‘Everything that moves in Rafah is a target’

5 Aug


Democracy Now! report, 3 August 2014, 2014

 The Palestinian death toll in Gaza has topped 1,800 as the Israeli offensive enters its 28th day. On Sunday, at least 10 people died when Israel shelled another United Nations school sheltering Palestinian civilians. The United States has called the attack “disgraceful,” while U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned it as a “moral outrage and a criminal act.”

It was the seventh U.N. school hit since Israel’s offensive began. The United Nations, meanwhile, is warning of a “rapidly unfolding” health crisis in Gaza as large parts of the territory remain without power or running water, and around 400,000 are displaced. More than 200 Palestinians have been killed since a 72-hour ceasefire collapsed on Friday.

Over the weekend, the Israeli government admitted that a soldier it had reported as captured was actually been killed in battle. Earlier today, Israel announced a unilateral seven-hour truce in most of the Gaza Strip, except for Rafah. Palestinians have already accused Israel of breaking its own ceasefire by launching deadly attack on the Shati refugee camp. We go to Gaza City to speak with Mohammed Omer, an award-winning Palestinian journalist, who has family in Rafah.

Watch full Democracy Now! coverage about the Gaza conflict in ourhttp://www.democracynow.org archive: http://www.democracynow.org/topics/gaza

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