Israeli army continues offensive on Gaza on 19th day 2009-01-14 17:12:59   Print

Special report: Palestine-Israel Conflicts 

Smoke rises following explosions from an Israeli airstrike in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, Jan. 13, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)
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    GAZA, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Israeli army has intensified on Wednesday morning its strikes on several targets in Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, killing four Palestinians as the Israeli offensive on the enclave continues on the 19th day.

    Gaza residents said that Israeli warplanes struck on Wednesday morning a house in Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in northern Gaza City, killing one Palestinian civilian in a next door house, where 10 other people wounded.

A Palestinian who was injured in an Israeli army strike is rushed to Shifa hospital in Gaza City, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009.

A Palestinian who was injured in an Israeli army strike is rushed to Shifa hospital in Gaza City, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009.(Xinhua Photo)
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    The Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) announced in a statement sent to reporters that two of its militants were also killed in an Israeli F-16 warplanes airstrike east of the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah.

    Another Palestinian militant, a member of the Islamic Jihad's armed wing Saraya al-Quds, was killed when an Israeli warplane struck him as he was driving a motorcycle in the city of Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip.

    Meanwhile, local radio reported Wednesday that Israeli warplanes fired dozens of smoke bombs on central Gaza City, adding that Gaza was covered with heavy white smoke. Gaza main central park was also badly damaged.

    Back to Rafah town, residents in the town said that Israeli warplanes continued on Wednesday morning launching missiles at the borderline between the town and Egypt, adding that at least 40 missiles hit the area.

 A Palestinian child who was injured in an Israeli army strike is rushed to Kmal Idwan hospital in Jabaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip Jan. 13, 2009.

A Palestinian child who was injured in an Israeli army strike is rushed to Kmal Idwan hospital in Jabaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip Jan. 13, 2009.(Xinhua Photo)
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    Palestinians dug hundreds of tunnels under the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt for smuggling goods from Egypt into the enclave which is under strict Israeli blockade.

    On Tuesday, 48 Palestinians were killed, 11 of them were from the village of Khoza'a east of the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis, where 40 houses in the village were badly damaged.

    Mo'aweya Hassanein, emergency chief said on Wednesday morning that 977 Palestinians were killed and 4500 wounded since the beginning of the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip on Dec. 27, 2008.

UN chief, Egyptian president meet on Gaza crisis

    CAIRO, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Visiting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday renewed his call for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, where about 977 Palestinians have been killed in the past 19 days of Israeli offensive against the Palestinian enclave.

    "I repeat my call for an immediate and durable ceasefire (in Gaza)," Ban said at a joint press conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit following talks with President Hosni Mubarak. Full story

Witnesses: Israeli army destroys main Gaza cemetery

    GAZA, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Israeli army F-16 warplanes Wednesday destroyed the main Gaza cemetery in northern Gaza City's Sheik Radwan neighborhood, local residents said.

    "The Israeli warplanes are not only targeting people alive, but they also destroy the graves of the dead," said Na'eem Abu Sh'aban,a resident of the neighborhood living near the cemetery. Full story

Israel fires back 9 rockets, while helicopters flew low over S Lebanon

    BEIRUT, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Israel responded firing back nine rockets into southern Lebanon areas of Arkoub and Habarieh in Hassbia region, while Israeli helicopters flew in low altitude over the area, al-Jazeera TV reported Wednesday.

    Two Katyusha rockets were launched Wednesday morning from southern Lebanon into Israeli town of Kiryat Shmouna, prompting an Israeli response of firing back the nine rockets.  Full story

Israel intensifies military offensive in populated areas of Gaza

    GAZA, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Israeli army intensified on Tuesday its air and ground military offensive on the Gaza Strip for 18th successive day, where its ground forces carried out short and quick incursions into populated areas.

    Palestinian witnesses and local radio stations said that the Israeli army on Tuesday had intensified its ground, air and sea strikes on houses and empty areas around Gaza city and in northern Gaza Strip. Full story

Report: Egypt-Hamas talks realize "positive outcome"

    CAIRO, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- The talks between Egyptian mediators and representatives of Hamas on a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip have reached "positive outcome," the Egyptian MENA news agency reported on Sunday.

    The two sides have agreed that the Israeli offensive against the Palestinian enclave should be stopped as soon as possible, MENA quoted an Egyptian official source as saying on condition of anonymity. Full story

Israeli army begins sending reservists into Gaza

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Sunday has begun sending its reservists into the Gaza Strip, signaling an expansion of the IDF ground incursion in the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave.

    An IDF spokesman told Xinhua some reservists have already entered Gaza and others will go afterwards. He declined to say how many reservists will go into the Strip. Full story

Exiled Hamas leader says to consider truce after Israel stops offensive

    DAMASCUS, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Exiled Hamas politburo leader Khaled Meshaal said on Saturday his group would consider a truce after Israel stopped its offensive against the Gaza Strip and lift blockade on the territory.

    Meshaal made the remarks in a televised statement in Damascus, demanding Israel to end its aggression, pull out its troops, open the crossing points first. Full story

Bush: cessation of Hamas rocket firing, arms smuggling key to Gaza cease-fire

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President George W. Bush has said that a lasting cease-fire in the Gaza Strip requires Palestinian militants to first stop rocket firing and arms smuggling, the White House said on Saturday.

    "President Bush emphasized the importance of bringing an end to rocket-fire against Israel and preventing arms smuggling into Gazaas the basis for a durable cease-fire," said White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe in a statement.Full story

Abbas says Israel must accept Egyptian plan on Gaza truce

    CAIRO, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday Israel must accept an Egyptian plan to put an end to the conflict in the Palestinian territory of Gaza Strip.

    Abbas made his call at a press conference following talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Saturday morning, saying Israel must accept the Egyptian proposal or "face the responsibility over the conflict." Full story

Editor: Lin Liyu
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