Another massacre of innocent lives in Palestine. And the World remains silent.
At dawn 8 November 2006, the successive firing of ten to twelve Israeli shells at a Beit Hanoun residential street resulted in what Palestinians on the scene described as the Gazan "tsunami." Eighteen Palestinian civilians -- mostly women and children -- were killed. The Israeli military stated it regretted the killings and attributed the shelling to human error, provoking much anger in the rest of the Gaza Strip, which had just buried 55 of its residents after a week-long offensive in Beit Hanoun and extrajudicial executions elsewhere in Gaza.
The Independent (UK) reports:
Eighteen Palestinian civilians, most of them women and children from the same family, have been killed as they tried to flee a barrage of Israeli artillery shells fired on and around the house where they had been sleeping minutes earlier ....All but one of the dead were members of the Athamneh family and included six children under 16. They were killed when they rushed out into the dirt road beside their four-storey building after the first shell struck, punching a hole two feet in diameter through the roof. Large puddles in the road were still dark with blood five hours after the attack.
The deadly attack came a day after Israeli forces redeployed from Beit Hanoun upon the stated completion of a six-day-long offensive dubbed "Operation Autumn Clouds," ostensibly aimed at the stopping of rocket fire from Gaza into Israel, in which at least 50 Palestinians were killed.
"Operation Autumn Clouds" came after the recent "Operation Summer Rain" in which around 300 Palestinians -- half of them civilian -- were killed.The reaction of Israel foreign minister Tzipi Livni was, "Unfortunately, in the course of battle, regrettable incidents such as that which occurred this morning do happen." The Israeli military appointed Maj-Gen Meir Khalifi, who headed the inquiry into the deaths of seven members of the Ghalia family killed in an explosion on a beach earlier this year and which found the Israeli army not responsible despite independent findings to the contrary.
The Guardian (UK) reports the international reaction: "The US called on Israel to exercise 'restraint', noting its 'regret' at civilian casualties and the launch of an inquiry into how a residential area had come under artillery fire. The EU said it was 'appalled'. The Palestinian movement Hamas called for swift retaliation. Islamic Jihad promised suicide bombings. Sadly, only the latter statements carried much conviction."
Subhanallah. They kill them without mercy. Children and Women and Innocent Men. And what's the Israelis foreign Ministers response? Things like these happen during Military operations?
May Allah s.w.t protect the people of Palestine.
May Allah s.w.t give them sabr and strength to go through this difficult time.
May Allah s.w.t give victory to the true Mujahideen.
May the suffering of the Innocents all over the World who are suffering easen.