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Iran condemnsIsrael`s `inhuman` rampage of murder in Jabalya
Tehran, Oct 2, IRNA -- Iran strongly condemned Saturday the Israeli
rampage of murder and terror at the Jabalya refugee camp in the north
of the Gaza Strip, calling it `catastrophic and inhuman`.
"The Zionist regime`s escalation of military approaches and its
ruthless massacre of innocent people in the Gaza Strip further
revealed the inhuman nature of the Israeli leaders," Foreign Ministry
spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said.
"The Zionist regime, by continuing its policy of repression,
killing and terror is the main cause of crisis and tension in the
"Continued genocide of the Palestinians and repeated violation of
international laws by the Israeli military requires immediate response
from the international community in support of the defenseless
Palestinians," he added.
On Saturday, two Palestinians died and four others were wounded in
an Israeli air raid on the Jabalya refugee camp.
The two dead were members of the Islamic Jihad, an armed Islamic
group, officials said.
According to media reports, the deaths brought the toll since the
start of the Palestinian uprising four years ago to 4,402, including
3,378 Palestinians and 953 Israelis.
In scenes reminiscent of World War II, the stench of death and
dust coming from destroyed houses, pulverized farms and orchards was
wafting all over northern Gaza Saturday as an Israeli army rampage of
murder and terror entered its third day.
So far, as many as 50 Palestinians, the bulk of them innocent
civilians, have been killed, and as many 200 injured, many maimed by
shrapnel of artillery shells and hell-fire missiles launched by
American-supplied helicopter gunships.
Hospital officials in Jabalya, Beit Hanun and Beit Lahya spoke of
`an ongoing atrocity`.
"This is the most criminal and pornographic killing I`ve ever seen
in my life," said Dr. Ahmed Agha of the Shifa hospital.
"It is clear that an army that targets children with heavy
artillery shells is not an army of soldiers, but an army of thugs
and common criminals."
On Friday, a tank shell fired at a crowded street in Gaza, killing
eight civilians including six children.
The children reportedly cowered inside a shack fearing an attack
from Israeli helicopter gunships hovering above them.
The Israeli army didn`t even regret the wanton killing. Instead,
Israeli press reports quoted Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz as
instructing his troops to `kill as many Palestinians as possible`.
In the past, the phrase was understood to mean targeting
Palestinian civilians in order to `make them suffer`.
Publicly, the Zionist regime says the aim of the current rampage
is to prevent Palestinian resistance fighters from firing Qassam
missiles on nearby Jewish settlements.
Last week, two Jewish settler children were killed when a homemade
Qassam missile hit a home in the nearby settlement of Sderot.
However, the Israeli media has argued that the real purpose of the
killings and destruction in Gaza is to make sure that any Israeli
withdrawal from the Strip would look victorious, not under pressure.
Meanwhile, the almost completely powerless Palestinian Authority
(PA) has made desperate calls to the international community to
intervene to stop the massacres.
PA official Nabil Abu Rudeina told reporters in Ramallah it was
unacceptable that Palestinians civilians were being slaughtered in
Gaza while the international community did nothing and said nothing.
The EU did issue a denunciation of the latest carnage in Gaza,
particularly the targeting of civilians.
However, the Zionist regime has indicated that EU criticisms were
of no effect on Israel, which nearly completely depends on its its
guardian ally, the United States, for political, military and economic
Last night, a US State Department spokesman appealed to the
Zionist regime not to target Palestinian civilians.
One Zionist official, who spoke on condition of anonymity,
criticized the Americans for their hypocrisy.
"We don`t accept lectures from the Americans who kill many more
civilians in Iraq every day."