LAND OFFENSIVE BEGINS IN GAZA
We just came back from a protest in Durham...before we left my father called to let me know a land invasion was imminent, and that a bomb had been destroyed a mosque near them-killing 11 civilians.
He just now informed me that a land invasion HAS BEGUN. Everyone is bracing themselves.
hHe said Israel destroyed 3 JAWAL centers (the mobile provider) so many mobile phhones, including his own, are down, but his landline is functional..
He tells me that a building behind my cousin's house in Gaza City was destroyed, and is now burning down in a voracious fire. It had an orphanage in it.
My mother says she won't lie..they are terrified.
Flares and firebombs are being shot to light up the sky. Propaganda fliers telling the people of Gaza that "they chose Hamas and and Hamas has abandoned them"; that "Hamas will lead them to catastrophe"' superimposed on an image of a bombed-out building; and calling on them to "take charge of their destiny" adn to call a given phone number or email with tips and then a warning to call "in secrecy" (thanks for the tip). Israel is also broadcasting on al-Aqsa TV station there.
My father tells me Gaza's streets are as "dark as Kohl".
for more updates, my Twitter page: www.twitter.com/Gazamom
Also see Sameh Habeeb's photos at: http://www.digitaljournal.com/, and http://picasaweb.google.com/sameh.habeeb/GazaWar3# (including photos of leaflets being dropped on the city)