Mourning Beit Hanun Buries Its Dead

Tens of thousands of mourning Palestinians on Thursday, November 9, lied to rest the bodies of twenty civilians, including eight children and four women, killed in an Israeli shelling of their homes in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanun.

Mourning Beit Hanun Buries Its Dead

Wrapped in a yellow flag, the bodies of the victims were born aloft on stretchers among a vast chanting crowd of mourners, reported Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Cries of "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest) filled the air as the bodies were placed in their graves.

"The killers in Israel, you will never be able to defeat one Palestinian child," Abdul Hakim Awad, a Fatah leader, told the gathering.

Twenty Palestinian civilians were killed Wednesday, November 8, and up to 50 others were wounded when Israel shelled their homes in the already battered town of Beit Hanun.

The bombing drew international rebukes with calls for an immediate halt of the months-old Israeli onslaught, which has claimed the lives of more than 300 Palestinians since late June.

The UN Security Council will be holding an emergency session later Thursday to discuss the new Israeli crimes against innocent Palestinian civilians.

Qatar, the lone Arab member on the 15-member council, circulated a draft resolution condemning the Israeli massacre.

Arab foreign ministers are also scheduled to hold a special meeting in Cairo on Sunday, November 12, to discuss the Israeli onslaught.

Black Day

The Beit Hanun attack was the deadliest single strike against the Palestinians in six years.

"This town has known many black days and this is just one more, perhaps the blackest of them all," said Tayseer al-Masry, a 36-year-old pharmacist who took part in the procession.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has declared Beit Hanun a disaster area and slammed "international silence" in the face of incessant Israeli crimes.

"This is a black day in the history of Israeli actions against the Palestinian people and is a reminder of all the massacres perpetuated by Israel since the start of the Israeli-Arab conflict," he told a press conference in Gaza City Wednesday.

At least 80 Palestinians were killed in a week-long Israeli offensive in Beit Hanun.

Many mourners called Thursday for retaliation.

"This massacre will push us to avenge ourselves and continue our resistance," said Mohammed Nishuane, 23, as he marched toward the cemetery through the streets of the battered town.

Palestinian resistance groups have vowed to avenge the Palestinian victims.

Resistance groups have for months been observing a unilateral truce that saw a halt for bombing attacks inside Israel.

All Gone

Among the victims killed in Wednesday's massacre were sixteen members of the same family.

"My sons, my mother, my grandchildren," wept Saad al-Assamna as he paid tribute to the slain family members.

"All are gone. All of them died. Now I wish I could die," he added as he lied in a hospital bed.

Assamna tearfully lists the names of loved ones and pronounces them alive or dead.

The toll is too long to track, and a neighbor standing by his bedside frequently corrects him.

"My brother's wife and one of his daughters both died," Assamna says.

"No," the neighbor corrects him. "Both his daughters died." Assamna weeps openly before regaining his composure.

Assamna lost his mother, four children, four grandchildren and three daughters-in-law in the Israeli shelling.

His brother Masoud also died, as did Masoud's wife, son and daughter-in-law.

Two neighbors who came to help the Assamna family in the mayhem were mowed down by an incoming shell.

"They came to help us and for that they were killed," Assamna says.

Assamna has lost five children to the Israeli attacks – one died a few years ago and four in Wednesday's onslaught. He, however, predicts the worst is yet to come.

Source: Islamonline

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