An Israeli baby is held by a security officer in Kiryat
Malachiafter being wounded by a rocket, fired from Gaza.
Photo by Reuters.
The rapidly escalating conflict between Israel and the
Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip has been defined by images of its
most helpless victims.
In Israel, a bloodied infant in a pink jumpsuit was gingerly
rescued from the rubble of an apartment building where three
other residents were killed by a rocket fired from Gaza. The
three killed in Kiryat Malachi were the first on the Israel
About the same time, bereaved young parents in Gaza City
buried their 11-month-old boy, who had just learned to say
"Mama". The boy, Omar Misharawi, was killed on Thursday in an
Israeli attack. The explosion tore through the family's home,
killing him and his pregnant aunt as the family dived for
"He was just a few steps behind," said his stunned mother,
Ahlam Misharawi (24).
The conflict appeared to be turning into what neither Israel
nor Hamas wanted: a major confrontation.
The death toll rose and Gaza militants for the first time
aimed rockets at Tel Aviv. Last night the Palestinian toll
stood at 21 and the Israeli at three.
As the United Nations, United States and Egypt scrambled to
negotiate a ceasefire, Israel said it was dispatching troops
to the Gaza border for a possible ground invasion.
Hamas continued to shower southern Israel with rockets, but
it was the stories and widely circulated images of bloodied
babies that seemed to grip the public on both sides,
strengthening their resolve to continue the confrontation.
The widening level of violence appeared to put Israel forces
and Hamas' military wing on the path to another bitter
Hamas leaders said they had no intention of backing down.
"Israel started this war, but they won't decide when it
ends," Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said.
"We are in a real war and it will reshape the
- Los Angeles Times/MCT