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article imageReporting From Inside Gaza: Day 9 of the Israeli War

By Sameh A. Habeeb     Jan 5, 2009 in World
The operation started Saturday 8pm accompanied by heavy coverage from Artillery machines, naval gunboats and Air force. A small number of Palestinian militants were killed in the ongoing clashes through the Gaza Strip.
This is a report from Day 9 of the Israeli War On Gaza. As a photojournalist, humanitarian and peace activist in the Gaza Strip, I've seen new Israeli weapons being used, the death toll up and ground operations starting. So far, the death toll stands at 470 with 2,600 injured.
Gaza Strip,4, January, 2009- Israeli army started the ground military operation vowed of launching it years ago. Many Palestinian civilians killed and their number is dramatically rising. Meanwhile, a small number of Palestinian militants killed in the ongoing clashes through the Gaza Strip.
The operation started Saturday 8pm accompanied by heavy coverage from Artillery machine, naval gunboats and Air force. Five key access witnessed the advancement of Israeli army. In the north a group of tanks and soldiers advanced from Ertiz crossing and another group from Bait lahia town near the old settlement of Doghit. In east of Gaza City, several tanks advanced from the crossings of Al Muntar and Nahal Oz. Part of these troops advanced south east of Gaza and cut the main street of Slah Al edin. On the south, Israeli troops occupied the airport and set military outposts.
In Bait lahi town, a strike killed 17 people most of them civilians and amongst them children and medical staff of an ambulance vehicle. A number of injured were reported to be on the venue of bombings but medical vehicle were not able to reach them.
Condemnations from EU, Turkey, Arab and foreign countries didn't halt the Israeli military operation in the Strip. Humanitarian and medical conditions still dire. People committed to their houses without water due to power cuts and inability to operate key drinking water wills in Gaza.
Medicine students are being called to the local hospitals to deal with the number of victims which is dramatically going up. In opposition of Israeli key target of thing hamas militants, most of victims are civilians and this is so obvious in Gaza hospitals. Around 10 militant killed today and all the rest are normal people who have nothing to do with firing rockets and militants.
Israeli Target
A rocket fired by Israel's army slams into a building in Gaza.
Photo by Israeli Defense Forces
Deadly Outcomes of Israeli Ground Military Operation:
1- Israeli Air forces strike on a water will that provides fresh drinking water for thousands in Jabal Al Kashif east of Gaza City.
2-Air raid bombarded a printing house in Al Nasir area northern west of Gaza Strip. Two Palestinians killed and they are children according to the medical sources.
3-Extensive artillery bombardment on some houses and farms near Jabal Al kashif northern Gaza Strip.
4-More than 30 shells fall down on Al Nusairat Refugee Camp within 10 minutes. Many houses damaged and several people wounded.
5-Four Palestinians killed in Rafah City near the Egyptian borders.
6-Israeli F16s bombed a house in Al Janinai quarter in Rafah City and many people wounded in the strike.
7-Massive popular emigration into some schools in Jabalia Camp. Heavy bombings taking place beside them and a case of panic amongst children and women.
8-A rocket hit a house in Al Shija'ya densly populated quarter killing a child, a woman and an old man. Several people injured and all are civilians.
9-Air strike bombed a house in Al Zaytoun neighborhood. A massive fire set in the place and some adjacent houses.
10-A total house turned to rubbles after F16 rocket hit it in Al Yarmok quarter mid of Gaza City.
11-Artillary shell destroyed Al Yazji Bakary in Al Zaytoun qauarter. One killed and tens injured while buying bread to their families. The strike was followed by fire that totally burned the bakery.
12-Israel uses phosphorous firing bombs against the Gaza Strip. Additionally, more new heavy weapons are being used for the first time.
13- Apache helicopters open heavy machine fire into group of civilians in al Zaytoun area. Many people were killed and others injured.
14-Five Palestinian militants killed in the hottest conformation. Israel says she has killed around 30 militants.
15-Hamas says she has killed 9 Israeli soldiers and injured 28 and captured two soldiers. However, Israel says 3 of its soldiers killed while 28 wounded.
16-Hamas says it she has destroyed many Israeli tanks and injured 9 Israeli soliders in the north of Gaza town of Bait Lahia.
17-Palestinian factions still fire homemade rockets into Israeli settlements despite the ground military operation.
18-Israeli tanks shelled Al shayma' buildings northern Gaza Strip.
19-Bombings in the main busy square of Gaza and near the Main market. Medical sources report that many people killed and injured. Massive damage in the buildings around.
20-Four Palestinian brothers from Barbakh family killed due to a shell hit their house in Kahn Yonis City.
21-F16s raided on building for Ministry of religious affairs mid of Gaza City. Many people injured in that highly populated area.
22-Israel hit a group of innocent civilians sheltered to a school north of Gaza Strip. Medical sources states that around 8 killed and other number wounded.
23-News spread that Israel is asking hundreds of families to leave their houses in Al Moghraqa area. This areas is near the borders where Israelis started the ground military operation south east of Gaza.
24- A woman killed in Al Zaytoun quarter due to a rocket destroyed her house. Many people wounded in the strike.
25-Local Radios: A number of victims in an air strike near a mosque in Al Zaytoun quarter.
26-Israel uses strange smoking bombings on the ground while deadly fighting is taking place across Gaza strip.
27-Israeli tanks and armored vehicles occupied the sole Gaza airport in Rafah City. The airport was totally damaged before and bombed by tens of rockets and shells yesterday.
28-Israeli army bombed house of Al hilo family eastern Gaza City.
29-Palestinian militants they tried to fire an Israeli Apache.
30-A house for Dardona family bombed in Jabalia. One woman killed.
31-Israeli air force targeted city council of Om Al Nasir town in Rafah City.
32-Thousands of People flee their houses in the middle of Gaza Strip into Al Nusairat Refugee Camp.
33-Shalat family hit by an Israeli rocket and many people wounded.
34-Two children from Al Mashrawi family killed in Israeli bombing to
their home.
35- Two Palestinians killed and many wounded in an Israeli Air force bombed Salah El din street between Khan Yonis and Rafah City. The bombings caused great damage in Electricity, water and infrastructure network services. Many people are not having water.
36-Israeli army shells Om Al nasir and Al atatra family.
37-Airforce raided on Al Omoor quarter near Rafah City.
38-Israeli Apaches heavily fire Al zaytoun area; many houses were affected.
39-Ambulance and Medical officer killed by an Israeli artliary shell north of Gaza Strip. His mate, khaled Abu sa'da was wounded.
40-Around 17 peoples killed in Al atatra family in Bait lahia town north of Gaza. Amongest them several children, two brothers, 20-year-old and many old men who were all killed by one rocket. Israeli tanks prevents ambulances from reaching wounded people in the same place. Among the recognized victims; Osama sliman, Mueen Abu aljdya, Ahmed Abu sltan, Hamaoda Abu sultan, Ali Al sous, Muhammad Al atar, Ahmed Tantish and one from Al shalfooh family.
41-Artillary shells target Al sorani farm mid of Gaza City, near Al nafaq street. A child was reported to be wounded.
42-Fire exchange between Israeli soldiers and group of Palestinian militants.
43-Israeli army cuts Gaza City and the northern areas by occupying the old settlement of Nitsarim which was evacuated in 2005.
44- Israeli army cut the transmission of Palestinian local radios and broadcast statements of warning asking civilians to leave their houses.
45-Medical sources reported that a Palestinian killed north of Rafah City and many wounded.
46-Five Palestinians from one family "Bakr" killed west of Gaza City. The mother was killed along with her 4 children in F16 rocket.
47-Three paramedics and ambulance staff killed by an artillery shell and F16 rocket near Shikh Ejlin area. The paramedics were in a mission of rescuing a family hit near Al mahrosa hall. The family still bleeding and no news coming up about them till this moment.
48-A family of five members hit by a missile while having dinner in Al Shati' Camp. The family members of Al Amodi are mostly in critical conditions. A child aged 9 in bad health conditions.
49-Medical sources in AL Shifa' hospital; 50 people wounded while bombing their houses in the north of Gaza. Some of them are children and old men.
50-A strike destroyed to rubble a house in Rafah Camp. Few people wounded in the nearby houses.
51-Five Palestinians killed in a bombing targeted Mus'ab Bin Umair mosque northern Gaza Strip.
52-Three Palestinians wounded due to a missile of F16 hit their house in Absan town, south of Gaza in Khan Yonis City.
53-Many Palestinian houses are occupied by Israeli soldiers in the mid area. Many explosions are taking place.
54-The second day of the ground started with heavy presence of air force and loud voice of artillery shells hitting some areas in Gaza Strip.
55-Palestinian factions fired around 10 missiles into Israeli settlements and military bases.
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