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Fifty-two Gazans killed as Israeli forces invade
Sunday, January 4, 2009 :1pm Gaza Time (+2hrs GMT) The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) has escalated its aggression on the Gaza Strip on the ninth day of its military operations in the Gaza Strip. Yesterday, at approximately 7pm, it started a ground invasion into the northern parts of the Gaza Strip and the eastern suburbs of Gaza City under heavy bombardment from the air.
Fifty-two people have been killed by the IOF throughout the Gaza Strip since yesterday evening (seven children and three women). Another 182 have been injured (26 children and 10 women). IOF has continued to show disregard to the rules of international law relevant to armed conflict, inflicting severe harm to civilian life and property.
According to the monitoring of Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Israeli aircraft bombarded al-Makadma Mosque in Beit Lahia while dozens of people were praying in it last night. Fifteen people were killed and 25 others injured, as a result. Twenty minutes earlier, Israeli aircrafts raided the house of Saleh al-Ghoul in Beit Lahia, killing his 25-year-old son, Mahmoud and a relative, 40-year-old Akram Faris al-Ghoul. A group of neighbors headed to the house in an attempt to aid the family; however, Israeli planes fired a missile at their car, injuring six persons. At approximately 9:30pm yesterday, Israeli planes targeted a group of young men and children as they were protesting the invasion by burning tires, killing 12-year-old Ahmed Sameeh al-Kafarneh and injuring 10 others. Medical sources reported that the 10 have sustained critical wounds.