Bloodiest day in Israel, Hamas conflict: 100 killed

More than 400 people have been killed in all.

At least 100 people- including 87 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers- were killed Sunday, the bloodiest day yet since fighting broke out 13 days ago between Israel and Palestinian militant group, Hamas.

Reports say 67 of the victims were killed in one location.

Israel suffered its worst death toll since the latest conflict began nearly two weeks ago, with 13 of its soldiers among the dead. The deaths brings to 18 the number of Israeli soldiers who have been killed in the offensive.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the deaths in the Shejaiya district east of Gaza City were a “massacre”. Witnesses spoke of bodies lying in the streets, according to the BBC.

Fighting has intensified between the two sides despite attempts at a ceasefire.

A humanitarian truce was agreed to allow civilians leave the area, but lasted less than an hour.

The ceasefire in Shejaiya was meant to last for two hours, but reports say fire broke out soon after it was declared.

Gaza’s officials were quoted by Reuters news agency as saying that said at least 405 Palestinians, many of them civilians, have been killed and about 2,600 wounded since Israeli air and naval bombardments began on July 8, followed by a ground push on Thursday.

Fighting has continued despite interventions by Egypt, Qatar, France and the United Nations, among others.

Hamas rejected one Egyptian-brokered truce, saying any deal must include an end to a blockade by Israel and a recommitment to a ceasefire reached after an eight-day war in Gaza in 2012.


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  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    Isreal needs to understand that might. I sympathise with Isreal because it is very difficult to live with muslims. but this have gone on for far too long. Time to end the undue suffering.

    • abujakenneth

      Muslims and Christians live peacefully in Yoruba lands

    • wode

      Which Muslim have you lived with in the past and where?

  • MUkintu

    Hamas seems to be enjoying the deaths as they have continued to fire rockets into Israel. Infact life must mean something different to Moslems.From Afghanistan to Iraq to Syria to Pakistan to Somalia to Egypt to Libya, it is stories of deaths and bombings.Casualties mean nothing as long as it is in Allah’s name.
    The solution to Israel and Palestinian problem is very simple.Israel should take complete control of the whole area and govern it for ever. Hamas leaders should be rounded up and treated as terrorists while peace loving Palestinians should have their freedom unfettered.

  • Abdullah Musa

    A writer is precluded by lots of factors from bringing all relevant issues into focus when analyzing problems.
    As such, it is easy to lump Israel, (a state) and Hamas, (victims of oppression) into one group.
    The creation of Israel destroyed Palestine and left them stateless. The world does not care, and expects them to simply accept it.
    Certain conditions bring about negative reactions. Someone bulldozes your homes, destroys your farmland, turns your area into one large prison, and from the fortress of Abuja someone urges you to “make love”! On tanks, serving as bed?

    • justice

      You most definately epitomised this writer’s and our collective travails. Enough said.

      • Abdullah Musa


    • Enemona

      Yes, still make love. Love conquers all.

      She doesn’t mean ‘love’ on bed!

      • Abdullah Musa

        She is a polished writer.
        But ‘to love’, according to my limited English, is different from ‘make love’.
        That’s why I replied her according to what she implied.

        • Enemona

          Read in English statements in their contexts and not in absoluteness. She’s a good writer and she has and enjoys what is called ‘poetic licence’, I hope you understand that too.

          • Abdullah Musa

            And poetic license is not meant to be enjoyed by non-columnist like me?

          • Enemona

            You should understand that concept. If you did, you wouldn’t go out, all guns, to attack her rather innocent play on words.

            ‘To make’ is also to create and in the context of her writing ‘make love’ is not used in a ‘perveted’ sense just as you suggest but it meant ‘create’ and show love.

            Absolutely, you’re free to misinterprete her writing or just to think of it in other ways and contexts. Every writer revels in providing innuendos and nuances that encourages some form of discourse around their writing. By all means necessary criticise her writing in anyway you want, we also would educate you where you fall short, as in this case.

          • Abdullah Musa

            Defense Secretary to Ms Audu kindly sheathe your ‘tank’!
            I am done.

          • Enemona

            Typical. I just knew it would end this way.

  • harjasco

    the natural law school of jurisprudence asserted that anything good is nature. love is good so therefore love is embedded in nature and hatred isnt nature….However,we have seen many atrocities been commited by man all in the name of adhering to the law of there conscience…The world itself dont understand what is happening anymore cos everyone is believed to be acting in accordance with the immutable laws of there consciences. buh i would conclude by saying that “if i do good i feel good and if i do bad i feel bad”….this should be our thinking always