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UPDATE 8-26 Iulie: Israelul a declansat si atacul terestru: peste 1000 de morti in randul civililor si peste 3500 de raniti, dintre care 190 de copii morti. 32 israelieni morti: 2 civili si 30 soldati. (VIDEO si FOTO)
Preluare The Guardian.co.uk
The campaign Defence for Children International Palestine says it has confirmation of the killing of seven children in the Israeli offensive.
Most were killed in an air raid that targeted Hamas activist Odeh Ahmad Mohammad Kaware in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis, it said.
Five families that reside in the building evacuated immediately after an Israeli aerial drone fired a warning missile. A number of neighbours, however, gathered on the roof in an effort to prevent the bombing.
Shortly after 3 pm an Israeli air strike levelled the building, and killed seven people, including five children, on the spot and injured 28 others.
Hussein Yousef Hussein Karawe, 13,
Basem Salem Hussein Karawe, 10,
Mohammad Ali Faraj Karawe, 12,
Abdullah Hamed Karawe, 6, and
Kasem Jaber Adwan Karawe, 12, died immediately,
according to evidence collected by Defense for Children International-Palestine.
Seraj Abed al-Aal, 8, succumbed to his injuries later that evening.
DCI-Palestine confirmed one other Palestinian teenagers died in strikes across Gaza. An Israeli attack killed Ahmad Nael Mahdi, 15, from Gaza Citys Sheikh Radwan neighborhood, and wounded two of his friends, one of which remains in critical condition.
DCI-Palestine's director Rifat Kassis said: The death and injury to children caused by Israels military offensive on Gaza demonstrates serious and extensive disregard of fundamental principles of international law. Israeli forces must not carry out indiscriminate airstrikes in densely populated areas that fail to distinguish between military targets, civilians and civilian objects.
Update: 48 morti si 370 de raniti
The Palestinian deathtoll now stands at 48 with a further 370 injuries, according to the grim running tally issued by Gaza's health ministry spokesman.
Raids israéliens : funérailles des victimes à Gaza de lemondefr
Barbat care cara la spital o fata palestiniana ranita
Primul Ministru isarelian stabilind tintele care trebuie lovite
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon (2-R) during their visit to the Southern Command on Wednesday. Photograph: Israeli Defense Forces/EPA
Palestinian care-si ingroapa copilul ucis de isarelieni, copil in varsta de 5 ani
Palestinian mourners bury the body of five-year-old boy Abdallah Abu Ghazal during a funeral ceremony in the northern Gaza town of Beit Lahiya after he was killed in an Israeli air strike. Photograph: Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto/Corbis
Ce a mai ramas din casa familiei Al Hadj bombardata noaptea trecuta in Khan Younes. 8 oameni au murit
Un baiat de 8 ani si o fata de 4 ani - raniti grav. Intreaga familie a fetei mama, tata si surorile ei au fost ucise de o bomba israeliana. Fata inconstienta in urma ranilor, n-a aflat inca ca intreaga sa familie a murit.
Raniti palestieni filmati live de Russia Today
Bombardament israelian in zona aglomerata de locuinte
Copil palestinian de 3 ani mort in urma bombardamentului israelian
Palestinians carry the body of 3-year-old Mohammed Mnassrah during his funeral in the Maghazi refugee camp, central Gaza Strip, Thursday, July 10, 2014. Photograph: Hatem Moussa/AP
Locuinte distruse in urma bombardamentelor israeliene
12 Iulie Gaza: Numarul Mortilor in randul palestienilor a trecut de 100 iar cel al ranitilor de 700
IDF airstrikes batter Gaza as first Palestinian responders search for victims
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13 Iulie Gaza: Numarul Mortilor in randul palestienilor a trecut de 165. Israelul pregateste o ofensiva la sol
Bombardamnet israelian in mijlocul blocurilor de locuinte
Bloc de locuinte distrus de bombardament
Isaraelul a bombardant un centru pentru persoane cu handicap. Mai multi morti
14 Iulie: Numarul mortilor palestieni a ajuns la 213 iar al ranitilor la 1130. Nici un mort si nici un ranit israelian.
19 Iulie: Israelul a inceput de 2 zile atacul la sol: Conform Le Monde: 316 palestieni ucisi si 2280 raniti. De partea israeliana 2 mori 1 civil si un soldat
Le Monde: « Accrochages » à Gaza entre Israël et le Hamas
Après dix jours de bombardements, le gouvernement israélien a ordonné jeudi à son armée de lancer des opérations sur le territoire palestinien. Des « accrochages » entre l'armée israélienne et des activistes palestiniens avaient lieu samedi 19 juillet à la frontière avec la bande de Gaza, selon le ministre de la sécurité publique israélien, Yitzhak Aharonovitch, cité par les médias locaux.
La branche armée du mouvement islamiste palestinien Hamas, les Brigades Ezzedine Al-Qassam, a pour sa part revendiqué une attaque en territoire israélien et évoqué « d'importants combats » avec l'armée, du côté israélien de la frontière, en face du camp de réfugiés de Maghazi.
Côté diplomatique, le ministre des affaires étrangères français Laurent Fabius a estimé samedi au Caire qu'un cessez-le-feu était « urgent et impérieux » à Gaza, réitérant l'appel lancé vendredi par le secrétaire général de l'ONU, Ban Ki-moon. M. Fabius a également réaffirmant son « soutien » à l'initiative égyptienne lancée mardi pour une trêve entre Israël et le Hamas.
316 MORTI PALESTINIENI IN 12 ZILE
Les frappes israéliennes de samedi contre la bande de Gaza ont d'ores et déjà fait 20 morts parmi les Palestiniens, dont un enfant. Un nouveau bilan qui porte à 316 le nombre de morts palestiniens en douze jours d'offensive sur l'enclave palestinienne, selon les services de secours.
Les deux dernières frappes ont coûté la vie à un enfant de six ans à Beit Lahiya, dans le nord de l'enclave palestinienne, et à une personne au nord de la ville de Gaza. Dans la matinée, les cadavres de cinq victimes ont été retrouvés dans les décombres d'une maison bombardée dans la nuit de vendredi à samedi, à l'est de Khan Younès, dans le sud de la bande de Gaza, a indiqué le porte-parole des services des urgences Achraf Al-Qoudra.
Aux premières heures de la journée, une frappe a par ailleurs tué sept personnes, dont une femme, à la sortie d'une mosquée de Khan Younès. M. Al-Qoudra a précisé que trois des victimes appartenaient à la même famille. Quatre autres personnes ont été ensuite tuées peu après dans des frappes séparées à Beit Hanoun (dans le nord) et Deir Al-Balah (dans le centre centre) et Khan Younès (dans le sud). Un blessé a par ailleurs succombé à ses blessures et une autre victime a été retrouvée dans des décombres, également à Khan Younès.
Au total, 316 Palestiniens, dont de nombreux femmes et enfants, ont été tués depuis le début le 8 juillet de l'opération israélienne « Bordure protectrice », qui a également fait plus de 2 280 blessés palestiniens. Selon le centre palestinien pour les droits de l'homme, basé à Gaza, les civils représentent plus de 80 % des victimes de l'offensive, lancée par Israël pour faire cesser les tirs de roquettes du mouvement islamiste Hamas, qui contrôle l'enclave.
Côté israélien, un civil a été tué et un soldat mortellement touché par un tir « ami ». L'armée israélienne a par ailleurs annoncé qu'un soldat avait été grièvement blessé dans la nuit de vendredi à samedi lors d'une opération dans le nord de la bande de Gaza, près de Beit Lahia. Il s'agit du conflit le plus sanglant à Gaza depuis 2009.
The Guardian: "Moarte si Oroare in Gaza" in timp ce mii de palestinieni fug din calea bombardamentelor israeliene
'Death and horror' in Gaza as thousands flee Israeli bombardment
Fiercing fighting yet as Israel widens ground offensive and faces accusations of war crimes over rising number of civilian
Peter Beaumont in Gaza City and Harriet Sherwood in Jerusalem
theguardian.com, Sunday 20 July 2014 11.19 BST
Palestinians flee homes in Gaza
Palestinians flee their homes in Gaza's eastern Shejaiya district on Sunday after heavy Israeli shelling. Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images
The fiercest fighting of the 13-day war in Gaza erupted on Sunday morning as Israel dramatically widened its ground offensive, sending tanks and troops into urban areas and causing thousands of panicked civilians to flee.
Images of the corpses of women and children were posted on Facebook as hospitals were overwhelmed with the dead, injured and those seeking sanctuary from the onslaught.
Palestinian human rights organisations warned that the disproportionate number of civilian deaths could constitute a war crime committed by Israel.
People ran from their homes, some barefoot and nearly all empty-handed. Others crowded on the backs of trucks or rode on the bonnets of cars in a desperate attempt to flee. Sky News reported some had described a "massacre" in Shujai'iya neighbourhood. Witnesses reported hearing small arms fire inside Gaza, suggesting gun battles on the streets. Heavy shelling continued from the air and sea.
Late on Saturday evening, Israeli forces hit eastern areas of Gaza City with the heaviest bombardment yet of the 13-day war. The assault was most intense in the direction of Shujai'iya, where an orange glow of flames lit up the sky. At one stage, artillery and mortar rounds were hitting the outskirts of the city every five seconds. Later in the night jets flew low passes over the coast.
As the assault continued into Sunday morning, Israel disclosed that four soldiers have now been killed in its ground offensive. It said that at least 26 wounded soldiers evacuated to hospitals. There were unconfirmed reports that Israel suffered significant military casualties in a cross-border attack by Hamas militants on Sunday morning.
As Sunday dawned, a thin pall of smoke hung over the sea front while tank fire echoed through deserted streets. Amid the renewed offensive, large numbers of residents of the areas under attack fled the outskirts for Gaza's city centre, while residents called radio stations pleading for evacuation.
At the entrance to Shujai'iya, the Guardian saw families squeezing into the back of what few vehicles were available as streets further east were pounded by artillery fire.
Columns of people, many of them too scared, angry and shocked to speak, approached down the main road to the east and from side streets even as small arms fire was audible in the distance.
One of those fleeing was Sabreen Hattad, aged 34, with her three children. "The Israeli shells were hitting the house. We stayed the night because we were so scared but about six in the morning we decided to escape," she said.
"But where are we supposed to go? The ambulances could not enter and so we ran under shell fire."
Three other men pass by in a hurry clutching bedding in their arms. Asked what they had seen they would only answer: "Death and horror."
Many of those escaping Shujai'iya made for Gaza's central Shifa hospital, which was engulfed by chaotic scenes and ambulances ferrying the dead came in a steady steam, among them a local TV cameraman, Khaled Hamad, killed during the overnight offensive, wheeled out wrapped in a bloody plastic shroud.
Those who had fled congregated in corridors, on stairs and in the hospital car park. Staff put mattresses on floors to accommodate the injured, while some patients were being evacuated.
Aish Ijla, aged 38, whose leg was broken by shrapnel, said: "We live very close to the border. When the shells started we couldn't leave the house. It is two storeys. The shells were hitting the upper floor so we all moved downstairs. There were 30 of us in the house. Then the shrapnel started hitting the door.
"It was quiet for a moment and we decided to run. But as we were on the road a shell landed near me, breaking my leg. I told the family to go on with out me and carried on going for a little bit and stopping then going on. Eventually an ambulance reached me after two hours."
More than 63,000 people had sought sanctuary in 49 shelters it was providing in Gaza, and it expected the numbers to rise, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, said. "The number has tripled in the last three days reflecting the intensity of the conflict and the inordinate threats the fighting is posing to civilians. We call on all sides to exercise maximum restraint and to adhere to obligations under international law to protect civilians and humanitarian workers," said spokesman Chris Gunness.
An Israeli air strike on the house of senior Hamas official Khalil al-Hayya killed his son and daughter-in-law and two children, hospital officials said. Near the southern town of Rafah shelling killed four Palestinians, according to officials.
Israel sent more troops into Gaza overnight after demolishing more than a dozen Hamas tunnels and intensifying tank fire on border areas.
Lt-Col Peter Lerner of the IDF said additional troops had been sent into Gaza on the orders of the government. "Forces have undergone an intensified training and thorough planning period and are prepared and stand ready for the task at hand," he said.
Since the start of Israel-Hamas fighting almost two weeks ago, 348 Palestinians have been killed and 2,700 wounded in Israeli air and artillery strikes, according to Palestinian health officials. A quarter of the deaths were reported since the start of the ground offensive late Thursday, they said.
Shawan Jabarin of the Palestinian human rights organisation Al-Haq, warned that Israel could be committing war crimes. "Israel has one of the most technologically advanced armies in the world both in terms of weaponry and intelligence. Yet, throughout this latest escalation of attacks, as with Operation Cast Lead and Operation Pillar of Defence, we see a disproportionate number of civilian deaths and damage to civilian property."
Jabarin added: "The obligation not to target civilians and civilian infrastructure is absolute and any intentional violation of this obligation amounts to a war crime."
As fighting raged, the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, headed to Qatar on Sunday as part of renewed cease-fire efforts. He was due to meet the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, in Doha.
Abbas was also expected to meet Khaled Meshaal, the Hamas leader based in the Qatari capital.
Meanwhile, according to the Egyptian newspaper Aharam, the US secretary of state, John Kerry, was travelling to Cairo to aid the mediation effort.
Hamas last week rejected an Egyptian call to both sides to halt hostilities, insisting on advance guarantees that Israel and Egypt will significantly ease their border blockade of Gaza. Qatar has presented a ceasefire proposal incorporating Hamas's demands, while Egypt said on Saturday it had no plans to revise its ceasefire proposal.
Israel is opposed to Qatar's involvement, and insists that Egypt must be a party to any deal. Doha hosts a large number of exiled Islamists from across the Middle East including Meshaal.
The French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, who flew to Israel after meetings in Egypt and Jordan, said on Saturday efforts to secure a ceasefire had failed. "Sadly I can say that the call for a ceasefire has not been heard, and on the contrary, there's a risk of more civilian casualties that worries us," he said, after talks with the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
According to the Israeli military, its soldiers have uncovered 34 shafts leading into about a dozen underground tunnels, some as deep as 30 metres. Israel has said demolishing tunnels is the principal goal of its ground operation and it has released footage showing tunnels being demolished by excavators and air strikes.
The IDF reported there were three cross-border incidents on Saturday. The most serious involved 12 Palestinian militants disguised in Israeli uniforms, who emerged from a tunnel in Israel to fire an anti-tank missile at Israeli troops, killing two and injuring several others.
They were "aiming to carry out a lethal attack" on a nearby Israeli community, the IDF said. The dead soldiers were named as Bar Rahav, 21, and Benayahu Rubel, 20.
At least one Palestinian was killed in the clash. Hamas said its fighters took some of the soldiers' weapons back to their hideouts.
In other confrontations, Palestinian gunmen emerged from tunnels and and exchanged gunfire with Israeli soldiers. Two of the militants were killed, and another died when the explosive vest he was wearing detonated, the military said.
In one incident, Hamas fighters carried tranquilisers and handcuffs, indicating they "intended to abduct Israelis", according to the military.
As the offensive intensified, electricity and water supplies in Gaza were increasingly disrupted.
The Gaza City municipality said a main water line was damaged, leaving parts of the city without water. Gaza has suffered from rolling blackouts for years, but periods without electricity have increased to up to 20 hours at a day.
Daily Mail: atrocitatile din Gaza in imagini
Palestinian child death toll rises to 70 while 50,000 are now homeless as a result of Israel's air and ground offensive
Israel using flechette shells in Gaza
20-24 Iulie: Masacru Continua 718 Morti dintre care 165 copii. Peste 3500 de raniti
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