22 Jul 2014

Live from Gaza: updates as ‘humanitarian ceasefire’ fails

Channel 4 News Foreign Correspondent Jonathan Miller reports live from Gaza.

July 22 2014

‘Last night was hellish’ – read more from Jonathan Miller’s friend Adeem, trapped in the fire zone in Gaza, and follow his tweets below.

:: Channel 4 News journalists in the field report that a “humanitarian ceasefire” has not held out.

:: Israel reports that an IDF soldier is missing in the Gaza Strip, presumed dead.

July 21 2014

:: UN chief Ban Ki-moon and the US secretary of state John Kerry are heading to Cairo to try to end the Israel-Hamas fighting in Gaza which has killed at least 500 Palestinians and 20 Israelis and displaced tens of thousands of people.

:: Israeli tank shells have struck Al Aqsa hospital in the central Gaza Strip, killing four people and wounding 60, a Palestinian health official says.

:: The Israeli army has claimed it killed more than 10 Hamas militants who entered Israel via cross-border tunnels. The IDF has released the following video:

:: Overnight air strikes in southern Gaza have killed more than 30 members of two families in Khan Younis and Rafah, local officials say.

July 20 2014

:: Gaza saw its bloodiest day of the latest conflict as at least 87 Palestinians were killed, while the Israeli military says 13 of its soldiers died as its ground offensive got underway.

In Gaza, “we saw things that will forever be hard to unsee,” says Jonathan Miller.

:: Israeli spokesman: ‘we’re fighting a terrorist organisation’

Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner tells Channel 4 News that Hamas is ultimately responsible for the deaths of civilians in Gaza.

:: Amateur video taken immediately after Israeli shelling of Gaza shows panicked people fleeing the Shejaia area and bodies littering the streets.

Reports suggest that at least 40 Palestinians were killed by Israeli shelling of the neighbourhood.

The video footage shows distressed people fleeing the area and then, as the cameraman moves closer, the bodies of at least a dozen men, women and children are revealed lying at the sides of the streets.

Channel 4 News has edited the below footage so as not to show these bodies.

These stills have been taken from the footage and show some of the civilian casualties, including children, lying on the side of the road.




The casualties in the Shejaia district in northeast Gaza appeared to be the heaviest since Israel launched its offensive on the Palestinian territory on 8 July, after rocket strikes from Hamas militants intensified.

:: The head of the Cairo-based Arab League, Nabil el-Araby,  described Israeli attacks on Gaza that killed at least 60 Palestinians on Sunday as a “war crime”.

The US Secretary of State John Kerry, however, believes Israel has a right to defend itself from rockets fired from Gaza and from attacks launched out of cross-border tunnels.


Professor Mads Gilbert, who is tending the wounded in Gaza, has written to Channel 4 News with an account of the Israeli shelling on Saturday night.
He writes: “The last night was extreme. The ‘ground invasion’ of Gaza resulted in scores and carloads with maimed, torn apart, bleeding, shivering, dying – all sorts of injured Palestinians, all ages, all civilians, all innocent.”
Click here to read his full account of the most deadly night in the latest conflict.



:: Fighting is reported to have resumed in the Gaza neighborhood of Shejaia, less than an hour after a “humanitarian truce” was agreed to allow the evacuation of wounded from the area.

Israel’s military said its forces were fired upon shortly after the truce began. Hamas has not commented.

:: An Israeli military spokesman said a two-hour humanitarian truce has been agreed in the neighborhood, due to end at 12:30 GMT.

The ceasefire was requested by the International Committee of the Red Cross.


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