History 20 – Lecture 21-- Chaos in the Morning News
ISRAEL SENDS TROOPS INTO GAZA, DECEMBER 2008
THOUSANDS OF GAZANS REMAIN HOMELESS
GAZA CITY, 17 February 2009 (IRIN) - Thousands of Palestinians in the Gaza
Strip remain homeless after their houses were badly damaged or destroyed during
Israel's recent military offensive there.
The Israeli army began with aerial bombardments of the enclave on 27 December
and added a ground assault from 3 January. Israel declared a unilateral ceasefire
on 18 January while Hamas, the de facto ruling authority in the Strip, declared its
own ceasefire later that day.
According to a 16 February report by Save the Children Alliance “at least 100,000
people, including 56,000 children, remain displaced with many continuing to take
shelter in tents or crowding into remaining homes with other families, one month
since the Gaza ceasefire was declared.”
As of 5 February, the Gaza health ministry said the Palestinian death toll from the
three-week conflict had reached 1,440, including 431 children and 114 women.
Some 5,380 were injured, including 1,872 children and 800 women, according to
humanitarian news and analysis
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
DOCTORS STRUGGLING TO TREAT GAZA WAR WOUNDED
GAZA CITY, 5 March 2009 (IRIN) - Patients have begun trickling back into
Gaza, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), the health ministry
and people interviewed by IRIN. WHO official Mahmoud Daher in Gaza
estimates that 470 patients are still receiving care abroad, but it is not clear how
many of them are war wounded.
Salman Salama, aged 14, sustained a traumatic brain injury after his home in Beit
Lahiya was hit by Israeli tank-fire on 14 January. Shrapnel in his skull caused
bleeding in his brain. After lying in a coma in al-Shifa Hospital he was taken to
Egypt for neurosurgery.
Salman returned to Gaza last week, partially paralyzed on his right side.