Friday, April 07, 2006

6 killed in new Israeli strikes, shelling continues

AT least six Palestinians are reported to have been killed in Israeli air strikes in the teeming southern Gaza refugee camp of Rafah, including a 5-year-old boy who was dismembered. The attack was targetting members of the Popular Resistance Committees. At least 15 injuries have been reported-two serious, according to medics, who have are having a difficult time identifying the bodies, which they say are arriving in pieces.

Meanwhile, Israeli shelling continues in eastern and northern Gaza. At one point, I counted 1 shell every 10 seconds. Haaretz reported that the Israeli army fired 300 shells within the past 24 hours.

UPDATE: Its after 11pm here in Gaza, and the shelling has increasing dramatically. I can here artillery being fired from two different locations at once, spaced about 5 seconds apart. The lights are shaking above me from the force of the explostions as I write this. I've moved Yousuf's bed away from the window in case the glass shatters. The shelling has been going nonstop for going on two days now. Its getting inside our heads. Several people I've spoken to today have complained of lack of sleep and irritablity because the shelling continues throughout the night.


Blogger Moses said...

My God.

Like Rafah wasn't destroyed enough already.

Laila, be safe. I'm emailing you to ask about phone numbers of friends of mine in Rafah you might know.

11:02 PM  
Blogger norabf said...


what a seething disaster. be strong and be safe. i don't know what else to say. i think we've all run out of words to describe how angry we are and how terrifying this is. i am speechless and wish i could be there to help form a human chain around the tanks to stop this evilness.

a buss for yousuf -- thank god he has such a magnificent mother to help stifle the horrors.

love and solidarity.

12:46 AM  
Blogger Omni said...

It's not right for people to have to live in constant turmoil and fear the way people do there!! I admire your strength and courage, and hope that you and you son will come through all this and find a happy and peaceful life.

The American people want you to have good lives on land of your own; don't believe everything you read in the papers, we DO care about you.

1:08 AM  
Blogger umkahlil said...

Thank you for continuing to one of the few witnesses to the ongoing tragedy. God Bless you and your family.

1:47 AM  
Blogger jarvenpa said...

oh my dear. I am just going out for my weekly vigil (women in black)...but my thoughts are with you and your family. May you be safe.

2:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be dafe darling. I hope you have some food to eat in Gaza. Do you have milk and carrots for Yusuf?

10:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting that you failed to mention who the young boy is who was killed. His father was a senior bombmaker affiliated with Hamas and the Popular Resistance Committees, and the Israeli missle came aiming for the father, not the son.

If the Israelis could have killed the father without the son, they would have. They've proven that again and again. But the father would gladly have murdered young Israeli boys, and was building more bombs to do just that.

The world is a safer place without him.

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting rationalization, anonymous. It's OK to kill a 6 year old boy because they supposedly didn't really want to very much and because his father was an enemy.

If the Israelis really wanted to kill the father without the son, they would have. Obviously people like you don't care much about the loss of an innocent child's life if that child is the wrong nationality.

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

um, no, sadly it's often impossible to kill the father without killing innocents, if the father chooses to surround himself with civilian population while engaging in manufacturing bombs.
if he chooses to be more extreme than even Hamas, he knows he puts his life, and those close to him location-wise in danger.
(another anonymous with no blogger account).

2:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if there is anyone who may be blogging from Sderot or Ashkelon so we can get a better perspective on the violence.

12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why didn't the father go to some cave to build his bombs?
the inocent pay for the guilty.that's the price of war. MAKE PEACE.

2:39 PM  

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