Israel today carried out fresh attacks on southern Gaza Strip amidst a hunt for one of its missing soldiers believed to be captured by Hamas, as the new wave of violence has raised the Palestinians toll to 1650.
At least 50 people were killed overnight in Israeli strikes, most of them in Rafah, raising the Palestinians death toll to 1650, mostly civilians, Gaza health officials said.
They said 8,900 Palestinians have been injured so far.
Massive Israeli artillery shelling yesterday killed 160 Palestinians across the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip following the collapse of a 72-hour truce just two hours after it began.
Israel blamed Hamas for the breakdown of the ceasefire, accusing the Palestinian militant group of killing two Israeli soldiers and capturing another in Rafah area in southern Gaza Strip after the start of the truce.
Hamas, which rules the narrow coastal strip, today claimed responsibility for the incident but said it was carried out before the start of the ceasefire and it had not violated a US- and UN-sponsored humanitarian truce.
Its armed wing - Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades - said it had no information on the whereabouts of captured soldier and he might have been killed in massive Israeli shelling.
Meanwhile, several rockets were fired into Israel today.
An Israeli army spokeswoman said 51 rockets and mortar rounds hit Israel yesterday, with another nine rockets shot down by the Iron Dome missile defence system.
So far, 63 Israeli soldiers, including two Indian-origin, have been killed in the conflict. Nearly 400 soldiers have been injured. Three Israeli civilians and a Thai national also died in rocket and mortar attacks.
Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinians during separate clashes in the northern and central West Bank yesterday.
The Palestinian toll in the ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza has surpassed that of Operation Cast Lead in 2008-2009 as the conflict entered its 26th day today.
Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama asked Hamas to show it is serious about wanting a ceasefire and demanded the release of the captured Israeli soldier.
"I think it's going to be very hard to put a ceasefire back together again if Israelis and the international community can't feel confident that Hamas can follow through on a ceasefire commitment," Obama told reporters yesterday.
The US also blamed Hamas for the breakdown of the truce, saying the "barbaric" attack by the Palestinian militant group was an "outrageous violation" of the ceasefire.
Meanwhile, Egypt has decided to open the Rafah border crossing exceptionally to receive injured Palestinians.
The border was shut yesterday after a series of airstrikes hit Gaza near the Rafah border.
"Bolivia declares Israel a 'terrorist state' Bolivian President Evo Morales declared Israel a "terrorist state," Wednesday, because of the ongoing offensive in the Gaza Strip" CAIR weasel
How about the Islamic Republic of Krap-piss-stan? Did they declare it to be a terrorist state too?
'' Bolivia declares Israel a 'terrorist state' Bolivian President Evo Morales declared Israel a "terrorist state," Wednesday, because of the ongoing offensive in the Gaza Strip.
Other South American countries, including Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Peru, have recalled their ambassadors from Israel in protest over the fighting in Gaza.'' Anwaar from Dallas.
Who cares? Not the Israelis.
Bolivia declares Israel a 'terrorist state'
Bolivian President Evo Morales declared Israel a "terrorist state," Wednesday, because of the ongoing offensive in the Gaza Strip.
Other South American countries, including Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Peru, have recalled their ambassadors from Israel in protest over the fighting in Gaza.
The facts about the ISRAEL-PALESTINE conflict ------------------>
This is the most complicated conflict in today's world. We can see propagandas flying around with both sides claiming the land.
The current Israel land along with Westbank parts of Jordan/Syria were historically inhabited and ruled by people who spoke Hebrew. They were more commonly called as Jews/Israelis and lands were known with different names such as ancient Israel / Judea / Zion.
Whether the current Israeli or Jews are the direct decendents of ancients Hebrews is a huge controversy and a subject of debate.
These lands Over a period of time were taken over by Greeks/Roman empire and that’s when these lands were renamed to Palestine and most of the indigenous Jews living in these lands were exiled.
In 7th century AD Arabs captured these lands followed by Turkish and thus turning these lands into a Arab majority lands and Jews minority.
Many Jews living outside these Palestine lands started a campaign called Zionism demanding their Historic right to resettle back in these Palestine land which they claim to the their ancient homeland.
DURING 19th century after the 1st world war, Britishers took over Palestine and they indirectly supported the Jewish campaign. United Nations was involved and it passed a resolution in 1917 called "Balfour Declaration" acknowledging the rights of Jewish People to settle in parts of Palestine without disturbing the existing Arab settlements.
Based on this many Jews migrated to Palestine which was opposed by local Arab population followed by violence.
……………..UNITED NATIONS PARTITION PLAN 1947---------------->
Citing the violence UN again intervened and proposed dividing the Palestine land into Jews and Arab Palestine. Jews agreed and named their country Israel.
Arabs rejected the UN partition plan and attacked Israel supported by the surrounding Arab nations. Unfortunately the Arabs lost the war and lost lot of Arab Palestine lands to Israel.
There are were further Arab-Israeli wars in 1967 and 1973 in which Arabs lost the remaining Arabs Palestine lands to Israel and those lands are Gaza/West Bank/East Jerusalem.