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Israeli airstrikes kill at least 24 in Gaza City, health officials say

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By Nidal al-Mughrabi

Israeli forces killed at least 24 Palestinians in three separate airstrikes on Gaza City early on Tuesday and the dead included a sister of Ismail Haniyeh, the chief of militant Islamist group Hamas, Gaza health officials and medics said.

Israeli tanks also pressed deeper overnight into western areas of Rafah in the enclave's south, blowing up homes, residents said.

Two of the Israeli airstrikes hit two schools in Gaza City, killing at least 14 people, medics said. Another strike on a house in the Shati (Beach) camp, one of the Gaza Strip's eight historic refugee camps, killed 10 others.

The house in Shati belonged to the extended family of Hamas political chief Haniyeh, who is based in Qatar. One of his sisters was killed along with other relatives, family members and medics said.

Haniyeh, who leads Hamas diplomacy and is the public face of the group that has run Gaza since 2007, has lost many relatives in Israeli airstrikes since Oct. 7, including three sons.

Responding to the latest Israeli attack that killed his sister, Haniyeh reaffirmed the group's demands for reaching a ceasefire agreement with Israel and said killing relatives would not influence Hamas actions.

"We still maintain that any agreement that does not guarantee a ceasefire and an end to the aggression is not an agreement. Our position on this will not change at any stage," Haniyeh said in a statement.

Hassan Kaskin, a neighbor, said the Haniyeh family house was hit without advance warning before dawn on Tuesday. Footage obtained by Reuters showed the multi-floor building reduced to rubble.

"They were 10 individuals, three of them were scattered outside the house and seven under the rubble - with no prior warning, with people around them, and there are injuries among the neighbours," Kaskin told Reuters.

Israel's military said its forces had targeted militants overnight in Gaza City who had been involved in the planning of attacks on Israel. The militants, it said, included some who had seized hostages as they took part in the Hamas-led cross-border attack on Israel on Oct. 7 last year.

The Israeli Air Force bombed two structures "used by Hamas terrorists in Shati and Daraj Tuffah in the northern Gaza Strip. The terrorists operated inside school compounds that were used by Hamas as a shield for its terrorist activities", the military said in a statement.

Hamas denies using civilian facilities such as schools and hospitals for military purposes.

Separately, the armed wings of Hamas and the allied Islamic Jihad said in a joint statement their fighters had fired mortar bombs overnight against Israeli forces in the Yibna neighbourhood of eastern Rafah.

In the city of Khan Younis to Rafah's north, medics said Israeli tank shelling killed seven Palestinians and wounded several other people at a tent camp in a western district.

Gaza health officials said at least 45 Palestinians had been killed by Israeli military strikes across the densely populated coastal enclave on Tuesday.

The United Nations Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA) said chaos was taking hold in Gaza as smuggling bands form, adding to the difficulties of delivering sorely needed aid to the territory.

A high risk of famine also persists across the Gaza Strip as the conflict rages on unabated and humanitarian access remains restricted, a global hunger monitor said on Tuesday.

HEZBOLLAH CONFLICT

Over eight months into the war, international mediation backed by the U.S. has failed to yield a ceasefire agreement. Hamas says any deal must bring an end to the war and full Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, while Israel says it will accept only temporary pauses in fighting until Hamas is eradicated.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday the phase of intense fighting against Hamas would end "very soon", freeing up more forces for deployment on Israel's northern border with Lebanon, where clashes with Iran-backed Hezbollah have escalated.

Israel's national security adviser Tzachi Hanegbi said on Tuesday it would spend the coming weeks trying to resolve the conflict with Hezbollah and would prefer a diplomatic solution there. Shelling has led to the evacuation of tens of thousands of people on both sides of the Israel-Lebanon border.

Israel's ground and air campaign in Gaza was triggered when Hamas-led militants stormed into southern Israel on Oct. 7, killing around 1,200 people and seizing more than 250 hostages, according to Israeli tallies.

The Israeli offensive in retaliation has so far killed 37,658 people, the Gaza health ministry said on Tuesday, and has left the tiny, heavily built-up Gaza Strip in ruins.

Since early May, ground fighting has focused on Rafah, abutting Egypt on Gaza's southern edge, where around half of the enclave's 2.3 million people had been sheltering after fleeing other areas. Most have since had to flee again.

Gaza's health ministry said on Tuesday that hospitals and medical centres in the enclave were experiencing a severe shortage of medicines and medical supplies due to the continued Israeli offensive, Israel's control and closure of all crossings and its targeting of the health sector in Gaza.

In particularly short supply are medications needed for emergency, anesthesia, intensive care and operations, the ministry said in a statement.

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Israeli forces killed at least 24 Palestinians in three separate airstrikes on Gaza City early on Tuesday and the dead included a sister of Ismail Haniyeh, the chief of militant Islamist group Hamas, Gaza health officials and medics said.

More precise and accurate strikes by the IDF against Islamic extremist terrorists.

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Collective punishment by death not the behaviour of a civilised country.

I would write "shame on Israel " but shame not a feeling/emotion seen in "God's Chosen People"

Theirs is an "Old Testament God "...mostly smiting, and vengeance .

The message of Jesus, a Jew, was against this.

Love thy neighbour.

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Push on, never give up, never give in.

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Collective punishment by death not the behaviour of a civilised country.

Israel isn't a civilized country

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Jewish Lobby in Washington has succeeded in having the Congress pass a bill that expands the reach and definition of "anti semiticism " to include criticism of Israel

The Bill sent to the Senate.

What happened to First Amendment rights.

Oh...Israel must be protected...from words...while it rains bombs on women and children in Gaza.

Money talks.

"Good morning to the Sun

And next to my gold.

Open the shrine

that I may see my Saint."

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Genocide and ethnic cleansing should never be a cause of celebration or glee.

A generation of orphans is not a "precise and accurate " targeting.

I hope Israel drowns in the blood flowing from Gaza's innocents.

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I don’t think that innocent civilians should be murdered by the IDF.

Does that make me a supporter of Hamas?

Am I now a legitimate target for voicing that opinion?

There are bloodthirsty fanatics that would answer in the affirmative-that is the problem with Israelis!

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I don’t think that innocent civilians should be murdered by the IDF.

Does that make me a supporter of Hamas?

Yes it does. Unfortunately my friend, that is the discourse today.

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If Hamas bombed 2 schools and the homes of Netanyahu's family you'd never hear the end of it. Instead this is just another average day of Israeli war crimes carried out by "the world's most moral army".

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While waiting Gaza people dying from famine, occupier keep doing genocide to speed up the process.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2024/06/25/israel-gaza-famine-palestinians-aid/

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In North Gaza, there is a famine, and children and babies are starving. They face the threat of both bombs and starvation.

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I would write "shame on Israel " but shame not a feeling/emotion seen in "God's Chosen People"

Theirs is an "Old Testament God "...mostly smiting, and vengeance .

The message of Jesus, a Jew, was against this.

Love thy neighbour...

Very compelling stuff Guru mate. The love thy neighbor part especially.

What part of love thy neighbor was October 7th again? Just need to be reminded.

As Douglas Murray stated at the debate the other day, You don’t get to start a war, then complain about it when you are losing. The deaths are, and will always be, on Hamas despite this latest journalism piece trying to turn Hamas into the victim here. Hamas!

Just another day where people feel the need and believe themselves to have the right to trumpet their low resolution moralistic narcissism. Nothing new, nothing insightful, just the usual. But, please keep it up. The creativity and mental gymnastics has become a circus side show.

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As Douglas Murray stated at the debate the other day, You don’t get to start a war, then complain about it when you are losing

The civilian population of Gaza didnt start a war Ricky.

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Push on, never give up, never give in.

https://forensic-architecture.org/investigation/the-killing-of-hind-rajab

The IDF is as bad as Hamas.

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A report by UNRWA today stated that 10 children a DAY are losing one or both legs!

As the west govts sit on their hand allowing the animals in Israel to commit genocide! Absolutely disgusting!

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Ricky..."trumpet their low resolution moralistic narcissism "

Nice turn of phrase, mate

Original is it ?

1/ The entire world is against the current state of Israel simply because of the way it is conducting this genocide.

2/ Is the planet a 'moralistic narcissist ?

3/The UN has ruled against this genocide...more "narcissism ?

4/ Oct attacks were a well planned attack by a resistance group fighting the brutal Israeli occupation of historic Palestine. Suck it up Israel....you cant imprison a million plus people and not expect some blowback.

5/You seem to infer any criticism of Israel is wrong. Why is that ?

Killing babies and the relatives of militants quite OK is it ?

Something grotesque is happening in Israel and you take the time to criticize a poster on a web news site.

No time to criticize Israel though. Why is that ?

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Its 20266, an Israeli family sits around the dinner table.

Child asks of his ex IDF father

"Dad...what did you do in the war ?"

Dad replies, "Killing babies , son, oh that, as well as women and children, and old men "

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Oh so you are the planet now. Give it a break guru. Seeing one side of the coin day in day out. Thought todays appeal to Christian’s to join you in your Jew hatred was an especially nice touch. The Jews killed Christ! Yell it from the hills dude.

How about this one, “Judge not lest ye be judged”. You could line up behind millions mate and still not get it.

Enjoy your day.

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Its 20266, an Israeli family sits around the dinner table.

Child asks of his ex IDF father

"Dad...what did you do in the war ?"

Dad replies, "Killing babies , son, oh that, as well as women and children, and old men "

You jest, but have you seen the documentary 'Tantura'? it is basically what you describe. A bunch of old Israelis who used to serve as paramlitary fighters laughing about how they killed children and raped Palestinian women.

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Ha ha ...you lose Ricky.

Accusing me of "Jew hatred "...a wide brush to smear me.

"Blood libel " and "antisemitic " dont get a run today.?

Criticising Israel, the state, not an inference that Jewish people are bad, and deserving hate.

Jews attended my wedding...Jews stayed at my house for a vacation...I baby sat the children of a Jewish couple so they could have a "date night ".

Jews are on the forefront of calling out Netanyahu and his mad militia. All praise to them.

Does that seem like "Jew hating ".

And why the sensitivity about calling out a genocide.

Come clean...

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Do you imagine if the Hamas Rebellion, or any other prohuman rights action against the Israeli regime killed a member of Netanyahu's family it would be counted as 'targeting civilians', or 'nearly getting the chief militant terrorist'?

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Chabbawanga, do you think that describing last century's 'heroes of Ukraine' as being 'as bad as the Russian army' apt, given that the first were willing participants in genocide, and the second are the reason the genocide was stopped?

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There’s no win or loose here Guru. It ain’t an endgame, nor a genocide, and your fondness for our Jewish brothers and sisters is clearly evident. No need to hide behind veils or distractions.

It is what it is, just own it.

Making me subjugate myself on your alter of genocide too ain’t gunna happen. If that’s what it takes to join your tribe then you’ll have to excuse me if I decline. Once again, none of this changes anything. Two angry old men screaming at each other on a public news forum is all it is. Performance art at its worst.

Have your convictions man, will keep mine if that’s ok with you. Am 100% ok with them. In fact the more you engage with the holy mob, the more you realize that’s not where to be.

time to work!

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CNN interviews a former Shin Beit head.

On Netanyahu and the war in Gaza he says...

"We are losing our {Israeli } identity as people, as Jews as human beings..."

Is this Jew hatred ?

No...its a comment by someone who knows.

Calling criticism of Israel "Jew hatred " as levelled against me above is a type of "Godwin's Law " where the argument is lost.

Criticism of Israel is not criticism of Jews per se...Judaism is a religion {an "idea "...like Hamas }...not my cup of tea but thats the choice.

BTW The Israeli Supreme Court has ruled that all Israeli's must be open to the IDF draft, this means the Ultra Orthodox {funny hats and haircuts, funny wobbling before a wall }.

Hopefully the Ultra's in parliament will withdraw support from Netanyahu and the Israeli Govt collapses, Netanyahu goes on trial and ends up in prison.

Shalom.

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The "most moral army in the world's" bombing, shooting, killing and starving civilians, destroying their homes, hospitals, universities, libraries, historical buildings and monuments, mosques, churches, and waging a campaign to assassinate journalists, aid-workers, intellectuals, mothers would never be able to give birth to grow the population, children who would never be able to grow to adulthood, men who who would never be able to procreate to increase their numbers, all males of "fighting age" killed on sight or abducted by their thousands to be tortured, starved, abused and held indefinitely in Israeli prisons, all these crimes against humanity proven by a mountain of evidence, would never be called a "war" were the perpetrators not Israelis, Americans, Germans and British etc. So when do we stop calling these genocidal enormities "plausible"?

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Ricky Kaminski13

Today 08:59 am JST

What part of love thy neighbor was October 7th again? Just need to be reminded.

The same part where IDF since 2009 to before killed 6000 Palestinians 99% unarmed civilians many children and women.

The same part that Israel has kidnapped and held on average 6,000 Palestinians including many children, women, lawyer trying to find out about the "disappeared".

The same part that Israeli army has imprisoned more than 12,000 Palestinian children since 2000.

And puts them on military trial for throwing stones and without lawyer or defence sentences them to life in prison most taken from the west bank where Israel isn't supposed to be!

The same part that lets IDF armed settlers killed 1,000 Palestinians and took their land in the west bank all before October 7th in order to build 140 more settlements in direct violation of the Israeli Palestinian agreement.

The same part that lets Israel torture all these illegally kidnapped Palestinians and violate 28 UN resolutions (all documented in a yearly report by the UN)

Now seeing Israel has constantly violated international laws, their own signed agreements, human rights, imprisons without trial tens of thousands including thousands of children.

I would like to know how the h... Israel gets away with everything we condemn places like Syria and Iran for doing!

Oh and please no junk about Israel being threaded by genocide!

In the same period 2009 to before October 7th IDF has killed over 6,000 Palestinians 40% women and children, Israeli settlers killed 1,000 from 2009 to January 2023 and in 2023 alone settlers killed 1,000 more.

According to Israel between 2009 and October 7th 350 Israelis were killed by Palestinians this includes regular civilians crimes with no political association.

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