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Amid Gaza ceasefire calm, 147 dead bodies found
Published Saturday 26/07/2014 (updated) 27/07/2014 16:56
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- No sooner had the 12-hour ceasefire began on Saturday morning, than Gazans hurried to look for survivors and dead bodies buried under the rubble of thousands of homes destroyed by Israeli airstrikes and artillery shelling.

Ambulances, rescue teams, and families fanned out across the coastal enclave to search for the injured and for loved ones, particularly in the eastern outskirts that have been subject to intense Israeli fire in recent days.

Ministry of Health spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said at 11:00 p.m. that 147 dead bodies had been pulled out of the rubble so far.

Al-Qidra told Ma'an that Israeli forces had refused to allow ambulances and rescue teams access to the village of Khuzaa and other border areas in order to look for survivors and dead bodies.

The Lebanese al-Mayadeen satellite TV reported that at least ten dead bodies were pulled from debris in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip.

The channel quoted sources in the International Red Cross Committee as saying that rescue teams and ambulances were unable to access Khuzaa and that coordination with the Israeli forces was underway.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an that Palestinians in the Khan Younis area had been told to leave their homes days ago and told not to return during the ceasefire, and that therefore rescue teams were "not allowed to search" in parts of the southern Gaza Strip.

Khuzaa has been subject to heavy Israeli shelling in recent days, with dozens killed and many more thought to be buried under the rubble since teams have been unable to access the bodies.
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1 ) 2,600 Reasons / Truth
26/07/2014 23:00
- Israel has had many ceasefires with Hamas, and every single one of them was used by Hamas to prepare for the next bloodier war, so Israel has every reason to "resumes attacks", Until Hamas Accepts Peace, and - If Hamas Will Not Even Consider Peace, then the people of Gaza have * TWO THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED GOOD REASONS ( 1,400 dead Gazans in 2009; 200 in 2012, & 1,000 in 2014 ) * TO WANT HAMAS TO GO INTO EXILE FOREVER.

2 ) how many / women and
26/07/2014 23:13
children???

3 ) US TAXPAYER / shitsville usa
27/07/2014 00:17
Israel should be DESTROYED , PERIOD.

4 ) Mel / USA
27/07/2014 03:15
Tell me Obama? Why did we go to war over Al Qaeda doing 9/11,when you allow Zionist Israel to do virtually the SAME thing to Gaza,over & over again? Al Qaeda terrorism in NYC =Judeo-Zionist terrorism in Gaza/Palestine.
Or is there something we're missing here?

Don't answer that,Mr.POTUS,we already know........more shame on you!

5 ) Abraham / Uk
27/07/2014 15:36
Israel is a terror state, despite breaking every law in the book.its a blood thirsty war mongering Zionist regime, who doesn't care how they gain any political or economical gains in these territories . Democracy the name to a so called country is to be questioned .
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