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420 Palestinians killed, 2100 wounded in the Gaza holocaust

420 Palestinians killed, 2100 wounded in the Gaza holocaust
[ 02/01/2009 - 01:20 AM ]
A number of houses destroyed in the targeting of Dr. Rayyan's house

GAZA, (PIC)-- On the sixth day of the Gaza holocaust, the number of Palestinians killed by the Israeli occupation airforce has reached 420 and the number of wounded has reached 2100, 300 of them in serious condition.

The worst carnage on Thursday was the targeting of the house of Dr. Nizar al-Rayyan, a prominent Hamas leader, in which he and 15 members of his family were killed. Dr. Rayyan's house as well as many houses in the vicinity were destroyed.

The houses of two other Hamas activists were also targeted by the Israeli occupation airforce, as well as the training grounds of the Qassam Brigades, no casualties were reported.

Israeli occupation air strikes on Thursday targeted areas close to the border from Beit Hanoun to the north, to Hay al-Tuffah and Jabalya to the north east of the Strip, paving the way for a possible ground assault.

Dr. Basem Naim, the Health Minister said that the death toll is expected to rise because there are more than 300 serious cases, adding that it is expected that many people are still buried under the rubble.

He said there are severe shortages of medicines and materials essential for treating the wounded.

He added that hospital stores ran out completely of 105 types of medicines, 225 types of medical consumables and 93 types of laboratory materials.

He also said that 50% of ambulances are not working because of the lack of spare parts and stressed the dire need for electricity generators, all because of the oppressive siege that preceded the start of the holocaust.

He appealed to Egypt to allow medical teams waiting to enter the Gaza Strip to pass through the Rafah border crossing.



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