ISRAEL INTENSIFIES GAZA ATTACKS AFTER NETANYAHU WARNING

BBC News on July 29, 2014, reported that Gaza has seen one of its heaviest nights of bombardment in three weeks, after Israel’s prime minister warned of a long conflict ahead. Excerpts below:

Gaza’s only power plant was damaged as Israel carried out 60 air strikes, also targeting sites associated with Hamas, the group which controls Gaza.

At least 60 Palestinians were killed, according to local health officials.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would continue to act until it had achieved its aims.

In a televised address, he stressed the need to destroy tunnels dug under the Gaza-Israel border, to prevent militants infiltrating Israel.

Palestinian officials say 1,115 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in the fighting since 8 July while Israel has lost 53 soldiers and three civilians – two Israelis and a Thai worker.

Israeli forces struck by air, sea and land, lighting up the night sky with flare bursts and leaving long plumes of smoke trailing over Gaza City in the morning.

Shells hit a fuel tank supplying the strip’s only power station and forced it to shut down, putting already restricted supplies to the city and other areas in jeopardy.

Fifty-five houses were destroyed in the bombing, with people buried under rubble in at least three of them, Palestinian security sources told the BBC.

The unoccupied house of former Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh was destroyed.

Nine other buildings were targeted, and three mosques and four factories were also destroyed.

As well as Hamas TV and radio stations, government buildings, including the finance ministry and a compound belonging to the interior ministry, were attacked.

Gaza’s port was also destroyed, Palestinian security sources told the BBC, and two schools and a kindergarten were on fire after being hit.

The military wing of Hamas said it had fired 14 rockets during the night.

Five Israeli soldiers were killed on July 28 when militants infiltrated the border, while a mortar bomb killed four earlier and a tenth died in a clash in southern Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said.

In his address on the night of July 28, Mr Netanyahu said Gaza had to be demilitarised in order to protect Israel

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