Palestinians pull over 140 bodies from under Gaza rubble

Palestinians walk on the rubble as they enter the northern district of Beit Hanoun to check their homes in the Gaza Strip during a humanitarian truce on July 26, 2014. (Photo: AFP - Mohammed Abed)

Published Saturday, July 26, 2014

Updated 11:30 pm: An Israeli air strike in southern Gaza hours before a humanitarian truce was declared killed 22 people, including 11 children and a pregnant woman, most of them from a single family, medics said.

Separately, the bodies of over 147 Palestinians were recovered from rubble across Gaza on Saturday, raising the overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day Israeli terror campaign to over 1,000, the overwhelming majority of them civilians, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP.

Meanwhile, the Israeli army said four more occupation soldiers had been killed, taking its overall toll to 41.

The strike in southern Khan Younis hit the home of the Najjar family, killing at least 16 relatives, Qudra said.

Another two members of the Abu Shahla family were killed, along with four other people, two of whom have yet to be identified.

The dead included 11 children, among them a one-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy, Qudra said.

Hussein al-Najjar, who survived the attack, was on the verge of tears and appeared so deeply in shock he could barely speak.

"I was on the second floor on the balcony when the strike hit, and it threw me out and away from the building," he told AFP.

"My two sons were killed, and my wife, who was five months pregnant," looking on with one eye, the other covered with a bandage.

His feet were swollen with bruising and his arms and legs also bandaged up.

Hussein's shock left him quiet, but his grandmother raged in anguish at the scene.

"My entire family, my sons, grandchildren, are gone!" she shouted, beginning to weep.

The 85-year-old woman, whose white hair protruded from beneath a white-and-blue headscarf, was surrounded by crying women and children who had come to pay their respects to the family.

The 147 bodies uncovered were from all areas of Gaza.

In northern Gaza, particularly the area of Beit Hanoun, medics recovered at least 32 bodies, Qudra said early on Saturday, along with at least 13 people in the central areas of Bureij, Deir al-Balah and Nusseirat.

Gaza City's Shifa hospital received 29 bodies from the eastern neighborhoods of al-Shujayeh, Zeitoun and Tuffah, and 11 others were taken to hospitals from the southern areas of Khan Younis and Rafah, Qudra added.

He later announced more dead from all over the Strip identified in hospitals in the north and south.

The toll is expected to rise as bodies are pulled from the rubble of homes in some of the worst-hit parts of Gaza, in northern Beit Hanoun, eastern al-Shujayeh and Zeitoun, and southern Khan Younis.

Soon after the ceasefire took effect, Palestinians ventured out into the streets of Gaza, with many returning to areas that had been too dangerous to enter for days.

In Beit Hanoun, Khan Younis and al-Shujayeh and Zeitoun, they found scenes of utter destruction, with homes flattened and bodies lying in the streets and under rubble.

In Beit Hanoun even the hospital was badly damaged by shelling, and AFP correspondents came across the charred body of a paramedic as emergency workers combed the debris for more dead.

Trails of blood on the ground were crossed by Israeli tank tracks, and there were holes where it appeared Israeli forces had been searching for Hamas tunnels.

Palestinian television showed footage of similar scenes in al-Shujayeh, which has been subjected to days of relentless Israeli tank fire.

Stiff bodies lay on the floor of a room in one building, one caked in dried blood, all of them covered in dust.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)

Comments

The Israeli hasbara machine at full strength here I see 4 idiots sitting in the same room and getting paid to post obnoxious comments to defend the indefensible and getting paid to do it FOOLS !!!

Reality check for all the people commenting above:
- Israeli Occupation of Gaza Strip during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, i.e. Israel the Occupant.
- The International Court of Justice,the UN General Assembly and the United Nations Security Council regards Israel as the "Occupying Power" for the region that is Gaza Strip!
- Gaza Strip was allotted to the Arab state under United Nations Partition Plan of 1947 when Israel came into existence.
- Hamas is a militant faction to counter the Israeli occupants, however they are corrupt as well, just like all the others out there.
- Guess what!? INNOCENT people are dying in VAST numbers! Who is to blame? HAMAS? or the Nuclear power/missile launching/tanks hoarding ISRAEL "ADMINISTRATION"? What is the death toll of these CIVILIANS being killed in Israel anyways?
- Gaza Strip has been landlocked even after having a sea right next to them. They are given supplies by ISRAEL as if a convict is given inside a prison! What do you expect from the people of Gaza then? What other suffering should they go through then?
Peace be upon all the innocent lives in Gaza, Palestine and Israel.

If the palestinians don't want war then they shouldn't chose it by firing rockets into Israel and murdering their children. They chose war and Israel should give them all they can stand. Let Israel bomb Gaza into rubble, the rubble into gravel and the gravel into sand. When their are no terrorists left alive their will be peace.

A 3 year old kid is NOT a terrorist, my brother. Neither is a pregnant woman, who is bombed at her house for being a resident of the Gaza strip. Again, read history. Israel always refers to history and their books to claim that part of the land in the Levant. However, they never mention the UN resolution of 1947 which states that Gaza should be a part of an Arab State, but pity that Israel occupied it during the 1967 war. :) Food for thought!

Simple truths: Hamas and their friends lob indiscriminate Rockets at civilian population fro sites where children and civilians serve as human shields.
In response Israel tries to fire in a careful manner. But civilians die by mistake or by the ugly truth of the human shield problem As to hostilities, the Israelis did not start the violence. Period.

BASTA DE GENOCIDIOS ISRAE!! BASTA EE UU DE VETAR LOS CASTIGOS QUE LA ONU LE IMPONE A ISRAEL! JUSTICIA! NO HABRÁ PAZ EN PALESTINA NI EN ISRAEL HASTA QUE NO CAMBIE EL GOBIERNO TERRORISTA DE EXTREMA DERECHA DE BENJAMIN HITLER NETANYAHU. MAS DEL 30 POR CIENTO DE LOS ISRAELIES QUE VIVEN EN ISRAEL NO APOYAN LO QUE HACE SU GOBIERNO. HAY MILLONES DE PERSONAS ANTISIONISTAS EN EL MUNDO QUE ESTAN FURIOSAS CON ISRAEL POR LO QUE ESTAN HACIENDO EN EL CAMPO DE CONCENTRACION NAZISIONISTA MAS GRANDE E IMPUNE DE LA HISTORIA, EN PALESTINA, EN GAZA DONDE TIENEN ACORRALADOS A LOS PALESTINOS, LEGITIMOS DUEÑOS DE LA TIERRA Y LOS INVADEN, HUMILLAN, DETIENEN ILEGALMENTE A SUS NIÑOS O LOS MATAN. NO HABIENDO NIÑOS, NO HAY FUTURO. ES UNA ESPANTOSA LIMPIEZA ETNICA DE LA RAZA ARABE, UNA INJUSTICIA QUE SE VIENE PERPETUANDO DESDE 1948,EEUU ES EL PRINCIPAL CULPABLE DE LOS CRIMENES DE LOS GENOCIDIOS PALESTINOS, PORQUE VETA LAS LEYES QUE CONDENAN A ISRAEL A CONSTRUIR CASAS A LOS PALESTINOS., A SACAR LOS ASENTAMIENTOS COLONOS EN TERRITORIO PALESTINO, Y A RESARCIR ECONOMICAMENTE A LAS VICTIMAS DE LOS ATAQUES. EN REALIDAD DEBERIAN PAGAR POR LA TOTALIDAD DE LAS CASAS ROBADAS DURANTE TODO ESTE TIEMPO Y POR TODO EL MAL CAUSADO A GENTE PACIFICA Y TRABAJADORA, ALGUNA HASTA RICA QUE VIVIA EN PALESTINA, QUE LA CONDENARON A VIVIR SUFRIENDO. NINGUN SER HUMANO ES MAS QUE OTRO., PORQUE BEGIN, DIJO UNA VEZ QUE LOS JUDIOS ERAN SERES SUPERIORES. SOLAMENTE DIOS ES UN SER SUPERIOR. BASTA DE GENOCIDIO PALESTINO Y DE APOLOGOS Y COMPLICES DEL GENOCIDIO PALESTINO. YA HAY MUCHOS JUDIOS QUE ESTAN EN CONTRA DE ISRAEL PORQUE ELLOS NO QUIEREN SER DISCRIMINADOS E INSULTADOS POR CULPA DE UN NAZI COMO ES NETANYAHU Y SU EJERCITO

"Martyrs"?

These are not martyrs; they are victims, murder victims. They are victims of Hamas's murderous scheme of forcing innocent residents to act as shields for the cowardly "Hamas Fighters", who will then bang the media drums to suggest Isreal is waging war on civilians. Nothing could be further from the truth; Hamas, on the other hand, goes out of its way to target innocent civilians in Israel.

Animals.

Hamas are shameless. How about the Israeli occupation of the gaza Strip during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war or the UN pact that took place in 1947 and declared Gaza to be part of an arab state? :) food for thought!

This is a cultural phenomenon. Here are two lessons American men learn on the school yard:

1. If you don't like what happens in a fight, don't start fights.
2. If you f*^k with the bull, you get the horns.

Stop shooting the rockets. Show the IDF all the tunnels the terrorists were planning on using to sneak into Israel to slaughter Israelis. Turn over the terrorist leaders.

See, it's easy.

I was hoping the body count in Gaza to be much higher. The world needs less Muslims and more people like the Israeli's.

Comments such as yours show the utter moral bankruptcy of the Israeli state, although the sizable number of sensible, admirable Jews who oppose Israel's destruction of Gaza and the cruel, cold-blooded murder of Gazans don't get enough press. The Jewish mantra, from the conservative, militant strata, is based on revenge and retribution. That is the core Zionist ethos. Many Jews live and breath aggression, with their laughable chosen-people cartoonish history as their guide. And the lies! If tunnels were the problem, all the IDF would have to do is used a few well-placed underground grenades to close off the main tunnel areas. Shooting 1000-pound bombs, artillery and tank fire into buildings clearly is to kill as many people as possible, and therefore, that overkill exposes the lie about destroying tunnels. And if individual rocket-shooters among Hamas was really such a problem, the IDF would only need to use snipers to take out individual Hamas militants. But the vile IDF shows through its actions that none of that is on the real agenda. The Israeli state because of the past Holocaust should be the world's leader against inhumane actions, instead is imitating its past oppressors. Know this: the wheels already are in motion to totally cut off U.S. aid to Israel forever.

Hey bro! How about you ask your Israeli comrades to annihilate over 1.6 billion or about 23.4% of the world population, that are Muslims? Food for thought! :)

Khitan General: Hao! Dai ye! We won again! [Cheers] This is good. But what is best in life?
Khitan Warrior: The open steppe, a fleet horse, falcons at your wrist, and the wind in your hair.
Khitan General: Wrong! Conan, what is best in life?
Conan: To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women!
Khitan General: [Cheers]...That is good.

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