From Gaza, with Love

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

In Beit Hanoun Again

Israeli artillery bombardment of Beit Hanoun kills at
least 20,
injures over 35, many are women and children
Date: 08 / 11 / 2006 Time: 09:28

A Palestinian father despairs after his
whole family was killed in Beit Hanoun
Gaza - Ma'an - Israel has renewed its assault on the
Gaza Strip, killing at least 20 Palestinians on
Wednesday morning.

Palestinian medical sources reported that dozens of
Palestinian citizens had been killed or injured in an
Israeli artillery bombardment of Beit Hanoun in the
north of Gaza Strip. A large number of women and
children were also injured in the shelling.

The sources said the preliminary number of the
citizens killed is 18, but rising. In addition, more
than 35 were injured. Many of the dead arrived at the
hospital fragmented in pieces.

The bombing targeted the house of two brothers, Sa'ed
and Sa'di Al-'Athamneh from Al-Kafarneh district in
the town of Beit Hanoun.

Eleven members of the Al-'Athamneh family were killed,
including a one-year old girl. The killed are:

Ne'meh Al-'Athamneh
Mohammed Al-'Athamneh
Mahmoud Al-'Athamneh
Mahdi Al-'Athamneh
Sa'ed Al-'Athamneh
Mohammed Al-'Athamneh
Fatmeh Al-'Athamneh
Nihad Al-'Athamneh
Arafat Al-'Athamneh
Dima Al-'Athamneh (1 year old girl)
Another young girl, Ala' Al-'Athamneh

The medical services are identifying the rest of the
dead but it is proving difficult to identify them due
to their fragmented bodies and the critical condition
in which they arrived at the Kamal 'Udwan Hospital in
Beit Lahiya. In Kamal 'Udwan Hospital, there are 12
dead and in Kamal Naser Hospital there are 4 dead. The
number of people killed is raising by the minute.

Eyewitnesses said that the Israeli artillery bombed
the houses while the residents were sleeping,
resulting in the large number of casualties.
Palestinians are comparing this massacre to the Qana
massacre by the Israeli army in south Lebanon 3 months

The government spokesman, Ghazi Hamad, appealed to the
international community on the Al-Jazeera satellite
channel to mobilize and stop Israel carrying out such
massacres against unarmed Palestinians.

Reports are also coming in that armed Palestinians are
firing at the European Union building in Gaza City.

Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert and defense
minister Amir Peretz have expressed their "regret"
over the deaths of Palestinian civilians in Beit
Hanoun. The two men also said that they will offer the
Palestinian Authority urgent humanitarian assistance
and immediate medical care for the wounded.

Peretz also ordered an urgent investigation into the
bombardment and a halt to artillery fire at the Gaza
Strip until completion of the inquiry into the

Dr. Haidar Eid
Ph.D English Literature


  • Ya haram!

    It's been a day of celebration here in the US so nobody is paying attention to what's been going on in Palestine the last few days (funny how it tends to work that way...).

    I'm so sorry. Like so much of what the Israelis do to the Palestinians, it's absolutely dreadful.

    Thanks for always sharing with us what's going on when nobody else does.

    Blessings to you.

    By Blogger Michelle, at 11/09/2006 6:12 AM  

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