Israeli tank fire kills sleeping families

Israeli tanks have killed at least 18 Palestinians, including sleeping women and children, in an attack in Gaza. People says who will stop Israel?

Israeli tank fire kills sleeping families
Mahmud Assaly, director of Beit Lahiya hospital, said the people were killed when tanks opened fire on several houses early on Wednesday.

Attaf Hamad, a witness, said that tank shells struck and demolished at least four houses in the attack. More than 40 people were reportedly injured.

"It is the saddest scene and images I have ever seen. We saw legs, we saw heads, we saw hands scattered in the street," Hamad told Reuters.

"I saw people coming out of a house covered in blood. I started screaming to wake up the neighbours."

Israeli officials have not yet commented on the deaths, but Reuters reported that Israel's defence minister had ordered a stop to the shelling.

West Bank

In the occupied West Bank, Israeli troops shot dead four armed Palestinians and a civilian early on Wednesday, Palestinian security sources said.

BEIT LAHIA, GAZA STRIP - : A Palestinian man carries an injured child into the Beit Lahia hospital in the northern Gaza Strip 08 November 2006. (AFP)

An Israeli military spokeswoman said troops had opened fire during an operation to arrest wanted Palestinian fighters in the village of Yamoun, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

Hamas response

Ismail Haniya, the Palestinian prime minister, asked the UN Security Council to meet to discuss the killings.

"I call on the Security Council to hold an emergency meeting to stop these massacres against the Palestinian people in Gaza and the West Bank," the Hamas leader said. 

Parts of Beit Hanoun were left in ruins once the army withdrew

In a huge demonstration outside the mortuary at the Kamal Adwan hospital in the northern Gaza Strip, Nizar Rayan, a Hamas leader in northern Gaza, told the crowd: "We are going to fight against the so-called Israel. We are going to launch our rockets, our martyrs are going to sacrifice their lives in the depths of our occupied land.

"They will strike in Jaffa, in Haifa, inside Ashdod. The battle will continue. The rifle is not going to be set down. All of us are martyrs in waiting. Revenge is coming."

Operation ends

Israeli troops completed their largest military operation in Gaza in a year on Tuesday after killing 70 civilians in a week-long incursion in the Beit Hanoun area that Israel said was designed to stop rocket attacks on Israeli cities.

Soldiers killed eight Palestinians in separate incidents in Gaza on Tuesday. Israel had pulled its forces out of Gaza last year after a 38-year occupation, however it has repeatedly raided the territory since once of its soldiers was captured there in June.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16