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Gaza conflict: Palestinian death toll reaches 274 amid fierce fighting
The Guardian ^ | July 18 2014 | Guardian Staff

Posted on 07/18/2014 10:02:14 AM PDT by PoloSec

Israeli troops and tanks are engaged in fierce fighting in Gaza following the launch of a military ground operation on Thursday night with the initial aim of destroying Hamas tunnels that could be used to launch attacks on Israel.

In a night of sustained bombardment as well as fighting on the ground, Israel suffered its first military casualty of the 11-day war. The dead soldier – named as Eitan Barak, 20 – was possibly killed by so-called friendly fire in the north of Gaza. Two others were injured.

The Palestinian death toll since the start of the conflict passed 274, including at least 28 who were killed overnight, according to health officials in Gaza, with more than 2,000 injured. Israel launched air strikes against more than 100 targets overnight. Unrwa, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, said the number of displaced Gazans had almost doubled in the past 24 hours with more than 40,000 seeking sanctuary with the UN.

Hamas has warned Israel of "dreadful consequences" of the conflict's escalation. A statement issued by the Palestinian group warned: "We're with you in the field, and we aren't afraid of the ground assault."

The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, was visiting Turkey on Friday for talks on a ceasefire to halt Israel's ground offensive in the Gaza Strip after meetings on Thursday with the Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, as well as a senior Hamas official in Cairo.

Turkey, a long-time supporter of the Palestinian Islamist movement, is trying to use its influence to stop the fighting. On Thursday Recep Tayyip Erdoğan lashed out at both the UN and other Muslim countries for not taking action to stop the Israeli offensive against Gaza, which he said amounted to "systematic genocide".

(Excerpt) Read more at theguardian.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: hamas; israel; khaledmeshaal; waronterror

1 posted on 07/18/2014 10:02:14 AM PDT by PoloSec
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To: PoloSec
Hamas has warned Israel of "dreadful consequences" of the conflict's escalation.

I think Israel's tired of being bullied by Hamas... and it's about time....

2 posted on 07/18/2014 10:04:05 AM PDT by GOPJ (To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize-Voltaire)
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To: PoloSec

Friendly fire. Nothing like fighting at night in an urban environment. Very difficult situation to be sure.


3 posted on 07/18/2014 10:04:46 AM PDT by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept? Vive Deco et Vives)
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To: GOPJ

“Hamas has warned Israel of “dreadful consequences” of the conflict’s escalation.”

Not if theres none of ‘em left.


4 posted on 07/18/2014 10:07:48 AM PDT by V_TWIN
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To: PoloSec

Any of those casualties Code Pink or Bill Ayers?

Pray America wakes up


5 posted on 07/18/2014 10:07:53 AM PDT by bray (Palin/Bibi 2016)
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To: PoloSec
Abbas, was visiting Turkey on Friday for talks on a ceasefire to halt Israel's ground offensive...

Doesn't Abbas have much to gain the longer that Israel bashes Hamas?

6 posted on 07/18/2014 10:07:58 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: PoloSec

Since Palis love death more than life...

Let the bodies pile up....


7 posted on 07/18/2014 10:08:28 AM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: PoloSec

274? It’s a start.


8 posted on 07/18/2014 10:08:34 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: PoloSec; xzins
It is truly an odd war where one side is actually trying to get as many of their own people killed as humanly possible.

But then they are doing it in order to give the bleeding heart media ammunition to attack Israel. The media is the Palestinians most potent weapon and the more of their own people are killed, the more the liberal hearts bleed and call for Israel's surrender.

Those deaths should be laid at the feet of liberal politicians and the mainstream media. They have blood on their hands and it is the blood of their beloved Jew Hating Palestinians

9 posted on 07/18/2014 10:10:50 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: PoloSec
It's going to take one hell more than 274 to cleanse Gaza and return peace to Israel. Citizens were warned in plenty of time to get out of Gaza. No way not to determine friendly or foe so be it.
10 posted on 07/18/2014 10:11:08 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: P-Marlowe

Even more strange is Egypt refusing to let people leave Gaza.


11 posted on 07/18/2014 10:11:48 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: PoloSec

Looks like one side is winning.

It took an empty suit in the white house to get Israel to act in her better interests and quit farting around with murderous children.


12 posted on 07/18/2014 10:14:40 AM PDT by cuban leaf (The US will not survive the obama presidency. The world may not either.)
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To: DariusBane

Israel has been big on “model airplane” type drones for decades. I wonder what kind of eyes they have in the sky for this thing.


13 posted on 07/18/2014 10:15:43 AM PDT by cuban leaf (The US will not survive the obama presidency. The world may not either.)
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To: AppyPappy

Not really - Hamas is aligned with the enemies of Egypt’s government, and Hamas is well known for disguising its “leaders” and fighters as civilians.

I would consider it self-defense, myself.


14 posted on 07/18/2014 10:16:03 AM PDT by MortMan (All those in favor of gun control raise both hands!)
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To: PoloSec

Suicide by cop

Suicide by soldier


15 posted on 07/18/2014 10:16:44 AM PDT by Lexington Green (America has become one big re-education camp.)
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To: hal ogen

Look out virgins, here they come!


16 posted on 07/18/2014 10:19:38 AM PDT by JayAr36 (OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER WHEN THIS A FREE COUNTRY)
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To: PoloSec

This Paleo death toll is just about all combat deaths. You fight the Israelis and you just might die today! And meet your pagan moon god.


17 posted on 07/18/2014 10:21:21 AM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: PoloSec

I’ll bet there hasn’t been a recorded Arab death within 500 to 750 miles of the Gaza Strip over the last three or four days, other than these ‘victims’ of Israeli crimes /s.


18 posted on 07/18/2014 10:27:11 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Think how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are stupider than that.)
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To: PoloSec

C’mon Sean Penn.. pay a visit to your Hamas buds in Gaza.


19 posted on 07/18/2014 10:31:55 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: hal ogen
274? It’s a start

But a paltry one. The Israelis had better get far more busy with that body count before they catch increased pressure for a "ceasefire."

20 posted on 07/18/2014 10:33:40 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: PoloSec

Israelis use missiles to defend children. palestinians use children to defend missiles.


21 posted on 07/18/2014 10:34:58 AM PDT by bravo whiskey (we shouldn't fear the government. the government should fear us.)
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To: DoughtyOne
I’ll bet there hasn’t been a recorded Arab death within 500 to 750 miles of the Gaza Strip over the last three or four days, other than these ‘victims’ of Israeli crimes /s.

That's a bet you'll win! Some of those 'victims' probably died multiple times, hauled out of morgues or dug up from graves after death from untimely accidents, sickness or old age. The Pali's have done it before and repeat doing it parading corpses in view of media.

22 posted on 07/18/2014 10:35:35 AM PDT by roadcat
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To: PoloSec

They totally accept ANYTHING the Palestinians say as Gospel


23 posted on 07/18/2014 10:35:42 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: PoloSec
Excerpts from a letter July 16..17?, 2014

The booms directly overhead made me look up -- and them immediately wish I hadn’t, because the rockets were really DIRECTLY OVERHEAD.

Think about that. Think about what you would do if ONE ROCKET threatened your children.

“BUT xxxx,” shout the Tel Avivim. “WHAT ABOUT THE POOR INNOCENT PEOPLE IN GAZA? OVER 200 HAVE BEEN KILLED IN THE LAST 10 DAYS!”

Yes. And that is a tragedy. It really is. Do you know why they have been killed? Because whereas Israel chose to invest in the early warning system of alarms and the Iron Dome anti-missile system, Hamas chose to invest in building underground tunnels for its “army” to use. Ordinary civilians don’t have access to those tunnels. Israel educates its citizens. When we hear the alarm, we know we need to take cover. Hamas instructs women, children, and families to remain in areas the IDF has announced it will target.

Hamas hides its bombs in family homes, in hospitals, in schools. Just today, UNRWA was stunned to discover 20 rockets hidden in one of its schools in Gaza. They were probably the only ones surprised by this incident.

When the IDF plans to target an area, it sends text messages to residents. It drops leaflets warning them to evacuate. It fires warning shots. And Hamas tells the citizens of Gaza: IGNORE THEM. DON’T LISTEN. STAY IN YOUR HOMES.

And then they die. It’s tragic, but it’s also what they are apparently choosing for themselves.

24 posted on 07/18/2014 10:45:41 AM PDT by yoe
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To: AppyPappy

“Even more strange is Egypt refusing to let people leave Gaza.”

Who wants either Palisimians or Hamasimians near them?


25 posted on 07/18/2014 10:52:16 AM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est. Because of what Islam is - and for what Muslims do.)
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To: hal ogen

274 x 72 virgins = 19,728. That’s making Allah very unhappy.


26 posted on 07/18/2014 10:53:41 AM PDT by DownInFlames
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To: PoloSec

Here’s a running account of news reports related to these recent events with Israel and Hamas. If you want to catch up on the news accounts ... they are here ...

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/stisraelhamas/index

It’s listed from newest to oldest, so go to the bottom to start.


27 posted on 07/18/2014 11:01:45 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: AppyPappy

Egyptians Hoping Israel Will Destroy Hamas
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3181177/posts

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi has thus far turned down appeals from Palestinians and other Arabs to work toward achieving a new ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

Palestinian Authority [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas telephoned Sisi and urged him to intervene to achieve an “immediate ceasefire” between Israel and Hamas. Abbas later admitted that his appeal to Sisi and (other Arab leaders) had fallen on deaf ears.

Sisi’s decision not to intervene in the current crisis did not come as a surprise. In fact, Sisi and many Egyptians seem to be delighted that Hamas is being badly hurt.

Some Egyptians are even openly expressing hope that Israel will completely destroy Hamas, which they regard as the “armed branch of the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization.”

Sisi’s Egypt has not forgiven Hamas for its alliance with Muslim Brotherhood and its involvement in terrorist attacks against Egyptian civilians and soldiers over the past year.

The Egyptians today understand that Hamas and other radical Islamist groups pose a serious threat to their national security. That is why the Egyptian authorities have, over the past year, been taking tough security measures not only against Hamas, but also the entire population of the Gaza Strip.


28 posted on 07/18/2014 11:04:15 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: GladesGuru

Arab World Increasingly Frustrated With Hamas
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3181606/posts

While Israel’s response to incessant rocket fire from Gaza drew the requisite condemnations from the Arab world and some in the international community, Arab media is increasingly open in criticizing Hamas for instigating the violence.

Media in Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Egypt blame Hamas’ actions for inviting Israeli counter attacks and prioritizing conflict over the safety of the Gazan population and criticized the leadership for waging war far from the conflict, a Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) report shows.

After Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal criticized Egyptian inaction in Gaza, Egyptian columnists responded emphatically.

“[Meshaal], we are tired of defending the [Palestinian] cause that you have sold for cheap to an MB (Muslim Brotherhood) gang whose way you followed even though they have lost their [own] way,” wrote columnist Hamdi Razaq. He also called Meshaal out for living in luxurious Qatari hotels instead of fighting in Gaza.

Hamas is losing its legitimacy because it was sacrificing Palestinians while using financial aid to promote its interests, wrote Al-Gumhouriyya columnist Nagla Al-Sayyid.

“All the Hamas leaders are doing – as they sit securely in their hiding places while leaving the people of Gaza alone under the fire of the Israeli shelling – is collecting donations in order to use them in the service of their ideas and the political [faction to which] they belong, while allowing the real enemy, the oppressive Zionist enemy, to fight innocents,” Al-Sayyid wrote, adding that Hamas has shown itself to be “an imbecilic and failed movement.”


29 posted on 07/18/2014 11:05:42 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Star Traveler

Hamas and those like them have destroyed Egypt’s tourism industry, a major source of cash for Egypt’s destitute economy. Egypt is desperate to restore their economy. Obama’s Arab Spring just about killed them.


30 posted on 07/18/2014 1:29:25 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: V_TWIN
I suspect it's another of those Saddām Hussein type lines: "... the mother of all battles" bullcrap...
31 posted on 07/18/2014 2:57:30 PM PDT by GOPJ (To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize-Voltaire)
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To: GOPJ

OH - but remember, Israel, Barry said you should be very, very careful to keep casualties down s/


32 posted on 07/18/2014 3:45:23 PM PDT by madmominct
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To: roadcat

Thanks RoadCat. And you’re correct, the media does just lap that stuff up.


33 posted on 07/18/2014 4:38:18 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Think how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are stupider than that.)
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To: GOPJ
"I suspect it's another of those Saddām Hussein type lines:" Yeah, they do talk a lot tougher than they are
34 posted on 07/18/2014 4:43:06 PM PDT by V_TWIN
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To: Star Traveler

The Arab world is growing increasingly frustrated with the Hamasimians because they are not killing anywhere enough Jews to satisfy the nasty lil’ Sand Savages.


35 posted on 07/18/2014 11:05:44 PM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est. Because of what Islam is - and for what Muslims do.)
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To: GladesGuru

Arab World Increasingly Frustrated With Hamas
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3181606/posts

While Israel’s response to incessant rocket fire from Gaza drew the requisite condemnations from the Arab world and some in the international community, Arab media is increasingly open in criticizing Hamas for instigating the violence.

Media in Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Egypt blame Hamas’ actions for inviting Israeli counter attacks and prioritizing conflict over the safety of the Gazan population and criticized the leadership for waging war far from the conflict, a Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) report shows.

After Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal criticized Egyptian inaction in Gaza, Egyptian columnists responded emphatically.

“[Meshaal], we are tired of defending the [Palestinian] cause that you have sold for cheap to an MB (Muslim Brotherhood) gang whose way you followed even though they have lost their [own] way,” wrote columnist Hamdi Razaq. He also called Meshaal out for living in luxurious Qatari hotels instead of fighting in Gaza.

Hamas is losing its legitimacy because it was sacrificing Palestinians while using financial aid to promote its interests, wrote Al-Gumhouriyya columnist Nagla Al-Sayyid.

“All the Hamas leaders are doing – as they sit securely in their hiding places while leaving the people of Gaza alone under the fire of the Israeli shelling – is collecting donations in order to use them in the service of their ideas and the political [faction to which] they belong, while allowing the real enemy, the oppressive Zionist enemy, to fight innocents,” Al-Sayyid wrote, adding that Hamas has shown itself to be “an imbecilic and failed movement.”


36 posted on 07/19/2014 1:25:15 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: V_TWIN
Yes, they do... lots of ‘blood in the streets’, mother of all battles, etc type... rhetoric. It's almost comical...
37 posted on 07/19/2014 8:59:29 AM PDT by GOPJ (To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize-Voltaire)
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To: hal ogen
274? It’s a start.

Go 24/7/365 till it's over.

38 posted on 07/19/2014 9:02:23 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (This is known as "bad luck". - Robert A. Heinlein)
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