News24

Palestinian toll climbs as Israel attacks

2012-11-19 08:09

Gaza City — The Palestinian civilian death toll mounts as Israel ferociously pursues Gaza Strip militants who are menacing nearly half of Israel's population with rocket fire.

Early on Monday, an airstrike levelled two houses belonging to a single family, killing two children and two adults and injuring 42 people, said Gaza heath official Ashraf al-Kidra. Rescue workers were frantically searching for 12 to 15 people under the rubble.

Shortly after, Israeli aircraft bombarded the ruins of the former national security compound in Gaza City. Al-Kidra says flying shrapnel killed one child and wounded others living nearby.

The rising toll was likely to intensify pressure on Israel to end the fighting. Hundreds of civilian casualties in an Israeli offensive in Gaza four years ago led to fierce international condemnation of Israel.

Comments
  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-19 08:17

    You bomb me I bomb you back then you send more in retaliation so I send more back and so it goes on and on. Will this sh*t ever stop?

      abrie.jurgens - 2012-11-19 09:07

      War is organised murder, and nothing else. ~ Harry Patch Last surviving soldier of World War I

      moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-11-19 09:25

      HAMAS STOP WHINING!! Hamas, you can’t take the death of your own people? You are shooting rockets into Israel’s civilian areas and are trying to kill civilians. At least the IAF does not PURPOSELY try to kill civilians, and don’t tell me they are trying. If they were trying to kill Palestinian civilians, then there would be 100,000 dead by now.

      peter.j.cock - 2012-11-19 12:49

      Have you ever noticed that this conflict always comes to the fore when Israel stikes Gaza and all you see and hear is about "civilians" You very seldom hear about the continuious rocket attacks by Hamas ( or is that Homous :)), the damage they create, the lives they take etc.

  • Willie - 2012-11-19 08:20

    War is a symptom of man's failure as athinking animal

  • koos.vandermerwe.372 - 2012-11-19 08:20

    Perhaps hamas should avoid hiding behind women and children.

      boltonbarry - 2012-11-19 12:44

      Mohammed maybe you should tell your buddies to fire thier rockets at the IDF direcetly isntead of just firing unguided rockets into Israel that kill innocent women and children and men. Not much manhood in that is there

  • nervern - 2012-11-19 08:22

    Israel if they stop then you stop. I'm sick and tired of the media portraying the palestinians as the innocent and the israelis as the sick and heartless. Israel you have a right to defend yourselves...there will always be innocent lives lost in any conflict. The fact is israel is targeting Hamas but Hamas is targeting israeli civilains...the differnce is that israel is more accurate when attacking...now they are being criticised for that.

      chris.braum - 2012-11-19 08:56

      I agree! It can be said that Hamas is killing their own children as their rocket bases appear to be purposely located in populated areas. This would indicate that they are sacrificing their own in order to garner world sympathy. It's sad to think that the perspective on complicated world issues are decided by how many readers or viewers the media can muster.

      beryl.knipe - 2012-11-19 14:24

      Hamas is now using journalists as human shields Hamas is preventing at least 22 foreign journalists from leaving Gaza for Israel. According to Israel’s Foreign Ministry, among those being detained are nine Italian citizens, one Canadian, one South Korean, a French national and six journalists from Japan. In addition, two Turkish Red Crescent members have been refused exit. Hamas tells lies as a matter of routine Hamas has claimed, inter alia, that Israel’s Ben Gurion airport has been closed (false), that it had succeeded in shooting down an Israeli F16 plane (false), that it had hit Tel Aviv and had cut off electricity there (false). When will the western media stop assuming that they can believe any claim that Hamas ever makes? Hamas is now threatening human bomb attacks Hamas is now threatening to use human bombs against both Israeli civilians in buses and cafes, and against Israeli soldiers in any ground offensive in Gaza. This is what almost certainly faces the Israel Defence Forces if they go in, because as Fathi Muhammad said (above), the Palestinians are a death cult; they are committed to death and to killing, while the Israelis are committed to life and to saving life.

  • matthew.keegan.71 - 2012-11-19 08:30

    It really is a sad aspect of war. You have to feel for the average citizen living in Gaza. But at the same time, be glad that Israel isn't bombing as indiscriminately as Hamas is with their firing of rockets. Come on Hamas, stop throwing sucker-punches and openly engage Israel. Let your citizens be citizens, and let your fighters be fighters.

      doberman.love.1 - 2012-11-19 08:49

      Golda Meir (Israel's first female Prime Minister) on Peace. “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.”

  • neutedop.opinie - 2012-11-19 08:31

    If Hamas was better at aiming, ALL 500+ rockets would have hit random people on the street. At least Israel have an target. And yes, there will be casualties, and it is REALLY sad, but can you imagine if all 500 rockets scored an hit in cities around Israel. They are aimed at anyone.....there is no specific target, other than civilians.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-11-19 09:30

      It was 900 + already last night.

  • izan.botes.7 - 2012-11-19 08:33

    the poked the bear!

  • Mauritz Venter - 2012-11-19 08:39

    Why cant the Palestinians acknowledge superiority? They keep biting the shins of the lion, and when he snaps back the little dog cry to high heavens...or show picture of the dead children they are ultimately responsible for.

  • Rashida Patel - 2012-11-19 08:45

    2 crazy leaders : assad of syria and bully of israel, with americas help..both with blood dripping from hands

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-19 15:08

      Two groups of people resented and opposed the creation of an Israeli homeland for the Jewish people after the horrors of World War II, notwithstanding that the amount of land was a tiny, minuscule slither relative to their vast lands, and Jewish people had inhabited that land for millennia. Guess which groups that was, and is. Violent Muslims and White Supremacists.

  • danny.levin.33 - 2012-11-19 08:46

    HAMAS is not "menacing" they started this and they are firing a relentless barrage of missiles aimed at civilians. lucky for Israel that it has bright minds who developed the "iron Dome" defense system and many of these rockets are shot down before reaching their target. Unlike the Hamas terrorists organization (and the rest of the Arab world) who repeatedly state that their aim is to destroy Israel, The Israelis would be very happy to live in peace with their neighbors. News24 reporting is clearly biased as it has not mentioned ONCE the thousands (yes, over 5000 since 2005 when Israel withdrew from GAZA) of rockets that HAMAS has fired at Israel.

      boaz.yarmarkov - 2012-11-19 09:03

      While in the gallery of Aljazeera sponsored propaganda on News24, have a look at the comments mmjoo - the free people of this world are not supporting you. Everyone knows you have started this war. Everyone knows Israel will end it for you. Isral has, does and always will want peace – you people don’t know the meaning of peace. salam alaikum

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-11-19 09:46

      @mmanjoo. Who ever is tight or wrong is not my point, but the following is. If you throw tomatoes over the fence to your neighbor without proper aiming and your neighbor throw oranges back at YOU, the thrower, you can or send your children in to the house or you can move your position to a point that is not close to them or you can choose to have them next to you. You can now decide what is happening here. Still, my heart goes out to all the innocent children.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-19 15:08

      Israel was created in 1948 from 52% of the land formerly occupied by the Jewish and Palestinian people, and Palestine 43%. Most of the Israeli territory was the Negev Desert. Jerusalem fell into neither territory. Palestinians with their unelected, self-serving neighbors declared war on Israel the very next day. In the 1960's they even invaded Israel twice. Full military invasions. The result: Israel survived and pushed them back, gaining territory in the process. This is the origin of what you wrongly call "stealing land". There have been almost daily attacks by Palestinians, incited by their self-serving unelected backers. Palestinians even teach their children at Kindergarten to attack Israel, rather than be peaceful. Children. Kindergarten. From day one, and even today it's wage war on Israel. Israel defends herself. Yes sometimes going too far, which is unacceptable, but self-defense nonetheless. All that needs to happen is for Palestinians to choose peace side by side with Israel. This is more likely going forward now because the unelected dictators are being removed from power by their people, one by one. They will no longer use the Palestinians for their own internal political ploys.

  • rhkriek - 2012-11-19 09:00

    "Gaza City — The Palestinian civilian death toll mounts as Israel ferociously pursues Gaza Strip militants who are menacing nearly half of Israel's population with rocket fire." Wowaweewah News24, what a piece of shoddy reporting. Yes it is true that militants have been threatening Israel with rocket fire, but claiming that they are threatening half, I say half, of Israel's population comes down to a gross over exaggeration. And I'm not even mentioning bias. How are they suppose to that with rockets that were assembled in basements? Rockets with no guidance systems?

      chris.braum - 2012-11-19 10:40

      Hamas' rockets have the range that covers somewhat less than half of Israel but at least half of the population live in that area. It's not how well or where the rockets are assembled, but how well they explode at the other end. No guidance system means that they don't care who gets killed on the other end; women and children are fair game. So tell me, rhkriek, where is the bias now?

  • ben.louw.5 - 2012-11-19 09:04

    Israel is really losing the plot now. Even if Hamas is hiding amongst the Palastinian people, that doesn't give Israel the right just to kill civilians left and right and blaming Hamas for the collateral damage. That's just a cheap way of hiding your disregard for human live. In a small area like gaze you use ground assault and keep civilian death to a minimum.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-19 15:09

      Israel was created in 1948 from 52% of the land formerly occupied by the Jewish and Palestinian people, and Palestine 43%. Most of the Israeli territory was the Negev Desert. Jerusalem fell into neither territory. Palestinians with their unelected, self-serving neighbors declared war on Israel the very next day. In the 1960's they even invaded Israel twice. Full military invasions. The result: Israel survived and pushed them back, gaining territory in the process. This is the origin of what you wrongly call "stealing land". There have been almost daily attacks by Palestinians, incited by their self-serving unelected backers. Palestinians even teach their children at Kindergarten to attack Israel, rather than be peaceful. Children. Kindergarten. From day one, and even today it's wage war on Israel. Israel defends herself. Yes sometimes going too far, which is unacceptable, but self-defense nonetheless. All that needs to happen is for Palestinians to choose peace side by side with Israel. This is more likely going forward now because the unelected dictators are being removed from power by their people, one by one. They will no longer use the Palestinians for their own internal political ploys.

  • derek.bredenkamp.3 - 2012-11-19 09:15

    Imagine if in the days of the homelands in SA we sent in fighter jets to bomb them into submission, where would we be now? Violence begets violence, please Israel, stop the slaughter.

      chris.braum - 2012-11-19 10:43

      And please, Hamas, stop the slaughter so that Israel has no reason to defend itself

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-19 15:09

      Israel was created in 1948 from 52% of the land formerly occupied by the Jewish and Palestinian people, and Palestine 43%. Most of the Israeli territory was the Negev Desert. Jerusalem fell into neither territory. Palestinians with their unelected, self-serving neighbors declared war on Israel the very next day. In the 1960's they even invaded Israel twice. Full military invasions. The result: Israel survived and pushed them back, gaining territory in the process. This is the origin of what you wrongly call "stealing land". There have been almost daily attacks by Palestinians, incited by their self-serving unelected backers. Palestinians even teach their children at Kindergarten to attack Israel, rather than be peaceful. Children. Kindergarten. From day one, and even today it's wage war on Israel. Israel defends herself. Yes sometimes going too far, which is unacceptable, but self-defense nonetheless. All that needs to happen is for Palestinians to choose peace side by side with Israel. This is more likely going forward now because the unelected dictators are being removed from power by their people, one by one. They will no longer use the Palestinians for their own internal political ploys.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-19 15:10

      Unfortunately Derek you're allowing yourself to be played by the Palestinians.

  • thunder.clap.587 - 2012-11-19 09:16

    It usually starts as a small black dot on e heart,then u murder one civilian n e black dot increase n u murder more,the black dot kp increasin in size,u kp murderin up until the whole heart is black n u won't be able to c wats right or wrong,b4 u realize it,only one voice is now whisperin in ur heart n its tellin u its all gud n u become unstoppable. Some individuals still think its e spirit of God sittin on bibi.

      abram.spamers - 2012-11-19 09:53

      This would have been a cool message if it was typed in English.

  • neil.ross.5473 - 2012-11-19 09:53

    News24 - what a baised and miss-leading headline. Israel attacks? It should read "Israel defends". After all hamas did shoot over 250 rockets at israel before Israel even responded.

  • mario.jordaan - 2012-11-19 10:00

    Israel has been surrounded by hostile countries for half a century and have defeated them in numerous wars. If they couldn't defeat Israel by now they never will. Israel should wipe Palestine off the face of the earth once and for all.

      ModernMetaphysicist - 2012-11-19 15:24

      Mario It is true that Israel has the superior military power and the backing of the Americans, but what many doesn't seem to understand that this is a waging war for many a centuries, not just half. Unfortunately the deeper aspect here is religion, and who Israel belongs to, if you go do the tedious research you will be shocked at what thousands of years of history reveals, as i am an unbiased individual that would rather see peace than one side winning, I'm able to start understanding both sides of the story and not just what the media exposes us to, we are not sheep, don't follow like one. I will publish my article on the history for clarity and insight on a non bias view point once I've completed my research. Here is a quick thought to whoever is reading this, no matter if you Jewish, Muslim, Christian or a non believer, go have a look what there was 2000+ BC years ago, you be enlightened to discover that as a human race, It's all our land, and as an ethnic groups we been at war from the very beginning, evading and conquering, then re-evading and re conquering, so before anyone claims legitimacy to the rightful ethnic and religious group to occupy Israel, pose the question, after thousands of years of war what has changed??? Honestly war is not the answer here. with war more war will follow...

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-11-19 12:56

    In the interests of balanced reporting can we please be told why these so-called family houses were Isreali targets. Of course they could be collateral damage or mistakes, and that should also be reported, but the press, including NEWS 24, is losing credibility by always flavouring these reports against one party or the other.

  • beryl.knipe - 2012-11-19 14:24

    Hamas is now using journalists as human shields Hamas is preventing at least 22 foreign journalists from leaving Gaza for Israel. According to Israel’s Foreign Ministry, among those being detained are nine Italian citizens, one Canadian, one South Korean, a French national and six journalists from Japan. In addition, two Turkish Red Crescent members have been refused exit. Hamas tells lies as a matter of routine Hamas has claimed, inter alia, that Israel’s Ben Gurion airport has been closed (false), that it had succeeded in shooting down an Israeli F16 plane (false), that it had hit Tel Aviv and had cut off electricity there (false). When will the western media stop assuming that they can believe any claim that Hamas ever makes? Hamas is now threatening human bomb attacks Hamas is now threatening to use human bombs against both Israeli civilians in buses and cafes, and against Israeli soldiers in any ground offensive in Gaza. This is what almost certainly faces the Israel Defence Forces if they go in, because as Fathi Muhammad said (above), the Palestinians are a death cult; they are committed to death and to killing, while the Israelis are committed to life and to saving life.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-19 15:13

      Mmanjoo, you should educate yourself and become more enlightened. You're allowing yourself to be played by the Palestinians and the unelected dictators in the region who are using them and presenting Israel as a false enemy.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-19 15:13

      Two groups of people resented and opposed the creation of an Israeli homeland for the Jewish people after the horrors of World War II, notwithstanding that the amount of land was a tiny, minuscule slither relative to their vast lands, and Jewish people had inhabited that land for millennia. Guess which groups that was, and is. Violent Muslims and White Supremacists.

  • rieyaaz.abrahams - 2012-11-19 15:49

    Only the work of coward jews who cant fight a real war hand to hand they always been cowards since the time of the Prophet Moses.They thrive on self pity , Hitler saw them for who they really are. They have the symptoms of a serial killer who was raped when he was small now he has to oppress others to ssek revenge for his own hurt."We have warned those who came before you and still ye do not listen"

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-19 16:21

      You're a vile racist.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-19 16:21

      Two groups of people resented and opposed the creation of an Israeli homeland for the Jewish people after the horrors of World War II, notwithstanding that the amount of land was a tiny, minuscule slither relative to their vast lands, and Jewish people had inhabited that land for millennia. Guess which groups that was, and is. Racist Muslims and White Supremacists.

  • zain.beg.9 - 2012-11-19 16:34

    There was a cieze fire between Isreal & Gaza 2 days after the US election a 12 yr old palestinian was shot..Gaza Retaliates and kills an Isreali Soldier Another two boys killed by isreal... And now conveniently two months befor Isreali elections the occupation/attacks on Gaza starts again same as 4 years ago...jus before the elections... Yourl speak of Gaza stop firing rockets...where are these rockets you speak of??? Who is sitting and counting the amount of rockets that are being fired by Hamas??? Where is the proof...how many casualties???? Isreal is fabricating these rockets and creating the excuse to attack an unarmed gaza... Jews were the chosen nation until yourl broke your covenant with God and rejected the Prophets especially when your crucified Jesus/Isa peace be upon him and yourl further rejected the Prophet Mohammed May peace be upon him...now you are have earned Gods anger Zionist will fall

  • yusuf.amod.5 - 2012-11-19 16:42

    “I left some jews alive so the world could see why I was killing them” - Adolf Hitler (RIP)

  • yusuf.amod.5 - 2012-11-19 16:46

    The Israeli Defense Force has confirmed that while targeting Hamas’ rocket chief it mistakenly bombed the home of the Al-Dalou family, killing at least 11 civilians, four of them children and toddlers. "Israel has killed a family of eleven people this evening, and many, many more. If Israel wants to stop its aggression, then we can talk. But before then, how could we consider any deal?" Salama Maroof, a senior Hamas spokesman told the Daily Telegraph.

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