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Israeli child killed by mortar; Hamas executes 18 suspected collaborators

Update: The IDF has confirmed that the mortar shell that killed a 4-year-old Israeli child Friday evening was not fired from a UN-run shelter for Gazan refugees, as earlier reported by Haaretz.

On the 46th day of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge at least 113 projectiles were fired into Israel from Gaza. A mortar attack early Friday evening  killed four-year-old Israeli child Daniel Tregerman – the first child fatality on the Israel side since the start of hostilities more than six weeks ago. This was also the first Israeli fatality since a temporary ceasefire between Hamas and Israel broke down last Friday and fighting resumed.

Haaretz reported that, according to a military source, the mortar that killed Tregerman was fired from a school used by the UN to house Gazan refugees in Gaza City.

Israelis check the scene in which a rocket shot from the Gaza Strip has hit a street in the city of Beer Sheva, August 22, 2014. (photo: Activestills)

Israelis check the scene in which a rocket shot from the Gaza Strip has hit a street in the city of Beer Sheva, August 22, 2014. (photo: Activestills)

Meanwhile, Friday’s death toll in Gaza reached seven, a day after Israeli airstrikes killed 38 across the Strip. More than 65 Palestinians have been killed since Israel relaunched its assault on Gaza late Tuesday, bringing the total Palestinian death toll in the six-week assault to more than 2,090.

According to Ynetafter Israel killed several senior Hamas military chiefs on Wednesday, the group’s military wing executed 18 alleged collaborators on Friday. Seven were killed by Hamas militants in a central Gaza square in what were reportedly the first public executions in the Strip since the 1990s. Eleven other alleged collaborators were killed by firing squad at an abandoned police station.

Palestinian youth throw stones during a weekly protest against the Israeli occupation and a solidarity protest with Gaza, in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, August 22, 2014. (photo: Activestills)

Palestinian youth throw stones during a weekly protest against the Israeli occupation and a solidarity protest with Gaza, in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, August 22, 2014. (photo: Activestills)

While in the West Bank, hundreds protested all over in solidarity with Gaza, particularly in Hebron, where Hamas supporters clashed with Palestinian Authority security forces. According to media reports, tear gas was used to disperse the crowd, which was advancing towards a nearby Israeli army checkpoint.

Related:
Photos of the week: Ceasefire begins and ends
Israel kills three top Hamas commanders in Gaza
What would Israelis say to families of civilian casualties in Gaza?

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    1. Goldmarx

      “A mortar attack early Friday evening killed four-year-old Israeli child Daniel Tregerman – the first child fatality on the Israel side since the start of hostilities more than six weeks ago.”

      Using the rationale provided by the Likud trolls who post here, this attack can be justified.

      After all, the child was in the vicinity of a legitimate military target – most likely an Israeli Jewish adult, who is compelled to do at least military reserve duty.

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      • you are very correct

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        • Pedro X

          You can smirk all you like about Gazan terrorists killing a four year old child who could not get to a protected room in his house soon enough. Three children were playing inside their house when the code red siren sounded. The mother of the children did not have time to get all three to the protected room and Daniel Tragerman, 4 years old was killed by the mortar shell. The mortars were fired from next to a Gazan school being used as a shelter for Palestinian citizens.

          This is another case of Palestinian terrorists using their own civilians in shelters as human shields so they can kill Israeli civilians.

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          • Lo

            So you are not a psychopath totally. You can empathize with the loss of a child’s life, which is good for a hasbarist.

            What about the hundreds of Palestinian children killed in Israeli attacks? Are they not each a person, entitled to the basic dignity every human deserves? Absolutely not. Remember, those Palestinian children voted for Hamas.

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          • Gustav

            “Remember, those Palestinian children voted for Hamas”

            No they didn’t but most of their parents did in 2006 remember? And they did it knowing full well what Hamas stood for. Death and destruction for Jews which they proved between 2000 and 2006 when they murdered and maimed thousands of Israelis with what Palestinians fondly described as their “smart bombs” which stood for suicide bombers.

            Why did they do it? Because they did not like Ehud Barak’s 2000/2001 peace offer which would have involved giving up 96% of the West Bank and 100% of Gaza.

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      • JohnW

        Take a bow Goldie. Now answer this.

        How come you made the following two self contradictory assertions on other threads?

        1. Israel needs Hamas as an excuse to justify what it does.

        2. Israel together with the US tried to help Fatah to oust the democratically elected Hamas in 2007.

        Something just does not add up in your above claims Goldie, don’t you think?

        Could it be because YOU are the troll?

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        • Lo

          Actually it isn’t very hard to reconcile those two claims.

          Initially, after the Palestinian legislative council elections and the ascension of Hamas, Israel, America, and Europe all severely condemned this turn of events and made moves to destabilize the nascent government.

          Now, half a decade later, the Wests attempts to force Hamas from power have failed. Moreover, Western blundering in the region hS produced a model of opposition so inhumane and terrifying that Hamas is a moderate alternative.

          That is the situation today, where Israel is not willing to make a deal (which would require major concessions) with the moderate Palestinians while it is also apprehensive about the possibility of genuine jihadists arising on its borders.

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        • JohnW

          Actually it is very hard to reconcile. Your spin does not make sense, Lo.

          Either Israel needs Hamas, or it doesn’t.

          If it does, then why would it help Fatah to try to overthrow Hamas?

          If it doesn’t then Goldie’s assertion which I paraphrased in my point 1. Is false.

          Which is it, Lo, dear?

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          • Goldmarx

            Israel needs Hamas to fulfill its interest in the region. Israel turns on Hamas when it won’t dance to Israel’s tune.

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    2. JohnW

      Actually it is very hard to reconcile. Your spin does not make sense, Lo.

      Either Israel needs Hamas, or it doesn’t.

      If it does, then why would it help Fatah to try to overthrow Hamas?

      If it doesn’t then Goldie’s assertion which I paraphrased in my point 1. Is false.

      Which is it, Lo, dear??

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