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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Out of control.....

Israeli forces shelled the United Nations headquarters in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, setting fire to the compound filled with hundreds of refugees as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon was in the area on a mission to end Israel's devastating offensive against the territory's Hamas rulers.

Shells also struck a hospital, five high-rise apartment buildings and a building housing media outlets in Gaza City, injuring several journalists.

Also, (CNN) "set part of a U.N. relief agency's central storehouse for humanitarian aid ablaze, its director said Thursday."

More, from the Guardian.
Separately, the AFP news agency quoted witnesses as saying that a wing of the Al-Quds hospital in south-west Gaza, where hundreds more people had taken shelter early today from advancing Israeli tanks, was on fire after being struck. It was not clear if there were any injuries.....

A UN warehouse containing tonnes of relief supplies was burning fiercely after the compound was hit by what a UN spokesman, Chris Gunness, said appeared to be three white phosphorous shells.


  • File this under "Fulfilling Your Enemy's Propaganda."

    Counter productive disproportionality only serves to strengthen the radicles, not undermine them.

    By Blogger -epm, at 7:35 AM  

  • What!?! You are denying Israel's right to defend itself and to exist!!! Are you an anti-Semite!

    I get so tired of hearing that as a knee-jerk reaction to any type of criticism of Israel's actions. Hopefully that will wear thin soon. They can't use the same PR slogans every massacre.

    By Blogger matt, at 7:36 AM  

  • This is somewhat inevitable if you're trying to fight in a dense urban area like Gaza City.

    However, with the modern US weaponry Israel uses, they have no excuse for hitting these once they've been given the GPS locations. You're not allowed mistakes if part of your justification is that you're able to not kill civilians.

    Plus, this is the second UN compound hit.


    And, question. Have you read any reports of "pitched battles?"

    OK, maybe a unit under heavy fire might make a mistake, but I'm yet to read about any prolonged fights.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 7:45 AM  

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