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Israeli attacks create ‘a powder keg waiting to explode’

5 Aug


Ashraf Shannon reports from Gaza, PressTV, 5 August 2015

The Israeli army has made an incursion into the Gaza Strip forcing farmers and villagers out of the area.

The incursion happened in the east of the southern city of Khan Younis. Israeli tanks and bulldozers entered the area and dug trenches inside the so-called buffer zone. Israel occasionally launches limited raids into the Gaza Strip on security pretexts, often razing land near the so-called buffer zone. Such moves violate an agreement that ended Israel’s last summer war on the besieged enclave.


Four perish in freezing weather in Gaza

12 Jan


PressTV video news reports 9 & 10 January 2014

Ma’an News Agency, Gaza city, 12 January 2014.
Two Palestinian babies and a young man were found dead in Gaza on Saturday, bringing the total death toll in winter storm Huda to four after Palestinians in the tiny coastal enclave endured their coldest night of the storm yet.On Saturday afternoon, a two-month-old baby girl was found dead in a shelter for the displaced in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip.A relative of the baby told Ma’an that two-month-old Salma Zeidan al-Masri was found dead in the Rashad al-Shawwa shelter in Beit Hanoun. The relative said the child had turned blue from the cold by the time she was found.A young fisherman was also found dead in Gaza on Saturday, having perished due to the extreme cold.

Nizar Ayyash, head of the Gaza Fishermen’s Union, told Ma’an that Ahmad Sufian al-Lahham, 22, died while working on the shore west of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

The deaths on Saturday afternoon came after a newborn was found dead earlier in the day. One-month-old baby Adil Maher al-Lahham succumbed to severe cold in his home in western Khan Younis.

Two-month-old infant Rahaf Abu Assi, meanwhile, died of severe cold on Friday in Rafah due to lung problems caused by the cold.

Her family was living in a home that was partially destroyed by Israel during bombardment over the summer.

In the four days since Storm Huda landed in the Holy Land, scores of families in Gaza have been evacuated from their homes due to flooding.

Severe flooding is being reported in parts of the southern Gaza Strip, particularly affecting families living in mobile homes and others displaced by the Israeli assault.

Nearly 110,000 Palestinians were left homeless by Israel’s summer offensive, which left 2,200 dead as well.

Due to the eight-year-old Israeli siege on Gaza, the vast majority of those displaced by the war have been unable to rebuild and many are left living in mobile homes or other substandard forms of housing.

The situation is aggravated by the lack of fuel for electric power, meaning that power is available roughly eight hours a day, with occasional cuts on top of that.

The lack of fuel is also result of the Israeli siege, which limits Palestinians’ ability to import fuel for the electric power station in Gaza as well as for domestic needs like heating.

Palestinian men sit around a fire in al-Shujaiyya neighborhood of Gaza
City in October. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)


A doctor’s blog from Khan Younis: ‘It’s grim, but it’s real’

28 Oct

profile Dr Halfan Knusdsen MD

Posted by Dr Halfdan Knudsen on his blog ‘Gazan Medicine – working & living in Gaza’ – 25 October 2014

Bad Days

This post turned out different from what I intended. I was going to tell you a light-hearted intro about where I live now and what I am working on. Instead what you are about to read forced itself to the forefront. It’s grim, but it’s real. Today is a better day, but no day is really good.

Yesterday was a bad day. Woke up with this strange feeling of being locked in and isolated from everyone and everything. This place does that to you sometimes. Going for a drive down south [from Gaza City] to Khan Younis just reinforced that sense – I have never before travelled anywhere, where the sense of foreboding and imminent catastrophe were this strong. The coastal stretch is empty, abandoned buildings and bombed out shells everywhere, the stench of sewage so thick you could cut it with a knife. In places the sea is dark brown instead of the clear green-blue of the Mediterranean other places. I wish I could convey that feeling of Ragnarök having come and gone, the few people you do see look completely dejected, dressed in rags, dirty, eyes empty and hungry.

And Khan Younis itself is a world apart from Gaza City. Rough, poor, hard-edged, threatening. We stopped for lunch at a place – they served us, but no one really spoke to us, and our driver was outside the café the whole time, keeping watch. No one has the energy to smile at us and say hello like they do in GC, the looks you get tell a story of hatred, abandonment, hopelessness and rage, borne out of desperation.

There is nothing here for anyone – by 2016 there will be no water in Gaza fit for irrigation, let alone drinking. The UN has effectively legalised and tightened the blockade through its deal with Israel over transfer of rebuilding materials. People are being evicted from the UNRWA schools to live in the streets, while rebuilding is happening at a snail’s pace and the rains and cold of winter is coming. No one is being paid, half the aid money for Gaza is going to the West Bank and the other half is being controlled by Israel. And still the Palestinians are being blamed.

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Israeli army accused of executing fleeing civilians

6 Aug

140804-khuzaa-devastationPalestinians walk past houses destroyed by Israeli airstrikes and shelling in Khuza’a, southern Gaza Strip, 3 August. (Ramadan El-Agha / APA images)

by Charlotte Silver, The Electronic Intifada, 5 August 2014.

Even before a short-lived ceasefire allowed journalists to enter the besieged southern Gaza Strip town of Khuzaa on 1 August, desperate reports of an Israeli massacre — including execution-style shootings — had emerged from survivors who had escaped to nearby Khan Younis.

Once journalists were able to enter the choked-off village, they found slain bodies and the stench of decay. Journalist Jesse Rosenfeld described one scene, among several, that appeared to be the site of a summary execution: “Blood and blackened remnants are caked on the bathroom floor. The walls have been drenched in blood and they are pocked with scores of bullet holes that look as if they were fired from an automatic weapon at waist level.”

Fifty-one bodies were recovered on 1 August.

Deliberately firing on civilians

On Saturday, Ali Abunimah reported on a video apparently made by Israeli soldiers from the Givati brigade on 30 July, recording their dedication of the destruction of a mosque in Khuzaa to fallen Israeli soldiers.

Now, after conducting its own investigations into the events between 23 and 25 July, Human Rights Watch has accused the Israeli army of deliberately firing on and killing civilians in the southern Gaza town of Khuzaa, violating several laws of war.

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