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2003-10-15

Israeli Raids Into Gaza Leave 8 Palestinians Dead and Over 1,500 Homeless

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Israel codenamed the raids into Gaza Operation Root Canal. Up to 120 homes were demolished and 8 Palestinians were killed. We go to Gaza to speak with a Palestinian online journalist living in Rafah.

In Israel a senior United Nations official is estimating up to 1,500 Palestinians have been left homeless following Israeli raids this weekend in Gaza. The raids were codenamed Operation Root Canal. Up to 120 homes were demolished and 8 Palestinians were killed. One UN official told the BBC, Gaza looked like it had been hit by a severe earthquake.

Yesterday, the Israeli military ordered 15 Palestinians detainees in the West Bank to be expelled to the Gaza Strip. None of the detainees have been charged with a crime or tried before a court.

The BBC reports the mass expulsion is unprecedented in scope. Human rights have condemned previous expulsions.

Palestinian Cabinet minister Saeb Erekat said of the move, "It’s a very dangerous step. This is not an act of self-defense. This is an act that deserves the condemnation."

  • Mohammad Omar, Palestinian speaking from Rafah in Gaza. He publishes a website about his life in Rafah.

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