World Israeli Air Strike on Refugee Camp Kills 8 Children
New protests called after Jerusalem clashes wound over 200
Israel braced for more protests Saturday after clashes at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound wounded more than 200 people and as the US, EU and regional powers urged calm after days of escalating violence. The Islamist movement Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, urged Palestinians to remain at the Al-Aqsa compound until Thursday morning, when Ramadan ends, warning that "the resistance is ready to defend Al-Aqsa at any cost".In the unrest following Muslim prayers Friday, Israeli riot police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades at Palestinians who hurled rocks, bottles and fireworks at officers at Islam's third-holiest site, which is also revered by Jews.
An Israeli airstrike demolished a three-story home in a Gaza City refugee camp, killing eight children and two mothers, and leaving a 5-month-old baby as the family’s sole survivor.
In response, Hamas fired rockets into Israel to avenge what it called a “massacre”—the deadliest ofsince the conflict erupted six days ago at a Jerusalem holy site revered by both Palestinians and Jews.
The airstrike came as the victims gathered to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, witnesses told reporters.
“There was no warning,” Jamal Al-Naji, who lived in the destroyed building,.
Israel declares emergency in city as riots erupt
Riots sweep Lod as unrest grows after days of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants.Cars were set alight and 12 people were reported injured in clashes Lod's mayor likened to a civil war.
Video: Palestinians flee fearing Israeli ground troops as violence escalates (MSNBC)
Directing his comments toward Israel, he added: “You filmed people eating and then you bombed them? Why are you confronting us? Go and confront the strong people!”
The dead wereas Maha al-Hadidi, 36, and four of her children: Suhaib, 14; 'Abd a-Rahman, 8; Osama, 6, and Yahya, 11. Her infant, Omar, was reportedly found alive in the rubble, shielded by his mother’s body. Also killed were Jasmine Hassan, 31, and her three children: Yosef, 11; Bilal, 10, and Ala, 5.
On Saturday, the Palestinian health ministry, which is run by Hamas, said 139 Palestinians—including 39 children and 22 women—have been killed since Monday. Israel has reported eight deaths.
The stage was set for even more violence on Saturday, which is known as Nakba Day, when Palestinians remember the expulsion of 700,000 during the 1948 war.
The Israel-Hamas ceasefire stopped the fighting — but changed nothing .
What the Israel-Hamas ceasefire means (and doesn’t) for the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.In the narrowest sense, Hamas and Israel have both accomplished their immediate goals. Hamas got to portray itself as the defender of the Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, where much of the unrest began in recent weeks, and prove its capacity to hit most of Israel with its rockets. Israel, meanwhile, can say it has degraded Hamas’s military capabilities, in particular the underground network of tunnels from which it operates.