Israeli strikes in Gaza kill 18; injure 45

January 15, 2008 § Leave a comment

Image from al-Jazeera.

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights reports:

On Tuesday morning, 15 January 2008, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) killed 17 Palestinians, including 5 civilians, and wounded at least 30 others, 5 of whom are in a serious condition, during an incursion into the al-Shojaeya and al-Zaytoun neighborhoods of east Gaza City. The incursion continued until noon. Preliminary investigations conducted by PCHR indicate that most of the victims were killed by tank shells, and that IOF troops used excessive lethal force without regard for the lives of Palestinian civilian living in the affected areas.

According to the preliminary investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 08:00 on Tuesday, 15 January 2008, IOF heavy military vehicles moved nearly 3,000 meters into Palestinian areas around Malaqa Square, which lies between al-Shojaeya and al-Zaytoun neighborhoods in the east of Gaza City. IOF then indiscriminately opened fire at anything that moved within the area. A number of militants from the Palestinian resistance clashed with IOF, and the IOF responded by firing tank shells.

Al-Jazeera reports that the number dead has risen to 18 and over 45 injured, with 15 being in a critical situation.

The NY Times, reporting from Jerusalem, labeled the Israeli incursion as “Israeli-Palestinian fighting” and casts all of those killed as militants. Additionally, the NY Times prefaces their coverage with mention of one rocket being fired from Gaza into Israel, but with no injuries. The NY Times does not mention the injured Palestinians.

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