Egyptian Report On Gaza Bombings

Ibrahim Barzak and Matti Friedman, reporting for the Cairo Daily News, said “Israel’s air force obliterated symbols of Hamas power on the third day of its overwhelming Gaza assault, striking a house next to the Hamas premier’s house, devastating a security compound and flattening a five story building at a university closely linked to the Islamic group.” Over three hundred have died in the bombings and the Hamas rocket attack on Ashkeion resulted in the death of at least one Israeli. “Most of those killed since Saturday were members of Hamas security forces,” but at least 50 were civilians including women and children. Israel planes also attacked a refugee camp near Gaza city and at least three children were killed along with a mother and her child.

The reporters also note planes struck dozens of tunnels through which supplies and arms had been smuggled into Gaza. Syria has suspended indirect peace talks with Israel and the UN Security Council has called on both sides to halt the fighting and asked Israel to allow humanitarian supplies into Gaza since hospitals are overwhelmed with casualties. “the carnage inflamed Arab and Muslim public opinion, setting off street protests in Arab communities in Israel and the West Bank, across the Arab world, and in some European cities.”

We offer this among other perspectives on the Gaza conflict without making any editorial comment.