Sunday, June 8, 2008

Gaza Strip pummelled by Israel

Gaza Strip pummelled by Israel

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Israel has sent aircraft, tanks and ground troops to pummel the Gaza Strip, only hours after Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned that Israel was seriously considering a large-scale incursion and would abandon truce talks.

The Israeli’s killed one Palestinian and injured seventeen on Friday, a day after Palestinian militants killed an Israeli civilian in a mortar attack.

Four Israelis have been killed this year in rocket and mortar attacks, out of a total of 16 killed since 2004.

Egypt has been trying for months to mediate a cease-fire between Israel and the Gaza’s Islamic militant Hamas rulers, but both sides have set tough conditions for a truce.

In addition to its military operations against militants, Israel also has blockaded Gaza in an effort to force Hamas to rein in rocket launchers.

For months, only humanitarian aid and limited fuel shipments have passed into the territory, which Hamas seized in a violent takeover one year ago.

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