Saturday, January 3, 2009

Israeli Ground Troops Invade Gaza

Palestinian Death Toll 460 in Last 8 Days
...Many Women & Children !
(See Horrific Video Below)

Israeli troops have invaded the Gaza Strip by land, accompanied by helicopters and tanks, late Saturday night. Casualties of Saturday's invasion are unknown as of yet, but eight days of airstrikes have left 460 Palestinians dead.

Palestinian sources said that Israeli tanks and armored vehicles, supported by army helicopters invaded the Gaza Strip from several directions.

An Israel military spokesperson, Avital Leibovitch, stated that the objective of the attack is to destroy the Hamas infrastructure in Gaza.

According to local sources, thousands of Israeli soldiers are taking part in the attack including infantry, tanks, engineering forces, artillery and intelligence with the support of the Israel Air Force. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak stated, "It won't be easy and it won't be brief. We're continuing to expand the operation while being well aware that this move will include challenges, difficulties, and also victims."

Palestinian resistance fighters clashed with the Israeli invading troops, sources reported from Gaza.

Hours before the ground attack Israeli jetfighters shelled a local mosque located in Beit Lahyia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, killing 13 civilians. The Palestinian Ministry of Health in the Coastal Region said that the death toll in Gaza by Saturday evening due to the Israel's continued bombardment now stands at 460, most of whom are civilians.

The Ministry added that the week of airstrikes have alsoleft 2300 Palestinians injured, in a besieged, crowded Gaza Strip that is lacking even the most basic of medicines and medical care. Israel started its military offensive last Saturday, December 27th, 2008, a week and half after the six-month-long Egyptian-mediated ceasefire finished, on December 16th 2008. Although Israel accuses the Hamas government in Gaza of breaking the truce, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights documented hundreds of truce violations by the Israeli military, including three violations on the very day the truce began on June 19th, 2008.

Israeli warplanes started by shelling all the Palestinian security posts in Gaza. In the following days the air raids were expanded. Hospitals, homes, blacksmith workshops, a television station, schools and mosques were targeted. Day and night, the entire Palestinian coastal region has been under attack for the last week..

On Saturday morning, the Israeli Army announced that a full-scale ground offensive in Gaza is now a matter of hours.

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Watch Horrific Footage following Israeli attack on Gaza 1/1/09

warning: extremely raw (graphic)