Israel Holds 250 Palestinians in Negev Desert Prison

21 01 2009

Date : 20/1/2009 Time : 14:13
BETHLEHEM, January 20, 2009 (WAFA)- 250 Palestinians were arrested by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) during the bloody aggression on Gaza, Head of the Palestinian Legislative Council Prisoners Committee Issa Qaraqe’, said, Tuesday. They are held in Negev desert prison cells.

Qaraqe’ added that those prisoners are isolated in cells with terrible conditions. They are called for forceful interrogation and are physically assaulted. Some of them are injured and need immediate medical care.

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Haaretz: Israeli Army ‘Fighting Against a Helpless Population’

18 01 2009

TEL AVIV, January 17, 2008 (WAFA)- Haaretz Israeli daily newspaper said that the fighting in Gaza is ‘child’s play;’ pilots bombing unimpeded as if on practice runs, tank and artillery soldiers shelling houses and civilians from their armored vehicles, combat engineering troops destroying entire streets in their ominous protected vehicles without facing serious opposition. ‘A large, broad army is fighting against a helpless population.’

The Daily added that about a third of those killed in Gaza have been children. ‘This is too large a proportion by any humanitarian or ethical standard,’ Haaretz commented.

It is enough to look at the pictures coming from Shifa Hospital to see how many burned, bleeding and dying children now lie there. History has seen innumerable brutal wars take countless lives, the Paper continued. But the horrifying proportion of this war, a third of the dead being children, has not been seen in recent memory.

Finally, the Paper said that ‘the children of Gaza who survive this war will remember it.’ It is enough to watch Nazareth-born Juliano Mer Khamis’ wonderful movie ‘Arna’s Children’ to understand what thrives amid the blood and ruin we are leaving behind.





Gaza Tragedy: 280 Children, 98 Women, 97 Elderly Killed Among 905 Martyrs

13 01 2009

RAMALLAH, January 12, 2009 (WAFA) – On the seventeenth day of the Israeli aggression on Gaza, the death toll reached 905 Palestinians, 280 of whom are children and 98 are women, 97 are elderly and 12 medical personnel are among the fatalities. The number of injured mounted to 3860, including 1333 children and 587 women. An estimated 413 are considered critically injured.

According to a report issued by United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the danger to medical staff and the difficulty of extracting the injured from collapsed buildings makes proper evacuation and estimation of casualties difficult.

Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights reported that an estimated 80,000-90,000 Gazans have been displaced, including up to 50,000 children; 25,696 people were given refuge in UNRWA’s 31 shelters.

OCHA report sated that

“only 30% of Gaza City is receiving electricity and power supply for the rest is intermittent.”

OCHA report added that Gaza hospitals remain under intense pressure due to the high number of wounded who continue to be brought in for treatment. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the main problem currently facing the health sector is access, in terms of the access of staff, procured medicines and equipment to hospitals, and patient referrals out of the Gaza Strip