Juilian Bray writes: GAZA Thankfully I've not been directly involved in the news development and reporting of this tragic series of events, but the British news teams on the ground have stitched all the conflicting stories together to make some sense out of this. You can only hope World opinion will do the rest, and bring some respite to this troubled land.
Unlike earlier conflicts, what is happening now in Gaza is being reported in real time, not only by cameramen and women, but by everyone with an iphone, tablet and an Internet connection, or the simple ability to mail out an SD card. A fact that seems to be lost on both sides and many factions.
Whatever the nominated spokesmen say in justification, cannot compare with the stark visual images constantly being transmitted around the clock. What I cannot understand is why the non-combatants such as women, babies and children are not allowed to leave, possibly evacuated by sea and taken out of harms way. Shelling, bombing and counter measures, no longer make any sense. Admittedly Isreal is entitled to defend itself, but it has to be proportionate, otherwise it becomes a series of war crimes.
Equally those marooned inside Gaza - an area smaller than the Isle of Wight are entitled to protection and safe passage. The UN needs to act and quickly, regardless of whoever is to blame. A Peace needs to be brokered, time has already run out.
JULIAN BRAY, Journalist, Broadcaster, Aviation Security &Ops,Travel/Cruise Industry Expert, EQUITY, NUJ UK Tel: 01733 345581 (HOME ISDN NEW NUMBER 01733 345020) e&oe