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Israeli tanks head closer to major cities in Gaza; civilian casualties mount

Posted by tothewire on January 18, 2009

A man walks down a destroyed street in the Salahaddin street area of Rafah, southern Gaza strip, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009. Israel bombarded dozens of Hamas targets Saturday hours before a government vote on an Egyptian brokered cease-fire, prompting Egypt to demand an immediate halt to the 3-week-old Gaza offensive. Hamas sent mixed signals about whether it will accept the cease-fire proposal. Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesman linked to the group's leadership-in-exile in Syria, said militants would keep fighting.

A man walks down a destroyed street in the Salahaddin street area of Rafah, southern Gaza strip, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009. Israel bombarded dozens of Hamas targets Saturday hours before a government vote on an Egyptian brokered cease-fire, prompting Egypt to demand an immediate halt to the 3-week-old Gaza offensive. Hamas sent mixed signals about whether it will accept the cease-fire proposal. Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesman linked to the group's leadership-in-exile in Syria, said militants would keep fighting.

 

GAZA CITY, Gaza – Israeli shells slammed into Gaza and ground forces edged closer to major population centers Tuesday, taking more civilian lives after Israel ignored mounting international calls for an immediate cease-fire.
In fighting that raged early Tuesday morning, at least 18 people were killed in shelling up and down the Gaza Strip from tanks and naval craft, local hospital officials said. Only two of the dead were confirmed as militants.
Tanks rumbled closer to the towns of Khan Younis and Dir el Balah in south and central Gaza but were still several kilometers (miles) outside, witnesses said, adding that the sounds of fighting could be heard from around the new Israeli positions. Israel already has encircled Gaza City, the area’s biggest city.
Israel launched its offensive on Dec. 27 in a bid to halt repeated Palestinian rocket attacks on its southern towns. After a weeklong air campaign, Israeli ground forces invaded Gaza over the weekend. More than 500 Palestinians have been killed, including more than 100 civilians, according to United Nations figures. Nine Israelis have died since the operation began.
The rising civilian death toll has drawn international condemnations and raised concerns of a looming humanitarian disaster. Many Gazans are without electricity or running water, thousands have been displaced from their homes and residents say that without distribution disrupted, food supplies are running thin.

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2 Responses to “Israeli tanks head closer to major cities in Gaza; civilian casualties mount”

  1. josiahe said

    looks like a holocaust? Where are the ovens?
    The destruction of Gaza could’ve been avoided if the Palestinians had thrown out the terrorists (that includes Palestinians too). Those who preached hate to children deserve to die!

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  2. Israel unilaterally declared a ceasefire yesterday. Of course it quickly vanished when Hamas fired five rockets into Israel. Hamas does not want to cease fire unless it is on their therms. They are concerned about looking defeated in the eyes of the Arab world. In truth, they have been defeated from a military standpoint. The vanishing Israeli cease fire

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