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    Israeli PM vows there will be more air strikes on Gaza

    Israeli PM vows there will be more air strikes on Gaza
    Netanyahu shrugs off foreign criticism after top UN human rights official warns that air strikes could violate international law



    Binyamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel, said: 'No international pressure will prevent us from acting with all power


    The UN's top human rights official has called for an investigation into Israeli air strikes on Gaza, on the grounds that the targeting of Palestinian homes resulting in a high death toll among civilians, particularly children could violate international law.

    The warning from Navi Pillay, the UN high commissioner for human rights, came on the fourth day of Israel's bombing of the Gaza Strip and a rocket barrage of Israel by Islamic militants.

    However, the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, said his government would not be deflected by criticism from abroad, refusing to rule out a ground offensive and vowing there would be more air strikes. So far more than 100 Palestinians have been killed, mostly civilians, including at least 23 children. More than 670 have been injured. There have as yet been no Israeli fatalities.

    Pillay said her office had received "deeply disturbing reports that many of the civilian casualties, including children, occurred as a result of strikes on homes" in Gaza. "Such reports raise serious doubt about whether the Israeli strikes have been in accordance with international humanitarian law and international human rights law."

    Pillay added that the "indiscriminate firing of rockets from Gaza" could also constitute a breach.

    "Every alleged breach of international law must be promptly, independently, thoroughly and effectively investigated, with a view to ensuring justice and reparations for the victims," she said.

    Netanyahu shrugged off foreign criticism and said the Israeli bombing would continue unabated. "No international pressure will prevent us from acting with all power," he said, claiming to have had "good conversations" with several world leaders in recent days, including Barack Obama and European heads of government.

    He claimed Israeli planes and drones had attacked more than 1,000 targets in Gaza so far this week, adding, "there are still more to go". The Israeli prime minister said Israel had already struck Gaza with twice the force used during the last offensive of its kind in 2012, and he would not rule out following the air campaign with an incursion by ground troops. "We are weighing all possibilities and preparing for all possibilities," he said.

    Israeli forces have been warning of imminent air strikes with the use of mobile phone texts and warning shots on the roofs of targeted buildings, but children are believed to constitute such a high proportion of the dead partly because they are often the most afraid to leave their homes while their neighbourhoods are being bombed.

    When Pillay visited Gaza and Israel in 2011 in the wake of a similar exchange of fire, she said that both Hamas and the Israeli government should be held liable for war crimes and that Israeli forces had committed crimes against humanity.

    "Israel, Hamas, and Palestinian armed groups in Gaza have been down this road before, and it has led only to death, destruction, distrust and a painful prolongation of the conflict," Pillay said on Friday. UN officials said the current air strikes would have to be investigated further before a judgment on potential war crimes could be made.

    Israel was reported to have been hit by 809 rockets and 61 mortars from Gaza this week. While nobody has been killed, according to local media reports, nine Israeli civilians have so far been hurt in the scramble to take cover after air-raid sirens.

    Jens Laerke, spokesman of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told journalists: "More than 340 housing units in Gaza have been severely damaged or completely destroyed. As a result, more than 2,000 people have been displaced.

    "Our aid workers on the ground report that people in Gaza are gripped by fear, the streets are empty and the shops are closed."

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus
    Israel was reported to have been hit by 809 rockets and 61 mortars from Gaza this week. While nobody has been killed,
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    So far more than 100 Palestinians have been killed, mostly civilians, including at least 23 children. More than 670 have been injured. There have as yet been no Israeli fatalities.
    Its such a shame that so many people in victim state Israel hurt themselves running for airraid shelters. No wonder the worlds governments are so concerned for them.

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    "No international pressure will prevent us from acting with all power," he said, claiming to have had "good conversations" with several world leaders in recent days, including Barack Obama and European heads of government.

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    Israel continues Gaza bombardment, pushing death toll past 120
    Palestinian mosque hit and two people at charity for disabled reported to be among latest victims of Operation Protective Edge

    srael has vowed no easing of its aerial bombardment of Gaza, which has killed at least 120 Palestinians, as a defiant Hamas rained more rockets on the Jewish state.

    A charity for disabled people and a mosque in which Israel claims weapons were concealed were reported to be among the latest targets struck as the Palestinians and their international supporters began drafting a UN resolution calling for an immediate, durable and fully respected ceasefire.

    Diplomatic efforts to end the hostilities have gathered pace, with Barack Obama phoning Israels prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, and Washington offering to use its relationships in the Middle East to help end the hostilities.

    Early on Saturday, 16 Palestinians were reported to have died in a wave of Israeli air strikes as Operation Protective Edge entered its fifth day. Among them were two people killed in a strike that hit a charitable association for the disabled in Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza, and another three people died in an attack in western Gaza City. Another strike killed three in the eastern Tufah neighbourhood of Gaza City, the Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.

    A mosque in Gaza was also hit, with Israel saying rockets were concealed there and accusing Hamas, Islamic Jihan and other groups of abusing religious sites to establish underground tunnel networks. Hamas said the bombing illustrated a hostility to Islam and gave the group the right to broaden our response to deter this occupier.

    The overall death toll had passed 120, with 920 wounded, medics said. The Israeli army Twitter account said overnight strikes hit over 60 terror targets, making a total of 1,160 since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge.

    Speaking at a news conference on Friday in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu said he would not end the military campaign until he achieved his goal of stopping the Hamas fire.

    No international pressure will prevent us from striking, with all force, against the terrorist organisation which calls for our destruction, he said. No terrorist target in Gaza is immune.

    Despite international concern, truce efforts have been unsuccessful, according to Cairo, which has played a key role in mediating previous Hamas-Israel ceasefires.

    Egypt has communicated with all sides to halt violence against civilians and called on them to continue with the truce agreement signed in November 2012, the Egyptian foreign ministry said. Unfortunately, these efforts have met with stubbornness.

    After weeks of rocket fire into its southern flank, Israel appeared bent on dealing a fatal blow to the Gaza-based Islamist Hamas. Ismail Haniya, Gazas former premier and the most senior Hamas official in the coastal enclave, also ruled out any end to hostilities.

    [Israel] is the one that started this aggression and it must stop, because we are [simply] defending ourselves, he said.

    Israel said preparations were under way for a possible ground attack, with tanks and artillery massed along the border and 33,000 reservists mobilised out of 40,000 approved by the cabinet.

    The Israeli foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said on Friday that he expected a political decision on a possible ground operation within 48 hours. At the moment we are dealing with the first phase air attacks, he told Channel One television. I imagine we shall decide tomorrow [Saturday] or the day after on the next stage.

    Hamass armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, kept up a steady stream of rocket fire on Israel throughout Friday.

    Five rockets were shot down over Tel Aviv by the Iron Dome anti-missile system, the army said.

    The Brigades said their militants had targeted Israels main international airport near the city.

    The Israeli military said in a statement that it had struck several terrorists conspiring to launch rockets at Israel but did not elaborate.

    So far no one in Israel has been killed. Two have been seriously wounded, including a man at a petrol station hit by a rocket.

    In northern Israel at least one rocket fired from Lebanon struck an open area near the town of Metula, prompting troops to hit back with artillery fire, the army said.
    The military believed a Palestinian group had fired in solidarity with Hamas, public radio reported.

    The Israeli military released an aerial photo of the mosque it hit, saying it concealed rockets right next to another religious site and civilian homes. Hamas terrorists systematically exploit and choose to put Palestinians in Gaza in harms way and continue to locate their positions among civilian areas and mosques, proving once more their disregard for human life and holy sites, said Lt Col Peter Lerner, an Israeli military spokesman.

    The White House said on Friday: There are a number of relationships the United States has that we are willing to leverage in the region to try to bring about an end to the rocket fire thats originating in Gaza and, as we saw this morning, in Lebanon.

    Spokesman Josh Earnest referred to taking steps as the US and Egypt did in November 2012 to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas.

    Kuwait called for an urgent meeting of Arab foreign ministers to discuss the deteriorating situation in the Gaza Strip, its Arab League representative said, which could take place on Monday.

    Israeli strikes on residential buildings in Gaza brought a rebuke from the UNs human rights office over the number of civilian casualties.

    Even when a home is identified as being used for military purposes, any attack must be proportionate and precautions must be taken to protect civilians, said spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani.

    A group of 34 charities and NGOs also called for an end to the fighting.

    Military actions by all parties must stop, said a statement signed by groups including ActionAid, CARE, Oxfam and Save the Children.

    Amnesty International called for the UN to immediately impose a comprehensive arms embargo on Israel, Hamas and Palestinian armed groups and launch an enquiry into violations committed on all sides.

    Since the start of Israels operation on Tuesday about 525 rockets had struck the Jewish state and Iron Dome had shot down around 138, an army spokeswoman told Agence France-Presse on Saturday.

    Israel continues Gaza bombardment, pushing death toll past 120 | World news | theguardian.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus
    A charity for disabled people
    Nice. People helping disabled people are bombed. 2 killed. nice.

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    920 wounded,
    Not too shabby - hitting a few more hospitals and schools should get that number up nicely.

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    Israel said preparations were under way for a possible ground attack, with tanks and artillery massed along the border and 33,000 reservists mobilised out of 40,000 approved by the cabinet.
    Let the slaughter begin. They are already caged up, and now time for the hunt. Like shooting fish in a barrel for the idf. Well, children and women fish.


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    So far no one in Israel has been killed.


    Poor Israel - the victim here, and only defending themselves.

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    ^insults and stirring not allowed in the News Section, Fluke.

    Disabled Palestinians unable to escape Israeli air strike on home
    Two killed and three injured in deadly blast as international criticism grows over rapidly rising civilian death toll in Gaza



    A Palestinian boy carries a damaged wheelchair amid the debris of the Gaza home where two disabled people were killed by an Israeli air strike.

    Who knows who lived in the two first-floor apartments above a home for eight disabled adults in a neighbourhood of eastern Gaza.

    Perhaps, as a neighbour suggests, one of them was a militant with Islamic Jihad who lived there with his family. But the neighbour says he isn't sure. What is certain is that the occupant was absent in the early hours of Saturday morning when the two Israeli drones "knocked on his roof" – firing warning shots to encourage civilians to vacate the building prior to a strike.

    A few minutes later, an Israeli war plane fired a missile into the house. But it didn't detonate on the first floor. Instead, it smashed through to the ground floor where the explosion ripped through the room where five of the disabled residents were sleeping, killing two and injuring the others.

    A neighbour found one of the dead, who was missing initially, after he noticed flies buzzing around the place where she was buried. "A body! A body!" the man shouted. Gingerly he lifted the piece of concrete concealing a curly head of hair, face down in the debris.

    Atef Abed, a supervisor with the private charity that runs the home, recognised Suha Abu Saada, 47, as her body was dug out of the rubble, one of her legs missing. As small as a child, she had been thrown out of the room where she was sleeping by the blast and buried beneath a concrete wall.

    "That's Suha," Abed said as the body was carried past on a mattress covered in a blanket. "Ola Wishaa was 30. She was killed as well. And Ahmed was injured along with Mai and Sali. Luckily two of the other residents were away visiting their families."

    It seems a miracle that anyone could have survived a strike that exploded in the very centre of the room where a fin and part of the guidance system remained embedded in the concrete.

    A scorched bed stood to on side, damaged by the blast which blew out all the walls and left the palm trees in the garden as truncated stumps standing among the rubble.

    "The bomb came straight through the roof," said Mohammad Bahri, a 22-year-old who lives next door. "About 4.30am two drones fired warning shots and then the jet came in and bombed."

    The residents were barely mobile, said neighbours, spending their time in bed or in wheelchairs, and could not escape the building.

    Imad Abu Shedek denied there had been missile fire nearby. "There was no resistance here. The guy upstairs, I heard he was maybe affiliated with Islamic Jihad, but he wasn't there. The first I knew was when I heard the air strike and got here and saw the bodies."

    An Israeli military spokeswoman said she was looking into why the centre was targeted.

    The latest deaths came on the deadliest night so far of the campaign, claiming 14 lives.

    Other civilian infrastructure damaged in the last 24 hours, according to the UNWRA spokesman Chris Gunness, includes nine of its schools.

    The death toll in Gaza, which includes a significant number of civilians, rose overnight to more than 120 after five days of bombing and artillery bombardment, with almost 1,000 injured. There have been no fatalities in Israel.

    Israel's defence minister, Moshe Ya'alon, warned in a security briefing that "long days of fighting" were ahead. "We are working to push forward our next objectives. Achievements are accumulating, and we are continuing to destroy significant targets belonging to Hamas and other terrorist organisations."

    Both militant factions in Gaza and Israel continued to trade fire on Saturday, with the sound of artillery, guns and air strikes echoing through almost empty streets amid the periodic whoosh of rockets into Israel.

    There is growing international concern, and criticism of Israel, over the rapidly rising death toll. The US and European leaders have stressed Israel's right to defend itself, but the UN has expressed its concern over the civilian deaths and anti-Israel protests have been held in Europe.

    A senior Arab League official said Arab foreign ministers would hold an emergency meeting in Cairo on Monday to discuss the Israeli offensive and measures to urge the international community to pressure Israel.

    The British foreign secretary, William Hague, said on Saturday he was "extremely concerned" about the deaths in Gaza.

    The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, has urged the UN security council to order an immediate ceasefire.

    Two mosques were among buildings hit for the first time overnight, according to the militant Islamist group Hamas.

    "The bombing of two mosques in Gaza overnight shows how barbaric this enemy is and how much is it hostile to Islam," said Husam Badran, a Hamas spokesman in Doha, Qatar. "This terrorism gives us the right to broaden our response to deter this occupier."

    The Israeli military, however, released an aerial photo of the mosque it hit, saying it concealed rockets right next to another religious site and civilian homes.

    It said Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other Gaza militant groups used religious sites to conceal weapons and establish underground tunnel networks, deliberately endangering its own civilians.

    "Hamas terrorists systematically exploit and choose to put Palestinians in Gaza in harm's way and continue to locate their positions among civilian areas and mosques, proving once more their disregard for human life and holy sites," said Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner, an Israeli military spokesman.

    Israel has insisted it is determined to end cross-border rocket attacks that intensified last month after its forces arrested hundreds of Hamas activists in the West Bank following the abduction there of three Jewish teenagers who were later found killed. A Palestinian youth was then killed in Jerusalem in a suspected revenge attack by Israelis.

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    How low can these israeli war mongers stoop. Actually targeting DISABLED PEOPLE knowing they can not escape. Absolutely awful.

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    The world must intervene to restrain the Israeli army
    Behind the fresh conflict in Gaza is the same old problem a occupation which makes peace impossible for both Israelis and Palestinians


    Emergency responders carry a man found under the rubble of his house, following an Israeli airstrike on Maghazi refugee camp in Gaza.


    The world watches but does nothing as yet another crisis unfolds. The tragedy of the disappearance and killing of three Israeli teenagers last month has provoked a campaign of collective punishment against Palestinian citizens across the occupied territories. Mass arrests have been carried out, whose victims include Palestinian parliamentarians. And revenge attacks have occurred, with Israeli settlers taking the law into their own hands.

    In one such attack a Palestinian boy Muhammad Abu Khdair was kidnapped, and reportedly burned alive. Rocket attacks from Gaza that followed then allowed Israel to implement (and justify) what I believe was a pre-planned military operation. But let us be clear, this is not an attack on Hamas, nor a simple act of self-defence.

    This is an attack on all Palestinians. Most of the victims have been civilians. Many of those who will die in the continuing air strikes, as well as in any ground action, will be ordinary people. And we know from past experience that a large number of those civilians will be children. In Israel's last major attack on the Gaza Strip in 2008/9, 89 children were killed by the Israeli army's own admission and many other estimates put the total far higher.

    We are seeing vivid and brutal examples of this again. Seven Palestinians, including two children, were killed and up to 25 wounded by Israeli bombs in the town of Khan Younis, in south Gaza, on Tuesday. At the time of writing, 17 civilians, including seven children, are dead. And not a single Israeli has been killed in the rocket attacks.

    The last point, the asymmetry of the conflict, is perhaps the root of all of the violence. The fact remains that an illegal military occupation has been in place for 47 years. It is one that has transformed life for Palestinians into an oppressive system of apartheid. Without changing that, nothing else will change. Neither the Palestinians nor the Israelis will ever enjoy real peace or security.

    The international community should intervene to restrain Israel's army, which has called up 40,000 reserve soldiers. World leaders must stop the escalation to protect the Palestinian people and prevent further slaughter, the like of which we have witnessed this week.

    We demand an immediate meeting of the UN security council and a decision to impose a complete ceasefire with effective international protection for the Palestinian people, who have no way of matching the superpower of the mighty Israeli army. We call on the Palestinian leadership to stop its hesitation in establishing a unified Palestinian leadership and go straight to the international criminal court to hold Israel accountable. Without these measures, I fear worse may be to come.

    The world must intervene to restrain the Israeli army | Mustafa Barghouti | Comment is free | The Guardian

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus
    collective punishment against Palestinian citizens
    indeed.

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    Muhammad Abu Khdair – was kidnapped, and reportedly burned alive
    nice.

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    Most of the victims have been civilians.
    Can not be true - israel never target civilians apparently.

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    Gaza cannot afford another all-out war, says Ban Ki-moon
    UN chief urges restraint from both Israel and Hamas and tells security council that region is 'on a knife-edge'



    The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, issued a call for restraint from both Israel and the Hamas leadership in Gaza on Thursday, warning of a spiral into "full-blown war" as the security council held an emergency session to address the crisis. But there was little evidence of significant pressure on either side to end their mutual bombardment.

    "Gaza is on a knife-edge," he warned. "The deteriorating situation is leading to a downward spiral which could quickly get out of control. The risk of violence expanding further still is real. Gaza, and the region as a whole, cannot afford another full-blown war."

    The Israeli envoy to the UN, Ron Prosor, rejected calls for a ceasefire or restraint, saying Israel would not stop until it had crippled Hamas's ability to launch rockets. Demanding restraint of Israel, Prosor said, was akin to "asking a fire brigade to fight an inferno with a bucket of water".

    The Israeli envoy played a recording of air raid sirens on his mobile phone to the security council to demonstrate the threat of Hamas rockets to Israeli civilians, who he said had only 15 seconds warning to find cover.Prosor also derided Mahmoud Abbas's Palestinian Authority as "a mouthpiece for Hamas", but Ban went out of his way to praise the Palestinian president "for courageously upholding his commitment to security coordination" with Israel, adding that "this is essential to achieving stability on the ground".

    The Palestinian ambassador to the UN, Riyad Mansour, told the security council that Abbas had formally accused the Israeli government of war crimes for its bombardment of densely populated areas in Gaza, saying that the death toll could be over 90. Mansour read out the names of the dead, including eight children.

    Reports from New York said American diplomats were working hard to water down the wording of any security council rebuke directed at Israel. The US state department has called for restraint on both sides while insisting Israel had the right to defend itself against rocket attacks.

    The EU earlier this week said it "strongly condemns the indiscriminate fire into Israel by militant groups in the Gaza strip", and "deplores the growing number of civilian casualties, reportedly among them children, caused by Israeli retaliatory fire".

    "The safety and security of all civilians must be of paramount importance," the EU statement added.

    Egypt opened its border with Gaza to allow critical casualties out for treatment in Sinai on Thursday, amid accusations from Hamas that Egypt's president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, had done little behind the scenes to help mediate a solution to the crisis.

    The opening of the border accompanied statements by Egyptian officials stressing Egypt's active role in bringing an end to the latest Gaza conflict. The spokesman for Egypt's foreign ministry, Badr Abdelatty, told the Guardian: "We have extensive and full contact with all parties concerned, either directly or internationally. Our main objective is to stop Israeli aggression. We are in full contact and pushing very hard to provide all humanitarian assistance to the Palestinians in Gaza."

    The office of Egypt's president stated that he was communicating with key international figures including the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, and the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon.

    Egypt's former president, the Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi, won international acclaim for helping to broker a swift peace deal to the last conflict in Gaza in 2012.

    Since Sisi ousted Morsi last July, relations between Egypt and Hamas have soured significantly. Egypt has blocked most of the tunnels connecting Egypt and Gaza, while Hamas has been banned inside Egypt, its actions vilified in Egyptian media, and some of its members tried in absentia on charges relating to the Muslim Brotherhood.

    According to Issandr el-Amrani, a Cairo-based analyst, the links between Egyptian intelligence and Hamas have not been broken: "Egypt does not want to empower Hamas but that doesn't mean they want the conflict to go on If that was the case two or three days ago, it isn't now."

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    I swear, when the time comes that Iran has nuclear weapons, "the Holocaust" will look like an amateurish dress rehearsal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thormaturge View Post
    I swear, when the time comes that Iran has nuclear weapons, "the Holocaust" will look like an amateurish dress rehearsal.
    There is only one nation in the world with unregulated nuclear weapons, totally rogue, that defies UN resolutions (67 currently), start wars with its neighbours, and contantly defies international law and that is not Iran, fishman. It is israel.


    UN security council calls for Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire
    As Israel widens air assault on Gaza, UN statement calls for resumption of Middle East peace talks


    A Palestinian protester argues with an Israeli army soldier near the the West Bank city of Nablus

    Israel widened its air assault against the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers on Saturday, hitting a mosque, Hamas-affiliated charities and an Islamic home for the disabled, as Palestinians said the death toll from the five-day offensive rose to 135.

    While Israel vowed to press forward with its five-day-old campaign, it found itself facing growing international calls to stop. In New York, the UN security council unanimously called for a ceasefire, while Britain's foreign minister, William Hague, said he would be discussing ceasefire efforts with his American, French and German counterparts on Sunday.

    The 15-member security council issued a press statement calling for a de-escalation, restoration of calm and a resumption of the Middle East peace talks. The press statement, which is not legally binding but reflects international opinion, was the first response by the UN's most powerful body.

    An Israeli official said the goal of the operation is to restore quiet to Israel for a continuous period. "This goal will be achieved whether it is done militarily or diplomatically. Israel will consider any suggestion that will bring the accomplishment of this goal," the official said.

    The military said it has struck more than 1,100 targets, including Hamas rocket launchers, command centres and weapon manufacturing and storage facilities, in a bid to stop relentless rocket fire coming Gaza. Officials in the territory said that two women were killed in the attack on the disabled centre.

    The central Gaza mosque was being used to conceal rockets like those militants have fired nearly 700 times toward Israel over the past five days, the military said. However, the strikes in the densely populated Gaza Strip show the challenge Israel faces as it considers a ground operation that could potentially pose further dangers to civilians.

    Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Kidra said Israeli strikes raised the death toll there to 135, with more than 920 wounded. Among the dead was a nephew of Ismail Haniyeh, a top Hamas leader, who was killed in an airstrike near his home, Hamas officials said.

    Hamas militants have been hit hard. Though the exact breakdown of casualties remains unclear, dozens of the dead also have been civilians. Israel has also demolished dozens of homes it says are used by Hamas for military purposes.

    "Am I a terrorist? Do I make rockets and artillery?" screamed Umm Omar, a woman in the southern town of Rafah whose home was destroyed in an airstrike. It was not immediately known why the building was targeted.

    The offensive showed no signs of slowing down Saturday as Israeli defence minister. Moshe Yaalon, said his country should ready itself for several more days of fighting.

    "We have accumulated achievements as far as the price Hamas is paying and we are continuing to destroy significant targets of it and other terror organisations," Yaalon said after a meeting with top security officials. "We will continue to punish it until quiet and security returns to southern Israel and the rest of the country."

    Hamas said it hoped the mosque attack would galvanise support for it in the Muslim world.

    "(It) shows how barbaric this enemy is and how much it is hostile to Islam," said Husam Badran, a Hamas spokesman in Doha, Qatar. "This terrorism gives us the right to broaden our response to deter this occupier."

    The Israeli military released an aerial photo of the mosque it hit, saying Hamas hid rockets in it right next to another religious site and civilian homes. It said Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other Gaza militant groups use religious sites to conceal weapons and establish underground tunnel networks, deliberately endangering civilians.

    Critics say such allegations are too sweeping, and that Israel's heavy bombardment of one of the densely populated territories is itself the main factor putting civilians at risk.

    Sarit Michaeli of the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem said that while using human shields violates international humanitarian law, "this does not give Israel the excuse to violate international humanitarian law as well."

    Israel issues early warnings before attacking many Gaza targets and the military says it uses other means to do its utmost to avoid harming bystanders. But Michaeli said civilians have been killed when Israel bombed family homes of Hamas militants or when residents were unable to leave their homes quickly enough following the Israeli warnings.

    The "Iron Dome," a US-funded, Israel-developed rocket defence system, has intercepted more than 130 incoming rockets, preventing any Israeli fatalities so far. A handful of Israelis have been wounded by rockets that slipped through.

    Militant rockets have reached further into Israel than ever before, with air raid sirens sounding even in the northern city of Haifa, 100 miles (160 kilometers) away.

    In London, Hague said he had spoken to his Israeli counterpart and called for an "immediate de-escalation" and expressed his "deep concern" about civilian casualties.

    He called for "urgent, concerted international action to secure a ceasefire" and said he would discuss that goal with his American, French and German counterparts in Vienna on Sunday.

    The Arab League said foreign ministers from member states will hold an emergency meeting in Cairo on Monday evening to discuss the continued Israeli offensive and measures to urge the international community to pressure Israel.

    Egypt, which historically has served as a mediator between Israel and Hamas, appears less eager to help out this time. Hamas was particularly close to the Muslim Brotherhood, who the current leadership banned after driving it from power last year.

    Still, it has tried to show support for Palestinians by opening its crossing with Gaza, allowing deliveries of food and medical supplies and evacuation of some wounded.

    UN security council calls for Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire | World news | theguardian.com

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    Israel calls on residents to leave northern Gaza as death toll continues to spiral
    Commandos sent in to destroy rocket site, says army, while Palestinians count more than 150 dead and UN seeks ceasefire

    Israel has called on residents of the northern Gaza Strip to evacuate their homes, suggesting a coming attack after its naval commandos earlier launched a brief raid in which soldiers exchanged direct fire with Hamas gunmen.

    The death toll passed 160 on Sunday on the Palestinian side, with no Israeli fatalities reported. The United Nations called on Israel and Hamas to end hostilities. Instead the violence escalated with more exchanges of rocket fire from Gaza and missiles from Israel.

    The Israeli air force dropped leaflets on Sunday morning calling for the evacuation. Israel's military spokesman said troops would begin a "short and temporary" campaign against northern Gaza sometime after 12pm local time (0900 GMT) on Sunday.

    The military said four Israeli navy commandos were lightly wounded in a shootout with Gaza-based Hamas fighters as they carried out a raid to destroy a rocket launching site on Sunday morning. It marks the first time the sides have directly clashed since Israel began a devastating bombardment in response to rocket fire. Hamas said its fighters had fired at the Israeli force offshore, preventing them from landing.

    Both sides have dismissed calls for a truce and Israel has continued to build up troops along the Gaza border ahead of a possible ground invasion.

    The UN security council unanimously urged Israel and Hamas to respect "international humanitarian laws" and stop the loss of life. The 15-member council urged a return to calm "and restitution of the November 2012 ceasefire", referring to Gaza's last deadly full-scale conflict.

    Israel's aerial campaign the largest and deadliest since 2012 saw strikes start early on Saturday, including one that hit a centre for the handicapped and another that killed two nephews of Gaza's former Hamas premier, Ismail Haniya.

    Rockets fired from Gaza targeted Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, with several intercepted over Israel's commercial capital and Jerusalem-bound projectiles hitting two southern West Bank cities.

    Hundreds of rockets have so far caused no Israeli deaths and many have been intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defence system.

    An attack on the northern Gaza Strip hit a centre for the handicapped, killing two disabled women and wounding four, the centre's director said. "They didn't understand what was happening and they were so frightened," Jamila Alaywa said of those inside the care home.

    "They fired the rocket and it hit us without any warning."

    Later on Saturday night an Israeli warplane flattened the home of Gaza police chief Taysir al-Batsh and damaged a nearby mosque as evening prayers ended, killing at least 18 people and wounding 50, officials said.

    Hamas unleashed a barrage of rocket fire after issuing a rare warning that it planned to fire at the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. Three rockets apparently targeting Jerusalem fell short, hitting Hebron and Bethlehem, the army and Palestinian security sources said, with no reports of casualties.

    Of four fired at Tel Aviv, three were intercepted above the city and another hit open ground south of it, the army said. Well over 500 projectiles have struck Israel during the conflict, and on Saturday evening two rockets fired from Lebanon hit uninhabited areas in northern Israel, the army said.
    Israel responded with artillery fire.

    Amid international efforts to mediate a truce the Egyptian government of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi's was in touch with both sides, his spokesman said.

    Sisi met Middle East Quartet envoy Tony Blair in Cairo on Saturday to discuss the crisis and later warned any escalation would cause further loss of "innocent lives".

    Washington has said it is willing to "leverage" its relationships in the region to bring about a ceasefire.
    The chief diplomats of Britain, France, Germany and the United States are due to discuss how to achieve a truce when they meet in Vienna on Sunday.

    The Italian foreign minister, Federica Mogherini, planned to visit Israel and the Palestinian territories from 14-17 July and Egypt on 18 July, her ministry said.

    There has been little sign that either side is interested in an immediate end to the hostilities, which appeared to be ramping up over Saturday night. The Israeli army said it was sending messages to residents of northern Gaza "urging them to leave their homes for their own safety".

    "It's unsafe to be near Hamas," it said.

    On Friday Cairo said its efforts to mediate a return to a 2012 ceasefire agreement "have met with stubbornness".

    The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, said on Friday that "no international pressure will prevent us from striking, with all force, against the terrorist organisation which calls for our destruction".

    Hamas's Haniya sounded a similar tone, saying: "[Israel] is the one that started this aggression and it must stop, because we are [simply] defending ourselves."

    The latest conflict unfolded after last month's kidnap and murder of three young Israelis in the occupied West Bank and the brutal revenge killing of a Palestinian teenager by Jewish extremists.
    Israel cracked down on Hamas, though the Islamist group declined to confirm or deny involvement in the abductions, and Gaza militants hit back with intensified rocket fire.

    Israel says preparations are under way for a possible ground incursion, with tanks and artillery massed along the border and 33,000 reservists mobilised out of 40,000 approved by the cabinet. The foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said he expected a political decision on a possible ground operation to be taken by Sunday

    Israel calls on residents to leave northern Gaza as death toll continues to spiral | World news | theguardian.com

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    I swear, when the time comes that Iran has nuclear weapons, "the Holocaust" will look like an amateurish dress rehearsal.
    There is only one nation in the world with unregulated nuclear weapons, totally rogue, that defies UN resolutions (67 currently), start wars with its neighbours, and contantly defies international law and that is not Iran, fishman. It is israel.


    UN security council calls for Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire
    As Israel widens air assault on Gaza, UN statement calls for resumption of Middle East peace talks


    A Palestinian protester argues with an Israeli army soldier near the the West Bank city of Nablus

    Israel widened its air assault against the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers on Saturday, hitting a mosque, Hamas-affiliated charities and an Islamic home for the disabled, as Palestinians said the death toll from the five-day offensive rose to 135.

    While Israel vowed to press forward with its five-day-old campaign, it found itself facing growing international calls to stop. In New York, the UN security council unanimously called for a ceasefire, while Britain's foreign minister, William Hague, said he would be discussing ceasefire efforts with his American, French and German counterparts on Sunday.

    The 15-member security council issued a press statement calling for a de-escalation, restoration of calm and a resumption of the Middle East peace talks. The press statement, which is not legally binding but reflects international opinion, was the first response by the UN's most powerful body.

    An Israeli official said the goal of the operation is to restore quiet to Israel for a continuous period. "This goal will be achieved whether it is done militarily or diplomatically. Israel will consider any suggestion that will bring the accomplishment of this goal," the official said.

    The military said it has struck more than 1,100 targets, including Hamas rocket launchers, command centres and weapon manufacturing and storage facilities, in a bid to stop relentless rocket fire coming Gaza. Officials in the territory said that two women were killed in the attack on the disabled centre.

    The central Gaza mosque was being used to conceal rockets like those militants have fired nearly 700 times toward Israel over the past five days, the military said. However, the strikes in the densely populated Gaza Strip show the challenge Israel faces as it considers a ground operation that could potentially pose further dangers to civilians.

    Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Kidra said Israeli strikes raised the death toll there to 135, with more than 920 wounded. Among the dead was a nephew of Ismail Haniyeh, a top Hamas leader, who was killed in an airstrike near his home, Hamas officials said.

    Hamas militants have been hit hard. Though the exact breakdown of casualties remains unclear, dozens of the dead also have been civilians. Israel has also demolished dozens of homes it says are used by Hamas for military purposes.

    "Am I a terrorist? Do I make rockets and artillery?" screamed Umm Omar, a woman in the southern town of Rafah whose home was destroyed in an airstrike. It was not immediately known why the building was targeted.

    The offensive showed no signs of slowing down Saturday as Israeli defence minister. Moshe Yaalon, said his country should ready itself for several more days of fighting.

    "We have accumulated achievements as far as the price Hamas is paying and we are continuing to destroy significant targets of it and other terror organisations," Yaalon said after a meeting with top security officials. "We will continue to punish it until quiet and security returns to southern Israel and the rest of the country."

    Hamas said it hoped the mosque attack would galvanise support for it in the Muslim world.

    "(It) shows how barbaric this enemy is and how much it is hostile to Islam," said Husam Badran, a Hamas spokesman in Doha, Qatar. "This terrorism gives us the right to broaden our response to deter this occupier."

    The Israeli military released an aerial photo of the mosque it hit, saying Hamas hid rockets in it right next to another religious site and civilian homes. It said Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other Gaza militant groups use religious sites to conceal weapons and establish underground tunnel networks, deliberately endangering civilians.

    Critics say such allegations are too sweeping, and that Israel's heavy bombardment of one of the densely populated territories is itself the main factor putting civilians at risk.

    Sarit Michaeli of the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem said that while using human shields violates international humanitarian law, "this does not give Israel the excuse to violate international humanitarian law as well."

    Israel issues early warnings before attacking many Gaza targets and the military says it uses other means to do its utmost to avoid harming bystanders. But Michaeli said civilians have been killed when Israel bombed family homes of Hamas militants or when residents were unable to leave their homes quickly enough following the Israeli warnings.

    The "Iron Dome," a US-funded, Israel-developed rocket defence system, has intercepted more than 130 incoming rockets, preventing any Israeli fatalities so far. A handful of Israelis have been wounded by rockets that slipped through.

    Militant rockets have reached further into Israel than ever before, with air raid sirens sounding even in the northern city of Haifa, 100 miles (160 kilometers) away.

    In London, Hague said he had spoken to his Israeli counterpart and called for an "immediate de-escalation" and expressed his "deep concern" about civilian casualties.

    He called for "urgent, concerted international action to secure a ceasefire" and said he would discuss that goal with his American, French and German counterparts in Vienna on Sunday.

    The Arab League said foreign ministers from member states will hold an emergency meeting in Cairo on Monday evening to discuss the continued Israeli offensive and measures to urge the international community to pressure Israel.

    Egypt, which historically has served as a mediator between Israel and Hamas, appears less eager to help out this time. Hamas was particularly close to the Muslim Brotherhood, who the current leadership banned after driving it from power last year.

    Still, it has tried to show support for Palestinians by opening its crossing with Gaza, allowing deliveries of food and medical supplies and evacuation of some wounded.

    UN security council calls for Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire | World news | theguardian.com
    Any action that the U.N. might take will need full approval from Uncle Sugar.
    That's not likely to happen....

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    I swear, when the time comes that Iran has nuclear weapons, "the Holocaust" will look like an amateurish dress rehearsal.
    There is only one nation in the world with unregulated nuclear weapons, totally rogue, that defies UN resolutions (67 currently), start wars with its neighbours, and contantly defies international law and that is not Iran, fishman. It is israel.


    UN security council calls for Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire
    As Israel widens air assault on Gaza, UN statement calls for resumption of Middle East peace talks


    A Palestinian protester argues with an Israeli army soldier near the the West Bank city of Nablus

    Israel widened its air assault against the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers on Saturday, hitting a mosque, Hamas-affiliated charities and an Islamic home for the disabled, as Palestinians said the death toll from the five-day offensive rose to 135.

    While Israel vowed to press forward with its five-day-old campaign, it found itself facing growing international calls to stop. In New York, the UN security council unanimously called for a ceasefire, while Britain's foreign minister, William Hague, said he would be discussing ceasefire efforts with his American, French and German counterparts on Sunday.

    The 15-member security council issued a press statement calling for a de-escalation, restoration of calm and a resumption of the Middle East peace talks. The press statement, which is not legally binding but reflects international opinion, was the first response by the UN's most powerful body.

    An Israeli official said the goal of the operation is to restore quiet to Israel for a continuous period. "This goal will be achieved whether it is done militarily or diplomatically. Israel will consider any suggestion that will bring the accomplishment of this goal," the official said.

    The military said it has struck more than 1,100 targets, including Hamas rocket launchers, command centres and weapon manufacturing and storage facilities, in a bid to stop relentless rocket fire coming Gaza. Officials in the territory said that two women were killed in the attack on the disabled centre.

    The central Gaza mosque was being used to conceal rockets like those militants have fired nearly 700 times toward Israel over the past five days, the military said. However, the strikes in the densely populated Gaza Strip show the challenge Israel faces as it considers a ground operation that could potentially pose further dangers to civilians.

    Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Kidra said Israeli strikes raised the death toll there to 135, with more than 920 wounded. Among the dead was a nephew of Ismail Haniyeh, a top Hamas leader, who was killed in an airstrike near his home, Hamas officials said.

    Hamas militants have been hit hard. Though the exact breakdown of casualties remains unclear, dozens of the dead also have been civilians. Israel has also demolished dozens of homes it says are used by Hamas for military purposes.

    "Am I a terrorist? Do I make rockets and artillery?" screamed Umm Omar, a woman in the southern town of Rafah whose home was destroyed in an airstrike. It was not immediately known why the building was targeted.

    The offensive showed no signs of slowing down Saturday as Israeli defence minister. Moshe Yaalon, said his country should ready itself for several more days of fighting.

    "We have accumulated achievements as far as the price Hamas is paying and we are continuing to destroy significant targets of it and other terror organisations," Yaalon said after a meeting with top security officials. "We will continue to punish it until quiet and security returns to southern Israel and the rest of the country."

    Hamas said it hoped the mosque attack would galvanise support for it in the Muslim world.

    "(It) shows how barbaric this enemy is and how much it is hostile to Islam," said Husam Badran, a Hamas spokesman in Doha, Qatar. "This terrorism gives us the right to broaden our response to deter this occupier."

    The Israeli military released an aerial photo of the mosque it hit, saying Hamas hid rockets in it right next to another religious site and civilian homes. It said Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other Gaza militant groups use religious sites to conceal weapons and establish underground tunnel networks, deliberately endangering civilians.

    Critics say such allegations are too sweeping, and that Israel's heavy bombardment of one of the densely populated territories is itself the main factor putting civilians at risk.

    Sarit Michaeli of the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem said that while using human shields violates international humanitarian law, "this does not give Israel the excuse to violate international humanitarian law as well."

    Israel issues early warnings before attacking many Gaza targets and the military says it uses other means to do its utmost to avoid harming bystanders. But Michaeli said civilians have been killed when Israel bombed family homes of Hamas militants or when residents were unable to leave their homes quickly enough following the Israeli warnings.

    The "Iron Dome," a US-funded, Israel-developed rocket defence system, has intercepted more than 130 incoming rockets, preventing any Israeli fatalities so far. A handful of Israelis have been wounded by rockets that slipped through.

    Militant rockets have reached further into Israel than ever before, with air raid sirens sounding even in the northern city of Haifa, 100 miles (160 kilometers) away.

    In London, Hague said he had spoken to his Israeli counterpart and called for an "immediate de-escalation" and expressed his "deep concern" about civilian casualties.

    He called for "urgent, concerted international action to secure a ceasefire" and said he would discuss that goal with his American, French and German counterparts in Vienna on Sunday.

    The Arab League said foreign ministers from member states will hold an emergency meeting in Cairo on Monday evening to discuss the continued Israeli offensive and measures to urge the international community to pressure Israel.

    Egypt, which historically has served as a mediator between Israel and Hamas, appears less eager to help out this time. Hamas was particularly close to the Muslim Brotherhood, who the current leadership banned after driving it from power last year.

    Still, it has tried to show support for Palestinians by opening its crossing with Gaza, allowing deliveries of food and medical supplies and evacuation of some wounded.

    UN security council calls for Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire | World news | theguardian.com
    Any action that the U.N. might take will need full approval from Uncle Sugar.
    That's not likely to happen....
    Action?
    It would be another resolution, to be ignored as per usual.
    and one for the road

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus
    Reports from New York said American diplomats were working hard to water down the wording of any security council rebuke directed at Israel.
    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme
    Any action that the U.N. might take will need full approval from Uncle Sugar.
    Yeah that ain't gonna happen. AIPAC is working overdrive to make sure the US of A does nothing to stop the slaughter.

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    Rockets and artillery fire exchanged across Lebanese-Israeli border
    No immediate claim of responsibility or reports of casualties following third rocket attack from Lebanon since Friday



    Protests in Lebanon feature mock rockets, but there have been three incidents where rockets have been fired across the Lebanese-Israeli border since Friday.

    Rockets were fired at Israel from southern Lebanon early on Monday, drawing retaliatory artillery fire from Israeli forces, Lebanese security officials and the Israeli army said, in the third such rocket attack from Lebanon since Friday.

    An Israeli police spokeswoman said there was no immediate word of damage or casualties from the rocket fire.

    There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

    The attacks from Lebanon have coincided with an Israeli offensive on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip which Palestinian officials say has killed at least 160 people.

    Palestinian groups have fired hundreds of rockets into Israel from Gaza during the latest hostilities.

    No injuries have been reported as a result of the three incidents across the Lebanese-Israeli frontier since Friday.

    The Lebanese national news agency said two rockets had been fired just after midnight in the latest salvo from Lebanon.

    The Israeli military said several rockets had been fired from Lebanon at western Galilee, one hitting an open area.

    "No injuries reported thus far. The IDF (Israel Defence Forces) immediately responded with artillery fire toward the source of the fire," the military said in a statement.

    A witness in Lebanon heard at least five explosions on the Lebanese side of the border, apparently caused by Israeli shelling.

    The Lebanese security forces on Friday arrested a man suspected of launching the rockets fired in the first of the three attacks. He was Lebanese and a member of "fundamentalist groups", the report said, without naming the groups.

    Last August, the Brigades of Abdullah Azzam, an organisation linked to al-Qaida, claimed a rocket barrage from Lebanon.

    Hamas earlier denied a claim that it was behind a rocket attack from Lebanon on Saturday. Hamas officials in Lebanon said the group had nothing to do with a statement issued in the name of its armed wing claiming responsibility for that attack.

    Southern Lebanon is a stronghold of the powerful Lebanese Shia movement Hezbollah, which fought a war with Israel in 2006.

    While the Iranian-backed group routinely states its readiness for another confrontation with Israel, analysts believe it is keen to avoid one for now as its fighters aid president Bashar al-Assad's forces in the Syrian civil war.

    Rockets and artillery fire exchanged across Lebanese-Israeli border | World news | theguardian.com

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    the US will have to increase their funding and arming of Israel. This is starting to get out of hand, and as Israel starts hitting out at more of their neighbours, this might decay further.

    Watch for the US stepping up soon to declare that anyone retaliating against israels attacks on their sovereign countries will be bombed by the US as well.

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    Israel says it has shot down drone launched from Gaza
    Unmanned drone is said to have been downed using Patriot missile near city of Ashdod on southern coast



    Palestinians drive past a building destroyed by an Israeli strike in Gaza City.

    Israel claims to have downed an unmanned drone from the skies above its southern coastline. The drone, which Israel says was launched from Gaza and shot down with a Patriot missile near the city of Ashdod, is the first weapon of its kind Israel has encountered in this conflict.

    Rockets were also fired into Israel from Lebanon early on Monday morning, drawing retaliatory fire from Israeli forces. This is the third such rocket attack from Lebanon since Friday. There were no reported casualties.

    At least 172 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip since the Israeli offensive began seven days ago. The UN estimates that 77% of those killed have been civilians.

    Thousands of Palestinians fled their homes in two northern areas of the coastal enclave on Sunday after Israel warned it would "strike with might" against what it says are rocket-launching sites.

    The exodus from Beit Lahia and Attatra came after Israel dropped leaflets and sent text messages warning civilians to evacuate northern Gaza by midday on Sunday in advance of a large-scale bombing campaign. The area is home to at least 100,000 people.

    The UN says 17,000 people have sought refuge in its facilities.

    A senior Israeli military officer, in a telephone briefing with foreign reporters, said Israel would strike the Beit Lahia area from the late evening on Sunday. "The enemy has built rocket infrastructure in between the houses [in Beit Lahia]," the officer said. "He wants to trap me into an attack and into hurting civilians."

    The leaflet warned: "Those who fail to comply with the instructions will endanger their lives and the lives of their families. Beware."

    As the ultimatum drew near, large numbers raced by in pickup trucks or on donkey carts, waving white flags, with many heading to UN-run schools that were taking in refugees. "They are sending warning messages," said one resident, Mohammad Abu Halemah. "Once we received the message, we felt scared to stay in our homes. We want to leave."

    Outside one UN school, there were rows of horses tied up by families anxious to protect their animals.

    During a visit to Beit Lahia after the deadline had expired, the Guardian saw that most residents had opted to stay in their homes. Some shops were open and hospitals called for volunteers from medical schools to help treat an expected influx of casualties.

    The warning was issued hours after Israeli naval commandos launched an early morning raid on a beach in the Sudaniya neighbourhood in the north of Gaza City, targeting another rocket-launching site. On Saturday the coastal enclave suffered the bloodiest day of the six-day Israeli assault, with 54 Palestinians reported killed.

    There has been speculation that Israel may launch a ground offensive into Gaza, a move likely to sharply increase the number of civilian casualties. At least 30 children are among those killed, according to Gaza's health ministry. There have been several Israeli injuries but no fatalities.

    In the worst single incident of the conflict so far, at least 17 people were killed and 45 injured when two large Israeli bombs hit a house in the Tuffah neighbourhood of Gaza City where the city's chief of police, Tayseer al-Batsh, was sheltering. Five other people were missing, presumed dead.

    Most of the injured were returning home from a mosque when they were caught by shrapnel from the blast.

    Israel has been massing tanks and soldiers at Gaza's borders, which some fear could signal a wider ground offensive that would cause heavy casualties. "We don't know when the operation will end," the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, told a cabinet meeting on Sunday. "It might take a long time."

    The beach raid by several dozen commandos at 2am on Sunday was the first time Israeli forces have set foot in Gaza since the beginning of the current campaign. Four commandos were reportedly lightly injured after apparently being spotted approaching and being engaged by waiting Palestinian fighters.

    Saad al-Dawla, the night watchman of the al-Mathaf hotel, said he was sleeping when the commandos came to the beach. "I was sleeping in the lobby with a friend. At the beginning we heard shooting from the Palestinian side. I got up and looked out the window and saw that there were people shooting from the water. Almost immediately an [Israeli] helicopter came and started shooting at the water as well," he said. "Later I heard shelling from the sea and the sounded of a warship's siren. The whole thing last about two hours."

    Asked whether Hamas or other groups had watchers near the beach, Dawla said he did not know. Ladders at a mosque overlooking the beachfront and leading to its tower strongly suggested that a sentry had been posted there.

    Israel has launched more than 1,300 air strikes since the offensive began, the military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner said. Palestinian militants have launched more than 800 rockets at Israel, according to the Israeli military.

    Israel has said it is acting in self-defence against rockets that have disrupted life across much of the country. It also accuses Hamas of using Gaza's civilians as human shields.

    Critics say Israel's heavy bombardment of one of the most densely populated territories in the world is the main factor putting civilians at risk.

    Israel says it has shot down drone launched from Gaza | World news | theguardian.com


    Palestinian Drone. Oooooo scary.

    Unit cost of Patriot missile - about US$2-3 million each. A good use of US money then - shooting down a toy

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    When will Hamas cease firing rockets into Israel? This act of aggression seems to have been the launch point for Israeli defensive actions.

    I know it's unfashionable to defend Israel, but my views are for the sovereignty of Israel against external aggression. Israel has been a thorn in the international sphere since its formation in 1948. This is the way it is.

    Once the Palestinians accept the sovereignty of Israel, there will be space to begin solid negotiations for a lasting peace.

    Not sure how many sovereign nations would accept over 800 rockets entering their territory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus
    as Israel starts hitting out at more of their neighbours
    Which neighbours is Israel exactly hitting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exit Strategy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus
    as Israel starts hitting out at more of their neighbours
    Which neighbours is Israel exactly hitting?
    In the last week Lebenon and Syria. Try reading the thread mate.

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    Israel-Gaza conflict: Israeli knock on roof missile warning revealed in remarkable video

    A video has emerged showing the extraordinary knock on the roof technique used by the Israeli military to warn Palestinian civilians of an impending missile strike.

    The footage was uploaded to YouTube yesterday by the Gaza-based Watania news agency, and shows from extremely close quarters a small missile striking the roof of a house across the street.

    According to the caption, around 15 minutes later though most of this time has been edited out of the final clip itself two fully-armed missiles from an F16 jet strike one after the other, blasting the front of the house away and sending a cloud of debris and rubble into the air.

    When the dust settles, the full extent of the damage is slowly revealed, with only the exposed back half of the home still standing.

    The initial projectile is part of a controversial warning system used by the Israeli military to make people evacuate structures it has identified as having possible links to Hamas militants.









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    The footage was uploaded to YouTube yesterday by the Gaza-based Watania news agency, and shows from extremely close quarters a small missile striking the roof of a house across the street.

    According to the caption, around 15 minutes later though most of this time has been edited out of the final clip itself two fully-armed missiles from an F16 jet strike one after the other, blasting the front of the house away and sending a cloud of debris and rubble into the air.

    When the dust settles, the full extent of the damage is slowly revealed, with only the exposed back half of the home still standing.

    The initial projectile is part of a controversial warning system used by the Israeli military to make people evacuate structures it has identified as having possible links to Hamas militants.



    Meanwhile, as the death toll creeps ever higher and hundreds of Palestinians flee Gaza, Israels Prime Minister has said that its mission to take down Hamas might take a long time.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a cabinet meeting today: "We don't know when the operation will end."

    The so-called knock on the roof technique has been condemned by Amnesty Internationals Philip Luther, who said: There is no way that firing a missile at a civilian home can constitute an effective warning. Amnesty International has documented cases of civilians killed or injured by such missiles in previous Israeli military operations on the Gaza Strip.

    The Watania agency reported that the home in this case belonged to Samir Nofal, who was able to get out in time along with his family and neighbours.

    But others have not been so lucky. According to a Buzzfeed report from last week, the destruction of a home which saw eight members of the same family killed in a single strike was also preceded by a knock on the roof warning and a phone-call from the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF).

    The military said that the incident had been a tragic mistake, because while locals said they saw some family members leaving the home, others appeared to head to the roof to act as human shields.

    According to a Buzzfeed report from last week, the destruction of a home which saw eight members of the same family killed in a single strike was also preceded by a knock on the roof warning and a phone-call from the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF).


    If they are really trying to hit Hamas leaders and terrorists, why are they giving them a warning? Also, the warning is a missile launched into what can be an inhabited dwelling as well, with deadly force.

    Israel-Gaza conflict: Israeli

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    That's what I call precision.





    Knock... knock...who's there ? Mohammed !
    Mohammed who ? Nohomed Ali

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    Guys, difficult this one for me, two Jewish great grandmothers that became Christians (pretty much unheard of at the time) as they were disgusted with Judaism. At the same time know some top quality Israelis.

    Israel has been doing some well out of order stuff - no question.

    One thing I will always say that most people don't get, is that Israel and Jews are not the same thing. Israelis are Jews - but there are Jews all over the world. Two decades ago I used to work with a very successful Iraqi Jew in central London.

    Sadly it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel at present.
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

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