Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Gaza Attacked by Israel Interview Nora Barrows Friedman

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Interview with Nora Barrows Friedman Senior producer with Flashpoints on Israel attacks on Gaza killing over 300 and it's effects on the Palestinian people a short update over the last 4 days.

Nora Barrows-Friedman, is the Senior Producer and co-host of Flashpoints, a daily investigative newsmagazine on Pacifica Radio. Since 2004, she has been reporting regularly from the occupied West Bank, the Gaza Strip and from inside historic Palestine (Israel) for Flashpoints and as a correspondent for Inter Press Service, a news agency based in Europe. While in Palestine, Nora is based in the Dheisheh refugee camp where she volunteers with the media committee at the Ibdaa Cultural Center, working with refugee youth in journalism and digital media arts. She is also a contributor to Left Turn Magazine and ElectronicIntifada.net. Nora is also a mother, a photographer and a musician.

Aljazeera news 12-30-08

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Army continues is offensive in Gaza; over 385 killed and 1750 wounded
Tuesday December 30, 2008
by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC

The Israeli army continued its offensive against the residents of the Gaza Strip for the fourth day and carried on Tuesday at least 70 strikes, including a recent strike targeting the Rafah-Egypt border, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Death toll exceeded 385 residents, including children, women and elderly while at least 1750 residents were injured.

The Qatar-based AL Jazeera reported that the Egyptian Authorities partially closed the Rafah terminal after the Israeli army shelled the border line with a minimum of ten shells.

A legislator from Rafah said that the city hundreds of residents started fleeing from Rafah after the Israeli army said that it would shell the areas adjacent to the border with Egypt, especially the tunnels.

The Israeli Air Force also shelled several areas in Gaza City and Beit Hanoun; four more residents were killed while medical sources estimated the number of residents killed during the ongoing offensive by 385 while at least 1750 were wounded.

Al Jazeera reported, Wa’el Al Dahdouh, said that the Israeli Air Force also shelled the house of one of the leaders of the Al Aqsa Brigades, the armed wing of Fateh movement in Al Mighraqa area. One resident was killed in the shelling and at least nine others were injured.

On Tuesday morning, two sisters, 4 and 11 years old, were killed when the army shelled Beit Hanoun town.

Meanwhile, resistance groups in Gaza continued their retaliation and fired shells at Israeli areas adjacent to Gaza.

According to Al Jazeera reporter, Elias Karram, reported that resistance groups fired Grad missiles at Israeli areas and that one missile hit Be’er Shiva causing no injuries.

The resistance also shelled the settlements of Nahal OZ, Kiryat Malakhi, and Lihavim, adjascent to Rahat Arab town near Be’er Shiva.

Two grad missiles also hit Ashood (Edood) and Asqalan (Ashkelon). Sirens were also sounded in Sderot after a missile hit an open area hours after a missile hit a home wounding two Israeli, the Israeli Radio reported.

Abu Obaida, of the AL Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, said in a televised speech broadcasted by the Al Aqsa TV in Gaza that the resistance would intensify the firing of shells and would attempt to hit further Israeli targets.

Al Quds Brigades, of the Islamic Jihad, stated that its fighters fired three shells at Sderot, and three other shells at Ashkelon.

The Israeli Ministerial Council is expected to convene on Wednesday and will most likely decide to launch a ground offensive in Gaza. The Israeli army said that it conducted all arrangement to carry the ground offensive.

Israel also approved the deployment of additional 2500 reserve soldiers. Israeli TV, channel 10, said that the Israeli strikes destroyed at least two-thirds of Hamas’ missiles and launchers. Israel predicts that Hamas owned 2000 missiles and shells.

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