Nigel Parry, The Electronic Intifada
9 August 2006
As the Israeli war on continues to dominate world headlines, ‘s ongoing war against
Since 28 June, 175 Palestinians have been killed, including approximately 40 children and eight women, and over 620 injured in the Gaza Strip. One IDF soldier has been killed and 25 Israelis have been injured, including 11 Israelis injured by homemade rockets fired from the Gaza Strip. Palestinians have fired on average between 8-9 homemade rockets per day towards (319 in total) and the Israeli military has fired on average 200-250 artillery shells per day into the Gaza Strip and conducted at least 220 aerial bombings.
‘In the pre-dawn hours of Friday, 4 August 2006, IOF planes bombed two civilian houses in
It is obvious that these demolitions by missile are a form of collective punishment. Even if one accepted ‘s ‘security’ rationale for such acts, clearly phone warnings undermine the notion that the airstrikes are fulfilling any effective military objective against Palestinian militants.
Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem reported on August 5th that:
‘In July, the Israeli military killed 163 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, 78 of whom (48 percent) were not taking part in the hostilities when they were killed. Thirty-six of the fatalities were minors, and 20 were women.’
On August 7th, the
The individual stories are painful. On August 8th, Mohammed Omar wrote of the story of a 13-year-old from
Hospitals are overwhelmed with casualties and are running out of medical supplies. UK-based Medical Emergency Relief International reported on August 8th that after one recent attack in
The bird’s eye view of the humanitarian situation in
While ‘s war on is getting the media focus that it deserves, Gazan civilians remain in equally grave danger, not least because of the larger conflict eclipsing their plight to the north.