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Palestinian doctors despair at rising toll of children shot dead by army snipers
As the carnage in Rafah escalates, bullet wounds belie the official Israeli line on killings of young teenagers
MSF calls for the Israeli forces to stop firing on civilians in Gaza and to cease the massive destruction of homes
Since mid-May, the Israeli army has deliberately destroyed several hundred civilian homes and made thousands homeless in Rafah in the Gaza Strip. By Friday May 14, some 20 houses had already been razed to the ground. By the end of the weekend, that had increased to 100. More than 200 families - 1,400 individuals - found themselves homeless and had to seek refuge in schools, mosques and the Rafah sports stadium .
Rafah residents survey destruction after Israel ends raid
Residents of Rafah surveyed the devastation wrought by the Israeli army's week-long Operation Rainbow in the southern Gaza Strip (news - web sites), a controversial raid that left more than 40 people dead.
Israeli Army Criticized for Gaza Action
The Israeli government and army faced growing criticism Tuesday after a weeklong offensive in a Gaza refugee camp that netted few arms-smuggling tunnels or weapons caches, but killed 45 Palestinians, destroyed dozens of homes and earned Israel an international rebuke.
Israel Defies World Outcry, Expands Gaza Offensive
Defying international fury and a rare U.S. rebuke, Israel expanded its bloodiest Gaza Strip (news - web sites) raid in years on Thursday after killing 39 Palestinians in three days of fighting in the Rafah refugee camp.
Children among 20 dead as Israeli army begins huge crackdown on Rafah
Israeli forces attacked Rafah refugee camp yesterday at the start of an operation to crush Palestinian armed resistance, before a planned fresh wave of house demolitions. The army killed at least 20 people, including children, one of the highest death tolls in a single day of the present intifada
U.N. Demands Israel End Home Demolitions
With the United States abstaining, the U.N. Security Council Wednesday demanded that Israel halt the demolition of Palestinian homes and condemned the killing of Palestinian civilians near a Gaza refugee camp.
Amnesty International Criticizes Israel
Israel is guilty of war crimes in its destruction of thousands of Palestinian homes in the West Bank and Gaza Stri, the human rights group Amnesty International charged in a report Tuesday.
Israel's house demolitions leave hundreds homeless
Israeli tanks and armoured vehicles have demolished hundreds of Palestinian homes in one of the most destructive incidents in the Gaza Strip in recent years. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), 2,197 people have already been made homeless and 191 homes razed throughout Gaza in the past few days.
'There were rockets, shells. It was war. Then bulldozers destroyed everything'
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Since the beginning of the intifada more than three years ago, Israel's armoured bulldozers have destroyed 1,200 houses in Rafah and, according to the UN, made more than 12,000 people homeless: one in 10 of the population.