No truce yet as violence escalates in Gaza

No truce yet as violence escalates in Gaza

Jerusalem : Israel | Jun 23, 2012 at 5:41 PM PDT
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              Britain has confirmed a UK national died in Wednesday's bombing of a Jerusalem bus stop. Meanwhile, Israeli aircraft struck targets in the Gaza Strip on Thursday in response to rocket and mortar fire from Gaza. (March 24)

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a situation assessment with defense minister Ehud Barak and defense officials, instructing them to continue operating intensively and to take strong action to restore security to the south, Ynet news reported.

Ofer Gendelman, spokesman for the Israeli Prime Minister, told Israeli army radio that Israel will continue military actions on the Gaza Strip as long as rockets are fired into Israel.

"Those who fire rockets at Israel will pay the price," he said.

Gendelman declined to discuss any efforts being made via Egypt to reach a truce.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said 50 rockets and mortars were fired from Gaza landed in south Israel on Saturday, wounding one Israeli man.

For his part, Benny Gantz, the chief of general staff of the Israeli army, said that the Israeli forces are ready to run a military operation in the Gaza Strip to halt firing rockets into Israel.

"We are on our tiptoes to retaliate against any aggression that threats Israel from Gaza Strip," Gantz said.

Meanwhile, an Israeli drone have fired missiles at targets in northern and eastern areas of the Gaza Strip, injuring four Palestinians, with two among them critically wounded.

However, the military officials of the Tel Aviv regime denied responsibility for the drone airstrike.

Elsewhere, Palestinian resistance factions fired 20 rockets and mortars against south Israel.

According to Israeli media, one rocket hit a factory . A worker sustained serious wounds while another rocket hit a building in Sderot, causing damage to the building but no injuries were reported.

The Iron Dome anti-missile system shot down five rockets fired from Gaza on Saturday evening, the Jerusalem Post said.

In the face of this continued and escalating aggression by Israeli army, Ezzedeen Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, threatened to to respond to aggression in a strong way.

"If the last rounds were not enough to deliver the message ... we are ready to crush the enemy and to curb its arrogance and to respond to aggression in a strong way," Ezzedeen Al-Qassam Brigades, said in a statement released Saturday afternoon.

Furthermore, Hamas government in Gaza ordered all government and security centers evacuated fearing additional Israeli aggression especially since Israeli warplanes and drones can still be heard and seen flying over different parts of the Gaza Strip.


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No truce yet as violence escalates in Gaza
A wounded woman sits on a chair as another wounded man lies in a hospital in Gaza City, following an Israeli air strike June 23, 2012. Reuters
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