Despite international calls for restraint, Israel is today keeping up its bombardment of the Gaza Strip. The death toll is now reported to have reached more than 270, with a mosque in Gaza City and targets in Rafah the latest to be hit. This is the worst loss of life for Palestinians in a single day, since the birth of the state of Israel 60 years ago. The UN Security Council has today passed a resolution calling for an immediate halt to all violence.
Yesterday Israel struck about 100 targets in the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by the Islamist group Hamas. This in retaliation for Palestinian rocket attacks into Israel. One Israeli death has been reported since the offensive began. As well as those killed, more than 700 Palestinians have been wounded, many of them severely. Hamas has vowed a tough response, saying suicide bombers will take revenge in Israel. Gaza’s under-resourced medical centres are struggling to cope. One hospital had its windows blown out from bombs that fell nearby.