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Gaza ‘Bloodbath’ Prompts UN investigation Into Israel Massacre: Death toll passes 700, Over 4500 Wounded
The death toll passed 700 in Gaza Wednesday with Israel bombing another UN refugee shelter. Talks to end Israel’s 16-day assault on the Gaza Strip intensified and most of the world’s UN members voted for it to launch a probe Wednesday into Israel’s attacks.
The UN Human Rights Council has launched a probe into Israel’s Gaza offensive, backing Palestinians efforts to hold Israel up to international scrutiny. The 46-member council backed a Palestinian-drafted resolution by 29 votes, with Arab and Muslim countries joined by China, Russia, Latin American and African nations. The United States was the sole member to vote against the probe. European countries, Japan and South Korea abstained.
“The voting came as bloodbath in the Gaza Strip continued unabated with Israel and Hamas refusing to back down in the 16-day conflict that has killed over 680 Palestinians and 31 Israelis,’ Reuters reports.
The Israeli assault has killed over 706 Palestinians and wounded more than 4,519, according to Gaza health ministry sources. 34 Israelis, 32 of whom were soldiers, and a Thai worker died in Israel.
This morning, Israel bombed the UN refugee shelter North of Gaza, killing at least ten Palestinians and wounding others.
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Press TV aired a video of Israeli’s white phosphorous bomb attacks on the city of Gaza. Other news networks remain silent about this latest illegal attack on the people of Gaza, caged on all sides, unable to escape.
U.S.-backed Israeli Aparthieid and genocide have reached a record hgh in Gaza. Since July 7, Israel has killed at least 640 Palestinians in
#Gaza, including over 155 children. Most victims have been women, children and the elderly.
White phosphorous (WP) is a powerful incendiary weapon. It burns fiercely, igniting cloth, fuel, ammunition and other combustibles. Smoke-producing white phosphorus munitions are common, particularly as smoke grenades for infantry, loaded in grenade launchers on tanks and other armored vehicles, or part of the ammunition for artillery or mortars.
WP incendiaries disburse a cloud of white phosphorous dust that ignites at 86 degrees and will not stop burning until its oxygen supply is cut. When WP dust contacts the human body, approximately 98.6 degrees, it burns… and burns… and burns. People killed or wounded by WP look like they’ve been dipped in acid.
Israel has used another cancer-inducing bombs, such DIME bombs in Gaza.
“In need of defending themselves, Gazans have developed some weapons that are incomparable to Israel’s high-tech weaponry.” the Daliy Sabah reported Tuesday.
“The whole world is aware of the magnitude of Israel’s arms inventory and also it is known that Israel has nuclear bombs. Israel, which has many fighter jets, nuclear bombs and an advanced air defense system, has never avoided using cancer-inducing bombs that are prohibited to use like white phosphorous bombs.
“Former head of the Israeli parliament, Yaakov Ederi, confirmed that the Israeli army used white phosphorous bombs against Lebanon in 2006.”
Breaking: Massacre Happening Now: ‘Half Gaza City Covered With White Phosphorus Gas’
by Deborah Dupré, 22 July 2014
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.
Atomic bombing raids of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not history’s deadliest bomb attacks. On March 9, 1945, an incendiary raid on Tokyo killed 100,000 Japanese, leaving approximately 1 million more homeless – in a single night.
By 1980, the civilized world determined that burning civilians was unacceptable, morally wrong. That year, a new section added to the Geneva Convention banned the use of incendiaries on or near civilians, making it a crime.
Palestinians and reporters who visited the scene are reporting Israel’s war crime scenes of total devastation.
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”.
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.
Over 100,000 people in Gaza have fled to shelters established by the United Nations, but there is no more room 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 Sunday morning. 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.
“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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