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Reuters: Israeli Forces Kill “Civilians” In Gaza

From those lovers of terrorists everywhere, Reuters:

Daughters and sons of two Palestinian brothers Sami and Yassif al-Manasrah, who were killed by an Israeli tank shell, react during their fathers funeral in Gaza June 27, 2007.

Israeli forces kill 12 Palestinians in Gaza raid

By Nidal al-Mughrabi

GAZA (Reuters) – Israeli forces killed at least 12 Palestinians, mostly gunmen but also a 12-year-old boy and other civilians, on Wednesday in the deadliest raid in Gaza since Hamas seized the territory, medical workers said.

The operation in Gaza City and the southern town of Khan Younis appeared to signal Israel intended to keep strong military pressure on Hamas along with its efforts to isolate the Islamist militant group financially and politically.

The violence erupted as Middle East mediators prepared to appoint outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair as their new envoy in a bid to revive Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking despite Hamas’s takeover in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said the Israeli incursion was part of a “conspiracy in which (Palestinian President Mahmoud) Abbas is a participant and which is aimed at pressuring Hamas and the people of Gaza.”

Four of the nine militants killed in the Israeli operation belonged to Hamas, which routed forces from Abbas’s secular Fatah faction in the territory two weeks ago.

Local residents in two Gaza battle zones said gunmen fired rocket-propelled grenades and detonated explosive devices in confrontations with Israeli infantry and armor.

A 12-year-old lay in the street, his arms twisted at odd angles, near a house in a Gaza City neighborhood where residents and medical workers said a shell fired by an Israeli tank had caused an explosion.

He was pronounced dead in a hospital along with two men, their bodies shredded by shrapnel. Residents said the men were civilians

Ever notice how, according to our watchdog media, it is always women, children and civilians who are the casualties of any Israeli attack upon the Palestinians?

And even if that is the case, why should we believe they weren’t combatants?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 27th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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