Archive for November 20th, 2012

20/11/2012

Civilian Death Toll in Gaza Continues to Rise, UN Warns

Human Wrongs Watch

 The civilian death toll in Gaza has continued to rise since the new wave of violence between the territory and Israel intensified last week, the UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees warned* on 19 November 2012, reiterating its call for all sides to stop the violence.

In the foreground: the remains of the Ministry of Interior’s Civilian Affairs office after Israeli bombardments in Gaza City. UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan

“The situation [for civilians] is bad,” said the spokesperson for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Christopher Gunness.

“This is a very densely populated place. There are many, many civilians. More than half of Gaza’s 1.7 million people are children, and what we are seeing are rockets flying out of this area, populated largely by civilians, and airstrikes coming in.”

“The civilian death toll is rising and it will continue to rise, unless the words of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon are heeded by the parties on the ground,” Mr. Gunness added.

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20/11/2012

Israeli ‘Operation Pillar of Defence’ – ‘Not Defence but Murder of Unarmed Civilians’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Mairead Corrigan Maguire*, 1976 Nobel Peace Laureate, TRANSCEND – It is with the greatest sadness, mixed with frustration, and a sense of helplessness, that many people around the world, myself included, watched on television the horrific scenes of death and destruction perpetrated, yet again, by the latest Israeli military assault on Gaza and its besieged, mostly young population.

**Image: Palestinians in a Gaza neighborhood during the 2008-09 Gaza War | Credit: Al Jazeera | http://cc.aljazeera.net

The question on many people’s lips is: ‘When is the Israeli government going to stop this bombing, and continual wars, and threats of wars against the Palestinians and their neighbours, and admit that there will never be a military solution to the Palestinian Occupation? And start to talk seriously with their enemies in order to solve problems for the sake of Palestinians, Israelis and indeed the whole Middle East and the World’?

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