Meesh
    Nov 19, 2012 - 7:40AM

    This is just barbaric!!! Where is the humanity!!!!??!! God save the innocent people!!

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  • kanwal
    Nov 19, 2012 - 8:09AM

    @ashraf p
    If they fancy sending their soldiers to my territory to kill practice firing on soccer playing kids, think the least a country as idiot as that should expect from me is rockets. Especially if i am in constant seige from them too.

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  • Hairaan
    Nov 19, 2012 - 8:51AM

    @Ashraf P:
    What’s the casualty figure?

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  • Hammad
    Nov 19, 2012 - 9:27AM

    “Israeli Civlians’, occupying somebody’s land, oust him from his home and then kill him in the name of self defense. You got to be kidding man!

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  • Saim Baig
    Nov 19, 2012 - 9:31AM

    Where is UN now? I think too busy crying about Malala!!

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  • Hasan Mehmood
    Nov 19, 2012 - 9:42AM

    I do not understand Hamas strategy. Why would they fire hundreds of missiles to kill or injure a few Israelis at the most or partially damage a building and give Israelis the chance to carry out genocidal strikes against innocent Palestinians. It defies all logic. They are unable to kill one Israeli soldier or civilian against fifty or more killed on their side. Armed resistance by Palestinians is fully justified but there must be some tangible output (read damage to Israel) which is not happening. Recommend

  • Hasan Mehmood
    Nov 19, 2012 - 9:50AM

    @Ashraf P:
    {Not a single word about Hamas firing rockets at Israeli civilians?

    And how many Israeli homes destroyed by those rockets and how many Israeli women and children killed in the process? Would you care to elaborate? How would you feel if you pinch a person and he guns down your entire family? No offence intended. Just for comparison.

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  • WellWisher
    Nov 19, 2012 - 10:20AM

    Israel attacked after Hamas fired rockets which killed 3 soldiers. They have no worry for their own people.Every country would have done that. What’s new in that ?

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  • Khan
    Nov 19, 2012 - 11:36AM

    Today’s quote: Israel has as much right to kill Muslims as much Syria and Pakistan have.

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  • Nov 19, 2012 - 11:54AM

    If Israel were to be designated as ‘Islamic Republic of Israel’ then the whole world could have seen the violence quite clearly. A point of concern for both Islamic countries and west in particular.

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  • Mohammed Imran
    Nov 19, 2012 - 11:56AM

    @Hassan Mehmood

    Killing lives is not like Pinching a person. Hamas is equally responsible for the misery it has brought on its own people by the constant rockets that it fires in to Israel. Israels response though way too strong is done to protect its civilians. I am one of those with a balanced view. All for Pakistan to establish military contacts and diplomatic relation with Israel. Musharraf was right!

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  • Ali
    Nov 19, 2012 - 12:10PM

    @Ashraf P, @Usman how man Jews died of those rockets ?

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  • Sexton Blake
    Nov 19, 2012 - 12:11PM

    @WellWisher:
    Dear WellWisher,
    And I suppose Hamas has stolen more then three-quarters of the land in that area as well?
    What really happened is that the Palestinians became heartily sick of Israeli snipers, Israeli gunships and various types of Israeli hardware, such as F16s, routinely killing Palestinians, two thirds of whom are women and children, by guns or bombing sorties. The scenario is changing and Hamas is now retaliating. The good old days when Israel could get away with anything are hopefully drifting into the distant past.

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  • Jat
    Nov 19, 2012 - 12:19PM

    @IndependentOpinion: “Im not talking about ak-47 wielding taliban, suicide bombings, or the odd US drone strike. Im talking about the aerial bombardment of Islamabad or Karachi day and night.”

    Smart guy, tried to cover his back, but missed out on a couple of thinks. A more accurate statement would be,

    “Im not talking about ak-47 wielding taliban, daily suicide bombings, beheading of scores of our soldiers, daily killings in Karachi by blasts, torture and firings, capture of a large part of our territory by killers from all over the world, regular lightening strikes on our own population by PAF Thunder, intrusions deep inside Pakistan airspace up to Abbottabad, shooting of our civilians inside Pakistan by gora blackwater employees, killing of 24 soldiers by US air strike on our border check post, or the regular US drone strikes. Im talking about the aerial bombardment of Islamabad or Karachi day and night.”

    Yes clearly Pakistan stands tall as an shining example of a powerful Muslim state who knows how to defend itself.

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  • Zulfiqar
    Nov 19, 2012 - 12:23PM

    Allah is the only hope !!
    Ashamed Muslim and Pakistani :(

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  • Mirza
    Nov 19, 2012 - 12:24PM

    The main problem is not the current atrocities. The problem is continued occupation by the Israel and blockade of Gaza strip. Gaza has become a large concentration camp with no hope for living independently. The rightwing extreme govt of Israel and Gaza both are interested in their own agenda and not peace. The policy of kill 100 for every chosen person is being practiced with impunity. Only Iran and Iraq were not supposed to have nuclear weapons while Israel can keep them by hundreds to keep the upper hand!

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  • Vinc.
    Nov 19, 2012 - 5:39PM

    @kanwal:
    @Hairaan:
    @Ali:
    @Hasan Mehmood:
    google and search on youtube iron dome

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Nov 19, 2012 - 6:35PM

    I am curious as to why Israel attacked in first place. Can anyone help me with that?

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  • IndependentObserver
    Nov 19, 2012 - 6:38PM

    @ Jat. Thats funny. You ever heard of mutually assured destruction you pompous div.

    Worry about getting your 650 million Indians a toilet facility

    India, hasnt got enough toilets yet has embarked on a space mission. LOL

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  • IndependentObserver
    Nov 19, 2012 - 6:44PM

    @ Jat, tried to cover MY back You Indians do take this immensely personally dont you.

    The truth is, Nothing you’ve said that has proven that Isb or Karachi are being bombed day and night.

    Yes, our airspace was violated. But what happened in Mumbai? What happened in Delhi?

    How did the mighty Raw slip up?

    As i said before * Mutually Assured Destruction*

    Figure out how to build toilets for 650 million people instead of trying to compete with China and trolling Pakistani newspapers

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  • Jat
    Nov 19, 2012 - 7:13PM

    @IndependentOpinion: “Pakistan may have its problems, and we get hated on a lot from many different parties routinely (Indians, Afghans, BLA, radical lefties etc). But thank Allah we are not militarily as incompetent as the Arabs are today.”

    One clarification from you will help me greatly in replying to your very impressive and competent verbal onslaught on me –

    Agreed that you are not militarily as incompetent as the Arabs, do tell how militarily incompetent you really are. In the 1965 war, the mighty warriors of SSG surrendered to lathi-wielding Indian farmers without firing a shot. I have newspaper clippings and photographs of that militarily highly competent operation.

    ps: It is militarily poor tactics to reveal your weakness to the enemy – “Pakistan may have its problems, and we get hated on a lot from many different parties routinely.” But you can be forgiven if you think it is a great achievement and not a shortcoming, to be “hated on a lot by different parties routinely”.

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  • Jat
    Nov 19, 2012 - 7:22PM

    @IndependentObserver: I hope and pray that United Nations will not impose sanctions on me for not respecting the opinion of their official independent observer of Indian toilets.

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  • Jat
    Nov 19, 2012 - 7:49PM

    @IndependentObserver: “@ Jat, tried to cover MY back You Indians do take this immensely personally dont you.”

    My dear Independent Observer sab, this is a Israel-Arab news item and discussion, why did you have to drag us in ? And when we come and catch you by the scruff of your dirty neck and shake you up, you start complaining.

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  • IndependentObserver
    Nov 19, 2012 - 7:56PM

    @ Jat Newspaper clippings, lol. as i said, Proud farmer Jat is taking this panga way too far.

    What happens to your elite soldiers in occupied Kashmir on a daily basis, why couldnt the bollywood hero Sunny Deol along with Raw stop Mumbai and Delhi?

    As for what you said about Pakistans capability. Mutually assured destruction. End of discussion. Figure out how to get the brahmos into service. Beg the Russians. 2017 and testing lol. We do what we have with our limited resources. Babur is in service.

    I dont need to observe your toilets, i just need to go to youtube, search Indian toilet problem and find one of them “lathi-wielding Indian farmers” defecating in the middle of a filthy Mumbai street, with the odd cow walking about adding to the stench.

    2.9 billion litres of human sewage in the River Ganges and corpses floating around varanasi ..650 million human beings who dont have a place to defecate. So they do it in the open.

    Maybe a nuke is needed to clear the air.

    Incredible India!

    Anyway enough of this, Go mourn Bal Thackeray.

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  • AD
    Nov 19, 2012 - 8:11PM

    @IndependentObserve: Yes we are terribly short of toilets but that has not allowed us to be bombed

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  • Jat
    Nov 19, 2012 - 9:14PM

    From Myanmar to Afghanistan, the Indian subcontinent can become the most dynamic economic powerhouse of the world. There is only one obstacle, the brainwashed Pakistani bigots, who need to be re-educated.

    YANGON: Huge crowds greeted Barack Obama in Myanmar Monday on the first visit by a serving US president to the former pariah state, a high-stakes trip aimed at encouraging “flickers” of democratic progress.

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  • Cautious
    Nov 19, 2012 - 9:48PM

    @IndependentOpinion.

    Pakistan may have its problems, and we
    get hated on a lot from many different
    parties routinely (Indians, Afghans,
    BLA, radical lefties etc). But thank
    Allah we are not militarily as
    incompetent as the Arabs are today.

    Yeah right. Last time I looked Islamabad had control of less than 50% of Pakistan – American drones attack terrorist targets with impunity – OBL raid was pulled off while your competent military was sleeping – and when you competent military decided to shoot at American’s in the middle of the night 24 of them were killed by American’s who suffered zero casualties. Pakistan army maybe large but I doubt many outside of Pakistan would consider it competent. Lastly – your really think your nukes have made Pakistan safe?

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  • M.S.Ibraheem
    Nov 19, 2012 - 11:15PM

    @Jat: you seem to be analyzing Pakistan from the view of a world power ,where instead India itself is no miles ahead of PK. Firstly consider Non-state actors such as the Taliban. India has its fair share of insurgents and militants. Take Kashmir ,Nagaland, Manipur and previously Khalistan are all indian counterparts of our Waziristan. Basically what Pakistan faces today ,india has been facing for the past 50 years.
    Pakistan is at war ,which thankfully our military has been able to cope with unlike the indian armed forces who lost http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-suffered-1874-casualties-without-fighting-a-war/articleshow/45016284.cms?intenttarget=no 1874 soldiers in peacetime Only talks of the incompetence of the institutions. Losing almost a brigade in peace time is no easy feat. Im pretty sure you guys beat Somalia to that trophy.

    Now, you lets switch to India. “Ak-47 totting insurgents is nothing new to your regions mentioned above. Naxals ,Maoists and KCF’s run ammck without any check. Remember ,the Indian army and civil institutions have no writ in Maoist controlled areas.
    Talking about the Abbotabad raid, how were 12 heavily armed terrorists with RPG”s ,assault rifles and enough muntions to last 4 days able to infiltrate Mumbai. Lets not mention it took a division of indian armys finest and the “elite” blackcats 4 days to debunk 12 militants. How shocking no ? That too not in some mounatinous town but in Indias largest metropolis.
    Plus how did that border fight China go in 62 ? Not very well I guess

    So basically my advice to you would be to stick cleaning your own house first. Pakistan is a frontline state ,fighting the worlds war for a decade and yet we stand on our feet something india ,im sure would not be able to cope with for a month.

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  • Sexton Blake
    Nov 19, 2012 - 11:33PM

    @Cautious:
    Dear Cautious,
    If the US forces were as good as you say why have 25,000 Pashtuns kept about 500,000 US/NATO/Mercenaries fully occupied for nearly 12 years with no end in sight. However, keeping to the point of the ET article above I think it is really about US supplied Israeli massacres of Gaza where the majority of people killed are women and children. The US is very good at killing defenseless people.

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