War on Gaza: More Civilian Deaths; Olmert Lies: 'No Humanitarian Crisis'

On CNN yesterday, Olmert informed us that:


Israel would not "allow a humanitarian crisis to be created in the Gaza Strip."

"We will help supply food and medicines like any enlightened and moral country must do," he said.

Yet this morning, we read in the Independent about another loss caused by the actions of the “enlightened and moral country” - the death of the father of the paper's Gaza correspondent Fares Akram:

The phone call came at around 4.20pm on Saturday. A bomb had been dropped on the house at our small farm in northern Gaza. My father was walking from the gate to the farmhouse at the time. It was our beloved place, that farm and its two-storey white house with a red roof. Nestled in a flat fertile agricultural plain north-west of Beit Lahiya, it had lemon groves, orange and apricot trees and we had recently acquired 60 dairy cows.

It was the closest farm to the northern border with Israel. Ironically, we always thought the biggest danger there was not from Israeli troops, who usually went straight past if they were mounting an incursion, but from stray Hamas rockets aimed at the Israeli towns north of us.

But shortly before sunset on Saturday, as Israeli ground troops and tanks invaded Gaza in the name of shutting down Hamas rocket sites, the peace of that place was shattered and my father's life extinguished at the age of 48. Warplanes and helicopters had swept in, bombing and firing to open up the space for the tanks and ground forces that would follow in the darkness. It was one of those F16 airstrikes that killed my father.

The house was reduced to little more than powder, and of Dad there was nothing much left either. "Just a pile of flesh," my uncle, who found him in the rubble, said later with brutal honesty…

Another story – this one from Oxfam:

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