According to Agence France-Presse reporters, quoted in today's Daily Mail:
A second Gaza ceasefire collapsed in just six minutes this morning after an Israeli F16 jet destroyed a house in a beach-side refugee camp, killing an eight-year-old girl and wounding dozens.The accompanying photos on the Daily Mail website are heart-rending. Now France, which had been hedging its criticisms of the IDF and the Gaza slaughter, has come off the fence:
Witnesses and several AFP correspondents based at a nearby hotel, reported hearing the whistle of a missile fired from an F16 warplane before it crashed into a three-story house wedged between two tall buildings inside the beachfront Shati refugee camp.
An AFP correspondent said the strike hit at 0706 GMT - just six minutes into the ceasefire.
Today, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius' statement was one of the strongest given by a western European nation.Addressing a thousands-strong rally in Istanbul, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who is facing an election on Aug.10, went further:
He said: “How many more deaths will it take to stop what must be called the carnage in Gaza?,” according to English-language French outlet The Local.
"Just like Hitler, who sought to establish a race free of all faults, Israel is chasing after the same target," Erdogan told the sea of cheering supporters at an Istanbul arena.In the UK, meanwhile:
"They kill women so that they will not give birth to Palestinians; they kill babies so that they won't grow up; they kill men so they can't defend their country ... They will drown in the blood they shed," he said.
Kurdish candidate Selahattin Demirtas, running a distant third in the polls, urged Erdogan on Sunday to cut economic and military ties with Israel instead of "screaming and shouting". Turkey was once Israel's closest regional ally.
"Forget the shouting ... If you want to provide help to the Palestinian people, stop fooling the people. With a serious boycott, let's all together stop the Israeli state's policies of massacres," he told tens of thousands of supporters at a rally that was also held on the Asian side of Istanbul.
Britain is reviewing all arms export licences to Israel in response to the Jewish state's escalating conflict with Hamas in Gaza, a government spokeswoman said on Monday.All in all, I think it's fair to say that Likud's 'we're just killing telegenic human shields' line isn't going as well as they had hoped.
"We are currently reviewing all export licences to Israel to confirm that we think they are appropriate," a spokeswoman for Prime Minister David Cameron told reporters. The decision to conduct the review was taken last week, she said.
According to a report by a British parliamentary committee last month, outstanding government-approved contracts for export of dual use or military goods to Israel are worth more than 7.8 billion pounds. These include contracts to supply body armour, drone components, and missile parts.