Israeli airstrikes continue to ripple through Gaza City, bringing the Palestinian death toll to 100 Monday (Nov. 19), nearly a quarter of which are children. According to the Facebook page of ministry spokesperson Ashraf Al-Qidra, 24 children and 10 women have died from the attacks.
The death of nine members of one family—all women and children, taken out, alongside two neighbors— following a missile strike, is further indication of Israel’s wide target range. The Israel Defense Force confirmed seeking out a house of what was believed to belong to a Hamas man by the name of Mohamed Dallu. Although he was not home at the time of the attack, his four children, Sara, 7, Jamal, 6, Yusef, 4, and Ibrahim, 2, were all killed. “We operate slowly, identify the target and clean the area around it,” said Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe Yaalon, during a press conference in Jerusalem.
The assault on Gaza is a move to curb what Israel sees as a threat posed by missiles supplied by Iran and smuggled into Egypt. In what has become a very bloody several days, Israel maintains that it has no choice but to retaliate, even if said attacks kill innocent people. “When they use civilians as human shields, what is our choice?” Yaalon added. “If they position rockets in densely populated areas, such as mosques and schoolyards, we should not be blamed for the outcome.”
More than 600 have been injured in Palestine, but Israel has also seen casualties. Three Israelis have been killed, and at least 79 were wounded amid continues rocket fire into the southern region of the country.
Egypt has stepped forward to mediate the discrepancy, with president Mohammed Mursi meeting with Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal and Islamic Jihad leader, Ramadan Shallah, who sits on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List.
President Obama announced support of Israel’s right to protects itself, but called for the country to be more careful of strikes aimed at the the heavily populated Gaza Strip, to slim the number of civilian casualties.
Social networking has become a large part of the ongoing clash between Palestine and Israel, with both sides using Twitter and Facebook, to post updates.
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**Editor’s note: Some photos are of a graphic nature, and show dead bodies.
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