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Gaza hospital overwhelmed by dead, wounded - Yahoo! News

Gaza hospital overwhelmed by dead, wounded - Yahoo! News

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Wailing in grief, Salah Samouni banged his head against a wall inside the hospital morgue where the bodies of his three young nephews lay on the floor Monday.After 10 days of a relentless Israeli assault, Shifa Hospital, Gaza's largest, is overwhelmed. Bodies were crowded two to a morgue drawer, and some — like 3-year-old Issa, 4-year-old Mohammed and 5-year-old Ahmad — were on the floor.Shifa's shabby halls echoed Monday with the sounds of people screaming and the wail of ambulance sirens. Many of the wounded were being treated in hallways by harried doctors and nurses running on little sleep. The hospital was powered by emergency generators after shelling damaged power lines.Since Israel began a ground offensive Saturday, most of the dead and wounded arriving at Shifa are civilians, as Israel's offensive shifts from airstrikes to artillery shelling and fighting close to densely populated area…

ei: The Gaza Ghetto Uprising

ei: The Gaza Ghetto Uprising: "One is often baffled by the ironies of international relations and the alliances they foster. Take for example the Israeli colonial settlement that had declared war on the Palestinian people and several Arab countries since its inception while at the same time it built alliances with many Arab regimes and with Palestinian leaders.

While Hashemite-Zionist relations and Maronite Church-Zionist relations have always been known and documented, there has been less documentation of the services that Israel has provided and continues to provide to Arab regimes over the decades. It is now recognized that Israel's 1967 invasion of Egypt aimed successfully to destroy Gamal Abdul-Nasser, the enemy of all US dictatorial allies among the Arab regimes, whom the US and before it Britain and France had tried to topple since the 1950s but failed. Israel thus rendered a great service to Arab monarchies (and a few republics) from 'the ocean to the Gulf,' wh…

American Occupation Brought Terrorism.

Bomb Kills 40 Iraqis, Iranians at Baghdad Shrine | News From Antiwar.com: "A female suicide bomber attacked a crowd of Shi’ite pilgrims today as thousands flocked to a holy shrine to commemorate the Battle of Karbala, killing at least 40 and injuring another 72. The local hospital was overwhelmed by the casualties.

But while this is a fairly major attack in the new “optimistic” Iraq, the most noteworthy thing is that the attacker reportedly singled out a procession of Iranian pilgrims in the attack, and that nearly half of the casualties, 16 dead and 32 wounded, were from Iran. Another busload of Iranian pilgrims was also attacked earlier in the day in Diyala Province.

Shi’ites are regularly attacked during religious pilgrimages in Iraq, but the deliberate targeting of Iranians is something new entirely. With Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on a two-day visit to Iran to improve relations between the two nations, the attack is unlikely to be a coincidence. Indeed, Iran has had …

Bringing the Arab-Israeli War Home - by Michael Scheuer

Bringing the Arab-Israeli War Home - by Michael Scheuer: "The American people should be livid, though, with their bipartisan political elite and the Israel-firsters at Commentary, the New York Times, National Review, the Weekly Standard, and the Washington Post, as well as that hive of anti-American U.S. citizens that fund and lead AIPAC, for involving them in this barbarous mess. At some point down the road, every U.S.-taxpayer-funded bomb, artillery shell, and bullet aimed at the Palestinians will yield Americans killed at the hands of al-Qaeda, its allies, or those it inspires in attacks launched in response to U.S. support for Israel. Those Americans will be killed because their political and media leaders – corrupted to the bone by AIPAC – have involved them in a religious war that threatens nothing vital to their country's principles or national security, their personal economic well-being, or their children's lives."

The New Iraqi Sovereignty - by Ron Jacobs

The New Iraqi Sovereignty - by Ron Jacobs: "There's got to be some irony in the U.S. transference of control to Iraqi security forces while the Israelis pound Gaza. Why? Because, despite the hoopla in the U.S. press and its Iraqi clones, the nature of the control being 'given back' to the Iraqis seems quite similar to the control given back to the Gazans by the Israelis when they withdrew their forces in 2005. In other words, any control the Iraqi government and its security forces might now have can be removed at any time by U.S. forces. Indeed, the U.S. forces are not even withdrawing. They are merely turning the security details they performed for the past five years or so to Iraqi security forces whose existence depends on the presence of U.S. forces populating bases around Iraq.

According to a Washington Post article about the transfer, 'the long-term plan, which could change if security deteriorates, is to maintain a handful of heavily secured American compou…

Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Hamas confident of Gaza victory

Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Hamas confident of Gaza victory
A senior Hamas official says that "victory is coming" for Palestinian fighters as they battle an Israeli ground offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli troops, backed by air and naval firepower, were reported to have surrounded Gaza City on Monday after 10 days of aerial bombardment.