New massacre in Gaza: Israeli warplanes strike family home, killing 12, mostly women and children

New massacre in Gaza: Israeli warplanes strike family home, killing 12, mostly women and children

Gaza : Palestine | Nov 18, 2012 at 3:15 PM PST
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A new massacre in Gaza ; Israeli warplanes strike on family home killing 12, mostly women and children1

Twelve Palestinians were killed—11 of one family, including five brothers and three women—and more than 20 others have been wounded in an Israeli raid by a warplane targeting a house in Gaza, located in Nasr Street. This brought the number of martyrs of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, which began last Wednesday, to 75, most of them women and children.

The number of wounded rose to more than 660, including 224 children, 113 women and 50 elders. Most of them are suffering serious wounds.

It is worth mentioning that the Israeli warplanes’ bombing focused, since the early morning hours of Sunday, on targeting the homes of Palestinian militants and civilians directly, leading to their complete destruction.

A Palestinian source said the Israeli raids are targeting the houses of Qassam Brigades activists, the armed wing of Hamas, and Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad.

The Red Cross, in Gaza, considered the targeting of the home of the al-Dalou family in Gaza Strip as evidence of the systematic targeting of civilians.

On Saturday night, five houses of Hamas military commanders were targeted by raids, according to the movement and witnesses. Additionally, the Israeli navy positioned off the enclave also intensively bombed Gaza City overnight and continued till Sunday morning, according to AFP.

In response to the massacre of the al-Dalou family, al-Qassam Brigades said fighters sent a Fajr missile to Tel Aviv, shelling an Israeli warship and military bases near the Gaza border.

An Israeli police spokesman said Israel's Iron Dome interceptor system shot down two incoming rockets from the Gaza Strip on Sunday night and no casualties or damage was reported.

It was the second strike on Israel's commercial capital on Sunday. In an earlier attack, one person was hurt by falling debris from a rocket that was intercepted south of the city.

Israeli media reported witness accounts that two explosions were heard in Tel Aviv, without mentioning any details, whereas all the Israeli media are prevented from publishing any news before being approved by the military censor.

Earlier, Hamas' armed wing, al-Qassam Brigades, announced it fired on an Israeli warship facing Gaza’s coast. Furthermore, it had fired a Fajr 5 rocket to Tel Aviv, Herzliya, about 85 kilometers from Gaza. Shortly before, al-Qassam Brigades announced the shooting down of a helicopter in northern Gaza and stressed that they recorded this operation and will publish it soon.

The spokesman for the Israeli Police, Micky Rosenfeld, said that projectile debris set fire to a car in Holon, south of Tel Aviv, causing no injuries. Rosenfeld added that seven people in several areas in southern Israel were injured due to missiles and rockets fired from the Gaza Strip.

Furthermore, in south Israel, two people were slightly injured in Ashkelon, near the Gaza Strip, after a rocket attack, according to Israeli emergency services. A building was hit hard, said an army source.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that his country is ready to significantly intensify the operation in Gaza. He also said that the Israeli military has targeted more than 1,000 places in Gaza.

Israeli media reported that Israel has authorized the mobilization of up to 75,000 reservists, preparing for a possible ground invasion of Gaza. Other sources, as well as the Times of London newspaper, said that after mobilizing 16,000 reserve troops, the Israeli army is calling up another 31,000 to launch a ground invasion to destroy Hamas’ military infrastructure and rocket stocks across the Gaza Strip within the coming 48 hours.


Let's speak frankly: Does the Gaza Strip need all these forces and all this equipment by the Israeli army for the ground operation, in which its aim is impossible to achieve—that is, to eliminate the Palestinian resistance?

I think that what is published through the media is very different from what is going on behind the scenes. The US president, in his second term, seems to be more aware and conscious of the consequences of what Israel intends to do in Gaza, and what will happen to their troops if they enter Gaza. President Obama did not give Netanyahu the green light for a ground operation in Gaza.

I guess there are no serious signs indicating a will of the invasion, except the unusual movement on the border with Gaza. This has happened many times before.

Israel understands the meaning of a ground operation in Gaza. Perhaps the soldiers who took part in the recent Lebanon war will tell their colleagues what had surprised them during that war, which is expected to be in Gaza even tougher.

Israel has no targets in Gaza to bomb. That’s why they keep shelling the same sites several times. The painful part is that in every invasion or war they execute massacres and target civilians, the same as happened today with al-Dalou family and many other civilians. What Israel did in Gaza during the past few days is the reaction of an army that extremely failed to achieve its goal.

I expect that Israel will try to kill a famous Palestinian member of any faction, just to show the Israeli people that they are the victors. But it seems that the Israeli people are quite sure that their leadership does not care about anything except winning the elections. Therefore, the current government should kiss goodbye the political life forever. Violence will never solve what political negotiations can resolve.

Finally, although the air strikes exceeded 1,000 times, the Palestinian resistance still sent a message that even if the Israeli officials did not understand it, millions of Israelis will. The shelters are now home to millions of Israelis. I hereby repeat that the international community should interfere to stop what is happening, as the victims are certainly innocent people who became disabled and suffering from psychological disorders, which will affect their future.


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A new massacre in Gaza ; Israeli warplanes strike on family home killing 12, mostly women and children
The father of Jumana Abu Sefan, 18 months, and her brother Tamer, 3, reacts next to their bodies during their funeral in north Gaza, Nov. 18, 2012. Reuters
saleh1966 is based in Gaza, Ġazzah, Palestine, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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