BREAKING NEWS: Massacre in Rafah during ceasefire

Ministry of Health Gaza reports a massacre in Ajnana in Rafah in which 40 people have been killed and at least 100 injured, according to initial hospsital reports. The killings come only hours after a 72-hour ceasefire commenced.

Who violates ceasefires more, Israelis or Palestinians?

by Ali Abunimah
Source: Electronic Intifada

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The United States and other governments have harshly blamed Hamas for the ongoing slaughter in Gaza because they refused a unilateral “ceasefire” declared by Israel on 14 July through its Egyptian proxy.

But as dozens of prominent figures in Gaza civil society write, “Hamas represented the sentiment of the vast majority of residents when it rejected the unilateral ceasefire proposed by Egypt and Israel without consulting anyone in Gaza.”

“We share the broadly held public sentiment that it is unacceptable to merely return to the status quo” of devastating Israeli siege on Gaza, the civil society leaders said. “To do so would mean a return to a living death.”

To put the situation in context, Visualizing Palestine (visualizingpalestine.org) created the infographic above that charts the routine violations of the last Egyptian-brokered ceasefire from 22 November 2012 until 7 July 2014. Read more »

What happened….

by Enas Ghannam

I woke up to the voice of explosions – as usual – but these were continuous and heavy. I turned on the radio to listen to the news. Strangely, there was electricity so I opened Facebook to see the comments. It was the Shujaeia massacre. Scenes and photos of bodies killed and shredded into pieces. Families who lost their children or houses or who literally were wiped out made my heart beat violently and I started to cry. Then I heard another voice. It was my mother talking to my father. She was telling him it’s time to go, to leave the house until everything is safe again. My father refused to even listen to her, my sister-in-law was crying because she can’t stand this situation. The final decision was to wait at home and prepare our stuff and be ready to leave at any moment.

Sitting in my room the next day I am “safely” opening my pc and following the news about the massacres committed against our Palestinian people by Israel. My headphones are on my ears while watching a video about shooting a Palestinian who was running for his own safety. Suddenly a very loud explosion hit the balcony of my home. How to explain the feeling, the horror that came over us all. A white dust was everywhere and I still didn’t know it was my house that was hit. Read more »

MOH Gaza Update as at 1900 hrs on 31/07/2014

The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 1900 hours on Thursday July 31, 2014.

Deaths: 1,418 – 324 children, 166 women 18-60 years, 60 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 8,265 – 2,502 children, 1,626 women 18-60 years, 303 over 60 years.
ICU: 140 patients

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Gaza surgery being performed in corridors, on the floor

Press Release
Gaza Ministry of Health, Palestine
July 31, 2014

Performing an internal fixation on the corridor floor

Performing an internal fixation on the corridor floor

Gaza hospitals are operating under impossible conditions, with surgery now being performed in corridors and on the floor due to the sheer numbers of wounded from massacres such as Shati park, UNRWA school and Shujeiyah market.

Lack of theatre space sees two persons being operated on at a time in the same theatre, while others receive surgical interventions in the corridors.

Even beds are in such short supply that surgeons are forced to undertake complicated procedures while their patients lie on stretchers on the floor.

There is nowhere to send the patients post-operatively, with Shifa ICU full, and no vacant beds in surgical wards. Read more »

Euro-Mid Observer: 6 massacres in one day as Israel tries to isolate Gaza from the world

PRESS RELEASE
Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights

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Gaza City, Occupied Palestinian Territories, July 31, 2014 – Before the sunset of the 23rd day of the Israeli assault on the besieged Gaza Strip, the Israeli army has committed six massacres against civilians. The most horrific and atrocious massacre was committed at dawn in UNRWA-run Abu Hussein School in Jabalia refugee camp in the northern part of Gaza Strip, killing 15 Palestinians, most of them were children, and wounding 90 others when five artillery shells landed directly on one of the classrooms as displaced people were asleep. The school, which shelters 3,300 refugees, is the sixth UNRWA-run school that has been targeted directly by the Israeli forces.

The Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights stresses that this massacre has been preceded and followed by other massacres against the families of Al Khalili, Abu Amer, Dhaheer and al-Astal. Seven members of Khalili family from Tuffah neighbourhood in Gaza City, including three children and two women, were killed when their house was bombed and hit directly without any prior warning. Seven members of Abu Amer family from Khan Younis, which has been heavily bombed by the Israeli army, were also killed. Moreover, 10 members of al-Astal family, including one child, were killed at dawn in an F16 airstrike without warning as they were asleep in the family’s gathering room of their house east of Khan Younis, and 25 others were also injured in the same incident. Read more »

MOH Gaza Update as at 2400 on 30/07/2014

The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 2400 hours on Wednesday July 30, 2014.

Deaths: 1,357 – 315 children, 166 women 18-60 years, 58 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 7.677 – 2,164 children, 1,314 women 18-60 years, 282 over 60 years.
ICU: 140 patients

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Murdering refugees in safe havens an Israeli forte, says MOH

Press Release
Gaza Ministry of Health, Palestine
July 30, 2014

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Murdering refugees in safe havens an Israeli forte

Murdering desperate families in safe havens is fast becoming Israel’s forte. UNRWA’s Abu Hussein Elementary Girls School in Jabalia, housing 3,300 displaced people, was struck last night killing 15 and injuring 90, bringing the number of UNRWA schools attacked by the Israeli military to six. Read more »

Israeli attack on crowded market during ceasefire is ‘barbarity personified’ says MOH Gaza

Press Release
Gaza Ministry of Health, Palestine
July 30, 2014

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Israeli attack on crowded market during ceasefire is ‘barbarity personified’

Ministry of Health Gaza is outraged at the Israeli massacre perpetrated during the so-called humanitarian ceasefire, when F-16s fired missiles into the crowded Shujeiyah market as hundreds took advantage of the lull to buy food and supplies.

At least 17 people have been killed and 200 injured.

“This atrocity is barbarity personified,” said Director General, Ministry of Health Dr Medhat Abbas.

Not satisfied with exterminating entire families in their own homes, not satisfied with killing people praying in mosques, not satisfied with killing patients, staff and visitors in hospitals, not satisfied with killing ambulance drivers as they retrieve the dead and injured, not satisfied with killing women and children sheltering in UNRWA schools, the Israeli death machine now blatantly attacks a crowded public market DURING a humanitarian ceasefire, in an unrivalled cruel and cynical exercise of savagery and barbarism. Read more »

MOH Gaza Update 2100 hrs 29/07/2014

The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 2100 hours on Tuesday July 29, 2014.

Deaths: 1,210 – 287 children, 130 women 18-60 years, 57 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 6,896 – 2,164 children, 1,314 women 18-60 years, 282 over 60 years.
ICU: 121 patients

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MOH Gaza: Muslim holy days marred by genocide in Gaza

Press Release
Gaza Ministry of Health, Palestine
July 29, 2014

Shifa Hospital Outpatients Department bombed

Shifa Hospital Outpatients Department bombed

The Ministry of Health Gaza is pained to express its deep sadness and outrage at the Israeli attacks on Gaza on our holy days of Eid al-Fitr.

In the last 24 hours, 120 people have been killed, bringing the total to 1,156.

Particularly distressing was the death in Al Bureij refugee camp of Diana Abu Jaber and her unborn baby only a week before his estimated date of delivery.

Diana’s home was struck by an F-16 airstrike.

“As it collapsed a concrete pillar fell on her,” reported Dr Kamal Khatab, Medical Superintendent of Al Aqsa Hospital. “A shell ripped her abdomen open, the unborn baby fell out and was hit in the head with shrapnel, and his brain matter was extruded. Both mother and baby died immediately.” Read more »

MOH Gaza Press Release: Al-Shati Park massacre

Press Release
Gaza Ministry of Health, Palestine
July 29, 2014

Victims of the Al-Shati Park massacre (AFP/Mahmoud Hams)

Victims of the Al-Shati Park massacre (AFP/Mahmoud Hams)

Eid al fitr. The end of Ramadan, the end of the fast. New clothes, lots of sweets, family visits. Celebrations of life and love.

Not in Gaza.

Instead, Israelis delivered a hefty dose of death and destruction in al-Shati Camp, splitting families and bodies alike.

Two adults and eight children killed as they rode the Ferris wheel or in a TukTuk in the park, over 40 injured, one of whom has since died.

This barbaric and deliberate attack on children in a public place on one of the two most significant Muslim holy days seals the Israeli reputation as one of the most perverse war criminals imaginable.

Many considered the calculated murder of the four children playing football on the beach on July 16, 2014 to be an atrocity and a clear war crime – nine more dead children in al-Shati’s park is an even more gross excess. Read more »

Breaking News: Ten children killed, 40 injured in Israeli strike on a park

At least ten ambulances and several carloads of dead and injured children poured into Shifa Hospital thisafternoon after an Israeli strike on a park in Shaati Refugee Camp in Gaza City. There are ten confirmed dead at this time, and 40 injured. The death toll is expected to rise.

This barbaric and deliberate attack on children in a public park on one of the two main Muslim religious holidays seals the Israeli reputation as the most perverse war criminal of all time.

One bomb struck a children’s ferris wheel, and the other a TukTuk taking children on rides.

Many considered the calculated murder of the four children playing football on the beach to be an atrocity and a clear war crime – but the international community remained passive.

Another ten innocent children have now lost their lives, playing in the park.

How many more will it take before the world says “Enough!”

How many more before the UN enforces international law without fear or favour, and demands the rogue state of Israel comply with international law?

When will the UN impose sanctions, and an arms embargo, to prevent the Israeli enabler the United States from furnishing it with the tools of destruction? From financing the pathological Zionist expansionist project?

When will the UN expel this rogue state from amongst its ranks – this rogue state that claims all the benefits of UN membership but scorns each and every resposibility incumbent upon it to behave with even the barest modicum of civilised bahaviour or humanity?

To remain silent now is to be complicit in these war crimes.

MOH Gaza Update 1700 hrs 28/07/2014

The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 1700 hours on Monday July 28, 2014.

Deaths: 1,044 – 237 children, 93 women 18-60 years, 47 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 6,280 – 1,952 children, 1,172 women 18-60 years, 259 over 60 years.
ICU: 115 patients

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Joint Declaration by International Law Experts on Israel’s Gaza Offensive

The International Community Must End Israel’s Collective Punishment of the Civilian Population in the Gaza Strip

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As international and criminal law scholars, human rights defenders, legal experts and individuals who firmly believe in the rule of law and in the necessity for its respect in times of peace and more so in times of war, we feel the intellectual and moral duty to denounce the grave violations, mystification and disrespect of the most basic principles of the laws of armed conflict and of the fundamental human rights of the entire Palestinian population committed during the ongoing Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip. Read more »

Mahar’s Story

by Julie Webb-Pullman

Mahar Hamid Sheikh-Khalil, 7 years old, from Shujeiyah

Mahar Hamid Sheikh-Khalil, 7 years old, from Shujeiyah

Mahar Hamid Sheikh-Khalil is seven years old. She used to have a mother and father, three sisters and a brother, grandparents, aunts and uncles.

She used to play with her brother and sisters and their cousins, scampering about the yard or on the roof, sometimes in the street with the neighbours’ kids. She used to walk, and skip and jump. She used to run up the stairs from her grandmother’s on the ground floor to her family’s apartment on the top floor. The same stairs that on July 20 crushed her family, along with their hopes and dreams. Read more »

MOH Gaza Update 1900 hours 27/07/2014

The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 1900 hours on Sunday July 27, 2014.

Deaths: 1,031 – 236 children, 93 women 18-60 years, 47 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 6,233 – 1,949 children, 1,169 women 18-60 years, 257 over 60 years.
ICU: 115 patients

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MOH says Gaza’s hospitals confronting new crisis

PRESS RELEASE
Ministry of Health Gaza
July 27, 2014

Displaced families in makeshift tents in Shifa Hospital grounds

Displaced families in makeshift tents in Shifa Hospital grounds

Hospitals in Gaza are confronting a new crisis, as patients ready for discharge are unable to leave, taking up hospital beds urgently required for the incoming wounded.

The situation for many of these patients is dire: either their families have been killed or there is no-one to care for them, their homes have been destroyed, or they live in areas under Israeli orders to evacuate and are under threat of being shot if they return.

Several attacks on UNRWA schools serving as shelters for displaced persons have left these already traumatised and still-vulnerable victims too distrustful to accept them as a discharge option. In addition, the over-crowded and under-resourced conditions in the shelters are an unsuitable environment for the recuperating injured, with limited water, hygiene and electricity supplies. Read more »

Stop Israeli attacks, pay health staff, says Gaza MOH

Press Release
Gaza Ministry of Health, Palestine
July 26,2014

How many bodies still lie beneath Shujeiyah rubble?

How many bodies still lie beneath Shujeiyah rubble?


Stop Israeli attacks, pay health staff

Beit Hanoun
Last night Beit Hanoun Hospital came under heavy Israeli shelling while 80 people, including medical staff, three patients, two International Solidarity Movement volunteers, and many civilians were trapped terrified inside. One Swedish activist received cuts to the head, and another person received minor injuries, although the hospital was severely damaged.

Numerous calls for help throughout the afternoon and evening by the Deputy Minister of Health Gaza to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) were fruitless. Intervention by the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry eventually achieved an undertaking by Israeli military after midnight not to fire directly upon the hospital. All those inside were finally evacuated to safety this morning under the aegis of the Ministry of Health after the commencement of the 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire.

Beit Hanoun is the second Gazan hospital to have been evacuated and completely closed down in 48 hours due to damage from Israeli strikes, the other being Al Durrah paediatric Hospital in Gaza City, where a toddler in the intensive care unit was killed on Thursday night.

The ceasefire also allowed the retrieval of bodies from beneath the rubble of buildings destroyed overnight during the heavy bombardment of Beit Hanoun; 32 bodies have been found at this time. Read more »

URGENT: ISM volunteers in Gaza trapped in Beit Hanoun Hospital

PRESS RELEASE
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At 19:00 Beit Hanoun Hospital was hit by an Israeli tank shell. Inside the hospital are 61 medical staff, civilians, three patients and two ISM volunteers Charlie Andreasson and Fred Ekblad from Sweden, who are all trapped inside.

Israeli soldiers are in the area, approximately 150 meters behind the hospital. Gunfire can be heard in the area. Read more »