Thursday, September 30, 2004
The IDF launched a major offensive into the Gaza Strip yesterday after a Qassam rocket killed 2 Israeli children in Sderot. These are the 2nd and 3rd casualties of Qassam rockets, respectively, and according to Ha'aretz:
After the strike, Sderot residents gathered in the area where the Qassam fell, some shouting "Death to Arabs."Those chanting got exactly that, as Sharon was quoted Thursday as ordering security forces to "do everything in order to put an end to Qassam fire." So far 30 Palestinians have been killed and at least 131 wounded over the past two days (ten times the number killed by Qassam rockets fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel).
In the single deadliest incident in Gaza, an Israeli tank fired a shell toward a group of Palestinian gunmen, killing at least seven people and wounding 20, many of them critically, hospital doctors said. The army said soldiers fired the shell at five gunmen planting explosives near the Jabalya market. Palestinian hospital staff said the dead were civilians.Two IDF soldiers and one Israeli settler were killed by Hamas gunmen.
Many of the wounded lost limbs, and at least four were under the age of 14, doctors said.
The local Kamal Adwan Hospital was overwhelmed by the influx, and doctors had to treat some of the patients on the blood-soaked floor and on cafeteria tables.
Ahmed Salem, 10, said the shell was fired from a tank at a U.N. school near Jebaliya's market. "I was hit and fell to the ground. The man lying next to me had no head," said the boy who was wounded by shrapnel in the leg.