Despite international calls for restraint, Israel today continued its bombardment in 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 Israeli government has mobilised its reservist military force, indicating this offensive could be far from over.
Yesterday Israel struck about 100 targets in Gaza, 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. Hamas says suicide bombers will take revenge in Israel. Gaza’s under-resourced medical centres are struggling to cope, inundated with victims needing urgent surgery.