A strike in al-Shati refugee camp injures 30, minutes after start of unilateral Israeli truce – Hamas had dubbed the ceasefire an attempt to ‘distract from Israeli massacres’
An Israeli strike on a house in al-Shati refugee camp has reportedly broken a humanitarian ceasefire minutes after it came into place.
Gaza’s Health Ministry reported that the bombing, which targeted the home of the al-Bakri family approximately 30 minutes after the appointed time for the ceasefire, has injured at least 30 people so far, many of them civilians.
The Israeli army announced the seven-hour humanitarian ceasefire set to start in parts of the Gaza Strip from 10:00 local time (07:00 GMT) – the unilateral announcement has already been rejected as a possible ruse by Hamas.
According to a statement issued to Palestinian media by the co-ordinator of Israeli military activities in the occupied territories early on Monday morning, the truce would not include east Rafah where fighting is still ongoing.
We have authorized a humanitarian window to take place in the Gaza Strip from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM today.
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) August 3, 2014
Rafah, a town close to the border with Egypt, has been witness to some of the most intensive strikes, with Gaza’s Health Ministry announcing that over 70 people were killed in the city on Sunday alone.
Ten more people have died in the Gaza Strip so far on Monday in separate bombings in Rafah, Khan Younis and al-Sheikh Radwan.
The most recent killings bring the total death toll among Gazans to over 1820.
Gaza’s Health Ministry issued a breakdown of deaths in the Gaza Strip on Sunday night – Khan Younis in the southern Strip has been the bloodiest location, with over 520 fatalities registered.
International pressure on the two sides to end the violence is growing, particularly after condemnation of an Israeli strike on a UNRWA school in Rafah on Sunday, the third such attack during the conflict.
Samantha Power, US ambassador to the UN, delivered a stinging criticism of the attack on Monday morning, saying that “civilians, many of whom have been told to evacuate their homes by the Israeli Defence forces, must be able to find refuge in safe, UN-designated shelters.”
The statement comes a day after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called the attack a “criminal act”, demanding an end to the “madness.”
However, hopes are not high that the truce will be binding, as each of the seven planned ceasefires up till now have been broken hours after they began.
Hamas accused Israel of cynicism in its announcement of a unilateral ceasefire, alleging that Israel was attempting to distract attention away from recent “massacres.”
“The calm Israel declared is unilateral and aims to divert attention away from the Israeli massacres. We do not trust such a calm and we urge our people to exercise caution,” said the group’s spokesperson, Sami Abu Zuhri.
Khaled Meshal, a Hamas leader who lives in Qatar, said in response to the Israeli announcement that there were will be no truce as long as Israeli forces remain in the Gaza Strip.
Hamas officials, representatives of Islamic Jihad and Fatah politicians are all still in Cairo – the Palestinian delegation is due to meet with the Egyptian intelligence chief on Monday for a final discussion of the Palestinian ceasefire demands issued on Sunday.
For who does not understand the need or concept of resistance of Palestine, recommended read:
The History of Resistance – The Eagle of Palestine
- Special Topic – All Israeli Massacres on Palestinians
- iRemember… – Confirmed Names of Martyrs Occupation (*)
- Special Topic – Ethnic Cleansing
- Israeli escalation in Gaza – A cover-up for settlement activity
- “Slow Death” -International report: Collective punishment of Gaza has reached critical stage – Incl Full Report PDF
- A “Leaflet” to the World about it’s own “forgotten” Extermination Camp called Gaza
- Gaza Siege Harshness Continues. Israel’s committing slow-motion genocide ~ by Stephen Lendman
THE LEGAL RIGHT OF RESISTANCE
81 Notre Dame Law Review1275(2006). Conducting an in-depth study of the genocide in Darfur, Sudan, and also discussing other genocides, this article details the inadequacy of many of the international community’s response to genocides, such as “targeted sanctions” or international peacekeeping forces. Examining international legal authorities such as the Genocide Convention, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Court of Justice, the article demonstrates that groups which are being subjected to genocide have a legal right of self-defense. International treaties, Security Council arms embargoes, or national gun control laws cannot lawfully be enforced in a manner which prevents self-defense resistance to a genocide in progress, because under international law, the prohibition against any form of complicity in genocide takes legal precedence over lesser laws. With Paul Gallant & Joanne D. Eisen. In PDF.
- The Palestinian Right of Self Defense
- Brayer: The Absolute Right of Palestinian Resistance – Source
- No. Israel Does Not Have the Right to Self-Defense In International Law Against Occupied Palestinian Territory – Source
- If Jews in WWII Warsaw would have had rockets: They would have fired them too – by occpal
MYTHS & FACTS ABOUT THE ROCKETS FROM GAZA
- The “Rocket” from Gaza Myth – Photography
- More facts about the Rocket from Gaza Myths – Storify
- Half the story: What @IDFSpokesperson leaves out about #Gaza ~ by @yousefmunayyer
- Israel and #Gaza: Context Behind Projectile Fire ~ by @yousefmunayyer
- Truths and lies behind Israel’s attacks on Gaza and its whining about rockets ~ by @AliAbunimah
- Israel is not looking for peace. Nor talks. But: This
* The list of shuhada does not display, the numerous victims of the zionist occupation which are undocumented by media. Nor it displays the victims of the “silent onslaught” due to restrictions of movement, ability to go to hospitals for treatment or life saving surgery, due to lack of medication because of the blockades and so on. For example: The Slow Motion Genocide by the Siege on Gaza only, killed 600 patients since Gaza got under Israeli Siege.
Neither does this list, display the avoidable mortality. A clear and statistical factual evidence, about the number of deaths due to indecent ruling by occupation forces. For even an occupier has obligations under International Laws, Geneva Convention and the Hague regulations, which it is neglecting. These circumstances, together with deliberate policies of the occupier to neglect and even deny every basic human right, severes avoidable mortality which is totally silenced by media or reporting organisations. While in the Holocaust, 1 on 6 Jewish people directly died of deliberate neglect, so if we believe the facts over 1 million due to avoidable mortality, neither should these same circumstances be ignores which are ongoing in Palestine. For this report displays a avoidable morality of at least 0,5 million Palestinians.
How many more dead corpses of Palestinians does the international community need to see in order to act? How many more cruelties and violations of Human Rights, Regulations and International Law will be needed to intervene so this ongoing warcrime is being stopped once and for all.