Elsewhere at least 12 members of an extended family, including seven young children, were killed in an air strike on their house in Gaza City. The bodies of the Daya family were pulled from the rubble of a house in Gaza city's Zeitoun district after it was hit by two Israeli missiles. The dead included seven children aged from one to 12 years, three women and two men. Nine other people were believed to be trapped in the rubble.
Hours earlier, three young men – all cousins – died when the Israelis bombed another UN school, the Asma primary school in Gaza City. They were among about 400 people who sought shelter there after fleeing their homes in Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza.
TPJ: I am the first to defend Israel's right to defend themselves but I think it is time for this invasion to stop because of the high number of civilians casualties. Israel made their point that they won't put up with rockets attacking their people and I don't think anything good can come from pushing further into Gaza and continueing this excessive violence. Another terrible aspect to this civilian violence is that the hospitals are running out of life-saving drugs so the wounded who might otherwise survived are daying due to a lack of medicine. Food and other resources are running out as well, which deepens the humanitarian crisis.
I support Israel's right to defend themselves but they have made their point and a ceasefire should be instituted. Hamas must stop launching rockets into Israel and the civilians in Gaza must urge them to do that if they want to see an end to these civilian casualities. Let the dust literally settle and see if talks can accomplish something. As much as I want to see Jews live in peace I want the same for the Palestinians. Especially the civilians and absolutely the children. Surely Israel can stop for a few hours at least to see if something can be worked out diplomatically and allow humanitarian groups access to Gaza.
A cease-fire is needed too because as things get worse and more civilians die in Gaza the more risk there is that Hezbollah in Lebanon will launch missiles into Israel. The last thing we need right now is a second front of fighting, which could easily set the greater region afire.
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