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16 Jul, 2014

Israel dehumanises its own society each time it pummels Gaza – Hindustan Times

The world has been looking on aghast while Israel bombs Palestinian civilians in Gaza in the name of fighting the militant group Hamas. Two tragic incidents — the killing of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank and the retaliatory abduction and burning of a Palestinian youth in East Jerusalem — have triggered events that are now blighting thousands of innocent lives. The recent days have been full of horror. Israeli jets and artillery have repeatedly bombed Gaza, where 1.7 million Palestinians live in “unimaginable misery”, according to observers, in a strip that is just 25 miles long and 4 miles wide. At least 192 Palestinians have died and more than 1,300 injured in the latest wave of Israeli attacks. According to the United Nations, 77% of casualties have been civilians, more than 1,200 homes are destroyed and 17,000 Palestinians have taken refuge in UN-run schools. There is little scope to escape as the Mediterranean is to the west while the crossings into Egypt and Israel are tightly regulated.

Read the rest: A deafening silence from the world as Israel pounds Gaza – Hindustan Times.