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Middle East: how serious?

Posted by: Staff writers | 19 November, 2012 - 10:07 AM
Middle East

4BC Breakfast: Tensions are high in the Middle East once again, but are things more serious this time?

Peter and Mary from 4BC Breakfast hear from Foreign Affairs Expert Dr Keith Suter.

News Update

25 killed on bloodiest day in Gaza

New Israeli air raids have killed two people in Gaza City, taking the death toll to 25 on the bloodiest day of Israel's bombing campaign, Hamas's health ministry says.

The latest deaths came in the Gaza City neighbourhood of Tal al-Hawa.

"Two Palestinians were killed in an air strike on the Tal al-Hawa neighbourhood," Hamas health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said, without adding details.

In the day's most lethal raid, at least nine members of the same family - five of them children - were among 10 people killed when an Israeli missile destroyed a family home in Gaza City, the health ministry said.

At the scene, medics and bystanders all pitched in to remove the rubble to dig out the bodies in the futile hope of finding survivors, as people watched in shock, some weeping openly.

The latest violence hiked the Palestinian casualty toll to 71 dead and more than 600 injured in almost 100 hours of raids, while three Israelis have been killed and more than 50 injured by rocket fire since Wednesday.

Blog comments Your Say

  • @JamesW, Why don't we dress down all our military personal to blend in the masses, then the enemy would not know who were soldiers and who were ordinary citizens.
    So after the smoke clears we are still oblivious to the fact of who was actually targeted in the strike.
    Unless you believe just get the usual political lip service and two enemies pointing fingers at each other

    Rich Friday 23 November, 2012 - 8:00 AM
  • Rich
    Having Foxnews US in my house I can reveal it is far from entertainment. A 24 hour news station with an unbelievable right wing slant. In other words it is pure propaganda.

    Bob Lord Thursday 22 November, 2012 - 7:53 PM
  • I struggle to see the answer to my question in your response, Rich. If I don't like what you say, am I justified in bombing you?
    Can you categorically say that all of the occupants of the said media facility had "knowingly and purposefully incite(d) terrorism and war through propoganda" (sp. propaganda - keep spelling like that and some might start calling you mick, Rich)?

    James W Thursday 22 November, 2012 - 4:20 PM
  • Not unless you don't fear retalliation from Fox, Bob

    Fox news is for entertainment purposes only.

    It would be a brave call to accuse them of knowingly and intentionally causing war through their media releases though.

    Rich Thursday 22 November, 2012 - 2:18 PM
  • Totally agree with you Rich. Mr Rupert Murdoch in particular through his papers and Foxnews channels continually indulges in outright propaganda. His gungho support of Bush, Blair and Howard and his grossly distorted reporting of Iraq falsehoods led to 100,000s of needless deaths.
    No wonder he has been booted from the UK in disgrace.
    Perhaps together Rich we can bomb his media outlets into oblivion.

    Bob Lord Thursday 22 November, 2012 - 9:53 AM
  • @Jamesw,
    War ain't pretty.
    When the media knowingly and purposefully incite terrorism and war through propoganda then they become a weapon of war and are seen as a strategic target.
    Collateral damage is unavoidable when Military weapons are staioned near hospitals , schools and in amongst civillian dwellings.
    I paint a nasty picture of reality JamesW.

    Rich Thursday 22 November, 2012 - 8:18 AM

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