After 36 hours stuck in the hotel while bombs fell all around, shaking the entire building, today we made it out for a few hours to survey the damage. Shells are still falling, drones still fill the sky, states today’s Scriptonite Daily report from Gaza.
You should read most of it on the Scriptonite site, but a few comments are worth highlighting here:
Some time before we left the hotel, a car was attacked on Al Nasra street, the main road from Gaza City to the South. The two people inside were killed.
This brings the known death toll in Gaza to 54 since the ceasefire broke on Tuesday. Some of the scenes of death and injury:
- Three Qassam Brigade leaders killed by Israeli missiles in Rafah
- Two civilians killed by Israeli drone missiles in Beit Lahia
- A group of civilians injured when Israeli drones bombed the Jordanian Hospital in Gaza City
- A baby was killed during an air assault in Rafah
- The wife, daughter and son of Hamas leader Mohammed Al Deif were target and killed in their home just a few blocks from my hotel. Israeli missiles reduced the tall apartment block to a pile of dust and stones.
- There have been mass deaths in Rafah and Khan Younis in the South. Israeli F-16s have been flying in from Egyptian airspace and conducting carpet bombing of the towns. Ambulances were unable to get through to support or evacuate the injured and dead.
This is still ongoing. People are dying up and down the strip, the bombing is relentless.
I fail to see the military value of these targets. It feels more like a terror campaign to beat any notion of statehood out of Gaza’s population.
In response to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s claim that “We will not stop until we secure full security and quiet for the residents of the south and all citizens of Israel,” Scriptonite had this to say:
What this means is, Netanyahu will do whatever it takes to quash all resistance to occupation in the Gaza Strip. Given the indefatigable, un-extinguishable spirit of the Palestinians – I fear this means we are in the final days, weeks, and months of reckoning for this beautiful, yet beleaguered piece of our world.
Today, BBC News is reporting that an Israeli air strike on a house in Gaza has killed three senior Hamas military commanders – Mohammed Abu Shamala, Mohammed Barhoum and Raed al-Attar.
“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the “superior intelligence” of the domestic Shin Bet security service and the “precise execution” of the attack.
“‘Operation Protective Edge will continue until its objective has been fulfilled – the restoration of long-term quiet for the citizens of Israel while causing significant damage to terrorist infrastructure,’ he said.”
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