Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Civilians Flee Homes in Encircled Gaza

By Mel Frykberg

"RAMALLAH, Jan 6 (IPS) - Civilians are fleeing their homes as Israel continues to blanket-bomb a now encircled Gaza.

So far 145 Palestinians have been killed in just the ground invasion that was launched late Saturday night. According to Palestinian sources, the total Palestinian death toll stands at 575 with more than 2,500 injured since the launch of Operation Cast Lead Dec. 27.

UN humanitarian chief John Holmes says that at least 125 civilians have been killed. Gaza health officials put that number at more than 200......

Power networks are down in large parts of the Gaza Strip, with hospitals relying on generators. Israel has allowed token amounts of fuel into the territory but most has been blocked as part of Israel's siege of Gaza, according to the UN's humanitarian coordinator........."

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