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Quote abuayisha Replybullet Topic: Israeli Jets bomb Gaza: 1,300 Dead
    Posted: 27 December 2008 at 9:16am

Eyewitness: Chaos in Gaza

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The BBC's Rushdi Aboualouf in the Gaza Strip described the chaos as Israeli warplanes fired missiles at Hamas targets, killing at least 155 Palestinians.

Israeli planes are still flying over Gaza and they have just targeted another Hamas [security] compound in the middle of the Gaza Strip, in a place called Khan Younis.

We can see from our office here in Gaza, in the middle of Gaza City, ambulances are still evacuating the injured from buildings and school kids are trying to find secure places.

People who were going to their work were turned back and went home, and most of the residents in Gaza have been ordered by the Ministry of Health to stay indoors.

The mosques in Gaza are calling the people here to go to the hospitals and to donate blood. There is no room in the hospitals as far as we've heard from Hamas sources to treat the people.

No safe places

It's a very bad situation... There were Israeli aeroplanes everywhere, hitting everywhere. You could see smoke from north to south, from west to east. The people are really in a panic. The main object for the people now is to find a secure place to secure their family.

It's hard to find a secure place in Gaza. Gaza has no shelters, it has no safe places. The Hamas security compounds are in the middle of the city - it's not the kind of place where you see compounds outside the cities.

I have witnessed one of the compounds - which is 20m away from my house - I was standing on the balcony and I have seen the Israeli airplanes hitting the place.

Some of my balcony was damaged and my kid was injured and it's a very, very serious situation here in Gaza, the people can't do anything except stay indoors.



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Quote mariacanadiana Replybullet Posted: 27 December 2008 at 3:06pm
I don't understand all this senseless violence :(
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Quote Sign*Reader Replybullet Posted: 27 December 2008 at 3:50pm
It is a test!
Israel is priming the President elect to prove his allegiance to the Zionist State!
The third member of the triad India is threatening Pakistan and it is a standoff at this time......
I was appalled by the Saudi foreign minister Saud bin Faisal being so chummy with this mushrik towing the Indian line while in New Delhi .....Do we need any more proof of the fifth column? It is just sad scenario all around!


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Quote believer Replybullet Posted: 27 December 2008 at 5:10pm
Response to the Hamas attack from a few days ago.  Any country would fire back if rockets fired at them?

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Quote believer Replybullet Posted: 27 December 2008 at 5:12pm
Did you see the latest on the Mubai attacks?  The hostages were sexually mutilated before they were killed. uugghh!!
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Quote Hayfa Replybullet Posted: 27 December 2008 at 5:20pm
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Do you at all see the DAvid and Goliath type of situation with the Palestinians? Do you know see that grea big military and not wonder why they cannot show any true restraint?  It is basically a war, 1 Israeli die so it is 200 Palestinians who must die.. where does this truly come about?
 
Until they allow Palestinians the rights they deserve as human beings, their recourse are but few. You stick people on terrible land,  make  their lives hell, deprive them of basic services and what in the world should the Palestinians do? Do THEY not have those rights that are being denied by Israel? And Israel has no interest in letting the media into Gaza? Why is that? Let the media in so the world can see what their lves are like.
 
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Quote believer Replybullet Posted: 27 December 2008 at 5:29pm

Israel showed great restraint considering they could destroy all of Gaza very easily.

Reuters - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Thursday issued a "last-minute" appeal to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to reject their Hamas rulers and stop rocket fire at Israel, warning them he would not hesitate to use force.

His comments were the clearest indication yet that Israel was preparing a possible Gaza offensive which could result in heavy casualties on both sides and fuel a humanitarian crisis.

Israeli political sources said Olmert's security cabinet approved a "staged" military escalation, beginning with air strikes against a wider range of Hamas targets in the densely-populated enclave.

A large-scale operation has yet to be authorised but could get a green light depending on Hamas's response, the sources said.

In Gaza, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said Israel would "pay the price" for any attack.

Olmert told Al Arabiya television, an Arab broadcaster widely watched in Gaza: "I didn't come here to declare war." "But Hamas must be stopped -- that is the way it is going to be. I will not hesitate to use Israel's might to strike Hamas and (Islamic) Jihad. How? I will not go into details now," Olmert said, according to a statement issued by his office.

Olmert has resisted calls within Israel for a major military operation against Hamas, but rocket and mortar fire from the coastal enclave since a six-month truce brokered by Egypt expired last week has increased pressure on him to act.

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, a leading candidate to replace Olmert in a Feb. 10 election, held emergency talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, in Cairo, who cautioned against an escalation.

Rocket fire 'unbearable'

Livni said Hamas had to pay for "unbearable" rocket fire, declaring: "Enough is enough."

Adding to the sabre-rattling, army chief Gabi Ashkenazi said Israel would have to act with "all our force to hurt the terrorist infrastructure and change the security reality".

In a sign any fighting with Gaza ran the risk of igniting a wider war, Lebanese troops dismantled eight rockets set up for launch at Israel in a border village. Israel fought an inconclusive war with Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon in 2006.

Egypt appealed to Hamas leaders after the talks with Livni "to calm the situation so as to avoid an Israeli military escalation", a Palestinian official said in Gaza.

In response to world appeals and a reduction in rocket fire from Gaza, Israel agreed later to let about 100 trucks carrying food, humanitarian aid, grain and animal feed travel into Gaza on Friday through two crossings, officials on both sides said.

Israel has tried to weaken Islamist Hamas by keeping the Gaza Strip's border crossings closed, increasing hardship for the territory's 1.5 million residents. But there is little doubt that Hamas has control and can counter internal challenges.

Since the ceasefire ended on Friday, more than 200 rockets and mortar shells have been fired at Israel, causing damage but few injuries, the Israeli army said. In the same period, six Gaza militants have been killed in Israeli attacks.

But rocket fire from Gaza declined to 16 launches on Thursday, from dozens the day before.

In the Al Arabiya interview, Olmert issued what amounted to a public call to Gazans to overthrow their Hamas leaders to prevent an escalation with Israel.

I'm telling them now. It may be the last minute. I'm telling them. Stop it. We are stronger. There will be more blood there. Who wants it? We don't want it," Olmert said.

Olmert questioned whether Hamas's stance was consistent with Islam. "Is the spirit of Islam to kill innocent children, to fire rockets at kindergartens and civilians? I don't think that is the spirit of Islam," Olmert said.

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Quote hat2010 Replybullet Posted: 27 December 2008 at 5:55pm
salaam alikoom wa rahamtoolih wa barakatuhu...

abuayisha, thanks for the link.

all day...it's pretty much all over nilesat - non-stop.
the images are horrifying and have family and friends here wondering what, if anything, they should or can do. it is incredible how much press that area of the world generates considering the scope of tragedies right here or elsewhere.   nonetheless, it is some powerful stuff.... and extremely depressing.

on the news -
bbc arabic's journalists kind of play it down the middle... but pointed and memorable questions to both sides were:

To Hamas - how could you not expect a military response like the one you got?
the Hamas rep blustered, unfortunately. The response was one we could post in our sleep regarding the occupation and oppression of "the people", yet it rang a bit false - because if "the people" were the concern, they could have allowed some consensus (or given Palestinians some kind of heads-up) before deciding the six month cease-fire was no longer in effect.

To an Israeli govt spokesperson...the reporter said - Yes, everyone agrees with the right to self defense...the world understands...but the widespead reaction is considered to be over-the-top.
The revolting response was this: Civilians were not killed, they were Hamas dressed as civilians.
When the reporter incredulously responded by asking if the children and mothers were also Hamas, he said yes.

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