A deadly week in Gaza. Israeli ground forces were ordered into the Palestinian enclave on Friday. Gaza’s Hamas rulers kept up rocket fire into Israel. Swiss SFI reported from northern Gaza.
The Israeli army says Hamas has tunnels where it hides rockets. Video shot from the air as Israeli aircraft destroy them is used as evidence to justify the bombardment of Gaza. Turkish television says Israel is not using conventional bombs but what its journalist calls powder bombs.
The funeral of four boys killed on the beach of Gaza by the Israeli navy underscores that three quarters of the Palestinian deaths have been civilians, the UN says. It asked for a five-hour humanitarian ceasefire truce, Spanish TVE reported on Thursday morning.
The sirens wailed all week in Israel, warning people to take cover from rockets, which were mostly intercepted by Israel’s anti-missile system. The greatest danger is in villages near the Israel-Gaza border, France 2 reported — from both sides.