[News] Israel bombs Gaza as hospitals run out of fuel

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Thu Aug 9 11:56:39 EDT 2018


  Israel bombs Gaza as hospitals run out of fuel

Maureen Clare Murphy 
<https://electronicintifada.net/people/maureen-clare-murphy> - 8 August 


Israel pummeled the occupied Gaza Strip in more than a dozen strikes 
Wednesday night amid warnings from a United Nations official that 
hospitals in Gaza were about to run out of emergency fuel.

Gaza’s health ministry stated 
<https://twitter.com/press221/status/1027334359395774464> that Inas 
Muhammad Khamash, a pregnant 23-year-old, was killed by bombing in 
central Gaza along with her daughter Bayan, one and a half years old. 
The woman’s husband, Muhammad Khamash, was moderately injured.

Gaza’s health ministry also announced 
<https://twitter.com/press221/status/1027302900987584525> the death of 
Ali al-Ghandour, 30, in northern Gaza. The circumstances of his death 
were not immediately clear.

    Ali Ghandour , 30 years old - killed with Israeli airstrikes on Gaza
    Strip. Airstrikes continue on the coastal enclave. #Gaza
    pic.twitter.com/VNsq2L5RCP <https://t.co/VNsq2L5RCP>

    — Hind Khoudary (@Hind_Gaza) August 8, 2018

The assault followed a series of escalations beginning with the killing 
of two Gaza fighters <http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=780629> 
Tuesday morning.

The Ma’an News Agency named the two men as Ahmad Murjan and Abd al-Hafiz 
al-Silawi, members of the Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas.

In that incident, Israel claimed 
that it hit a Hamas facility in response to fire from Gaza.

Hamas denied Israel’s claims and it later transpired that soldiers 
mistook gunfire during an exercise at a Hamas naval commando base for a 
sniper attack.

“Israeli troops mistakenly thought the gunfire was aimed at them and 
responded with tank fire,” the Israeli daily /Haaretz/ reported 

The shooting took place two kilometers away 
from where the soldiers, part of an engineering corps, were operating.

Palestinian groups fired dozens of rockets towards Israel – four of them 
hitting the southern Israeli town of Sderot – earlier in the evening on 
Wednesday after Israel attacked a “Hamas target” in northern Gaza.

That was reportedly in response to gunfire hitting a civilian vehicle 
involved in the construction of a barrier along the eastern perimeter of 
the territory, as is said to be shown in these photos:

    جيش الاحتلال يؤكد استهداف مُعدة تابعة لوحدة الهندسية قرب قطاع غزة
    بإطلاق نار فلسطيني pic.twitter.com/HzWC4ICUwh <https://t.co/HzWC4ICUwh>

    — شبكة قدس الإخبارية (@qudsn) August 8, 2018

Nine Israelis were injured as a result of rocket fire on Wednesday, 
according to /Haaretz/. Gaza’s health ministry reported 
<https://twitter.com/press221/status/1027300639704080394> six injuries 
requiring hospitalization.

Photos and videos uploaded to social media show Israeli strikes in 
densely populated areas in Gaza:

    طيران الاحتلال الحربي يستهدف عدداً من المواقع في قطاع #غزة
    قبل قليل. pic.twitter.com/tCK5qwfkF3 <https://t.co/tCK5qwfkF3>

    — شبكة قدس الإخبارية (@qudsn) August 8, 2018

    لحظة استهداف احد المواقع في #غزة
    pic.twitter.com/CxKjCcfutH <https://t.co/CxKjCcfutH>

    — Anas Omar (@AnasAbuDayyah1) August 8, 2018

This video is said to show an airstrike west of Jabaliya in northern 
Gaza where civilians had gathered on the beach to enjoy the summer evening:

    لحظة قصف طائرات الاحتلال منطقة غرب جباليا شمال قطاع غزة خلال تواجد
    عدد كبير من المصطافين على شاطئ البحر pic.twitter.com/kmg2Mw9xwU

    — وكالة شهاب (@ShehabAgency) August 8, 2018

The Israeli military published a video of what it claimed to be a strike 
on a “vehicle used by a Gaza rocket launching squad”:

    A short while ago, IDF aircraft fired towards a vehicle used by a
    Gazan rocket launching squad to launch a rocket at Israeli territory
    pic.twitter.com/E7mLpaNB0d <https://t.co/E7mLpaNB0d>

    — IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) August 8, 2018

Media from Israel show damaged cars and injured persons:

    إصابة مستوطنين اثنين وأضرار في المباني والمركبات بمستوطنة "سديروت"
    عقب استهدافها بصواريخ المقاومة قبل قليل. pic.twitter.com/WuGMmkP6dT

    — شبكة قدس الإخبارية (@qudsn) August 8, 2018

    إصابة مستوطن في "سديروت" بجروح جراء سقوط صاروخ على منزل قبل قليل.
    pic.twitter.com/O3I4NMPw6y <https://t.co/O3I4NMPw6y>

    — شبكة قدس الإخبارية (@qudsn) August 8, 2018

    إصابات وأضرار في المستوطنات ومواقع الاحتلال حول غزة جراء استهدافها
    بالصواريخ من قبل المقاومة. pic.twitter.com/G7j8fNhhhS

    — شبكة قدس الإخبارية (@qudsn) August 8, 2018

Another video shows families running for cover at a park as a rocket 
from Gaza is intercepted:

    עוד סרטון שישנה את כל מה שחשבתם עד היום על הודעה כגון: "8 טילים נורו
    לעבר שדרות 2 מהם יורטו". pic.twitter.com/svxL1Jser8

    — המצליף (@ShaiCohen13) August 8, 2018

The escalation comes as Hamas and Israel were reportedly nearing a deal 
following weeks of indirect talks mediated by the United Nations and Egypt.

The multistage deal 
would reportedly see the easing of Israel’s blockade and the 
implementation of internationally funded humanitarian projects after the 
declaration of an immediate ceasefire, including the halting of 
incendiary kites and balloons sent from Gaza.

Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Middle East peace envoy, decried the 
escalation late Wednesday, stating that “Our collective efforts have 
prevented the situation from exploding until now.”

He warned that if not “contained immediately, the situation can rapidly 
deteriorate with devastating consequences for all people.”

    UN Envoy @nmladenov
    <https://twitter.com/nmladenov?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw> deeply alarmed
    by escalation of violence btw #Gaza
    <https://twitter.com/hashtag/Gaza?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw> &
    "Our collective efforts ve prevented the situation from exploding
    until now. If current escalation isn't contained immediately,
    situation can rapidly deteriorate with devastating consequences 4
    all" pic.twitter.com/nzfQ7DjixG <https://t.co/nzfQ7DjixG>

    — UNSCO (@UNSCO_MEPP) August 8, 2018

Gaza’s health ministry warned earlier on Wednesday that its fuel 
reserves would soon run out and called on 
<https://twitter.com/press221/status/1027221336689713152> “all concerned 
parties to act soon to avoid disaster.”

UN humanitarian coordinator Jamie McGoldrick demanded 
that Israel immediately allow the entry of emergency fuel into Gaza.

“The well-being of two million people, half of whom are children, is at 
stake,” McGoldrick stated. “It is unacceptable that Palestinians in Gaza 
are repeatedly deprived of the most basic elements of a dignified life.”

Emergency fuel is needed urgently to prevent the closure of Gaza’s 
hospitals and the overflow of sewage into the streets of one of the most 
densely populated areas in the world.

“Hospitals and other critical health services are reducing operations, 
with five hospitals facing possible closure in the coming three days, if 
emergency fuel is not allowed in,” McGoldrick’s office stated.

Two thousand patients relying on electrical devices in Gaza’s hospitals 
are at highest risk.

Funding for emergency fuel for all critical facilities is due to run out 
in around a week, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of 
Humanitarian Affairs.

OCHA added that “$4.5 million [is] required to ensure that a minimum 
level of essential services can continue to run through the end of the 

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