Gaza residents who have lost family fear more destruction as ground assault looms By Reuters

GAZA (Reuters) -As Israel prepared on Sunday for a ground assault on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, Palestinians who have lost numerous family members in air strikes were bracing for more destruction if Israel hits back on an unprecedented scale on its territory.

Um Mohammad Al-Laham sat next to her 4-year-old granddaughter Fulla Al-Laham, who lay in a Gaza hospital which like others is operating on low supplies of medicine and fuel.

She said an Israeli airstrike hit the family home, killing 14 people including Fulla’s parents, siblings and members of her extended family.

“All of a sudden and without warning, they bombed the house on top of the residents inside. No-one survived except my grandchild Fulla. May God cure her and give her strength,” said the grandmother, who has witnessed many wars between Hamas and the Israeli army over the years. She says this is the toughest.

“Fourteen people martyred, no-one was left except Fulla Saeed Al-Laham. She doesn’t talk, nothing, just lays in her bed and they give medicine.”

One other 4-year-old child in the family had also been left with almost no relatives, the grandmother said.

Israel has unleashed the heaviest air strikes ever on Gaza in retaliation for the biggest attack on the country one week ago by the Palestinian militant group Hamas since the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.

Israel has vowed to annihilate the militant group Hamas in retaliation for a rampage by its fighters in Israeli towns eight days ago in which its militants shot men, women and children and seized hostages in the worst attack on civilians in the country’s history.

Some 1,300 people were killed in the unexpected onslaught, which shook the country, with graphic mobile phone video footage and reports from medical and emergency services of atrocities in the overrun towns and kibbutzes.

Israel has responded with the most intense bombardment Gaza has ever seen, putting the small enclave, home to 2.3 million Palestinians, under siege and destroying much of its infrastructure.

Israel has told Palestinian to leave their homes and move south.

Hamas urged people not to leave, saying roads out were unsafe. It said dozens of people had been killed in strikes on cars and trucks carrying refugees on Friday, while medics, Hamas media and relatives say whole families have been killed in the air strikes. Reuters could not independently verify these claims.

Some residents said they would not leave, remembering the “Nakba,” or “catastrophe,” of 1948 when many Palestinians were forced from their homes during the war that accompanied Israel’s creation.

Israel has intensified its bombings across Gaza City and the north. Gaza authorities said more than 2,300 people have been killed, a quarter of them children, and nearly 10,000 wounded.

Rescue workers searched desperately for survivors of night-time air raids. One million people have reportedly left their homes.

The expected Israeli ground offensive combined with the air strikes themselves have raised fears of unprecedented suffering in the narrow, impoverished enclave.

Witnesses in Gaza City told Reuters the Israeli offensive had forced more people from their homes. Gaza’s largest Shifa hospital was overcrowded with people who had fled their houses.

“We are living the worst nightmare of our lives. Even here in the hospital we are not safe. An air strike hit in the area outside the hospital around dawn,” said a 35-year-old woman who declined to give her name.

Taking the road to southern Gaza, which is considered safer, has become more difficult as several people who had made the journey say Israel continues to bomb around it.

Ashraf Al-Qidra, spokesman of the Gaza health ministry, said 70% of the people in Gaza City and the north of the strip are deprived of health services after the Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA evacuated its headquarters and suspended its services.

East of Khan Younis in southern Gaza, where hundreds of northern residents have fled to, some locals cooked for displaced people, using firewood to prepare 1,500 meals of meat and rice donated by residents.

“We used to cook on cooking gas for the first two days but we are running out of gas, so we are cooking on firewood,” said Youssef Abu Assi, one resident helping out.

The mechanic industry in Italy

The mechanic and engineering industry is an industrial sector that traditionally represents one of the axes of every industrial system.

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This characterization of such great importance derives mostly from its “horizontal” collocation inside productive chains: its production is often used by other industrial compartments,The mechanic industry in Italy Articles because it deals with investment goods for the other productive sectors.

This fact involves that the mechanic and engineering industry represents an important source of direct transmission of incorporated innovation in its products, and so the evolution of the whole national industrial sector depends mainly from the technological level of the various mechanical processes.

In addition, the mechanical industry is an anticipative indicator of the industrial conjuncture: its intermediate position makes it an important indicator of the wellness of the productive system in its entirety, because the trend of orders in the engineering industry can well estimate the inclination to invest of the industry in the various phases of the business cycle.

The engineering firms not only provide facilities, plants and equipments: in turn they are also users of investment goods, this way the technological push does not happen only actively, with the building up of innovative goods, but also passively, gathering and using competences and abilities and materials coming from other sectors, among which the electronic sector, computer science, data communication and used then in the field of mechanical construction. In some cases, the speed of technological innovation can lead a company traditionally operating in the sector of mechanical, to convert the production of new technologies; a typical example has been the Olivetti firm, historical producer of mechanic technology, when it saw in calculation of mechanic writing a revolution bought on by electronic, the Olivetti was forced to convert in a short time from a metalworking company in an electronic firm in all respects.

Given the multiplicity of mechanic processes, there are also a lot of application sectors, from metal working to precision milling, to assembly, to riveting, to the sanding. A machine shop is a very important place, where a lot of objects can be designed and built, objects that will be applied in several sectors. So it is very important that this industry remains strong, competitive and innovative, also for the development of many others industrial sectors.

It is just for these reasons that the engineering industry crisis is likely to cause problems throughout the Italian industry. In the last months a lot of enterprises have closed down and a lot of workers have been put in layoffs. The first sector to be affected is the small and medium enterprises, dealing with the delay of payments by the government and suppliers, the close of the credit, the decline of orders and the crisis of consumption. It is just for these reasons it was requested a further help from banks, often blamed for not giving enough funding or having too strict parameters in funding, especially in these times when it is urgent to relaunch the Italian economy.