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Carnage as Israel attacks a convoy fleeing Gaza bombs

Plus: Israel uses horror of white phosphorus, bombs kill journalists
Issue 2877
A mass march in solidarity with Palestine in London on Saturday

A mass march in solidarity with Palestine in London on Saturday

Among the many massacres Israel carried out was the murder of people fleeing to the south of Gaza at the end of last week.

The Palestinian Health Ministry says the Israeli air strike on Friday killed 70 people. They were among the ­million people the Israeli army told to leave northern Gaza or be obliterated.

The attack took place on Salah-al-Din Street, one of two evacuation routes suggested on Saturday by the Israeli forces.

The BBC, a staunch defender of Israel said, “The longest video we have verified is too graphic for us to show. It’s a scene of total carnage. Men are seen ­running towards a truck yelling prayers and laments into the smoke-filled air. Sirens and car alarms howl throughout.

“As the camera moves closer to the truck, the extent of the devastation becomes clear. Bodies, twisted and mangled, are scattered everywhere.

“Later, the broken body of a small child—a boy, dressed in shorts and a T-shirt—is seen lying on the truck, his head twisted awkwardly towards the camera.

“We counted at least 12 dead bodies among the wreckage. They are mostly women and children—some of whom appear to be as young as two to five years old.

“Other footage shows the bodies of victims lying in the street. Vehicles are seen burning, likely with their drivers and passengers still inside.”

Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus, a spokesman for the Israeli military, blamed Hamas for the slaughter.

This gross lie asks us to believe that Hamas had to make up more civilian killings to win sympathy even thug there were many hundreds dead already.

A Financial Times ­newspaper and Airwars analysis admitted, “Analysis of the video footage rules out most explanations aside from an Israeli strike”.

However, those who fled to southern Khan Younis found no reprieve from Israel’s bombardment.

Warplanes struck a ­four-storey building last Saturday, killing and ­wounding several people. Dozens of Palestinians could be seen rushing to rescue people trapped in the rubble.

Israel uses horror weapon

Israel has used white phosphorus in military operations in Gaza and Lebanon, says Human Rights Watch.

It said verified videos on 10 and 11 October showed “multiple airbursts of artillery-fired white phosphorus over the Gaza City port and two rural locations along the Israel-Lebanon border.”

“Any time that white phosphorus is used in crowded civilian areas, it poses a high risk of excruciating burns and lifelong suffering,” said Lama Fakih, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch.

“White phosphorous is unlawfully indiscriminate when airburst in populated urban areas, where it can burn down houses and cause egregious harm to civilians,” she said.

White phosphorus is a wax-like, toxic substance that burns at more than 800 degrees Celsius (nearly 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit)—a high enough temperature to melt metal.

The British government attacked Russia for firing white phosphorus in Ukraine this April. However, British forces have fired such weapons recently in Kenya on training exercises.

Predictably the Israeli military dismissed the evidence and said the claim was false. Israel’s military said in 2013 it was phasing out white phosphorus smokescreen munitions used during its 2008-09 offensive in Gaza, which drew war crimes allegations from various rights groups.

The military at the time did not say whether it would also review the use of weaponised white phosphorus, which is designed to incinerate enemy positions.

Killing media truth about Gaza

Israeli airstrikes have killed 11 journalists and wounded 20 others since the war began, the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate said on Monday.

The syndicate said that the offices of 50 local and international media organisations had been targeted, including Al-Jazeera, AFP, Ma’an News Agency and Al-Quds newspaper.

Two Palestinian journalists in Gaza are currently missing.

In the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, scores of journalists have been detained, beaten and prevented from covering events, the syndicate added.

It stressed that the continued interruption of electricity and the Internet in the Gaza Strip limited the ability of journalists to continue their coverage of the Israeli aggression.

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