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Monday 15 September 2014

Israel asks Europe: What would you do?

Published 21/07/2014 | 12:44

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Palestinians mourn the death of their relatives, whom medics said were killed in Israeli shelling, at a hospital morgue in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip July 21, 2014. Israeli tanks shelled militant targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday and a woman died in an air strike after the bloodiest day of a nearly two-week military offensive that showed no signs of abating, despite global calls for a truce. Palestinian health officials said the death toll since July 8 had reached 447, including many civilians, with a woman killed in the predawn strike in Beit Hanoun and 12 more bodies recovered from the embattled Shejaia neighbourhood where the number of fatalities rose to 72 from Sunday's fighting. Israel's army said it had been targeting militants from Gaza's dominant Hamas group, charging that they fired rockets from Shejaia and built tunnels and command centres there. The army said it had warned civilians to leave two days earlier.  REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Palestinians mourn the death of their relatives, whom medics said were killed in Israeli shelling, at a hospital morgue in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip
Palestinians, who medics said were wounded in Israeli shelling, sit at a hospital in Gaza City yesterday.
An Israeli soldier gestures from a tank near the border with Gaza
An Israeli soldier gestures from a tank near the border with Gaza

The Israeli military has tweeted a picture of the UK's Houses of Parliament, which appear to be under attack from a stream of rockets.

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The post seems to be in response to those who have criticised Israel's military assault on the Palestinian Gaza Strip.

The photo-shopped image, published today on the official Twitter feed of the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), asks: “What if they were attacking your home?”

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Israeli leaders say their current ground operation is designed to stop Hamas rocket fire from the territory, but there have been accusations that its military chiefs are using disproportionate levels of force.

The death toll in the two-week conflict today reached over 500.

The vast majority of the casualties have been Palestinians, while scores of children have also been killed.

Israeli officials say 18 soldiers have been killed along with two civilians.

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