I have been carefully following the developments in the latest Israel-Gaza violence and all I feel like doing is screaming at Israel: STOP THE KILLINGS IN GAZA!
Israel said it has carried out 1,320 attacks on militant targets, that have included homes which it described as command centers, warehouses, smuggling tunnels and rocket launching and manufacturing sites.
Palestinian residents say some of the dwellings hit in the attacks did not belong to militants and that attacks on homes have caused numerous civilian
casualties. This time, around 130 Palestinians have been killed so far most of them civilians, according to the United Nations. This number could increase rapidly as tensions rise. The Gaza Health Ministry said at least 160 Palestinians, including about 135 civilians among them some 30 children, have been killed six days of warfare, and more than 1,000 have been wounded.
Victims have included many women and children. Israel claimed to have hit another 60 ‘terror targets’ yesterday, as it took its tally to well over 1,000 strikes. But guess what? There has been no Israeli casualty since the violence erupted.
At the heart of the struggle is Gaza, a crowded strip of coastal land lying along Israel’s western flank and home to 1.5 million Palestinians. Many are crammed into refugee camps and live in great poverty; two-thirds do not have access even to a sewage system.
Even if I screamed at Israel, it matters little because the whole world has been screaming but Israel remains unmoved.
A UN human rights official has called for an investigation into Israeli air strikes on Gaza, on the grounds that the targeting of Palestinian homes resulting in a high death toll among civilians, particularly children could violate international law. The warning from Navi Pillay, the UN high commissioner for human rights, came on the fourth day of Israel’s bombing of the Gaza Strip and a rocket barrage of Israel by Islamic militants.
However, the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu , said his government would not be deflected by criticism from abroad, refusing to rule out a ground offensive and vowing there would be more air strikes.
So, as if the situation isn’t bad enough already, a ‘ground offensive’ could still take place. How worse could this get? Thousands are fleeing their homes already, with nowhere to go. If there is a ground invasion, it could spring a humanitarian crises.