The Israeli government insists it is not at war with Gaza, but is simply taking an iron fist approach. That iron fist destroyed what it called a war room and weapons centre for Hamas, killing high-ranking Hamas official, Nizar Rayan, along with at least four women and eleven of his children. Israel says it gave warning of the bombing in advance. The army call it ‘roof knocking’. They give people ten minutes notice to get out, or else.
More than 400 foreign nationals have been given permission to leave Gaza today to escape the bloodshed. They have been told they can flee via the Erez border crossing. According to sources inside the defence ministry the government is “increasingly inclined to order a ground invasion”. Ruling party leader, Tzipi Livni, due to fight an election shortly, told Europe today that there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza. She said civilians were not being targeted. Hamas has called for a day of anger today, demanding Palestinians protest region-wide. Israel has announced it is sealing off the Fatah-run West Bank for 24 hours.