Massacre in Beit Hanoun, Gaza
This is horrific, Israeli tanks have just shelled a group of a residences, killing 18 Palestinians and brutally wounding at least 40, all civilians. According to AP, Hamas military leadership has called off the truce with Israel, which was for the most part holding (on the part of Palestinians) since it's official end, December 31st, 2005. Accorting to the same AP article, Hamas leadership is calling for armed resistance to Israeli War Crimes to resume.
Casualties of the Beit Hanoun Israeli shelling are civilians including eight children
Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - Wednesday, 08 November 2006, 13:49
Twenty Palestinians were killed and at least forty were injured after the Israeli army shelled a civilian area in Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. Eight of the killed are children, all of the casualties are family members and relatives.
All of the killed residents are civilians, they were sleeping in their homes when the Israeli army shelled the civilian area.
The bodies of the casualties were severely mutilated as a result of the shelling, while the injured residents were sent to four hospitals across the Gaza Strip.
Meanwhile, Israel claimed that the shelling was not intended to hit the civilian houses, although initial sources claimed that the target was an areas where Qassam homemade shells are fired into Israeli areas.
Israel's Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni , "expressed regret for the deaths".
A senior Israeli military source confirmed that the army fired twelve shells and that the artillery fire was intended to hit an area half a kilometer from the houses of Beit Hanoun.
The source stated that "so far it is unclear whether this is a human error or a technical error", and added that the main assumption now is that the artillery unit was given wrong coordinates.
Israeli online daily, Haaretz, reported that the Israel Army Forces Chief of Staff, Dan Halutz, appointed Major General Meir Kalifi to head an investigation into the shelling.
The shelling to the civilian area continued for 15 minutes.
The IMEMC received the following list from the Palestinian News Agency, WAFA;
All of them are civilians, including children and infants
1. Malak Samir Al Athamna, 1 year-old.
2. Maisa' Ramzi Al Thamna, 3 year-old.
3. Fatima Al Athamna, 5 year-old.
4. Sa'ady Majdi Abu Amsha, 8 year-old.
5. Mahmoud Amjad Al Athamna, 12 year-old.
6. Mahdi Sa'ad Al Athamna, 13 year-old.
7. Mohammad Sa'ad Al Athamna, 14 year-old.
8. Arafat Sa'ad Al Athamna, 17 year-old.
9. Nihad Al Athamna, 23.
10. Samir Mahmoud Al Athamna, 23.
11. Mohammad Ramadan Al Athamna, 24.
12. Sana' Ahmad Al Athamna, 30.
13. Manal Ahmad Al Athamna, 33.
14. Deema Majdi Al Athamna.
15. Ala' Al Athamna.
16. Saqer Mohammad Adwan, 45.
17. Sabah Al Athamna, 45.
18. Masoud Abdullah Al Athamna, 55.
19. Ni'ma Ahmad Al Athamna, 57.
20. Fatima Ahmad Al Athamna, 70.
At least fourty residents were injured, some seriously as a result of the Israeli shelling to the civilian area.
Palestinian resistance responds to the army attacks on Beit Hannoun
Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - Wednesday, 08 November 2006, 12:24
After the Israeli army killed 20 civilians in Beit Hannoun on Wednesday morning, Palestinian resistance retaliated by firing homemade shells at Israeli targets near the Gaza Strip.
At first, several homemade shells were fired at the Sofa border crossing east of the Gaza strip, the shells that were fried by fighters from the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DLFP) landed and detonated near the crossing.
Meanwhile fighters of the Al Aqsa brigades, the armed wing of Fateh, along with a group of fighters from the DLFP claimed responsibility for firing five homemade shells at the Israeli negev town of Sderot.
Another group from the Al Aqsa brigades stated that its fighters fired homemade shell at a military air field east of Abassan area near Gaza city.
The group stated that its fighters planted a road-side homemade bomb that targeted an Israeli tank, in the northern part of the Gaza strip, and damaged it.
All resistance groups in Gaza vowed to continue resisting the Israeli occupation forces working in the Gaza strip and promised the Israeli army to a very hard responice to the crimes the Israeli troops did in Beit Hannoun.
The military opration in Beit Hannoun on Wednesday claimed the lives of 20 residents, including children, and left scores injured. The military opration came less then 12 hours after the Israeli army said that it ended its six day invasion to Beit Hannoun that claimed the life of 65 residents and left 90 wounded.
P.A Government: "Beit Hanoun attack disgraced the international community"
Palestine News Network - Wednesday, 08 November 2006, 13:55
Palestinian government spokesperson, Ghazi Hamad, said Wednesday that Israel is not a state, but rather a gang of criminals. The international community that Hamad says Israel disgraced in this morning's killings is being called upon. Prime Minister Ismail Haniya is calling for the international community in general, and the United Nations Security Council in particular, to intervene.
Israeli forces killed at least 20 Palestinians in an unexpected attack on a family home in Beit Hanoun after a week of attacks on the northern Gaza Strip.
The Israelis have killed at least 80 Palestinians in seven days, most of them in the town of Beit Hanoun.
Prime Minister Haniya called for an international committee to investigate the "war crimes committed by the Israeli occupation against the Palestinian people." He stressed internal unity and cohesion to face increasing Israeli aggression. In a statement given to reporters outside his Gaza City home after this morning's killings in Beit Hanoun, the Prime Minister said that dialogue to form a national unity government is temporarily on hold. He also called for a three-day period of national mourning.
Government Spokesperson Hamad said that the international community and the United Nations must stand firm. Hamad reiterated that Israel does not traditionally honor international law or the numerous UN resolutions drafted against them. Hamad said, "The American Administration granted the green light to the occupation government to commit murder and massacres."
The Government Spokesperson concluded, "We in the government emphasize the need to impose international sanctions on Israel and for the Arab League to protect the Palestinian people and provide urgent relief."
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