Top Leaderboard, Site wide
Left Masthead
August 30, 2015
Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines
Sign up for Truthdig's Email NewsletterLike Truthdig on FacebookFollow Truthdig on TwitterSubscribe to Truthdig's RSS Feed

Get Truthdig's headlines in your inbox!

Climate Models May Misjudge Soils’ Carbon Emissions

Fortune Smiles
When Robots Run the Show

Truthdig Bazaar
Islam, South Asia, and the West

Islam, South Asia, and the West

By Francis Robinson

more items

A/V Booth
Print this item

Unrelenting Israeli Strikes Could Cause ‘Grave Humanitarian Crisis’

Posted on Jul 25, 2014

    A responder sprays water on a smoldering building destroyed in a strike by the Israeli military. Photo by 'Democracy Now!'

The death toll in the Gaza Strip passed 815 as new strikes by Israel’s Netanyahu government killed more civilians and prompted the largest West Bank protests seen in decades, “Democracy Now!” reports.

In the program’s Friday report below, correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous describes his visit to a children’s hospital in northern Gaza that was damaged Thursday in an airstrike. Kouddous said: “If the cease-fire falls apart, then we can only imagine that an escalation of the ground offensive—that’s what Israel has declared—will be in the cards,” Kouddous says. “We are looking at a very grave humanitarian crisis.”

Christopher Gunness, a spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), comments on the destruction by shelling Thursday of a school used as a U.N. shelter. At least 16 people were killed and more than 200 were injured. (The U.N. has declined to directly accuse Israel, but says it gave the school’s coordinates to the Israeli military numerous times.) Gunness told reporters, “Within Gaza, there is no safe place. … If the parties to this conflict have shown themselves callous enough to be able to hit a clearly designated, clearly marked U.N. compound where hundreds of people have come to take sanctuary, we cannot guarantee anymore the safety of our installations.” He says 150,000 people are now seeking shelter amid the violence.

Amira Hass, a Ha’aretz correspondent for the Palestinian territories, talks from the West Bank about a 15,000-person march from Ramallah toward Jerusalem on Thursday in which two Palestinians were killed and more than 200 were wounded when Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition.

Dr. Belal Dabour of Shifa Hospital, the largest in Gaza, describes how doctors have struggled to treat thousands of victims amid frequent power cuts and outdated equipment since the military operation began July 8. He also discusses the hopes of his Gazan patients that the current conflict will bring an end to Israel’s eight-year siege. “After eight years, life has become intolerable,” he says. “People have no hope. They feel that the horizon for any prosperous future is [impossible] until the siege is lifted.”


Square, Site wide

‘Democracy Now!’:




—Adapted from “Democracy Now!” by Alexander Reed Kelly.

New and Improved Comments

If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page. Still having problems? Let us know. If you find yourself moderated, take a moment to review our comment policy.

Right 1, Site wide - BlogAds Premium
Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
Right Internal Skyscraper, Site wide
Right 2, Site wide - Blogads
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network

Like Truthdig on Facebook