Since the attacks on Israeli towns carried out on October 7 by Hamas fighters, Israel has carried out a bloody repression in Gaza and the occupied West Bank, causing hundreds of Palestinian civilian victims with complete impunity and indifference from Western countries.
Massacres in Gaza
As part of Operation Iron Swords, carried out to repress Hamas attacks, the Israeli government affirmed its desire to annihilate Palestinian civilians, particularly in Gaza. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared “citizens of Israel, we are at war. The enemy will pay an unprecedented price,” before advising Palestinians in Gaza to leave the area, which they cannot do due to the blockade imposed by Israel. Following the declaration of a state of war and the government’s declarations that it would carry out “significant military activities”, the massacre of the Gazan population began.
Israeli strikes began on the morning of October 7 and have continued continuously since then, day and night. Massive bombings were added to the airstrikes and targeted other buildings, homes, farmland and civilian institutions. Five residential towers were completely destroyed, and more than 1,300 homes were bombed while residents were still inside. Schools, markets and mosques were also destroyed.
The Israeli regime is using white phosphorus on Gaza again. This is a poisonous chemical substance dispersed in artillery shells & bombs. It ignites on contact with oxygen & burns when it comes into contact with skin. When inhaled it causes serious damage to internal organs. https://t.co/H0xyPtrHW2
— Dr. Yara Hawari د. يارا هواري (@yarahawari) October 9, 2023
On October 7, Israel announced it would cut off electricity supplies to Gaza, and the bombings damaged numerous electrical infrastructure.
On October 9, after the Israeli bombings continued and had not yet stopped, the Palestinian Ministry of Health counted 493 Palestinian deaths in Gaza, including 91 children, 2,700 wounded prevented by Israel from being rescued, and several dozen people missing. According to OCHA, more than 17,500 families, or more than 124,000 people, have been displaced within the Gaza Strip. According to the Israeli army, more than 1,000 tons of bombs were dropped on Gaza.
Israeli abuses are not about to stop, as more than 300,000 Israeli reservists have been called upon to reinforce the army. The Israeli Minister of Defense, Yoav Gallant, also specified that he had ordered “a total siege of the Gaza Strip. No electricity, no food, no gas, everything is closed. We fight human animals and we act accordingly.”
Other areas in and around the Gaza Strip are also the scene of numerous Israeli massacres; On October 9, the Jabalia refugee camp was attacked by Israeli strikes, killing 50 Palestinians.
The Israeli army also massacred entire families: the Sha’ban family (6 dead) and the Abu Dagha family (15 dead, including 6 children). Several other families were also decimated in Rafah, Dier Al-Balah and Khan Younis, and clashes took place in Kfar Aza, Re’im, Ofakim, Kissufim, Kibbutz Magen, Erez, Zikim and several other Israeli settlements near Gaza.
In dire straits, the Palestinian civilian population is taking refuge en masse in the schools and shelters of UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East), which accommodate 70,000 Palestinians. s moved
The more than two million Palestinians who live in the Gaza Strip are locked in by the blockade maintained by Israel on the area. All of Gaza’s borders, land, sea and air, are controlled by the Israeli army. Thus, Netanyahu was not advising the Palestinians to leave Gaza, he was simply informing them of their imminent death.
Killings of civilians in the West Bank
Since October 7, the Palestinian Ministry of Health has counted more than 16 deaths in the occupied West Bank, including 3 children.
On the night of October 8 to 9, the Israeli army announced a general closure throughout the West Bank for several weeks. Hundreds of house arrests are planned and are already in place in several areas.
Both the Israeli army and settlers have launched attacks on Palestinian villages in the West Bank. On the night of October 8-9, the Qalandiya military checkpoint and the adjacent refugee camp were the scene of the massacre of three young Palestinians; They are Mohammad Hmaid, 24 years old, Amjad Khadeir, 36 years old, and Yasser Kabsa, 17 years old. A fourth Palestinian, injured during the clashes in Qalandiya, succumbed to his injuries early Monday morning. This is Adam al-Joulani, aged 16.
2nd Palestinian killed during Qalandia protests over the past hour. A third critical injury is approaching Ramallah Medical Complex now.
Another Palestinian was killed in Hebron, also now.
Israeli Occupation Forces are on a rampage, closed down all roads & crossings in WB areas. pic.twitter.com/a9NUF6mi3t
— Jalal (@JalalAK_jojo) October 8, 2023
A second Palestinian was killed in the Hebron district on Monday morning, and was identified by the health ministry as Rajeh Taha, 18, who was reportedly killed while trying to enter the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba using a tractor. Also on October 9, a Palestinian identified as Ahmed Khaled Abu Turki, 28, was shot dead by Israeli forces after soldiers opened fire on his vehicle while he was driving near the city of Hebron.
According to the Wafa news agency, owned by the Palestinian Authority, soldiers attacked Wafa correspondents and other Palestinian journalists, broke their cameras and opened fire on them in the Hebron area.
In the Jericho district, a Palestinian, Abdel Halim Abu Sneina, was killed on Sunday after being shot by Israeli forces during clashes near the entrance to the city. Another Palestinian, unidentified, was killed in the Nablus district of Beita town.
Abuses committed with complete impunity
The Palestine Media Agency had already highlighted the hypocrisy of the media as well as Western governments, which are generally absolutely silent on the pogroms and daily Israeli abuses against Palestinians, who have literally adopted the point of view of the Israeli government on the attacks carried out by Palestinian fighters.
Most Western governments, whose states are also members of the UN, practice a real double standard: after having immediately denounced the Hamas attack, they remain silent on the terrible repression which is falling on the Palestinian civilian population. These Israeli massacres, described as revenge by the Israeli government, far from being the expression of an Israeli right of self-defense, are nevertheless strictly prohibited by international and humanitarian law.
The European Union has also announced that it will suspend all payments of its development aid to the Palestinians and has decided to reassess all of its current programs, which represent a total of 691 million euros, as announced by European Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi on October 9.
The Israeli regime is unleashing hell on Gaza in retribution for the Hamas operation.
But this didn’t begin on Saturday.
As if decades of Israeli colonial occupation werent enough, Gaza has been under siege for the last 16 years rendering it an open air prison.
— Dr. Yara Hawari د. يارا هواري (@yarahawari) October 9, 2023
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