Death Toll in Gaza Over 300, More Than 1,000 Wounded

29 December 2008

Beginning two days ago without warning, an unprecedented series of attacks on police stations throughout the entire Gaza strip have left at least 300 dead and more than 1000 wounded, according to emergency health officials. The United Nations has reported that 9 of its employees have been killed, and others are reporting that 5% of those dead are children. Over night on Sunday Israeli missiles hit the largest University in Gaza City.

This attack comes after more than a year of strangulating sanctions on the Strip, which has left hospitals without basic materials or medicines to treat the mass-casualties.

THESE ARE ATTACKS ON CIVILIANS. Police officers and internal security personnel are not military targets. Over 50 of the dead were reportedly killed when the Gaza security headquarters in Gaza City was hit with a missile. Images coming out of Gaza City and other areas show dozens of men in police uniforms, dead or horribly injured, lying in the street as other civilians rush to bring the wounded to local hospitals.

On Saturday, mosques and medical centers were also targeted as Israel struck over 100 targets throughout the incredibly dense Gaza Strip. Israel has said this is “just the beginning”.

Israel is targeting the security apparatus of the Gaza Strip, which has been ruled by Hamas who were democratically elected to power by the Palestinian people. Israel has been threatening a massive strike on Gaza after a new ceasefire could not be negotiated and the previous 6-month ceasefire between Hamas and Israel expired last week. The previous ceasefire was negotiated on the basis that Israel would open the crossings into Gaza, allowing desperately-needed food, medicine, and other humanitarian needs in. Israel never kept up their end of the agreement, keeping the crossings closed except for a few, token openings letting in less than 25% of the needed supplies.

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