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Figures end Israeli lie on targeting of civilians – Ó Snodaigh

13 March, 2009 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD


Sinn Féin International Affairs Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has said figures released today, which show that the vast majority of 1,434 Palestinians killed in Israel’s latest offensive in the Gaza strip were civilians, puts an end to the Israeli lie that they did all in their power to prevent civilian casualties.

The final death toll from the latest Israeli offensive in Gaza shows that 960 of the 1,434 killed were civilians. Deputy Ó Snodaigh said the figures show that Israel’s incursion into Gaza was an act of genocide.

Speaking today as the final death toll was announced Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "These figures finally put an end to the blatant Israeli lie that they did all in their power to prevent civilian casualties and shows that this incursion was in fact an act of genocide.

"And now after the cameras have gone what Israel has left in their wake is a devastated civilian population who have had their entire lives turned upside down. Family members have been killed, homes destroyed, livelihoods obliterated and entire communities devastated.

"Meanwhile the Israeli blockade continues unchallenged by the International community. Essential aid including food, fuel and medical supplies are being blocked by Israel even now.

"Israel must be made to feel consequences for its latest war crimes against the Palestinian people. The blockade on Gaza must be ended and economic sanctions against Israel introduced." ENDS

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