Saturday, March 1, 2008

50 dead in Gaza brings death toll to 81 since Wednesday

From the Ma'an News Agency:
As the ongoing Israeli incursion into the Gaza Strip reaches its fourth day, the number of people killed in the coastal sector rose to 50 with more than 150 injured on Saturday. Palestinian medical sources have warned of a fuel shortage both in hospitals and for the ambulances that are ferrying the dead and injured to the morgues and operating theatres.

Dr. Mu'awya Hassanain, director of ambulance and emergency services in the Palestinian Health Ministry said that the number of people killed in the offensive on the northern Gaza Strip since Wednesday has reached 81, including 50 killed on Saturday.

Hassanain added that 19 children have been killed since Wednesday, including a 2-day-old baby. Seven children were killed on Saturday alone.

More than 30 civilians died in bombing raids on their homes on Saturday.

Medical sources also confirmed that more than 200 citizens have been injured since Wednesday, 150 of whom were wounded in the ongoing Israeli aggression on Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip that began early on Saturday morning.

Hassanain said that several ambulance crews have come under Israeli fire as they try to evacuate the dead and injured.

Journalists have also been targeted as they cover the ongoing events. An Al-Jazeera correspondent and her crew were shot at and journalists from the Palestinian news agency Ramatan were targeted by the Israeli army in the northern Gaza Strip.
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