Death toll rises as Israel pounds Gaza

2012-11-15 09:01

Gaza City - An Israeli air strike killed three Palestinians on Thursday, bringing the toll from Israel's new operation against Gaza militants to 11 dead and at least 100 wounded, medical officials said.

The armed wing of Hamas, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, said that the three men were all members and were hit as they travelled in a motorcyle-taxi.

The Israeli military launched its operation on Wednesday with the killing of a top Hamas commander followed by what Palestinians said were at least 60 Israeli air strikes.

Ahmed Jaabari, the operational commander of Hamas's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, was killed along with his bodyguard, Mohammed al-Hams, in an initial Israeli strike on a car in Gaza City, the Islamist movement said.

Shortly afterwards, Israel pounded the Gaza Strip with more strikes, killing five more people, two of them children, Hamas health minister Mufid Mukhalalati said in a televised press conference at Gaza City's Shifa hospital.

Hospital on high alert

Late on Wednesday medics reported another fatality in the wave of strikes on targets across the territory.

Hospitals and medical centres across Gaza were put on high alert after the initial strikes as Israel warned the hit on Jaabari was only "the beginning" and said "a significant number" of arms dumps were within civilian and residential areas.

Hamas's Al-Aqsa television showed ambulances racing through the streets on Wednesday, transporting casualties to crowded emergency rooms, including at the Shifa hospital.

A man wearing blue pyjamas was seen carrying his son and two men supported an elderly man as he struggled to move away from the site of one explosion.

The attacks came after a flare-up in violence between Israel and Gaza-based groups, which saw more than 120 rockets fired from the Palestinian territory into the Jewish state, and Israeli air strikes and shelling that killed seven people.

  • Sibusiso - 2012-11-15 09:18

    'killing five more people, two of\r\nthem children'. A government that sends its military to kill children is a terrorist government. Will Israel survive the next 2 decades in its current form, with Zionists in power ? No I don't think so, it will self distract like any other brutal regime.

      irene.laskowskadebeer - 2012-11-15 09:34

      Yeah in sure the kid in the picture was a real threat to Israeli security, facto is that many many innocent palestinian children and women have died as a result of these attacks, and then you wonder why they retaliate? I know of both israelis and palestinians who want peaceful resolve, the zionists and fundamentalists however make this impossible.

      John - 2012-11-15 09:55

      @Mammalian. The 'palestinians' choose to bury their weapon cachet in civilian structures. Then they shoot 150 plus rockets at Israel. Israel responds and a few innocent kids die. As atrocious as it is. Who's to blame? Who put the kids in harms way? Their deaths, their blood is on the 'palestinians' heads. If you think so little of your loved ones that you willfully use then as human shields, then there is something wrong with you and your society.

      John - 2012-11-15 09:58

      @Sibusiso. Then I've got good news for you, Arabs and Jews are already staying together in Jerusalem. Arabs are in the Knesset, in the army, heck they intermarry. I'm doubting you were ever there.

      Desilusionada - 2012-11-15 10:48

      "A government that sends its military to kill children is a terrorist government." So WHAT THE F@€K IS THE PURPOSE OF THOSE ROCKETS? Because they have spare time and cannot wait for Guy Fawkes night?.....

      merven.halo - 2012-11-15 11:53

      @ Mammalian - it is a known fact that the Palistines use civilians as human shields.

      gianni.blayse - 2012-11-15 13:50

      im jewish and ive lived in israel for a year and i can tell you now, the idf and the zionist state are bullys picking on poor people. the racism there is horrible , worse than apartheid, and if you were a palestinian whose every move is restricted and had no freedom to create a better life for yourself, you might consider firing off some rockets as well. zionism is outdated and does not apply anymore. why does some poor russian jew, who cares nothing for israel or judaism get to go to isreal and have a better life than palestinians who have been there for generations. swallow your self righteousness and educate yourself, you sound like a fundamentalist fool

      gianni.blayse - 2012-11-15 14:25

      gianni is not my real name, i am jew just because my name is not yarmulka you bladdy idiot. i lived all over israel as well as on a kibbutz for an extended period of time. the biggest problem in israel besides racist israelis are all the rest of you diaspora idiots thinking your opinion counts and isreal is your homeland. israelis are very different from jews and the only israelis that care about your useless, and negligent zionist opinions, are the conservative israelis who know they need diaspora money and support. liberal israelis dont know why your opiniion has anything to do with israel and think you should shut up and mind your business

  • Sibusiso - 2012-11-15 09:25

    I can't wait for the day non Zionists stand up and take back their government, seems like that day will come quicker than I thought it will. I am patiently waiting for the good Jews to stand against Barak and Bibi's madness.

      greg.meyer.543 - 2012-11-15 13:20

      Im glad you are aware of the truth of the Zionist agenda Sibusiso .. The rest of the people on here rely on the news to tell them what is true and what is not. Ask yourself WHY hamas are attacking Isreal, and then do some research!!! This is the beginning of the end of Israel, they no longer have Egypt's back and the Muslim brotherhood is also slowly taking over Jordan. the Talmud predicts the end of Israel. it's their own fault, it's 2012 now and no longer 1995 or 1986, they can not do whatever they want anymore.

      moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-11-15 14:13

      Talmud predicts the end of Israel?? Ya and the Koran predict the end of Islam. just more proof of the rubbish you write... btw, Israel could very easily turn Egypt to dust - luckily Israel is not mentally handicapped like their violent-murderous neighbors... one just has to look at how Muslims are killing Muslims all over the Middle East to realise what Islam stand for - and no, its not peace.

      watchman.smith - 2012-11-15 18:08

      Sibusiso carry on thinking with your delusional mind!! It will never happen, God has said it in his Word. Let every man be a liar and let God be true!!

  • ilan.arbel - 2012-11-15 09:26

    What a joke of a biased unobjective article. Poorest form of journalism

  • neutedop.opinie - 2012-11-15 09:44

    And this pathetic article does not state that Israel ONLY went in AFTER being ponded with rockets for 3 days, at average 50 rockets per day! That is when the Israeli airstrikes began. Either you are copy and pasting a Palestine website, or you want to twist the truth to get sympathy for the Palatines. Stop shooting rockets, and hiding arms in populated areas, and your children will not suffer!!!!

  • thunder.clap.587 - 2012-11-15 09:52

    Israel is expressing her anger on the wrong people,the last time l checked it was not Palestinians who put these zionist jews in concntration camps.

      stuart.york.568 - 2012-11-15 09:59

      The rockets shot into Israel over the last week or so, speak for themselves.

      Sibusiso - 2012-11-15 10:02

      Not all Jews are zionists my friend, don't generalize, I know a lot of good Jews. Zionists are a small minority like the national party was, not every afrikaaner was racist. The good Jew will soon kick out these Zionists.

      theodor.herzl.3 - 2012-11-15 10:16

      @sibusiso "Zionism is the belief that the Jewish people have the right to self-determination and a sovereign Jewish national homeland"

      Sibusiso - 2012-11-15 10:21

      @theodor.herzl.3, Zionism also tells Jews that they are more superior than any other race

      theodor.herzl.3 - 2012-11-15 10:42

      provide facts not opinions? The computer (Pentium) you are typing on was invented by Jews, if it's from your phone, then yes, that aswell...have you been blessed by them?

      Sibusiso - 2012-11-15 11:24

      @theodor.herzl.3, I love Jews, I cycled from Johannesburg to Durban with Jews, we spent a week together, we ate together. I like a Jewish mind. I hate a Zionist mind, I will never spend time with a Zionist, I hate Zionist as I hate Al qaeda.

      thunder.clap.587 - 2012-11-15 12:08

      All u fellas r confused,u need to revise ur politics. This one is goin on bout personal experiences n e other totally off topic talking bout inventions,lm ashamed. Idiots

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-15 12:17

      Oh my, another nonsense about how the Jews invented walking upright, about how the world wouldn't exist if it weren't for Jews!

      moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-11-15 14:19

      Sibusiso..."Zion more superior" you say? have you been reading Hamas's charter lately - cause that is the exact thing they are saying. you are either joking, being a hypocrite or just using a fake name. either-way you look like a tosser...

  • theodor.herzl.3 - 2012-11-15 09:54

    NONSENSE reporting! Stop pounding Israeli civilian areas with your rockets and Israel will stop aswell. You cowards hide behind your children, and don't care if they get injured or killed, all for propaganda, lies, lies, lies, the media knows children that gets hurt is a huge emotional push on the readers part to side with their anti israel agenda.

      neil.ross.5473 - 2012-11-15 10:57

      Agree. Hamas are the worst type of coward. They shoot 150 rockets at Israel - not one or two. They kept shooting and shooting and shooting waiting, begging for Israel to respond. After 150 rockets Israel's patience finally ran out. Hamas hide out and shoot rockets in civilian areas and they finally got their wish - they directly caused a few of their people to be murdered and now they can parade bloody bodies through the streets screaming for attention and shouting "Poor innocent us, look what Israel has done". Hamas = murderers and cowards.

  • Sibusiso - 2012-11-15 09:55

    Those who sympathies with the land stealing regime, say these innocent arab kids are just a little collateral damage that should be ignored.

      stuart.york.568 - 2012-11-15 10:00

      The Israeli Defense Force dropped pamphlets into Gaza warning of raids, so they were warned!

      moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-11-15 14:25

      Those who sympathies with the monsters know as Hamas must understand that they might be happy that Israel is getting bombed - but the truth is that Palestinians are suffering more from Hamas actions of rocket fire, murder, war and violence. Sibusiso (AKA Mo) cuts his nose to spite his face - but the Palestinians continue to suffer.

  • zain.beg.9 - 2012-11-15 10:37

    Where is the proof of this 150 rockets...? The media failed to report????? The proof of Isreal attacking Palestine is 11 dead... Among that is 2 kids and a 19 yr old pregnant lady.... And i am sure that is not the correct figure... This is Isreal reacting to palestines application for an observer Status at the UN

      theodor.herzl.3 - 2012-11-15 10:52

      Good questions, why have these not been reported on News24? : ) Your not objective, and base your opinion on one source which is dangerous. Do you know El Jezeera (anti israel) is a joint majority owner of News24? So, no, you will not see the truth on news24. This reaction from Israel was in retaliation. Right now we are in contact with people in these areas, so I don't have to look to the media for info.

      Desilusionada - 2012-11-15 11:02

      Same proof as the exhibition of the vacuum between your ears. Do you expect the media to report in a 1 line article 150 times that a rocket has been fired at Israel? And the special bomb/blast proof school built in Israel for the little kids was because they had so much money that they did not know what to do with it? Its nice to sit in a safe air-conditioned office and condemn people when some coward hides his arms stash between woman and children neh?...

      moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-11-15 14:30

      Well we don't believe that these 11 dead died from Israeli actions... we think it was car accidents and accidents at Hamas’s bomb-making factories. Stop using child labour zain.

  • nisar.tiseker - 2012-11-15 11:18

    Lose Lose Situation :-& Unless both sides realise that the indiscriminate killing of innocent civilians is uneccptable this irrational situation will unfortunately continue. Discussions by the Arab League and the US will bear no fruitful outcome as violence breeds violence. What has to be addressed is the eviction of Palestinians from their homes and the mass killing of Palestinian (Muslim and Christain incl. Sabra and Shatilla where the Kahan Commission blamed Arial Sharon at the time) and Jewish villagers , as well as the bombings of synagogues in Paris.

      moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-11-15 14:34

      Lose / win situation Israel wants peace - thus this is a lOSS for Israel. Hamas want a religious war from which they are willing to sacrifice their own and Israeli civilians - thus Hamas WIN. Blood makes Hamas happy. Hamas is achieving their goals of seeing virgins… sadly these virgins are men.

  • david.c.ballance - 2012-11-15 11:28

    It is a terrorist tactic all over the world, use the kids as shields!!! What gets more media and 'human rights' coverage then pictures like this. We don't see the pictures of the schools hit by Hamas bombs. Stand your ground Israel.

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-11-15 12:22

    Well done Israel. Keep it up.

  • nasreen.karodia.7 - 2012-11-15 12:50

    Whats this nonsense about Hamas hiding their arms cache betwn women n children and using them as human shields...look at the pictures coming out of gaza, parents are devastated at the death of the children. would the gazans support hamas if they used their loved ones as human shields? I think not. Israel says hamas has fired 150 rockets into its cities, yet nobody talks about Israels aggression on a daily basis on innocent civilians. what threat do infants pose, yet they are used for target practice for israeli soldiers? youths playing on a soccer field are killed. For what? What sort of threat do they pose? Gaza is the worlds largest open air prison. The movements of its inhabitants are restricted, they are considered as 2nd class citizens, their water is rationed, they're unallowed to use the same roads as israelis, and their cars have different number plates so that they're easily identified. If this isn't apartheid then I wonder what is. I urge all readers to check out prof. noam chomsky's website for some wonderful articles on the israeli-palestinian conflict. Also go to

  • bram.camina - 2012-11-15 12:52

    I think it important to look at the facts - the Israelis are horribly brutal in their response to the latest rocket attacks, which, as far as I know and have read, did not even injure anyone. However, I would imagine that Hamas just don't have very good aim - if they could kill as many Israelis as they could, they would. I think it is important to have a sense of balance and try look at this from both points of view, although it is very difficult to sympathize with the Israelis when they behave in this manner. Zionism is a lot less exclusionary than Islam (or any other religion, for that matter), which discriminates against "Dhimmi" (Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians, who have limited rights) and openly persecutes Baha'i and Hindus.

      moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-11-15 14:38

      “Israelis when they behave in this manner”?? Is self defence a crime now?? Israel has done nothing while receiving rockets for weeks - now that they retaliate you criticise them. There is no balance in your thinking... or lack of

  • ali.asgar.58323 - 2012-11-15 13:46

    Time for Hezbollah to enter the fight and send this zionist,usurping,occupying, terrorist state to the dustbin of history once and for all!

      moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-11-15 14:41

      Why?? So that Lebanese civilians could die as well?? This is what is wrong with you Muslims; its not the religion of peace, its the religion of submission, and your actions are proof that I am right. Violent people will eventually die a violent death…. Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen Libya… proof is in the pudding.

  • greg.hurwitz - 2012-11-15 14:02

    What South African dont understand is that these "palestinian" terrorists are happy to let their children die to make Israel look bad in the public eye. The media eat this up and perpetuate these actions. Please South Africans, if you have not been there, spoken to the people involved and dont fully understand the situation then DO NOT COMMENT

      moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-11-15 14:44

      true I have been there. worked there. lived under the darkness of apartheid in SA. and support Israel for they are the only island of freedom & democracy in this hell called the Middle East.

  • ria.wilson - 2012-11-15 14:40

    Okay, now publish pictures of Israeli women and children fleeing to shelters in Sderot every day to shelter from missiles fired from Gaza. When Israel retaliates it makes the news, but how about an article about everyday life in Sderot.

  • gcodi.mahomed - 2012-11-15 14:56

    It's all part of Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine, where kids throwing stones at tanks are gunned down, schools are destroyed, clinics ransacked, homes plundered, tank shells lobbed into marketplaces and missiles hurled into crowds. After being driven out of what's now Israel in 1948, the Palestinians are now enduring a second, more gradual expulsion in the West Bank -- ethnic cleansing slow enough as to escape undue world -- read American public -- attention. Despite the "road map" to peace, land continues to be confiscated to build Israeli settlements, which brings the occupation troops and roads for the exclusive use of settlers that dissects Palestinian land, making life barely liveable. Palestinians avoiding the numerous roadblocks on their own land to go about their daily lives invite a hail of bullets. While settlers fill their swimming pools, Palestinians go begging for water; the army destroys wells. Countless orchards nurtured over generations have been wiped out, marketplaces bulldozed, civilian infrastructure everywhere trashed, often for no apparent security reason.

  • gcodi.mahomed - 2012-11-15 15:00

    Israel has always planned to become the dominant power in the region, and “invented dangers” in order to dupe its citizens and provoke wars

  • ali.asgar.58323 - 2012-11-15 16:46

    Only moses mahbida and those in his lunatic asylum circle believes that Israel is the victim in this conflict. This zionist entity built on the ruins of others,who occupies palestinian land,who has and is ethnically cleansing Palestinians from their land since 1948. Who has an apartheid policy that would make the AWB feel ashamed,who has launched countless unprovoked wars against its neighbors,who murders and plunders at will. The only solution to this conflict is the peaceful dismantlement of the zionist state and the establishment of 1 democratic Palestine for muslims,christians and jews. This is the only possible peace. As for peace between the occupier and the occupied,this cannot be as it would be an unjust peace.

  • beverleyanne.ritz - 2012-11-15 17:49

    Who wrote this disgustingly biased article? You are ignorant and dangerous. Are you stupid? I'm assuming you are an adult? And a reporter? This is not just persons blog? Well possibly, just possibly you were never educated or taught how to be a reporter. Note REPORTER. That's what you should be doing. Reporting facts. Not this sh*t you are spewing. Go and RESEARCH. Do what you are paid to do. If you have your own blog, take your opinion there. This is NEWS. Guess this s what is happening in South Africa-just lies lies lies

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