Under the Israeli bombardment Gazans continue to bury their dead.
The number of people killed in the strip after seven days of military action has passed the one hundred mark and rising.
Bombs do not discriminate when it comes to who dies and members of Gaza’s small Greek Orthodox Christian community have been hit by grief.
A 52-year-old man died in the same missile strike that killed a senior member of the military wing of Islamic Jihad.
Still, statements of defiance continue to come out of Gaza, Mohammed al Dief leader of the Al Qassam Brigade issued the following warning:
“This marks the beginning of our liberation, we will confront them, our soldiers will fight them we will never be beaten and we will force them out of Palestine.”
Israel is targeting Hamas institutions. The latest to be destroyed is the Islamic National Bank, set up by Hamas leaders after taking power in Gaza in 2007, as a means of avoiding international sanctions.
Families without shelter are seeking sanctuary in UN schools a tactic used by Palestinians during the 2008 Israeli assault on Gaza, which left 1,417 people dead.