Rami Almeghari writing from the occupied Gaza Strip, Live from Palestine, 6 January 2009
".....Israel claims to have attacked 1,000 of what it calls "Hamas targets." Independent media, UN aid officials and human rights organizations have documented that most of these attacks struck private homes, mosques, universities, schools, government buildings, police stations and charities. As of 6 January, the death toll from the Israeli attack approached 600 with thousands more injured......
According to UNRWA, thousands of people from various areas of the Gaza Strip have been forced to flee the Israeli shelling day and night. But there are few places to seek shelter in the besieged, densely packed coastal territory.
"The situation in Gaza is deteriorating rapidly, 25 percent of killed are children and women," UNRWA spokesman Adnan Abu Hasna told EI. "The food assistance we have meets the needs of the people for six days only. We provide blankets and other items to these displaced people, but there is no doubt that their conditions are so difficult, and we are currently evaluating the situation as well as their needs.""