Israel launches attack on Gaza, kills 230
Sat, 27 Dec 2008 09:55:33 GMT
Israeli warplanes have carried out a massive airstrike on Hamas security compounds inside the Gaza Strip, killing at least 230 and wounding hundreds others.
At least 230 people have been killed and 800 other Palestinians have been wounded in the Israeli blitz, a Press TV correspondent reported from the Gaza Strip.
Video footages showed the bodies of dead people including men, women and children on Gaza streets.
Hamas radio reported that Gaza police chief Tawfiq Jabber was among the dead.
Israel F16 bombers and apache helicopters carried out at least 30 simultaneous raids on at least 30 separate targets in Gaza City.
Israeli tanks are said to be moving closer to the impoverished region which has been under a strict Israeli-imposed blockade.
Israeli authorities have announced that they would continue the attacks.
"This is only just the beginning of an operation launched after a security cabinet decision. It could take time. We have not fixed a timeline and we will act according to the situation on the ground," Israeli Military spokesman Avi Benayahu told army radio on Saturday.
The strikes have caused widespread panic and confusion among the Gaza residents who have refused to withdraw their support form the Hamas resistance movement.
Hamas does not recognize Israel as a legitimate state.
A Hamas spokesman said Israel will pay a heavy price for the attacks.
Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum told our correspondent that Tel Aviv carried out the strikes after receiving green light from its allies and certain regional countries.
Barhoum described the raids as 'collective punishment' of Palestinians.
Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas in West Bank said in a statement that he "condemns this aggression" , according to an aide, Nabil Abu Rdeneh.
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More Than 200 Killed As
Israel Drops 100 Tons Of Bombs In Gaza City
The BBC Reports December 27, 2008
Massive Israeli air raids on Gaza
Israeli F-16 bombers have pounded targets across the Gaza Strip, killing more than 200 people, according to local medical workers.
Most of those killed were policemen in the Hamas militant movement, which controls Gaza, but women and children also died, the Gaza officials said. About 700 other people were wounded.
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Eyewitness: Chaos in Gaza
A Palestinian girl cries at the site of an Israeli air strike in Rafah
The BBC's Rushdi Aboualouf in the Gaza Strip described the chaos as Israeli warplanes fired missiles at Hamas targets, killing at least 155 Palestinians.
December 27, 2008 -- BBC
Israeli planes are still flying over Gaza and they have just targeted another Hamas [security] compound in the middle of the Gaza Strip, in a place called Khan Younis.
We can see from our office here in Gaza, in the middle of Gaza City, ambulances are still evacuating the injured from buildings and school kids are trying to find secure places.
People who were going to their work were turned back and went home, and most of the residents in Gaza have been ordered by the Ministry of Health to stay indoors.
The mosques in Gaza are calling the people here to go to the hospitals and to donate blood. There is no room in the hospitals as far as we've heard from Hamas sources to treat the people.
No safe places
It's a very bad situation... There were Israeli aeroplanes everywhere, hitting everywhere. You could see smoke from north to south, from west to east. The people are really in a panic. The main object for the people now is to find a secure place to secure their family.
It's hard to find a secure place in Gaza. Gaza has no shelters, it has no safe places. The Hamas security compounds are in the middle of the city - it's not the kind of place where you see compounds outside the cities.
I have witnessed one of the compounds - which is 20m away from my house - I was standing on the balcony and I have seen the Israeli airplanes hitting the place.
Some of my balcony was damaged and my kid was injured and it's a very, very serious situation here in Gaza, the people can't do anything except stay indoors.