Israel hits Gaza with heaviest bombardment yet
Smoke rises from seaport associated with Gaza city following what witnesses stated ended up being
shelling by Israeli Navy about July 29, 2014 MOHAMMED SALEM, REUTERS
Last updated Jul 29, 2014 3:50 AM EDT
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Israeli tank shells hit a new gas tank of the Gaza Strip's only power plant
upon Tuesday, forcing the flower to shut down, a spokesman with regard to Gaza's electricity
distribution business said. a massive cloud associated with black smoke rose more than the actual
There had been zero immediate phrase involving casualties and also the Israeli military had no
comment. Based on Jamal Dardasawi, the actual spokesman of the electricity distribution company,
the shells hit certainly one of 3 tanks in the plant compound which presently shop fuel.
Even prior for you to the strike, Gaza residents had electricity for just three hours any day. Your
strike can be certain to reduce provides even further.
The hit on the power plant came as Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats struck symbols
associated with Hamas manage within Gaza overnight along with into Tuesday, their own heaviest
bombardment of the densely populated coastal territory since the particular war between Israel as
well as the Islamic militants began more than three weeks ago.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Monday night of the "prolonged" campaign
Mourning the dead in the middle East
More than 1,000 individuals have died throughout fighting among Israelis as well as Palestinians
since early July
The overnight strikes hit home of the the majority of notable Hamas leader throughout Gaza, Ismail
Haniyeh, as well as government offices as well as the headquarters of the Hamas satellite TV station.
Israeli forces fired a large variety of flares that will turned the night time sky bright orange. By
Simply daybreak Tuesday, any cloud involving thick dust from the explosions hung over Gaza City.
A Palestinian health official put the overall Gaza death toll at 1,110. Israel offers lost 53 soldiers,
including 4 killed Monday in a mortar attack in southern Israel, together with two civilians plus a
Signaling an escalation associated with Israel's Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
advised Israelis Monday being ready for a "prolonged" war, as well as the military warned
Palestinians inside 3 significant neighborhoods to depart their homes and also head immediately for
At dawn Tuesday, plumes involving smoke rose above the Al Shorouq media constructing within
central Gaza Town which houses the particular offices of the Hamas-run Al Aqsa television as well as
radio. Hrs earlier, no much less than two significant explosions hit the media building, among the
particular tallest throughout Gaza, starting the fire around the roof and also and shaking
AP video showed a enormous flash as the first strike hit the top the building, sending debris raining
down. Your constructing additionally houses offices of a number of Arab satellite television
The Abu Khadra government complex inside Gaza city has been furthermore badly damaged from
the Israeli attacks.
Israel ground assault inside Gaza
Israeli Protection Forces began a ground offensive inside Gaza after a lot a lot more than one week
of rocket fire between the Israelis and Hamas militants
Hamas leaders remained defiant within the aftermath of the Israeli onslaught
"My residence isn't worth more compared to houses of additional people, destroying stones won't
break our determination," Haniyeh mentioned in a statement.
Netanyahu defended the actual Gaza air along with ground offensive, declaring in the televised
speech Monday in which "there isn't any war a lot more just than this."
The overnight strikes came following a day regarding hefty Hamas-Israeli fighting by which nine
kids were killed by means of a strike on the Gaza park where they were playing, in accordance with
Palestinian wellness officials -- a new tragedy each side blamed on the other.
One associated with these killed, studies CBS news correspondent Barry Petersen, has been 10-yea-
-old Jamal Eli Yan, whose father, Saleh, is really a driver for CBS News. The Particular family has
been spending Monday together about each day off for Saleh.
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Israeli tanks also resumed hefty shelling throughout
border areas associated with Gaza, killing five people,
including three children and a 70-year-old woman, and
also wounding 50 inside the town involving Jebaliya, that
has been among the areas warned to evacuate, the
particular Red Crescent said.
Many Jebaliya residents mentioned these people failed to
dare try an escape. Sufian Abed Rabbo stated his
extended loved ones of 17 had taken refuge under your
stairway within their home.
"God assist us. We do certainly not possess anything to
do but pray," the particular 27-year-old advised Your Connected Press simply by phone. "I have no
idea which left as well as which stayed, in our street, we have been almost all very scared to move."
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern about the studies involving Israeli forces
dropping leaflets over northern Gaza Monday evening warning tens associated with thousands of
residents to leave their homes along with evacuate for you to Gaza City, based on an argument
released by his spokesman.
"If true, this would have a further devastating humanitarian impact about the beleaguered civilians
associated with individuals places with the Gaza Strip, who've already undergone immense suffering
throughout latest days," it said. "The Un agencies existing within Gaza do not really have the
resources around the ground for you to cope with, or even offer guidance to, an enormous additional
influx regarding desperate people."
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The newest bloodshed came despite mounting international calls to obtain a cease-fire and also
adopted failed attempts through each sides for you to agree to even a lull within fighting of various
hrs for your commence of the three-day Muslim holiday associated with Eid el-Fitr that marks the
end of Ramadan.
The Hamas-run well being ministry stated ten people, which includes nine kids beneath the actual
chronilogical get older of 12, were killed as well as 46 wounded in the blast in the park, which has
been in the Shati refugee camp around the outskirts associated with Gaza City.
Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israeli military spokesman, said the actual explosion has been caused
whenever a rocket launched through Gaza militants misfired as well as landed in the park.
Palestinian police and also civil protection said an Israeli missile hit as youngsters had been playing
on the swing set.
"The children had been playing and also had been happy, experiencing Eid, plus they got hit," said
Nidal Aljerbi, a new witness.
After 3 weeks associated with bloodshed, both Israel and Hamas are ready regarding bigger gains
along along with a cease-fire remains elusive, despite an appeal by the U.N. security Council along
with developing stress from the United States.
Israel says its troops will not depart Gaza until they have demolished scores of Hamas military
tunnels beneath the actual Gaza-Israel border that will militants use to infiltrate Israel as well as
smuggle weapons. Hamas says it won't cease fire until it receives international ensures Gaza's 7-
year-old border blockade simply by Egypt along with Israel will possibly be lifted.
Israel has said it is actually defending its citizens against attack coming from Gaza through hitting
Hamas rocket launchers, weapons storage websites and also military tunnels. However, there is
expanding U.S. frustration with the mounting number of Palestinian casualties -- the actual vast
majority of them civilians.
President Obama and Secretary regarding State John Kerry happen to always be able to be pressing
Israel to just accept an immediate along with unconditional humanitarian cease-fire.
The Obama administration pushed back Monday against a new torrent involving Israeli criticism
more than Kerry's newest bid to secure a new cease-fire with Hamas, accusing a few inside Israel
associated with launching a "misinformation campaign" from the best American diplomat.
"It's merely not the way in which partners as well as allies treat every other," State Department
spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
Her remarks were echoed from the White House, exactly where officials stated these folks were
disappointed by Israeli reviews in which cast Kerry's efforts for you to negotiate the cease-fire
weight loss favorable to Hamas.
Israel had accepted an Egyptian call for an unconditional cease-fire early inside its Gaza campaign,
yet Hamas rejected your idea.
Netanyahu stated Monday that Israel won't finish its offensive until Hamas' network associated with
tunnels below the Gaza-Israel border may be neutralized. "We need being ready pertaining to a
protracted campaign," he said. "We will carry on to behave aggressively and responsibly until the
mission can be completed to protect our citizens, soldiers and also children."
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri responded defiantly. "His threats do certainly not scare Hamas
or the Palestinian people, as well as the occupation will give the value for your massacres against
civilians and also children," he said.
Israel's last major Gaza invasion ended inside January 2009 following 23 days, one-third of this
moment together with troops about the ground. Already, the particular existing ground operation,
which usually began 11 days ago, provides lasted longer than the one in 2009.
In latest days, Israeli leaders get debated if that they should withdraw through Gaza following your
tunnels are generally demolished, in order to broaden the bottom operation to deliver a more painful
blow against Hamas. These and only an escalation possess argued that will unless Hamas is actually
toppled along with disarmed, a fresh round associated with Israel-Gaza fighting is actually
inevitable. Opponents say attempting to be able to reoccupy densely populated Gaza, even if to
obtain a short period, could quickly entangle Israel politically and also militarily and also drive up
the quantity of dead.
In his remarks Monday, Netanyahu didn't let on that method he could be leaning. However, he
insisted which "preventing the actual arming associated with terror groups and demilitarizing Gaza
should be part of any kind of solution," indicating in which Israel's aims are broader when compared
with initially stated.
For now, ground forces get largely run on the edges regarding Gaza.
The Israeli military has said it provides positioned 31 tunnels, can be mindful of the existence
involving ten much more and it has up to end up being able to now demolished near 20.
Gaza militants get repeatedly employed the particular tunnels in order to sneak in to Israel,
including about Monday when a range of infiltrated directly into southern Israel.
The army mentioned 5 Israeli soldiers then one Hamas militant coming through a tunnel were killed