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Wednesday, July 26, 2006


News from Gaza you might have missed

[First posted 8:27 a.m., 7/26; updated and bumped]

Ma'an News reports:

As a result of the ongoing Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, sixteen Palestinians lost their lives on Wednesday. The Palestinian death toll rose when an Israeli reconnaissance plane fired a deadly rocket at Mahmoud Al Barsh in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip.

Earlier in the day, Israeli shelling of the At Tuffah neighborhood in east Gaza City killed Hani Hijlah, a Palestinian man in his 20s. At least 65 were reported to have been injured, with at least five of them suffering from critical injuries.

The Israeli forces also bombed a group of resistance fighters in the Abu Safiyya area, east of Jabalia refugee camp in the north of the Gaza Strip, allegedly killing one member of the Hamas-affiliated Al Qassam Brigades.

Israeli tanks also targeted a crowd of Palestinian civilians in the Ash Shuja'iyya district in eastern Gaza City. Medical sources said that three of the victims were from one single family. Two remained anonymous and the third was named as 18-year-old Salih Hassanein.

In addition, Israeli tanks killed a three-year-old girl, Su'ad Nasir Habib, and Muhammad Salah Al Bahiti, 22.

In the morning, an activist from the Islamic Jihad-affiliated Al Quds Brigades, Yaser Banat, was killed when a reconnaissance plane fired a rocket at him that destroyed his car as it traveled along Salah Addin Street in the southern Gaza Strip.

A member of the Palestinian ministry of interior's Executive Force, Muhammad Adas, was also killed and five others injured after the Israeli forces shelled the forces' headquarters in the north of Gaza.

The residential tower block of "An Nada Towers" was also bombed on Wednesday afternoon; one Palestinian sustained a head injury. The residential tower block has been targeted several times this week.
Why might you have missed this? The New York Times reports the news from Gaza in the 31st paragraph of its article on Lebanon:
Israel also hit in Gaza, with the air force bombing three buildings used for making and storing weapons, according to the Israeli military.

A Palestinian teenager was shot and killed by Israeli troops near Gaza’s border fence, Palestinian hospital officials said. The Israeli military said it fired at people who had planted a bomb.
They did beat the Washington Post; here's the 32nd paragraph of their coverage today:
[Israel on Wednesday sent tanks into Gaza and launched airstrikes, killing two fighters, from Hamas and Islamic Jihad, in Gaza City, the Reuters news agency reported, citing medics. Palestinian officials said a total of seven people were killed overnight.]
And no, the brackets aren't mine; they're in the original. I guess that's the Post's way of making it clear that the deaths of Palestinians in Gaza really are nothing more than an afterthought.

For those who are keeping score at home, that's 42% of a "9/11" today alone in Gaza.

Update: The latest numbers:

Israeli forces killed 23 Palestinians in fighting across the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, including at least 11 militants, three children and a handicapped man, medics and witnesses said.
Which brings us up to 60% of a 9/11 -- in one day. And actually, that percentage is calculated vs. the total Palestinian population in Gaza and the West Bank. Considering only Gaza, proportionally the number of Palestinians killed today was 176% of a 9/11 - nearly twice as large a percentage of the population as were killed in the United States on 9/11.

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