Tuesday, July 22, 2014 17:39
Multiple reports and witnesses in Gaza have confirmed that almost half of Gaza city is now covered with white phosphorus gas, according to tweets late Tuesday afternoon, yet unconfirmed, as bombs are exploding, people screaming and crying in multiple airstrikes that hit less than an hour ago, around 7:15 PM EST Tuesday.
It had been confirmed that planes dropped phosphorus gas Sunday and have been using other illegal weapons in the massacre of the people of Gaza, premeditated murder of thousands of people, mostly women and children according to Doctors Without Borders.
Israeli occupation forces are using lethal and internationally banned weapons in their aggression against Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, experts and witnesses said this morning.
Israeli warplanes had also fired white phosphorus munition Sunday in the eastern Gaza Strip.
One tweet about half of Gaza City now covered with white phosphorous gas as of Tuesday afternoon:
“White phosphorus burns fiercely and can set cloth, fuel, ammunition and other materials on fire, and cause serious burns or death. It was heavily used by Israel during its savage war on Gaza in 2008/2009, and caused many severe casualties,” reports the Middle East Monitor.
Palestinians and reporters who visited the scene are reporting scenes of total devastation.
From Gaza, Issam Sammour @IssamSammour tweeted 6:30 EST, “Isreali Navy shooting at Palestinian homes W of
Mohammed Suliman for the Middles East Monitor reports Tuesday:
“‘A massacre, a massacre!’ were the words my brother, who works as a doctor at Gaza’s al-Shifa Hospital, said as he yelled over the phone urging me to come to Gaza’s main hospital immediately. “Come witness the massacre,” he said.
“At first light, as I readied myself to go to the hospital, I heard knocks on my door. Three young men in tattered, seemingly burned clothes stood there. They asked me if I knew of any flats in the area they could rent. They were survivors of the yet unfinished massacre.
“’We’ve just fled from Shujayeh, there’s a massacre there,’ they told me before they walked away.”
Other witnesses said Israeli occupation used flechette bombs Saturday in Shujaya neighbourhood, killing 100 civilians in the bloodiest day Gaza has witnessed so far.
Doctors saw bodies with nail shrapnel, and removed them from the wounds of those who came into hospital. Several people and journalists collected nails from bomb sites and posted their photos on Facebook.
In the early days of the Israeli war, Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert told a press conference in Al-Shifa Hospital that he found effects of DIME weapons on the bodies of the Palestinian casualties.
“A good number of the injuries seen here are consistent with the use of dense inert metal explosives, or DIME, that we saw during the 2009 attack and also in 2006,” said Gilbert.
He continued: “The bodies are pretty much destroyed by the enormous energy released by the explosives that are shot near them or at them.”
As the Palestinian death toll in Gaza passed 600, the UN children’s agency Unicef reported that one third of them were children. Excluded in that figure were the numerous unborn children Israel has killed in the last three weeks.
Three pregnant mothers were among the 25 members of the Abu Jamaa family killed on 20 July, when Israeli forces struck a house near Khan Younis, with no warning. The dead included 18 children and five women. The family was eating iftar, the meal that breaks the Ramadan fast.
“Just as this family was being slaughtered, by an indisputable Israeli war crime, the US secretary of state John Kerry gave an interview in which he said, Israel’s attack on Gaza was an ‘appropriate and legitimate effort’ to defend itself,” reports Robin Beste for Stop The War Coalition. “A little earlier in the day, Kerry’s boss, President Obama, repeated his “strong support for Israel’s right to defend itself”.
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Obama gave this latest endorsement to Israel to continue the massacre, “after speaking with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu earlier in the day”.
“Predictably, Netanyahu was soon all over the media crowing about US support for Israel’s indiscriminate bombardment of the most densely populated place on Earth, and announcing that Israel planned to intensify the carnage in Gaza over the coming days,” Beste reported.
“Britain’s prime minister David Cameron also spoke to Netanyahu a day earlier, to whom he repeated “our recognition of Israel’s right to take proportionate action to defend itself”, as he reported to Parliament on 21 July.
“Cameron didn’t say whether it was ‘proportionate’ to kill 200 children, or four boys playing football on a beach, or 25 family members as they sat down for a meal.
“Was it ‘proportionate to litter the streets of the Shujai’iya dictrict in Gaza City with dozens of bodies of mainly women and children, after it had been effectively carpet-bombed?” Beste asks. “Was it ‘proportionate’ to bomb hospitals and a home for the disabled?”
“My children were crying and we walked as fast as we could till we got to al-Shujayeh Square where ambulances picked us up.”
“When they got to al-Shifa hospital, Ahmed was reunited with the rest of his family. He saw his dead brother for only a short time as bodies were being piled on top of each other as new ambulances arrived.
“Hamada al-Ghafeer described his and his family’s survival as ‘a miracle.’
“As bombs fell down, he and his family hid under the stairs, broken glass showering over them.
“I prayed that I’d die before my kids and not live to see them torn and burnt in front of my eyes,” 39-year-old Hamad said.
“They were bent on obliterating all of al-Shujayeh. I can’t believe we outlived this massacre. It’s a miracle, a rebirth.”
Gaza’s death toll reached 631 on Tuesday: 161 chiledren, 66 women and 35 elderly men. The number of injured in Gaza reached 4010 on Tuesday: 1213 chiledren, 698 women and 161 elderly men.
A displaced mother from the Shejaiya neighborhood in the Gaza Strip cuddles her baby daughter at the UN school where she and others have taken refuge after fleeing heavy fighting in their area, on July 21, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Marco Longari)
Over 100,000 people in Gaza have fled to shelters established by the United Nations, but there is no more room in those for evacuees, according to Democracy Now! today.
“Unimaginably Catastrophic” was the Democracy Now! lead in its article, As Gaza’s Displaced Top 100,000, Israel Reportedly Shells U.N. School.
“The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees says the number of people seeking refuge at its sites in Gaza has soared to more than 100,000
“With the borders of Gaza sealed by the Israeli and Egyptian siege, no wonder the desperate response from its people — as Israel bombards the whole area by land, sea and air — is, where else is there for us to go?” Beste with Stop The War Coalition asks.
Doctors Without Borders, or Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) doctors working in Al Shifa hospital in Gaza City reported “women and children comprised most of the wounded” arriving Sundaymorning. Audrey Landmann, MSF medical coordinator in Gaza, said Israel’s ground offensive has meant “indiscriminate” bombing, and noted that “those who die are civilians.”
“The shocking fact is that these dozens, hundreds, of personal horror stories are the result of deliberate decisions taken by the Israeli army,” Ben White reports for Middle East Monitor. “On the day of the attack, IDF officers boasted that they were ‘taking off the gloves.’ Even as the ground offensive got underway late Thursday, Israeli tanks had ‘received an order to open fire at anything that moved.’
Truthseekers, an email list that tends to lean to the right more often than not, sent an email Tuesday with some of the recent horrific photos emerging out of Gaza.
“Let’s remember that OUR tax $$ go to the Israeli war machine,” the email reads. “So, are churches all across the USA promoting or condemning mass murder? What would/ does Jesus say about this?
“Lame stream media will not show these images because it might take away from our attention to sports.
“Absolutely horrific pictures of the caged slaughter over the last day or so, pictures that the msm won’t show us. No need to look at all of them, but we need to address the reality. This is genocide, in our day, in our time. Soulless, senseless, unGodly genocide. And you and I have had money taken from our paychecks to finance this.”
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