« | »

Israelis Kill 17 Hamas In Fighting In Gaza

From France’s AFP:

People carry the bodies of Palestinians after they were killed by Israeli troops during a raid in Gaza January 15, 2008.

At least 18 dead as Gaza violence explodes

by Adel Zaanoun

GAZA CITY (AFP) – Israeli troops killed 17 Palestinians on Tuesday, including a son of a top Hamas leader, as fighting flared around Gaza a day after the two sides launched talks on the core issues of their conflict.

The deadliest single day of violence in months saw the son of hardline Hamas leader Mahmud Zahar killed, while a civilian just inside Israel was shot dead in a rare sniper attack by militants in Gaza.

The fighting erupted a day after a meeting of top Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, hot on the heels of US President George W. Bush’s visit and his prediction of a peace treaty by the time he leaves office in a year.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas branded the Gaza operation a “massacre” and said it flew in the face of peace efforts.

“What happened today is a massacre, a slaughter against the Palestinian people,” Abbas told reporters in the West Bank town of Ramallah. “Our people cannot keep silent over these massacres. These massacres cannot bring peace.”

Since the two sides formally relaunched peace talks at a US-hosted conference in late November, 116 Palestinians, most of them militants, have been killed by Israeli fire in Gaza, according to an AFP count.

Hamas decreed three days of mourning and a general strike on Wednesday…

Obviously the latest round of “peace talks” are making quite a difference.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, January 15th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “Israelis Kill 17 Hamas In Fighting In Gaza”

Sorry, comments for this entry are closed at this time.

« Front Page | To Top
« | »