Palestinians viewing the extensive damage done by the Israeli Air Force in Gaza during the bombings of November 2012. The Israeli government waited until after the US elections to launch the assaults., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Israeli war on Gaza enters sixth day
Mon Nov 19, 2012 4:11AM GMT
The besieged Gaza Strip is being hit by Israeli airstrikes for the sixth consecutive day, with rising civilian casualties among the Palestinians due to the Israeli attacks.
At least eight Palestinians, including a child, were killed in the latest airstrikes on the Gaza Strip on Monday, raising the death toll from the Israeli aggression since Wednesday to 90.
The Israeli military says it has attacked the Gaza Strip 1,350 times since Wednesday.
The city of Rafah in southern Gaza Strip has been targeted in the latest Israeli airstrikes.
Israeli drones have bombarded the Ministry of Youth and Sports, as well as a stadium in Gaza.
Two people were killed and several others injured in Israeli airstrikes on Khan Yunis in southern Gaza. A Palestinian girl is reported to be in critical condition.
Reports indicate that fresh Israeli airstrikes have targeted eastern Gaza.
Meanwhile, two rockets fired by resistance fighters in Gaza hit the Israeli city of Eshkol and five others hit Ashkelon.
Also on Monday, Izzeddin Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, attacked Israel’s Re’em military camp with missiles.
An explosion was also heard in the Israeli town of Eilat, situated at the northern tip of the Red Sea. The Israeli military announced that the town had been hit by a Palestinian rocket.
Gazan rockets also hit the cities of Be’er Sheva and Gan Yavne.
Red alert sirens have gone off in the Israeli city of Sha'ar HaNegev and the Eshkol regional council, as Palestinian resistance fighter fire retaliatory missiles into Israel.
Israeli TV has announced that Israel's Iron Dome missile shield has intercepted only 310 out of 1,000 Palestinian rockets fired into Israel.
Iran calls for international consensus against Israel
Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:0AM GMT
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for an international consensus against the ongoing Israeli aggression against Gaza and the restoration of peace and stability in the besieged Palestinian enclave.
In a telephone conversation with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Sunday, Ahmadinejad hailed his Egyptian counterpart’s efforts to restore peace, security and stability in Gaza.
“Our human and religious duty obliges us to make efforts to prevent the massacre of Gaza’s innocent people and restore peace and sustainable security in this region and also the entire land of Palestine,” Ahmadinejad said.
The Gaza Strip has been under Israeli fire for six consecutive days. Three Palestinians, including a child, were killed in the Israeli airstrikes on the enclave on Monday, raising the death toll from the aggression since Wednesday to 85.
Ahmadinejad further called for a clear plan to stop the violence and bloodshed in Gaza, urging an international consensus against the Israeli aggression.
The recent attacks on Gaza rage on as Israel keeps its crippling blockade on the strip, which it imposed in 2007.
“It is necessary to make all efforts to stop the massacre of women and children and the innocent people of Gaza and Palestine,” the Iranian president added.
Morsi, for his part, expressed concern over the situation of the people of Gaza and said he had been in contact with the leaders of other countries in order to reach an international consensus against Israel.
Iranian lawmakers strongly condemn Israeli war on Gaza
Mon Nov 19, 2012 5:0AM GMT
Iranian lawmakers have strongly condemned Israel’s recent attacks against the Gaza Strip, which have killed over 80 Palestinians since Wednesday.
In a statement on Sunday, 215 Iranian lawmakers said the ongoing Israeli aggression is aimed at “breaking up the Islamic resistance in Gaza and forcing Hamas as well as Islamic Jihad to surrender.”
“The hollow and savage Zionist regime [of Israel] has once again committed an act of atrocity with the all-out support of the United States and killed tens of innocent people, particularly women and children, in its numerous and extensive attacks against the oppressed and defenseless people of Gaza,” the statement read.
At least 85 Palestinians have been killed and some 700 others wounded since the beginning of the Israeli airstrikes on November 14.
On Saturday, Israeli warplanes bombed Hamas government buildings in Gaza. The Tel Aviv regime also authorized the mobilization of up to 75,000 reservists, preparing for a possible ground invasion.
Meanwhile, an Israeli commander has announced that the ground invasion of the impoverished Palestinian enclave was “definitely” possible.
The Iranian lawmakers added that the Israelis attacked Gaza in order to break up the Islamic resistance in Gaza “after 20 months of harassment operations and political and economic blockade against Syria.”
“The crushing response of the fighters of Gaza and the barrage of missiles against the Zionist regime at the depth of occupied lands proved the Zionist regime’s calculations wrong.”
Declaring their all-out support for the people of Gaza, the Iranian lawmakers said that the innocent people of Palestine would certainly prevail and Israel would suffer defeat.
Israel will face another defeat in Gaza: Iran MP
Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:33AM GMT
A senior Iranian lawmaker says the Israeli regime will face another defeat in the Gaza Strip, as the latest wave of deadly Israeli airstrikes on the besieged enclave continues unabated for the fifth day.
“The Zionist regime (Israel) is faced with a serious crisis and desperation; and like the 33-day and 22-day wars (on Lebanon and Gaza), the world will witness the regime’s defeat in its attack on Gaza,” Chairman of the Majlis Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Saturday.
He added that Israel’s aggression against the Gaza Strip was a pre-planned US plot and noted that certain countries in the region implemented the same scheme in an attempt to weaken the resistance and Hamas against Zionism.
Boroujerdi emphasized that the Israeli regime would definitely be disgraced by the resistance’s moves and its increasing power.
Nearly 50 Palestinians have been killed and more than 400 others wounded since the recent Israeli attacks against the Gaza Strip began on Wednesday. Many Palestinian women and children have been among the fatalities.
Israeli aircraft also bombed Hamas’ government buildings in the Palestinian territory on Saturday. The Tel Aviv regime also authorized the mobilization of up to 75,000 reservists, preparing for a possible ground invasion of the Gaza Strip.
Iran's president says strike on Gaza meant to secure Israel’s survival
Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:58AM GMT
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the Tel Aviv regime has staged a war against the besieged Gaza Strip in order to secure its survival.
The Iranian president made the remarks during a cabinet meeting held in Tehran on Sunday.
Ahmadinejad condemned the Israeli offensive against the Gaza Strip and called on the western countries -- which have defended Israel’s occupation of Palestine for decades -- to “allow the Palestinian nation to control their own destiny.”
Earlier in the day, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi slammed the international community’s indifference to the Israeli regime’s aggression against the Gaza Strip at an opening address to Syria’s National Dialog meeting.
Israeli airstrikes, shelling, and artillery fire have left 79 Palestinians dead and over 700 others injured since November 14. Some of the injured are in critical condition.
Israel conducted more than 130 aerial and sea attacks against the Gaza Strip on Sunday and Israeli naval gunboats fired shells and rockets on the Strip.
The Israeli military frequently carries out airstrikes and other attacks on the Gaza Strip, saying the actions are being conducted for defensive purposes.
However, disproportionate force is always used, in violation of international law, and civilians are often killed or injured.
Gaza has been blockaded since June 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.
The apartheid regime of Israel denies about 1.7 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, jobs that pay proper wages, and adequate healthcare and education.