Attacks continue today in Gaza killing up to 280 people according to last reports, many of them civilians including children being killed while walking to school and worshippers killed praying in a mosque.
An Israeli official on “Meet the Press” this morning stated that civilians were killed because the Hamas security forces (police) take cover in residential areas. The last time I checked, it is common practice for police forces to have stations around residential neighborhoods. At least, that is how it’s been in every place that I’ve resided in America. Very odd justification indeed.
See AP story below:
Israeli assault on Hamas kills more than 200
Ibrahim Barzak and Amy Teibel / Associated Press
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli warplanes rained more than 100 tons of bombs on security sites in Hamas-ruled Gaza Saturday and early Sunday, killing at least 230 people in one of the Mideast conflict’s bloodiest assaults in decades. The government said the open-ended campaign was aimed at stopping rocket attacks that have traumatized southern Israel.
Most of the casualties were security forces, but Palestinian officials said at least 15 civilians were among the dead. More than 400 people were also wounded.
The unprecedented assault sparked protests and condemnations throughout the Arab world, and many of Israel’s Western allies urged restraint, though the U.S. blamed Hamas for the fighting.
But there was no end in sight. The first round of strikes began around noon Saturday followed by successive waves of attacks that continued into the early hours Sunday.
Israel warned it might go after Hamas’ leaders, and militants kept pelting Israel with rockets — killing at least one Israeli and wounding six.
Hundreds of Israeli infantry and armored corps troops headed for the Gaza border in preparation for a possible ground invasion, military officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity under army guidelines.
Arab leaders in Metro Detroit condemned the Israeli attack, saying it was an overly harsh response by Israeli forces.
“Today’s attack – which amounts to a massacre – was definitely a disproportionate response to a few cheap, homemade, makeshift rockets being fired across the border,” said Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Michigan.
“The Bush administration dragged its heels with regard to the peace process,” he added. “We call on the incoming Obama administration to take a real hands-on approach so that innocent women and children won’t be killed whether they’re Palestinians or Israelis.” (MORE)