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Destruction in Gaza nears WWII levels, says Catholic aid official

Catholic World News - July 29, 2014

An official of Caritas Jerusalem, the Catholic charitable agency, has compared destruction wrought by an Israeli offensive in Gaza to the devastation of World War II.

Father Raed Abusahliah said that thousands of homes have been damaged, and the two small Christian churches in Gaza-- one Catholic, one Orthodox-- are now hosting more than 3,000 displaced people. He emphasized that civilians are bearing the brunt of the damage, estimating that 80% of the casualties have been non-combatants.

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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jul. 30, 2014 9:52 PM ET USA

    Yes indeed, it may resemble scenes from WWII.. Hitler insisted in empowering a manic plan to renew the world... He, like Hamas, "could not stop..." And finally the Allies, following the massive effort of D-Day, pushed back his forces into Germany, ultimately destroying Germany's capacity to make war, however, devastating that country in the process. Israel did not have to "fight" a D-Day.. Neither did it have to sustain the losses of an "England" because of Iron Dome. But it does have to finish.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Jul. 29, 2014 5:56 PM ET USA

    This is tendentious nonsense. The author of this statement is either exaggerating for effect, for reasons perhaps clear to him, or he simply knows nothing about what happened to European and Japanese cities in WW II.

  • Posted by: rpp - Jul. 29, 2014 5:32 PM ET USA

    This is very sad, but it is the tactic of Hamas, using civilian structures, and keeping civilians in them, that is resulting in these casualties. If there is a genocide occurring in this sad place, it is at the hands of Hamas. Please pray a rosary for peace.

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