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Day 19 - Twenty-two members of the Al-Sammouni family perish

January 14, 2009 at 1:19 pm

For the 19th consecutive day, IOF continued its all-out offensive against the Gaza Strip, targeting the civilians and their property. Northern Gaza Strip and Gaza City came under intensive land, sea and air bombardment. In al-Atatra area, to the west of Beit Lahya, Palestinian paramedics found four decomposed bodies; a father and his three sons.

In Gaza City, Israeli warplanes bombarded the al-Sheikh Radwan cemetery, al-Yarmouk Market, a flat in al-Maqoussy apartment building and a UNRWA car. 22 bodies were recovered, including five children and five women, all members of the al-Sammouni family. In the southern Gaza Strip, IOF, backed by tanks and military personnel carriers penetrated into al-Fukhari area in the south-east of Khan Younis amid violent, intensive artillery shelling.

IOF invaded the vicinity of Rafah international crossing point in Rafah town, and penetrated into al-Shoka town in the east of Rafah. During the incursion, IOF stormed houses, forcing theinhabitants to leave Rafah.

The death toll of this day mounted to 52 Palestinians, including 38 civilians; 12 children and 4 women. This number also includes one Palestinian who died of wounds he had sustained earlier during the offensive.