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12 Palestinians killed as Israel continues Gaza assault
Published Monday 25/08/2014 (updated) 27/08/2014 16:38
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Halil Hazani, 74, looks at holy books collected from the
rubble of a mosque that was partially damaged by an Israeli
airstrike on August 25, 2014 in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza
Strip.(AFP/Roberto Schmidt)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Twelve Palestinians were killed on Monday as Israel launched airstrikes across the Gaza Strip, medics said.

Ahmad al-Dali and brothers Bassem and Ahmad Hijazi were killed when an airstrike targeted their car in Gaza City, medics said. Seven others were critically wounded in the strike.

Earlier, a woman and a child were killed after Israel targeted Raddad Tamboura's home in Beit Lahiya, while Muhammad Shubeir was killed in an airstrike on Gaza City.

Farhana al-Attar was killed in Beit Lahiya after a missile struck her home after midnight, medics said, while Yasin al-Biltaji and Yahya Abu Daqin were killed at dawn when Israeli warplanes fired missiles at a group of people in the Tuffah neighborhood of Gaza City.

Meanwhile, Hani Muhammad Yasin died of wounds he sustained several days ago while Nidal Badawi also died from injuries sustained Saturday in airstrikes on Rafah.

An Unidentified man was also killed in northern Gaza.

ICC action if Egypt proposal fails

The strikes came as a Palestinian official said Egypt had proposed a new ceasefire in Gaza that would open the blockaded enclave's crossings and allow in aid and reconstruction materials.

Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad al-Maliki said the Egyptian proposal was the "only solution," warning that if it fail the PLO would appeal to the UN Security Council.

"After signing the Rome Statute, Palestine will become a member in the ICC and we will officially request investigation into (Israeli) war crimes," al-Maliki said.

The ICC procedures may take years, but nothing will obstruct the investigations, he added.

The foreign minister stressed that Abbas wants to have the consent of all Palestinian factions before going to the ICC, will Mousa Abu Marzouq having already signed off for Hamas.

The president is still waiting for other factions to agree to the proposal, al-Maliki said.
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1 ) Hans Hauer / Netherlands
25/08/2014 17:44
Mr Al Maliki, I'm sure the other factions will be happy to follow Hamas & agree to the proposal that Palestine signs the Rome Statute. Best to do it now, as the old saying goes "don't put off tomorrow, what you can do today". Once it's done, you can file your case whenever you like. Best to be prepared.

2 ) Paul / UK
25/08/2014 18:26
I am not 100% certain that the Hamas’ military wing al-Qassam Brigades and other renegade radical Islamic Jihadist terrorist organisations, the al-Quds Brigades military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees and the al-Nasser Salah al-Din Brigades will be thrilled to bits, to attend the ICC, charged with suicide bombing of Israeli civilians repeatedly. Or firing rockets and missiles at Israel kindergartens. Or bombing civilian Israel's buses, spoiling the schedule. Mel, what do you think?

3 ) Mel / USA
25/08/2014 18:30
POWERFUL,wealthy, EQUALLY have the human right,too,and to DEFEND THEMSELVES,& be "secure" from ATTACKS byLebanon&Syria,since PRE-2148!An existential,VASTLY bigger, ACTUALITY,daily! ORWELLIAN OBAMA! "OBAMA,U PAID FOR THIS DESTRUCTION".Obama is visiting'pretty'compliant sites,Obama! GO to the blood-stained ground Yemen see how'good' our 'US-SEPS-Inc' business is!Pro Syria & lebanon,&anti-DEMOCRATIC BRAVO!Palestinians-ROUTINELY always uses experimental chem/nerve agents/gas parve Lockshon pudding.

4 ) Peter / UK
25/08/2014 18:41
After being filmed firing rocket salvos from the schoolyard, another school building in the Shujiya area of Gaza City was hit, as a legitimate hostile target. These Arabs are outrageous and a disgrace to the Palestinian educational system, as well as the residents of Gaza.

5 ) Rafael / USA
25/08/2014 19:26
If the ICC takes the case which is unlikely, then a second shoe has the possibility of dropping on the Palestinian Unity Government. Hamas is part of the Unity government has clearly committed war crimes by hiding behind civilians and shooting at civilians. This would be a major risk for the Palestinian factions. Israel on the other hand distributes flyers and makes phone call for civilians to leave areas before they are bombed. Israel uses lawyers to make sure they are complying the laws of war

6 ) Legal Eagle / Australia
25/08/2014 20:53
The PA cannot use Palestinians rights as pawns in their negotiations - the right to go to the ICC is not a bargaining chip to be thrown in if there is a ceasefire agreement. The rights of the state and of individual victims to justice for war crimes remain whether or not there is an agreement. It is not a matter of "if the Egyptian proposal fails" - the Egyptian proposal is completely irrelevant.

7 ) Justice for Palestine / Canada
25/08/2014 23:11
High time Israel's impunity is challenged. The world has changed and is seeing Israel as the racist, brutal and murderous society that it is.

8 ) Thomas Poland / Ireland
25/08/2014 23:14
Egypt should open the border immediately. Placing conditions on their neighbours the Palestinians to appease Israel is aiding the Zionist slaughter of innocents.

9 ) Reality / Truth
25/08/2014 23:20
1- THERE WILL BE NO "OPENING of the blockaded enclave's crossings", UNLESS THE BLOCKADED ENCLAVE ACCEPTS PEACE with Israel, and 2- GOING TO THE ICC SHOULD achieve nothing positive for Gaza, and nothing negative for Israel (since only Gaza militant fighters are targeted), but it is likely to PROVE HAMAS GUILTY OF WAR CRIMES, regardless of the high death and destruction in Gaza !!

10 ) Jerry Bauer / Bavaria
25/08/2014 23:48
Colonial Zionismus in Israel and the USA has to be overcome.

11 ) Hanan / Al Quds, Palestine
26/08/2014 14:36
@6 Legal Eagle, I agree, but then the PA did that with the prisoners too.

12 ) Koller Markus / Germany
26/08/2014 17:59
No more Massacre on Civilians. Please dont kill more Kids! Es ist in keinerlei weise Gerechtfertigt Zivilisten zu beschie?en und zu t?ten. Wegen ein paar Kriminellen greift man nicht sofort ein ganzes Land an. Diese Situation ist absolut Unverh?ltnism??ig. Deshalb muss Israel sich daf?r in Den Haag verantworten.
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