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Israel bombs Gaza ambulance as Friday death toll surpasses 100
Published Friday 01/08/2014 (updated) 02/08/2014 20:29
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- An Israeli airstrike hit an ambulance and killed a paramedic Friday as Israel stepped up its bombardment of the besieged Gaza Strip following the collapse of a ceasefire earlier in the day.

Palestinian medical sources said that paramedic Atef Zamili was killed in an airstrike on his vehicle and that seven passengers were wounded.

Zamili's death brings to 16 the number of health workers who have been killed in Israeli strikes since the beginning of the assault 25 days ago. This is third 13th ambulance to be targeted in an Israeli attack, according to the ministry of health.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces widened their assault across the Gaza Strip on Friday afternoon, launching further ground movements in Shujaiyya in eastern Gaza City, Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, and Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

The expansion of the invasion comes after Israel said one of its soldiers was captured during an attack on its military position east of Rafah inside the Gaza Strip.

Hamas said that it attacked the position an hour before a ceasefire was due to start at 8 p.m., saying that it was a response to Israeli troop movements in the area as well as the deaths of 16 Palestinians in continued Israeli shelling and airstrikes overnight.

It did not, however, take responsibility for the capture of the soldier, saying that Israel had fabricated the claim.

Israeli forces pounded the Gaza Strip all Friday afternoon following the attack, as Israeli authorities vowed a "crushing" response to what they called a ceasefire violation.

At least 40 were killed in intense shelling of Rafah during the Hamas attack on the military post, and at least a dozen more have been killed in air strikes and shelling since then.



The deaths bring the total in Israel's assault to more than 1,600 as well as nearly 9,000 injured, in one of the deadliest sustained campaigns against Palestinians in recent history.

Many more are believed to be dead but stuck under the rubble of destroyed buildings, and thus as of yet unaccounted for by Gaza medical officials.

A Palestinian was killed in an Israeli attack on al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip late on Friday, health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said.

The dead man was identified as Atef Suheil Qandil, 24.

Another Palestinian was killed in al-Nusairat refugee camp, also in central Gaza.

He was identified as Ab al-Malek Abu Ma'ala, 37.

Additionally, three Palestinians were killed when an Israeli airstrike hit a three-wheeled "tuk-tuk" vehicle in the al-Zaytoun neighborhood of Gaza City.

The three were identified as Fayiz Tariq Yasin, 16, Muhammad Nihad Yasin, 24, and Hassan Ismail Yasin, 32.

Earlier, a Palestinian woman and a young girl were killed as Israeli artillery shells hit a house in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip.

Two people were also killed and six wounded when an Israeli shelling hit a car near the University in Tel al-Hawa in southern Gaza earlier Friday.

Of the more than 60 Palestinians killed in Rafah since the collapse of the ceasefire, 19 others were identified by medical officials as of 5:00 p.m.

They were identified as Ibrahim Suleiman al-Madri, 50, Nadiyah Youssef al-Masri, 45, Ibrahim al-Masri, 6, Muhammad Anas Arafat, 4 months, Anas Ibrahim Hamad, 5, Sabri Sheikh al-Eid, 35, Muhammad Khalid al-Alul, 30, Ibrahim Mustafa Ghneim, Amina al-Zamli, Yahiya Abd al-Karim Lafi, Moussa Muhammad Abu Imran, Hilal Eid Abu Imran, Salama Muhammad al-Zamli, Nuha Jamal Abu Ziyada, Taysir Ali Muammar, Hussein Salim al-Jaafari, Yusra Muhammad Abu Jazar, Itaf Hammad al-Mahmoum, Moussa Ibrahim Abu Jazar, Muhammad Rizq Hasanein, 20.
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1 ) Robbin / US
01/08/2014 19:20
These picture are vile and Jews supporting israel in the face of this systematic holocaust for 66 years have a lot to answer to!

2 ) Billy Bragg / UK
01/08/2014 19:45
Mohammedans: They're not happy in Gaza .. They're not happy in Egypt .. They're not happy in Libya .. They're not happy in Morocco .. They're not happy in Iran .. They're not happy in Iraq .. They're not happy in Yemen ... They're not happy in Afghanistan ... They're not happy in Pakistan .. They're not happy in Syria .. They're not happy in Lebanon .. Basically, they're happy in every country that is not Muslim.

3 ) Malone / Hfx
01/08/2014 19:53
sooo,how many rockets was this ambulance transporting?

4 ) Maureen / Australia
01/08/2014 20:20
US supply more WMD and $225 million to Israel! Unbelievable double standards!

5 ) spb / us
01/08/2014 21:16
before the ceasefire I made a bet more than 1600 palestinians mostly terrorists will be dead by end of Friday, as hamas will break ceasefire, not to far

6 ) Tibi / Tubas
01/08/2014 21:21
Now that Hamas has abducted an Israeli soldier, and
with the inevitable Israel Search Response to recover him,
- 1,600 dead and 10,000 injured is just the beginning, and
- 16,000 dead and 100,000 injured is likely soon, and
The People Of Raphia Will End Up Paying For Hamas' Crimes !!

7 ) Jay / USA
01/08/2014 21:22
Hamas just killed 1,600 Gazans. If I lived in Gaza, I would be revolting big time against these ''government'' terrorists and thugs.

8 ) MW / UK
01/08/2014 21:31
Will/can anyone stop this lunatic state from its murderous rampage?

9 ) Richard / USA
01/08/2014 21:49
What excuse will the IDF paid trolls offer this time for this war crime? Zionists are running out of arguments. Every one of their arguments has been shown to be a lie. They have nothing left...but brute force...

10 ) Robert in Zio controlled USA / Zio USA
02/08/2014 06:36
The Israeli terrorist regime is said to be using illegal DIME weapons again. Can you investigate this?

11 ) where is Goldin / has he been
02/08/2014 06:53
smuggled to QATAR already?

12 ) Sam / USA
02/08/2014 09:27
The current fighting in Gaza illustrates this point in dramatic fashion. Some 95% of the 64 Israelis who have been killed during the current fighting are soldiers; some 75% of the nearly 1,500 Palestinians who have been killed are civilian. But comments from experts in the Guardian article add another layer of insight into HRW’s dubious distinctions.

13 ) Muhhmmad Hmid / India
02/08/2014 09:55
We are common men we are seeing every things is happening in Ghaza but those in world say we are biggest humanitarian where the are?where is civilized world?

14 ) carine / UK
02/08/2014 14:02
Jay, you ARE revolting - big time - because you have obviously been duped into believing the Israeli propaganda re 'Hamas just killed...'

15 ) Asokan / India
02/08/2014 14:08
Hamas sending rockets to kill civilians. Israel responds to rockets location and whoever standing in those locations are killed. Hence Gaza civilians should not allow rocket launchers to be installed in their houses, hospitals , mosques, schools etc.... This will eliminate civilian casualty.

16 ) Anti Billy Bragg / Earth
02/08/2014 15:27
Indonesia is the largest Muslim country: I've seen quite a few smiles there. And in Kosovo, another Muslim country, the happiness after 1999 has been quite sensational. But that's what happens when you get some freedom.

17 ) Tom / USA
02/08/2014 19:20
14) carine - duped schmooped. There is an industry, 3D zionism - denial, deceit, distortion, combing the web to spew racism. It's a virus. That garbage isn't worth wasting one nano second of your life on. Ignore the troglodytes.

18 ) Outlier / USA
02/08/2014 20:10
Remember that first ceasefire that Egypt brokered, Israel accepted and Gaza rejected? Hamas walked away from that opportunity to stop the fighting, and the death and destruction that followed are Hamas' responsibility. Period.

19 ) Ian Walker / UK
02/08/2014 21:28
There is a video of ambulances arriving to take away wounded then being specificly targeted, warning very Graphic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCLUnxH-mww Later unarmed civilians and international Red Cross teams trying to recover casualties from the area were shot by snipers once again very Graphic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBakqLUBWP0&bpctr=1407005764

20 ) prairiedog / USA
02/08/2014 22:08
Senator Barbara Boxer of California has brought a resolution to the floor to give Israel 225 million dollars over and above the 3 Billion Israel get a year. Our Senator is nothing but a Zionist shill, and a traitor to America.

21 ) carine / UK
03/08/2014 02:37
#17 Tom/USA - I know, Tom. Thank you anyway. I don't normally respond to these low-lifes, just that right now, with the innocent civilian casualties being so high and so many children murdered and maimed it just breaks my heart. These troglodytes obviously have no empathy for fellow human beings and will do anything for money...
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