Thursday 27 November 2014

Gaza death toll tops 300 as Israel steps up offensive

Published 19/07/2014 | 07:23

The death toll from Israel's 12-day offensive against Hamas militants has topped 300, a Gaza's health ministry has said.

Spokesman Ashraf al-Kidra said overnight air strikes killed nine people. The Israeli military says three soldiers were wounded, one seriously, in the second night of Israel's ground offensive in Gaza.

A man looks at a destroyed house, which police said was targeted on Friday in an Israeli air strike, through a hole, in Gaza City July 19, 2014
A man looks at a destroyed house, which police said was targeted on Friday in an Israeli air strike, through a hole, in Gaza City July 19, 2014

Israel launched a ground operation on Thursday after becoming increasingly exasperated with unrelenting rocket fire from Gaza, especially following Hamas' rejection of an Egyptian ceasefire plan earlier this week.

Israel says the offensive is aimed at destroying Hamas tunnels and could last for up to two weeks.

A destroyed house, which police said was targeted on Friday in an Israeli air strike, is seen in Gaza City July 19, 2014
A destroyed house, which police said was targeted on Friday in an Israeli air strike, is seen in Gaza City July 19, 2014

Military chief Lt Gen Benny Gantz visited troops on the Gaza border today and said "a strategic national patience is necessary" to complete the operation.

Press Association

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