Israel, Hamas Trade Blame as Blasts Rock Gaza Hospital, Park
At least 10 killed, 9 of them kids, as each side blames other
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 28, 2014 10:14 AM CDT
Updated Jul 28, 2014 1:21 PM CDT
Palestinians carry Gamal Ielian, 10, who was killed along with 9 others, all but one of them children, in an explosion at a park in Gaza Strip, Monday, July 28, 2014.   (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

(Newser) – Explosions have hit Gaza City's main hospital and a nearby park, killing at least nine children and an adult in the latter, reports the AP. But the source of those explosions is anybody's guess: Hamas claims they were Israeli airstrikes, while the Israeli Defense Force says they were misfired Hamas rockets. Camera crews were prevented from filming the area of impact at Shifa Hospital, but CNN notes that Hamas-run television is showing live images that reportedly show at least one dead body in what appears to be an emergency room. The report follows a UN Security Council call for an "immediate" ceasefire, the BBC notes.

Hamas also managed to briefly infiltrate an Israeli village today, reports Reuters. Hamas says it killed 10 Israeli soldiers in the incursion; Israel claims it killed five militants.

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Jul 28, 2014 10:28 PM CDT
Latest news, Women and children in Islam: Hamas Killed Hundreds of Muslim Children to Build Tunnels The dead children who matter are only those that can be blamed on the Jews. PR children — that’s their value. Chilling. And the media is their marketing team. Savages and their ghouls. Hamas Killed 160 Palestinian Children to Build Tunnels Militant group used child labor to construct underground network in Gaza. As the death toll of Operation Protective Edge rises the deaths of children are firmly in the spotlight—and rightly so. It pains all reasonable people to hear of children dying as the consequence of war. Hamas and its supporters display gruesome pictures of dead and wounded children in order to gain sympathy for their portrait of Israel as the villain intent on killing Palestinians. In response, Israel cites the need to stop Hamas from firing thousands of rockets at its own children, who are being forced to live in bomb shelters, as well as the need to eliminate the tunnels that Hamas dug into Israel in order to carry out terror attacks against Israelis. One tunnel opening was found underneath an Israeli kindergarten. But who built those tunnels? The answer is Hamas, of course—using some of the same children who are now trapped under fire in Gaza. The Institute for Palestine Studies published a detailed report on Gaza’s Tunnel Phenomenon in the summer of 2012. It reported that tunnel construction in Gaza has resulted in a large number of child deaths. “At least 160 children have been killed in the tunnels, according to Hamas officials” Nicolas Pelham, explains that Hamas uses child laborers to build their terror tunnels because, “much as in Victorian coal mines, they are prized for their nimble bodies”. Human rights groups operating in Gaza raised concerns about child labor in the tunnels as far back as 2008. Hamas responded by saying it was “considering curbs.” Following Operation Cast Lead in 2009 Hamas softened its position and the Interior Ministry established the Tunnel Affairs Commission (TAC) which, “In response to public concern at a rising toll of tunnel casualties, particularly of child workers…issued guidelines intended to ensure safe working conditions.” No mention is made in the report of the conditions that would result for both Palestinian and Israeli children from building tunnels that would be used to launch terror attacks. Nor does it seem that Hamas paid much subsequent attention to ensuring the safety of the child workers that it used to build the tunnels that would wind up endangering the lives of many in Gaza. On a tour of the tunnels in 2011, Pelham noted that, “nothing was done to impede the use of children in the tunnels.” Not only are Hamas misappropriating much of the humanitarian aid supplied to Gaza—800,000 tons of cement were used to construct the terror tunnels into Israel—they are also directly exploiting and endangering Gaza’s youth in their construction and operation.
Bo Honk
Jul 28, 2014 9:19 PM CDT
Eff Hamas. One corrupt election does not make a democracy,
Jul 28, 2014 4:18 PM CDT
A shocking story of an 8 year old girl being married to a Muslim man in an Islamic Country, Saudi Arabia: This happens in Islamic Countries because the prophet of Islam Muhammad himself married his second wife Aisha when she was only 6 years old. Muhammad then consummated the marriage with Aisha when she was only 9 years old; Muhammad himself was 54 years old. For this reason it is not illegal for Muslim men to marry child brides in many Islamic Countries & this routinely happens. Some Islamic Countries that still allow legal pedophilia today are; Saudi Arabia, Iran, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia & northern Nigeria where there is a large Muslim population. Narrated Aisha: That the prophet married her when she was six years old, and he consummated his marriage when she was nine years old, and then she remained with him for nine years. Sahih Bukhari Volume 7, Book 62, Number 64. Narrated ‘Aisha: that the Prophet married her when she was six years old and he consummated his marriage when she was nine years old. Hisham said: I have been informed that ‘Aisha remained with the Prophet for nine years (i.e. till his death).” what you know of the Quran (by heart)’ Sahih Bukhari Volume 7, Book 62, Number 65. Narrated Hisham’s father: Khadija died three years before the Prophet departed to Medina. He stayed there for two years or so and then he married ‘Aisha when she was a girl of six years of age, and he consumed that marriage when she was nine years old. Sahih Bukhari Volume 5, Book 58, Number 236. Narrated ‘Ursa: The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with ‘Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death). Sahih Bukhari Volume 7, Book 62, Number 88.