Gazans stayed up all night as Israel continued to pound the Palestinian enclave. The situation flared up when Israel and Gaza exchanged fire – which still continues now – after Israel killed Hamas military leader Ahmed Al-Jabari during an air raid on Gaza yesterday.
According to Press reports, the current bout of fighting has left up to 13 Gazans and three Israelis dead. On Twitter, Ebaa Rezeq breaks down the toll on the Palestinian side:
الحصيلة حتى الآن| 15 شهيد (منهم 3 أطفال, سيدة حامل بتوأم, وعجوزين) + 140 إصابة. #غزة
@Gazanism: The toll until now: 15 martyrs (among them three children, a woman pregnant with twins and two elderly people), plus 140 injured #Gaza
Wael Ouda describes the intensity of the shelling around him:
@WillOuda: The drones are practically “walking” in the living room ….so loud and noisy over head. #Gaza
In another tweet, he shares the human cost, this latest bout of attacks is having:
@WillOuda: Death toll: 14-15 deaths and 120+ injuries #Gaza
And Majed Abusalama exclaims:
@MajedAbusalama: Bombs falling like a rains now in NorthGaza# #GazaUnderAttacks
Meanwhile, Abu Omar posts a surreal video on YouTube entitled, The Children of Gaza are Playing Football despite the Shelling:
The video shows children playing – as explosions continue in the background.
Ola Anan comments:
@olanan: #GazaUnderAttack yet a group of children decided to play football in the street! We teach life, world!
And Majed Abusalama adds:
المعنويات عالية في #غزة, فليحطموا كل شي, يقتلوا أطفالنا ولكن لن يقتلوا ارادنا وأجلامنا, والى التحرير انشا الله
@MajedAbusalama: Our morales are high in Gaza. Let them destroy everything and kill our children but they will never be able to kill our will and our dreams. To liberation by the will of God!
Meanwhile, journalist Sara Hussein, who was just able to cross into Gaza, shares a photograph people lining up outside a bakery.
@sarahussein: yfrog.com/nws02mjj Line outside #Gaza bakery. People fear food shortages. #Israel #Palestinians
Journey to Gaza wonders if there will be a ground invasion:
@journeytogaza: Any news on #Israeli cabinet decision whether or not to launch ground invasion in #Gaza?
For more on the conversation on Twitter, check out the hashtags: #PrayForGaza, #GazaUnderAttack and #Gaza.
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America, the biggest terrorist of all.
Be nice to America or they will bring Democracy to your country. Because they are the pimp of Democracy. I wonder, what would they said if the concept of democracy wasn’t there in the first place! May be it’d be exactly what the British had done in the name of Civilization. I just pee on their civilization.
Nice Democrat that president Obama is, isn’t it?
Being captivated and humiliated by the aggressive and totalitary war politics of Israel…
Agreeing not to make a subject upon the biggest contemporary concentration camp, Gaza..
People understand that diplomacy serves the state of israel, against all hopes for a decent life for the people of gaza…and why is that?
Not because of the fear of israeli-palestinian people living together…but the hatred among war leaders as Netaniahu and Ahmadinejad…
Living in the 21st century, middle ages repeat themselves in the form of religious wars…
People of the world, Wake up and Re-build our future, investing in life, not death!
…oh ! and greetings from greece, the contemporary financial experiment of empovering a nation!