The true horror the events in Gaza is only slowly emerging from under Israel’s press embargo.
But one Israeli army commander gave a sense of the military operation when he told the Associated Press news agency how his troops are killing everyone they come across.
The colonel told a journalist on a tour of the frontline, “A couple of days ago an armed squad popped up from a tunnel that was concealed by a nearby building. We took them out with tank fire and a bulldozer.”
He boasted about how a man spotted on a bicycle was chased by troops.
“He ran off to take cover in a building, presumably to draw us in. We demolished the building on top of him with a bulldozer.”
He said that any sign of life is met with immediate and overwhelming force.
“We also hit anyone seen trying to observe our movements.”
According to Israel’s Haaretz newspaper, farmers trapped in their homes during the first phase of the ground offensive were gunned down if they attempted to flee or were caught searching for food.
“Beleaguered Palestinians are suffering from an increasing shortage of water, medicines and food,” the newspaper reports.
“Attempts to evacuate diabetics and elderly people from one enclave have failed. Israeli troops surrounding the enclaves shoot at anyone who tries to leave.”
Attempts by Israeli human rights organisations to reach some the people have been made harder by the army insisting that only donkey carts can be used.
“In a bid to speed up delivery, one family arranged with the army to bring another cart, led by a horse. But when it approached the truck, soldiers fired at the horse, killing it.”