Timeline of Latest Attacks on Gaza: 2 Sisters Killed

30 December 2008

from Maan News Agency

Israeli troops halted airstrikes for one hour due to bad weather Tuesday afternoon, and resumed shelling and missile strikes as soon as clouds lifted.

The latest targets that came under fire were a lathe workshop belonging to the Ashour family in the Zaitoun neighborhood of Gaza City, and a dairy belonging to the Dalloul family in the Sabra neighborhood, also in Gaza City. The properties were destroyed, but no casualties have been reported.

2:00 Israeli warplanes bombarded Khan Younis in the southern Strip

1:00 Israeli helicopters targeted a site used by Hamas’ Al-Qassam Brigades in Beit Lahiya and another site in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported in either raid.

11:45 An Israeli missile made a direct hit on three siblings killing two girls, 4 and 11-year old sisters. The three were throwing garbage into a nearby dumpster. The youngest died instantly and the eldest died en route to the hospital. The lack of ambulances in the area meant her parents had to load the girl’s body onto a donkey-cart to try and get her to a doctor.

The family lives on As-Sekka Street in Beit Hanoun, and the area was hit as Israeli warplanes targeted a nearby farming cooperative affiliated to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), according to two international eyewitnesses.

The third casualty was a passerby, killed by flying debris as Israeli warplanes dropped missiles on a de facto government police station in Al-Qarara east of Khan Younis.

Early in the morning on Israel’s fourth day of attack residents could hear heavy shelling and airstrikes against the northern and central regions of the Gaza Strip.

The death toll has reached 363 with more than 1,700 injured, hundreds seriously so.

Overnight Monday

Israeli warplanes, drones and apache helicopters hit 56 targets overnight on Monday including training sites and homes affiliated with the Al-Qassam Brigades, as well as de facto government ambulance services and medical crews.

A home next to the Caliph’s Mosque in the northern Gaza Strip was demolished along with an Al-Shamal Governorate building in the Ash-Sheikh Zayid area. The car of a Gazan civilian received a direct hit on Aj-Jala Street, and several already damaged buildings in the area were further bombarded.

Airstrikes in the north also targeted strikes on government ministry buildings in Tel Al-Hawa, which was bombed several times through the night and completely demolished.

In the southern Gaza Strip a de facto government building was demolished when Israeli launched two missiles at the structures. This is the second time Israel has targeted the buildings, the first was on Saturday in the first wave of massive strikes.

West of Gaza City Israeli forces targeted the Bader area, which is affiliated to the Al-Qassam Brigades. Also demolished was the Omar Bin Al-Khattab mosque in the central city. It is the sixth mosque to be targeted since Saturday.