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UN suspends Gazan aid operation

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  1. holy king

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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7818577.stm

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    Meanwhile, the US, UK and France have dropped opposition to a UN resolution urging an immediate ceasefire, and Arab nations are studying a draft.

    It comes on day 13 of an offensive by Israel aimed at stopping Palestinian militants firing rockets from Gaza.

    The US, UK and France had wanted a weaker statement from the 15-nation UN Security Council, the BBC's Laura Trevelyan in New York says.

    But Arab foreign ministers said anything less than a binding resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire would be an inadequate response to the crisis, our correspondent says.

    If the Arab nations' response to the draft resolution is positive, a vote could happen later.

    The draft calls for an immediate ceasefire, action to stop the smuggling of arms by Hamas across the Egypt-Gaza border and the opening of border crossings into Gaza so aid can be delivered.

    At least 765 Palestinian lives are said by sources in Gaza to have been lost since the offensive began 13 days ago.

    Three more Israeli soldiers were killed in Thursday, bringing Israel's death toll to 11 military personnel and three civilians.

    A captain and a sergeant were shot dead in separate clashes while a major was killed by an anti-tank missile, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports.

    'Great regret'

    Responding to the suspension of aid efforts by the UN relief agency Unrwa, Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev said Israel fully supported the work of the UN and other humanitarian agencies in Gaza.

    "We will do what needs to be done to facilitate this vital work," he said. "In these difficult days we must work together to meet the humanitarian needs of the population."

    Unrwa's move came shortly after it said one person had been killed and two hurt when a fork-lift truck on a UN aid mission came under Israeli tank fire at Gaza's Erez crossing.

    It said it was "with great regret" that it had been forced to make a difficult decision.

    "We have suspended our operations in Gaza until the Israeli authorities can guarantee our safety and security," said Unrwa spokesman Chris Gunness.

    "Our installations have been hit, our workers have been killed in spite of the fact that the Israeli authorities have the co-ordinates of our facilities and that all our movements are co-ordinated with the Israeli army."

    The UN said the movements of the truck hit at the Erez crossing had been co-ordinated and cleared with the Israeli military.

    The Israeli army has not commented on that claim but has said it is looking into the matter.

    In a statement, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the Israeli military's action.

    John Ging, director of operations in Gaza for Unrwa, said a convoy of two UN vehicles and an ambulance had also been fired at - although it was not clear by whom - despite having clearance for its movements from Israel.

    The incident occurred as Israel for a second day suspended its military operation for three hours to allow Gazans to find food and bury their dead.

    Mr Ging said the Israeli military had to give his staff a credible guarantee of safety.

    "If they give us clearance to move then it is wholly and totally unacceptable that their soldiers on the ground are firing on our aid workers," he said.

    A UN spokeswoman said other agencies including the World Health Organization, World Food Programme and Unicef would continue aid operations in Gaza.

    The International Committee of the Red Cross has also accused Israel of failing to fulfil its duty to help wounded civilians in Gaza.

    The ICRC said its staff had found four weak and scared children beside their mothers' bodies in houses hit by shelling in Zeitoun.

    The Israeli military has not yet responded to the accusation, but said it worked closely with aid groups so that civilians could get assistance.

    Meanwhile, Amnesty International accused both Israel and Hamas of using civilians as human shields.

    Air strikes

    The aid agencies' concerns come amid fears the conflict with Gaza militants may spread, with at least three rockets fired from Lebanon into northern Israel, prompting Israel to reply with artillery.

    The incident followed the heaviest bombardment so far of Gaza in nearly two weeks of conflict, with 60 air strikes which Israel says targeted Hamas facilities.

    Palestinian medical officials said at least 10 Gaza residents had been killed on Thursday.

    A further 35 bodies were discovered in rubble in conflict areas around Gaza City during the three-hour pause in fighting, a health ministry official said.

    Amid continuing efforts to broker a ceasefire, a senior Israeli official has gone to Cairo to hear details of a plan put forward by Egypt and France.

    A Hamas delegation is expected in the Egyptian capital at some stage for parallel "technical" talks, Egyptian diplomats said.

    At least three Katyusha rockets were fired from southern Lebanon into the northern Israeli area of Nahariya early on Thursday. One hit a nursing home, injuring at least two people.

    Israel immediately responded with five artillery shells into Lebanon, calling it a "pinpoint response at the source of fire".

    The rocket fire was condemned by Lebanon's prime minister. A senior Hezbollah politician, Lebanon's energy minister, said the militant group was not responsible for the attacks.

    Casualty claims in Gaza have been difficult to verify independently.

    While the BBC's Palestinian producers have been reporting from Gaza, Israel allowed Western TV crews to enter only on Wednesday, embedded with its army.
     
  2. Winner

    Winner Diverse in Unity

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    Excellent, now let Israel continue in this operation for another 3 weeks, then accept Palestinian unconditional surrender.
     
  3. amadeus

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    And once again we pull Israel's purse-strings. Let's just cut them off already and let them do what they want.
     
  4. McManus

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    So now killing innocent UN workers trying to help wounded civilians is an acceptable tactic in war? Or just more collateral damage, when the Isrealis have cleared convoys marked with UN tags to pass and then firing on them?
     
  5. Ecofarm

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    That's so funny. The UN complains and moans that Israel will not let them into a combat zone until they finally get let in and they get hit.

    Haha. Good for them.
     
  6. Mandeville

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    I don't think the complaint is so much about getting into the combat zone as it is getting to the combat zone.
     
  7. Arsonist

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    You actually think that UN aid workers being killed is funny. Some parts of the human race sicken me.
     
  8. sysyphus

    sysyphus So they tell me

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    This conflict certainly has the ability to bring out the worst in people.
     
  9. Ecofarm

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    Screw the UN. I think them getting their asses handed to them for being where they shouldn't is great. Teach them a lesson, Israel.

    And yes, I laugh at the death of the UN whiners.

    Muhahahahaha!

    Don't get your panties too wadded, girls.
     
  10. FriendlyFire

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    Almost as funny like that time when UN was declared irrelevant followed shortly by pleas of Help from the UN.
     
  11. Mandeville

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    Hypothetically the UN sends American soldiers to monitor a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Is that supportable?
     
  12. Ecofarm

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    Oh please! UN! Save us!

    No way. Mow those UN bastards down.

    No Mand, it is not suitable. Hamas must die. Period. I'm not interested in any ceasefire until Hamas has been obliterated.
     
  13. kramerfan86

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    Always neat to see a sociopath in action. I suppose the only "real" people with valuable lives are Israelis in the middle east, everyone else is a subhuman apparently.:rolleyes:
     
  14. hossam

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    are you serious or being sarcastic?:confused:
     
  15. Ecofarm

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    I'm serious. The UN has been undermining Israel's efforts for decades. They badmouth Israel and cause INSANE problems for Israel's execution of this military action. From Lebanon to Gaza the UN has been an embarrassment and a hinderence.

    Screw them. They got what they had coming.

    Go cry on your pillow if you wanna be a little girl about it. The righteous indignation expressed in reponse to my attitude is telling.... everyone clamoring for peer approval and noone willing to be real.

    Oh, think of the innocents!!! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    Yea, where's that action when innocents are TARGETTED.
     
  16. Merkinball

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    I heard a CBS Radio news report commuting from school that said military equipment had been smuggled in on 30+ palettes of UN aid.
     
  17. kramerfan86

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    Obviously this means aid workers deserve to die. With this sort of logic you would fit right in with Hamas, dont know why you hate them so much when you have such similar logic.
     
  18. FriendlyFire

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    Eco are you posting while intoxicated ?
     
  19. Ecofarm

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    I'm sick of all the sympathy for the UN, which directly hinders Israel. They smuggle weapons for Hamas and act as human shields for Hez.

    They got what they had coming. They should get the hell out and stay out.


    I'm not intoxicated. I VERY rarely am.
     
  20. kramerfan86

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    Once again why do you hate hamas so much, your logic is so similar. Hamas bombs civillians because they hate Israel, which obviously justifies the deaths of innocents. You hate the Hamas and the UN which obviously justifies the deaths of innocents. Youre like twins!
     

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