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Reuters reports nearly 290 dead in Israeli attacks on Gaza.

Fikr Shallpoot, a health worker and resident in Gaza, spoke to BBC News about attacks in Gazan residential areas that she witnessed there:

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blames Hamas for not extending truce:

“We have warned of this grave danger,” [Abbbas] said in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday.

“We talked to them [Hamas] and we told them, ‘please, we ask you, do not end the truce. Let the truce continue and not stop”, so that we could have avoided what happened.”

However, Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman, said he was “surprised” by Abbas’s claim.

“He downplayed the sufferings of our people in Gaza and belittled their pains, providing justification of the holocaust and war waged by Israel,” he said.

Outside of the political football between Fatah and Hamas, with Russia pleading with Israel to end attacks for aid to enter Gaza while Britain and the US refuse to make demands on Israel, there are 1.5 million Gazans in limbo with Egypt border guards opeing fire on those seeking refuge. Israel’s Newspeak assault seems to be in high gear.

Israel, vowed to continue attacks, is mobilizing tanks in preparation for a ground assault. Former Israeli UN Ambassador, Danny Gillerman, spoke to Al Jazeera English the UN called for all military actions in Gaza to end:

The Higher Follow Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel held a meeting today and left with this message:

  • Considering the Israeli aggression against Palestinians in Gaza an assault against Palestinian People everywhere and our duty is to resist it and break the siege.
  • Recognizing Israel and its political and security forces as a criminal state committing acts of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity against our people in the Gaza Strip. This with the assurance that the current Israeli parliamentary election campaign is fueled by the Palestinian bloodshed.
  • Saluting the determination and will of Palestinian people in the face of the aggressive Israeli scheme to break their steadfastness and human dignity.
  • Condemning the international complicity with the official Israeli aggression, and considering its silence and complicity as partnership in the crime. the meeting also stressed the absolute rejection of holding the Palestinian people or the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) responsible for the situation and while exempting Israel from its total responsibility.
  • Calling upon the international community to take its legal and moral responsibility, to sanction Israel and boycott it as a state that pursues terrorism, war crimes and crimes against humanity with premeditation.
  • Condemning Arab Official complicity used by Israel to cover for its predefined aggression and condemning the general Arab weakness and calling them to shut down their embassies in Israel and boycott it. We call upon Egypt to open all crossings with Gaza and break its siege.
  • Condemning the complying Arab and Official political voices which held the Palestinian leadership in Gaza responsible for the Israeli aggression and calling the head of the Palestinian National Authority to immediately stop the negotiations with Israel used to further fuel the Palestinian split in the West Bank and in Gaza.
  • Assuring the call for national Palestinian unity and its total support of the Palestinian struggle and resistance in the face of Israeli aggression.
  • Paying tribute to the heroic steadfastness of our people and supporters in the Arab world and elsewhere and the masses in the homeland that stood in the face of the bloody aggression and supported the steadfastness in Gaza.
  • Calling on the masses of our people to exercise the highest degree of readiness to contribute, on individual and collective levels, in the national relief campaign, which includes the donation of medical supplies, food and blood donation in support of Gaza and in contribution to the breaking of the siege.
  • Calling on the masses of our people and supporters in the world to share the worry and to have more readiness to escalate the struggle in order to defeat the Israeli aggression and provide protection for our heroic Palestinian nation.