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Israeli strikes kill more Palestinians as death toll surpasses 100
Al Jezeera ^ | 07/11/14 | Al jezeera and wire services

Posted on 07/12/2014 5:18:03 AM PDT by bert

Prime Minister Netanyahu said Friday that he would not stop airstrikes despite international concerns

July 11, 2014 8:44AM ET Updated 4:30PM ET

Israeli airstrikes on Gaza killed four more Palestinians before dawn on Friday, raising the death toll from the four-day offensive to 120, including dozens of civilians, while a Hamas rocket struck a fuel tanker at an Israeli gas station, setting a blaze that injured eight in the port city of Ashdod.

The developments came as Israeli politicians hinted they could order the first ground invasion of Gaza in five years, and as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a news conference Friday that Israel will at least continue its offensive until rocket fire out of Gaza is halted.

"I will end it when our goals are realized. And the overriding goal is to restore the peace and quiet," Netanyahu said, brushing off a question about possible cease-fire efforts.

The Israeli military has carried out more than 1,000 strikes against Gaza targets, and some 20,000 Israeli army reservists have been mobilized despite urgent calls for de-escalation from the international community — even Israel’s staunchest ally, the United States.

Though neither Netanyahu nor Hamas leaders have budged since the offensive began, President Barack Obama told Netanyahu by telephone on Thursday that the United States was willing to help negotiate a cease-fire, the White House said.

"Nobody wants to see a ground invasion," a spokeswoman for Secretary of State John Kerry added on Friday.

Kerry has apparently sought contact with Egypt to help mediate the dispute, but Cairo lost favor with Hamas when Egypt's military council toppled the Muslim Brotherhood president and declared the Islamist group a terrorist organization.

Israel's offensive followed a buildup in violence after three Israeli students were killed in the occupied West Bank last month and a Palestinian youth was killed in a suspected revenge attack in Jerusalem. Israel says it has struck targets in Gaza from the air and the sea, including Hamas commanders' homes, which it describes as command and control centers.

Hamas rocket fire escalated after Israeli forces arrested hundreds of the group’s members and activists in the West Bank while searching for the youths, who Israel said were abducted and killed by Hamas. But the 680 rockets fired at Israel so far have caused no fatalities, due in part to interception by Israel's U.S.-funded Iron Dome aerial defense system.

But medical officials in Gaza said at least 70 civilians, including children, are among the 120 killed since the offensive began Tuesday. Hamas reported that at least 200 houses were bombed by Israel since then and that most of the fatalities have come as a result of those bombings.

A Friday airstrike on a house in Gaza City killed a man described by Palestinian officials as a doctor and pharmacist. Medics and residents said an Israeli aircraft also bombed a three-story house in the southern town of Rafah, killing three people.

The armed wing of Hamas, which has targeted Israeli civilians in the past, has warned airlines that it intends to target Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion international airport. Despite daily rocket launches at Tel Aviv since Tuesday, international airlines have continued to fly into the airport.

"We warn you against carrying out flights to Ben Gurion airport, which will be one of our targets today because it also hosts a military air base," read a statement by the group's Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades.

Targeting civilians

The international community has voiced concern over the Israeli offensive, with the United Nations human rights office adding Friday that Israel's air campaign may violate international laws prohibiting the targeting of civilians.

"We have received deeply disturbing reports that many of the civilian casualties, including of children, occurred as a result of strikes on homes," said Navi Pillay, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights. "Such reports raise serious doubt about whether the Israeli strikes have been in accordance with international humanitarian law and international human rights law.”

French President Francois Hollande, meanwhile, voiced his concern at the civilian deaths and called for a truce. Hollande and Kerry both spoke to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who is based in the West Bank and entered a power-sharing deal with Hamas in April after years of feuding.

But many commentators suspect international diplomacy will take a backseat while the increasingly polarized Hamas and Israeli sides refuse to relent. Though many expect the exchange of fire to fizzle out and another tentative cease-fire to be brokered, there is reason to suspect de-escalation of this flare-up could be even more difficult than in previous Hamas-Israel conflicts, said Daniel Levy, a former Israeli negotiator.

The Israeli government is shifting to the right and pressuring Netenyahu to crack down harder on Hamas than he ever has in his cumulative eight years of power. “Israeli military planners urge caution, but the political center of gravity lies elsewhere,” Levy wrote in The Guardian on Friday. “Netenyahu may decide that the political risks associated with inaction trump all other considerations.”

Adding to fears of regional instability, rocket fire from southern Lebanon struck Israel near the Lebanese border on Friday, prompting the Israeli military to respond with artillery fire toward the source, military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said.

Lebanon's state-run National News Agency said that one of those suspected of firing the rockets was wounded and rushed to a hospital. The Lebanese military said troops found two rocket launchers and dismantled them.

It is unclear who was behind the initial attack, though Southern Lebanon is a stronghold of the Shia militant group Hezbollah, which has battled Israel numerous times. Recent fire from Lebanon has also been blamed on Palestinian factions in the area, with past attacks also having been claimed by a Lebanon-based Al-Qaeda-linked group, the Battalions of Ziad Jarrah.


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1 posted on 07/12/2014 5:18:03 AM PDT by bert
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To: bert

Good. Kill all of them.


2 posted on 07/12/2014 5:20:18 AM PDT by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: bert

When I was very young, the Suez crisis was in the headlines. I said it back then and repeat it now...All those arabs are nuts.


3 posted on 07/12/2014 5:20:38 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: bert

Maybe the Palis should stop firing rockets? Just a suggestion.


4 posted on 07/12/2014 5:20:42 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian
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"The fiancee of Abdul Rahman Zamil, mourns over his body at a hospital morgue on July 7, 2014. Zamil was a member of the Ezzeddin al-Qassam Brigades, a military arm of Hamas."

Spooky photo

5 posted on 07/12/2014 5:21:16 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. GOPc.+12 ..... Obama is public enemy #1)
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To: bert

only 100?
Try using larger bombs.


6 posted on 07/12/2014 5:24:07 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: Sacajaweau

Ahhh yes..... the United Arab Republic, remember that?

A brief fit of rationalism to fulfill the Panarab vision of Laurence of Arabia withered and died.


7 posted on 07/12/2014 5:27:09 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. GOPc.+12 ..... Obama is public enemy #1)
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To: bert

“Hurry up Youssef, photo op.”


8 posted on 07/12/2014 5:28:01 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (GM is dead and Al Queada is alive.)
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To: bert

Partner up with Hamas and this is what you get.......you harbor a terrorist you loose.


9 posted on 07/12/2014 5:31:01 AM PDT by caww
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To: bert

booooo hoooooo

/s


10 posted on 07/12/2014 5:31:21 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: bert

Dark side.....


11 posted on 07/12/2014 5:31:43 AM PDT by caww
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To: EQAndyBuzz

I think that’s Fatima in the middle, the one with the dark eyes. I can’t say for sure though, they all look alike


12 posted on 07/12/2014 5:34:31 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. GOPc.+12 ..... Obama is public enemy #1)
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To: bert
The Israeli military has carried out more than 1,000 strikes against Gaza targets, and some 20,000 Israeli army reservists have been mobilized despite urgent calls for de-escalation from the international community — even Israel’s staunchest ally, the United States.

With allies like the current United States, who needs adversaries?

13 posted on 07/12/2014 5:36:20 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: bert

I can only call it a good start.


14 posted on 07/12/2014 5:37:28 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: bert

Women in slave-garb... and the whole world ignores the fact.


15 posted on 07/12/2014 5:39:19 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: bert

Only 100? Until they start wiping them out by the thousands, the “civilians” will keep supporting the Hamas’ of the world. Muzzies only fear dominance, so it will be up to the West and Israel to dominate.


16 posted on 07/12/2014 5:39:43 AM PDT by Go Gordon (Barack McGreevey Obama)
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To: bert

But where is Green Helmet Guy and his ghoulish dessert cart of dead babies? Does not all that rubble hold even one teddy bear or pacifier?


17 posted on 07/12/2014 5:40:06 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (This is known as "bad luck". - Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: BigCinBigD
Yup. Gloves are off. Bare knuckle, knock-down-drag-out, snot slingin', mud throwin' clobberin' time.
18 posted on 07/12/2014 5:41:18 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Can anyone tell me who the head of the Muslim peace movement is?)
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To: bert

Just 120?

Pikers.


19 posted on 07/12/2014 5:42:51 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: BigCinBigD
Well, if they'd stop hiding behind Mosques, Hospitals, Home for the Retarded, schools, etc., then maybe we should pay attention but the Israelis inform the bastards just before targeting a target. Who else goes to those lengths to AVOID civilian casualties? Look at their brothers in Iraq and Syria. Mass killings everyday. Does the UN or the world look at them at all? It's Ramadan and their slaughtering each other. Israel, f__k the world, do what you need to do. You're the only ones fighting the Islamic warlords who are trying to kill the West.
20 posted on 07/12/2014 5:43:14 AM PDT by Netz
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To: bert

GREAT SHOT! So, this scum was in one of the most radical organizations, eh? Scum, rot in Islamic Hell.


21 posted on 07/12/2014 5:44:19 AM PDT by Netz
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To: bert
So, IOW, the Israeli's are winning.
22 posted on 07/12/2014 5:44:23 AM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: bert

C’mon, Bibi! The Palis are lining ‘em for you. Remember, there are no “civilians” there!


23 posted on 07/12/2014 5:47:39 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: bert

pretty impressive satellite dish on that house

for watching cartoons, no doubt?

I didn’t hear the UN commenting on humanitarianism about rockets coming down on Tel Aviv Jerusalem and Ben Gurion airport

Just waiting for a hamas rocket to “accidentally” hit al Aqsa


24 posted on 07/12/2014 5:47:44 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: bert

The figure a in a yellow shirt and black jeans with a baseball cap and sneakers appears to be a woman. The object slung on her left shoulder appears to be a camera. All of the men in the photo, whose shoes we can see, are wearing sandals, except one man, bottom center, descending, who has what appear to sneakers. No one in there right mind would be “attempting to find victims” of a collapsed house in sandals. These are not rescuers, they are sightseers who are getting in the way of any rescue attempts, however nugatory, and they exhibit absolutely no fear for their lives or well being, or the least concern for any victims.


25 posted on 07/12/2014 5:51:33 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (This is known as "bad luck". - Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: bert

>> Spooky photo

Yeah, and it’s not spontaneous. It was carefully staged, by a person or team with both propaganda and photography skills.


26 posted on 07/12/2014 5:52:27 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: BigCinBigD

Ditto. Kill them all. If dante were alive today there would 2 new circles of hell 1 for most politicians and 1 for jew haters, especially moosie barbarian scum.


27 posted on 07/12/2014 5:52:48 AM PDT by bravo whiskey (we shouldn't fear the government. the government should fear us.)
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To: bert

But where is Green Helmet Guy and his ghoulish dessert cart of dead babies? Does not all that rubble hold even one teddy bear or pacifier?


28 posted on 07/12/2014 5:52:49 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (This is known as "bad luck". - Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: bert; SJackson; Nachum; Slings and Arrows
Actually, it may well be that the Israeli count is far less, whereas Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other makeshift groups have killed many more arabs than Israelis this time around.

See the links to the blog ElderofZiyon below. According to him an NGO (supported by the EU no less) based in Gaza, on Thursday, counted 340 rocket launches from Gaza.

OTOH the IDF only counted 185 rockets passing into Israel during the same time. A disrepancy of more than 150 rockets.

Where did they go? Did they cause any damage?

Given the number of killed and injured Gaza civilians already this year, it is likely that quite a few of the victims durng the last 5 days have been caused by rockets fired from within Gaza.

On Thursday, over 150 Gaza rockets fell in Gaza. How many people did they kill?

WHAT REPORTERS NEED TO KNOW during Operation Protective Edge

29 posted on 07/12/2014 5:53:29 AM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: Sacajaweau

>> I said it back then and repeat it now...All those arabs are nuts.

I tend to think moon-god worshippers are possessed by demons controlled by Satan.

But whether “nuts” or possessed, the effect is the same and it ain’t good.


30 posted on 07/12/2014 5:56:38 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
What you are observing are :Fracta concretum trabes muscas.
An insect unique to that part of the world. Apparently.
31 posted on 07/12/2014 5:57:19 AM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day.)
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To: bert

Kill them all they are nothing but savages..get rid of them and then go after the rest of the rats..

I am just sorry the morons of this country elected the half wit as a president or we will be there to help..

LOVE YOU ISRAEL.GOD IS ON YOUR SIDE..


32 posted on 07/12/2014 5:59:52 AM PDT by PLD
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To: bert

Would that our pencil-necked, sissy poo so-called (p)resident have half or even one tenth the fearlessness that their prime minister has . . .


33 posted on 07/12/2014 6:00:57 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: Former Proud Canadian

s/. Well, they have to keep firing those ka-doucha rockets in retaliation for the 3 boys that were found killed under a pile of rocks. Pali-logic? /s


34 posted on 07/12/2014 6:03:39 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: bert

Be nice if one of those Hamas’ errant rockets would hit Aqsa Mosque ... pity ....


35 posted on 07/12/2014 6:03:40 AM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read newspapers you are misinformed)
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To: bert
“It has just been stated that the number killed is 120.
All of those killed have been Civilians.
More rockets have been fired into Israel.
Israel's actions could amount to a War crime,according to the UN.”
Israel has stated that all targets have been legitimate."

BBC Radio2 News 14:00h

36 posted on 07/12/2014 6:03:58 AM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day.)
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"...raising the death toll from the four-day offensive to 120, including dozens of civilians willing martyrs/idiots..."

There - fixed it!,

37 posted on 07/12/2014 6:04:18 AM PDT by airborne (My heroes don't wear capes - My heroes wear dog tags!)
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To: bert

How many actual bodies are there, and how many of the casualties are the same ones getting shuttled from site to site getting counted over and over again?


38 posted on 07/12/2014 6:04:51 AM PDT by tacticalogic
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How many actual bodies are there, and how many of the casualties are the same ones getting shuttled from site to site getting counted over and over again?

Good point.

39 posted on 07/12/2014 6:05:46 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Here's the one you are looking for......

"The body of three-year-old Mohammed Mnassrah, killed along with his parents and brother in an airstrike, is carried during his funeral in Al Maghazi refugee camp."

There are lots more at the link at the top

40 posted on 07/12/2014 6:06:01 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. GOPc.+12 ..... Obama is public enemy #1)
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To: bert
Israeli airstrikes on Gaza killed four more Palestinians before dawn on Friday, raising the death toll from the four-day offensive to 120, including dozens of civilians,

Which means the rest were combatants. Which also means the combatants are once again hiding behind the burkas and onesies of women and children.

41 posted on 07/12/2014 6:06:53 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: bert

I like the guy on the rights attire. Stripes & checks? He must be posing for the camera in his ramadan suit.


42 posted on 07/12/2014 6:07:10 AM PDT by certrtwngnut
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To: bert

Happy that one of their human shields makes a good anti-Israel photo op.

Maybe if they didn’t put their rocket launchers in civilian neighborhoods... but hey, that would mean not using human shields. And that’s just not the Muslim Way.


43 posted on 07/12/2014 6:08:13 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: bert

They look like dementers


44 posted on 07/12/2014 6:09:10 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: bert

http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Dementor


45 posted on 07/12/2014 6:10:16 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: bert

Palestinians started it, they are getting what they asked for.


46 posted on 07/12/2014 6:13:06 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: ScottinVA

Yep. Wake me when the body count is 6-digits.


47 posted on 07/12/2014 6:15:25 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!!)
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To: bert

Kill them all. Allah will know his martyrs...or not.


48 posted on 07/12/2014 6:17:06 AM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: bert

Yikes - look at the bunch in the background. Scary.

Reminds me of a time I was a store, thinking I was alone in one of the aisles and I turned around and one of these was standing behind me. I near jumped out of my skin. Thought it was Darth Vadar.

They shouldn’t be allowed to go in public in those things in western society.


49 posted on 07/12/2014 6:17:20 AM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: bert

Dead islamonazis get 72 virgins reward for murderings Christians and Jews ( and nearly anybody else on earth). Wouldn’t it be nice if they ALL get sent to their Satanic afterlife of orgiastic pleasures. ... ASAP!


50 posted on 07/12/2014 6:21:09 AM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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