isreal attacks palestine
Why on earth am I the first to post this on indymedia!?
It made CNN news, but I dont see much anywhere else.
Heres the story from CNN. Losing 200 lives in a small population like that has got to be 10 times the damage "9-11" did to our country. Infrastructure and civil service were targeted.
At the least, write your elected representatives and ask that they condemn this brutal crime.
I feel that IDF chose to undertake this action now, in part because bad weather was domininating headlines in much of the USA, along with economic stuff, holiday stuff, and obama worship. They knew nobody was/is paying much attention.
GAZA CITY (CNN) -- Israeli airstrikes pounded Hamas-ruled Gaza on Saturday, killing at least 205 people, and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said the military aimed to inflict a "major blow" on militants in Gaza because of escalating rocket attacks against Israel.
A Palestinian boy wounded by an Israeli missile awaits treatment Saturday outside a hospital in Gaza City.
"In the last few weeks ... ground missiles and mortars have been directed at our community in the south of our country. We have no intention of allowing these attacks to continue," Barak said at a news conference.
The Israeli attacks would continue through the night, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said. Hamas vowed to retaliate.
"We will stand up, we will defend our own people, we will defend our land and we will not give up," said senior Hamas spokesman Osama Hamden.
A statement from the IDF said Israeli aircraft were attacking "a series of Hamas targets and infrastructure facilities," including headquarters, training camps and weaponry storage warehouses.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called for patience.
"The operation in Gaza intends primarily to change the situation in the south part of our country. It may take some time, and all of us are prepared to carry the burden and the pains that are [an] inseparable part of this situation," he said at a news conference with Barak and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.
However, he said, Israel wants to avoid causing a "humanitarian disaster" in Gaza.
"The instructions that we have given to our forces are to refrain from inflicting injury and harm on the innocent," he said.
"Israel is now seeking to wipe out the terrorism which is trying to undermine the whole area," Olmert said. "We will not hesitate to strike anywhere where we are attacked."
Palestinian legislator Hanan Ashrawi, speaking from Ramallah in the West Bank, accused Israel of ignoring the terms of the tenuous six-month cease-fire that expired December 19.
"This is certainly a very cruel escalation, a relentless bombardment of a captive civilian population that has already been under siege for months, that has been deprived of basic requirements like food and medicines and fuel and power," she said. Video Watch Ashrawi condemn the airstrikes »
Israeli Maj. Avital Leibovich told CNN the military will continue the attacks for "as long as it takes."
An Israeli woman was killed Saturday when a rocket fired from Gaza hit a house in Netivot in southern Israel, about six miles east of Gaza, Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said. Two other Israelis were in "medium to serious" condition at Soroko Hospital in Bersheba, he said.
Rosenfeld said at least 15 missiles had landed in Israel from Gaza by late afternoon. Map »
Tensions had been building between Hamas and Israel, despite a six-month truce brokered by Egypt. The tenuous agreement was weakened in recent weeks as violence escalated.
Israeli military officials accused Hamas militants of firing more than 65 rockets into southern Israel on Wednesday, and the Israeli air force said it killed a Hamas militant whom it accused of helping to launch the rockets against Israel.
Palestinian medical sources said 110 people were hospitalized in Gaza Saturday in serious to critical condition. Earlier in the day, the sources said at least 250 people had been wounded in the raids.
The Arab League scheduled an emergency meeting in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday to discuss the Israeli attacks. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. (noon ET).
President Bush's administration condemned Hamas for its attacks on Israel, while cautioning the Israeli military to avoid civilian casualties during its strikes on Gaza.
"Hamas' continued rocket attacks into Israel must cease if the violence is to stop. Hamas must end its terrorist activities if it wishes to play a role in the future of the Palestinian people," White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said in a statement.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was "deeply alarmed," a spokesman said in a statement, and called for "an immediate halt to all violence."
Hospitals were being overwhelmed with patients and were running out of space and supplies.
"The hospital is not accustomed to accept mass casualties like this," Dr. Mahmoud el-Khazndar, who works in Gaza City's Shifa Hospital, told CNN. He said he had treated at least half a dozen children.
"Hundreds of people come suddenly to the hospital ... I believe more than 500 people or more due to this action. Really, the hospital is in need, in short supply of everything ... to treat these injured people," the physician said.
Wounded people could be seen lying in the streets of Gaza City, and passers-by were doing what they could to summon help. Video Watch panicked Palestinians try to help the wounded »
The U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees urged the Israeli government to stop its bombardment.
"UNRWA recognizes Israel's legitimate security concerns. However, its actions should be in conformity with international humanitarian law, and it should not use disproportionate force," the agency said in a news release.
Saeb Erakat, adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, urged Israeli and Hamas leaders to put another cease-fire in place.
"I believe this is the only way out. I don't think this problem can be solved through military means," he told CNN. "I don't think it can be solved through aggression, through violence. Violence will breed more violence."
Abbas' Fatah party government is locked in a power struggle with the Hamas movement.
Israel on Friday opened three border crossings for the first time in 10 days to allow food, medical supplies and other humanitarian goods into Gaza, but Palestinian rocket attacks continued.
A Gaza-based reporter, whose name is withheld for security reasons, said a number of Hamas police stations were hit Saturday, killing some senior police commanders.
Palestinian Maj. Gen. Tawfeeq Al-Jaber, a senior commander in the Hamas police force, was killed, as was Ismail Jabari, who headed the special police force in Gaza, Palestinian sources said.
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