11 Jan 2009
GAZA UPDATES- Day 16 (27th Dec-11 Jan) !
SFP 11th Jan 2009
NEWS Courtesy almanar.com.lb
Uses White Phosphorus Shells on Gaza
On the sixteenth day of Israel’s war on Gaza,
fighters jets, vessels and tanks continued to pound the Gaza strip overnight
More houses have been targeted, more civilians have fell martyrs and injured in
this day’s excessive use of internationally prohibited white phosphorus shells.
Palestinian medics said at least four Palestinians were killed and dozens
wounded early Sunday. Doctors said burn wounds were caused by banned white
phosphorous shells, with Israel denying the charge. Exposure to white phosphorus
may cause burns and irritation, liver, kidney, heart, lung, or bone damage, and
Indications that white phosphorous is being used in Gaza follow the sighting of
thick white smoke in the sky above the Palestinian territory.
Israel had used white Phosphorus shell in its war on Lebanon in 2006. Under the
Geneva Treaty of 1980, white phosphorous is banned as a weapon of war in
civilian areas because of the severe injuries it causes.
At least 897 Palestinians, including some 300 children and 100 women, have been
killed so far with another 4,000 people injured since the beginning of the war
16 days ago.
Reports from Gaza said that Israeli tanks had attempted to enter the Al Sheikh
Ajlin neighborhood of Gaza City, shelling it and another area closer to the city
centre, Tall al-Hawa. They said there had also been intense shelling of the
city's Zeitun neighborhood, as well as of Sudaniyah, in northwestern Gaza.
PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE REPELL ADVANCING OCC. TROOPS
In the meantime, the Palestinian resistance said that heavy exchange of fire is
taking place in almost every area where the Israel army is trying to advance.
The Izzeddine Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s military wing, showed footage of blowing
up a house where Israeli soldiers had been positioned. The footage also showed
an Israeli armored carrier rushing to the house to evacuate the killed and
For its part, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic
Jihad Movement also showed footage of sniping an Israeli soldier and exhibited
some equipment they had collected from Israeli soldiers killed in the
PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE ROCKET FIRE CONTINUES
The Palestinian resistance meanwhile continues to pound Israeli settlements and
cities despite a 16-day old Israeli offensive on Gaza.
A total of 22 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip struck Israel on Sunday, one of
which exploded in the northern Negev city of Ashdod. There were no casualties in
the incident. A total of 22 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip struck Israel on
Sunday, one of which exploded in an empty school playground in the northern
Negev city of Ashdod.
Simultaneously with repelling occupation soldiers from advancing further, the
resistance fired two Grads at the southern city of Beersheba Sunday. A car and a
building were damaged.
Another Qassam rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed in the Sdot Negev
Regional Council, east of Gaza.
Several other rockets landed earlier in Ashkelon one of them hitting a building.
Four settlers were injured and, according to Israeli media, twenty-seven people
Barrages were fired Saturday at the Sha'ar Hanegev and Eshkol regional councils.
Several rockets landed in Ashdod.
Olmert Slams "World": Don't Preach Us!
The Israeli war on Gaza has entered its third
week; the number of martyrs is nearing 900 and the number of injured is drawing
closer to 4,000. The number of Palestinian victims is not in Tel Aviv’s account
as it never had been before, however, the political leadership seems more
perplexed and troubled the mounting international "pressure" and "cries" to halt
In this context, outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert slammed the
international cries and expressed deep resentment at the “world”, saying it
“mustn't preach morals to Israel.”
"What is acceptable for the rest of the world is barely accepted when it comes
to Israel," Olmert said. "No country in the world, including those that preach
morals to us, would have shown restraint as we have," he clamed. "We knew this
wouldn't be simple, and what is acceptable for every other country in the world
is barely accepted when it comes to Israel," he added.
The Israeli PM renewed rejection to UNSC resolution 1860 that called – not
demanded - for a “ceasefire” in Gaza. He claimed that nobody but the Zionist
entity can decide how best to protect its citizens. "We have never allowed
anyone to decide for us whether we are allowed to strike those that hurl bombs
at our kindergartens and schools and we never will agree to that in the future,"
Olmert proudly declared, ignoring that 300 Palestinian children have been killed
in the framework of Israel’s alleged “restraint.”
Olmert called the world for "more patience," claiming that Israel was
"approaching" the targets, without actually declaring their nature. "More
patience, determination and courage are needed for us to achieve those goals in
a way that will change the security reality in the south, and for our citizens
to feel long-term security and stability," Olmert appealed.
Assad Calls to Pressure Israel to End
Offensive, Break Siege
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday stressed the need to mobilize
international support to pressure Israel to stop its aggression on the Gaza
Strip, lift the siege on the Palestinian people and the opening of the crossings
on a permanent basis.
According to a Syrian presidential statement, this assertion came during a
meeting between President Assad and Foreign Minister of Brazil Celso Amorim,
which focused on the latest developments in the Gaza Strip and the massacres
committed by Israeli troops against the innocent Palestinian people. Al-Assad
praised the positions of the Latin American countries to support the Palestinian
For his part, the Brazilian Minister reiterated his country's willingness to
play any role that would help to stop Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip,
expressing solidarity and sympathy with the afflicted Palestinian people.
Meanwhile, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem accused Israel of committing
war crimes during its military onslaught on the Gaza Strip and argued that a
UN-backed ceasefire should be binding.
"The Security Council should adopt a binding resolution on a ceasefire... which
also would include war crimes committed by Israel," Moallem said at a joint news
conference with his Brazilian counterpart Celso Amorim. "Israel has committed
war crimes... killing women and children, relief workers, journalists and using
white phosphorus bombs," he said. Moallem said he was "surprised the UN Security
Council does not report such crimes... and it does not form an independent
commission of inquiry" to investigate.
Qatar Calls for Arab Ministerial Meeting on Gaza
Qatar on Sunday called for an emergenc