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NYT Outraged: Israel Kills 19 Gaza ‘Civilians’

From a deeply incensed New York Times:


Palestinians react after seeing the body of a relative killed in an Israeli army operation in the northern Gaza Strip, at a hospital in Beit Lahiya, Saturday, March 1, 2008.

At Least 45 Killed in Israeli Strikes in Gaza

By STEVEN ERLANGER and TAGHREED EL-KHODARY

March 1, 2008

GAZA CITY — Israeli aircraft and troops attacked Palestinian positions in northern Gaza on Saturday, killing at least 45 Palestinians, 19 of them civilians, and wounding more than 100 in the deadliest day of fighting in more than a year.

The Israeli attacks, mostly from the air on a clear, bright day, were aimed at stopping rocket fire from Gaza into Israel, especially after the large city of Ashkelon, 10 miles from Gaza, came under fire from more advanced, Katyusha-style rockets smuggled in from Iran.

Half the dead were reported to be Hamas gunmen or those belonging to affiliated groups, like Islamic Jihad. But as many as 19 Palestinian civilians also died in the heavily populated area, including 4 children, according to Dr. Moawiya Hassanain of the Gazan Health Ministry

The fighting brought harsh criticism from the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah, who reportedly threatened to call off negotiations with Israel over a peace treaty. “We tell the world, watch and judge what’s happening, and judge who is committing international terrorism,” Mr. Abbas said in Ramallah, on the West Bank.

Mr. Abbas, who has opposed the rocket firing as useless provocation, said last week that armed conflict remained an option for Palestinians if negotiations failed.

The Hamas political director, Khaled Meshal, said in Damascus that “there is no choice in front of us but to go ahead with this battle, which has been imposed on us.”’ …

On Friday, Hussein Dardouna, 50, was burying his son, Omar, 14, killed while playing with his friends by an Israeli strike aimed at a rocket-launching team. “I couldn’t identify the body of my son,” he said. “It was very hard until I found the head of my son. I’m against these rockets, but I am afraid. What can I do? If I protest they will hit me, they will kill me.” …

Most residents hid in their homes and imams read verses from the Koran over mosque loudspeakers.

The Palestinian dead on Saturday included at least four children, two of whom, brother and sister, 11 and 12 respectively, died in their beds from shrapnel. Three women were also killed, as well as a father and his son, medics said.

Hamas said that one young girl, Malak Karfaneh, 6, died Friday night from an Israeli strike on Beit Hanun in northern Gaza, but locals said that a Palestinian rocket had fallen short and landed near the house, wounding killing her and wounding three siblings

Thank goodness we have the New York Times to point out to us just how mean those darned Israelis are.

Constantly.

Hamas said that one young girl, Malak Karfaneh, 6, died Friday night from an Israeli strike on Beit Hanun in northern Gaza, but locals said that a Palestinian rocket had fallen short and landed near the house, wounding killing her and wounding three siblings.

How dare anyone suggest that the sainted Palestinians would lie about the death of women and children?

But as many as 19 Palestinian civilians also died in the heavily populated area, including 4 children, according to Dr. Moawiya Hassanain of the Gazan Health Ministry.

Certainly the New York Times will always take them at their word.

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