Starkly beautiful protest over Gaza horror

Last updated 09:54 23/07/2014
Pigeon Rock gaza protest
Reuters

SCROLL OF SHAME: Activists roll down banners displaying what they claim are the names of people that died during Israel's military action in Gaza. Click here for larger image

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These are the names of the more than 500 victims of Israel's assault on Gaza, written large.

Activists in Beiruit, Lebanon, rolled down banners displaying what they claim are the names of people that died in Gaza, from the starkly beautiful landmark Pigeon's Rock, also known as Raouche Rock.

Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip overnight, saying no ceasefire was near as top US and United Nations diplomats pursued talks on halting more than two weeks of fighting that has claimed more than 600 lives in total.

Israel bombed five mosques, a sports stadium and the home of the late Hamas military chief across the Gaza Strip, a Gaza police official said.

Air strikes set off huge explosions that turned the night sky over Gaza City orange. The sound of the blasts mixed with the thud of shelling, often just seconds apart, and the pre-dawn call to prayer from mosque loudspeakers.

The unusually intense Israeli strikes came as UN chief Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry met in Cairo to launch the highest-level push yet to end the fighting.

At least 570 Palestinians and 29 Israelis have been killed.

The UN has said a majority of the Palestinians killed were civilians, among them dozens of children. In Israel, the army said two more soldiers were killed in clashes with Hamas fighters, bringing the number of troops killed since July 8 to 27. Two Israeli civilians have also been killed.


Early Tuesday (local time), Israeli aircraft hit more than 70 targets in the Gaza Strip, including the home of the late leader of Hamas' military wing, five mosques and a football stadium, said Gaza police spokesman Ayman Batniji.

Batniji said tank shells damaged several houses along the eastern border of the territory and that at least 19 fishing boats were burned by Israeli navy shells fired from the Mediterranean.

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