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December 28, 2008

Israel Gaza blitz kills 290, as ground troops mobilise

David Byers and James Hider
Times Online
December 28, 2008

Israel continued one of its biggest ever air assaults on Gaza today, bringing the overall number of Palestinians killed to around 290, amid indications that a large-scale ground incursion was being planned against Hamas militants.

As the United Nations Security Council demanded an immediate end to the fighting, Israel’s Cabinet instead appeared to be expanding its campaign against the territory’s Islamist rulers, authorising a call-up of at least 6,500 reservists and sending infantry and armoured units to the Gaza border.

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  For a second day, Israeli aircraft have pounded what they say are Hamas targets in Gaza. The death toll has risen to at least 280, among them women and children.

Israeli airstrikes widen scope against Gaza

Associated Press
December 28, 2008

Warplanes pressing one of the Israel’s deadliest assaults ever against Palestinian militants widened their sights on Sunday, dropping bombs on smuggling tunnels that are a major weapons pipeline for the Gaza Strip’s Islamic Hamas rulers.

Israel’s Cabinet authorized the military to call up 6,500 reserve soldiers for a possible ground invasion and moved tanks, infantry and armored units to the Gaza border. Since it began Saturday, Israel’s offensive against Gaza rocket squads has been carried out exclusively from the air.

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Sarkozy worried over violence escalation in the Middle East

Focus Information Agency
December 28, 2008

French President Nicolas Sarkozy expressed his deep concern over the escalation of the violence in Southern Israel and the Gaza Strip. Sarkozy had shared his concerns in a phone conversation with the Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas, AFP reports, quoting an official statement.

Sarkozy, whose state is holding the EU presidency till the end of 2008, told Abbas “that he strongly condemned the provocations that had led to this situation, as well as disproportional use of force,” the release reads.

Report: Obama Monitoring Escalating Conflict In Gaza Strip

AHN
December 28, 2008

Washington, D.C. (AHN) – President-elect Barack Obama is closely monitoring the situation in Gaza and has spoken to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a transition official told Politico on Sunday.

Israeli forces continued their air strikes for the second day against militants in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, killing nearly 300 Palestinians. The strike, which may soon be replaced by a ground offensive, was in response to mortars and rockets fired by Hamas into Israel.

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Obama in Contact with Bush Administration on Israeli Air Strikes

As the death toll in Gaza rises, US support for Israel’s actions has not waivered.  

RNS
December 28, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama has been speaking with members of the Bush administration about the violence between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Speaking on NBC’s "Meet the Press," Obama senior advisor David Axelrod repeated the comment made during the campaign that Israel has the right to defend itself.

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Iran urges immediate act on Gaza

Press TV
December 28, 2008

Iran’s Parliament Speaker, Ali Larijani on Sunday said Israel’s brutal attacks on the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip are nothing short of "genocide".

In a meeting with Mahmud Erol Kilic, the Secretary General of the Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States (PUIC), Larijani said that Islamic countries should make use of their utmost capabilities to stop Israeli atrocities in the Gaza Strip and support the Palestinians.

At least 300 people have been killed and over 1,000 wounded after Israeli warplanes dropped more than 100 tons of bombs on Gaza on Saturday and Sunday.
Israel’s attacks were the bloodiest assaults in the Middle East in the past six decades. Tel Aviv says the military operation is aimed at taking out Hamas compounds throughout the coastal sliver.

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Nasrallah: Israel could take this opportunity to attack Lebanon

Yoav Stern
Haaretz
December 28, 2008

Secretary General of the Lebanese militia Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, said Sunday that he had asked his fighters to be on alert for any possible Israeli attack on Lebanon following raids on Gaza that killed nearly 300 Palestinians.

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Violent protests at Israeli Embassy in London

Times Online
December 28, 2008

Violent confrontations broke out at the Israeli Embassy in London today as up to 1,500 protesters against Israel’s Gaza campaign gathered in a vociferous demonstration.

Campaign supporters, Palestinians and British Muslims stood on the pavement of High Street Kensington, west London, and chanted in unison: “Five, six, seven, eight – Israel is a terror state.”

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  Shortly before 7:00am local time, yet another Israeli missile strike hit the residential neighbourhood of Hi Alijnina in the southern Gaza town of Rafah.

Israel targets pharmacy in Rafah

International Solidarity Movement
December 28, 2008

Shortly before 7:00am local time, yet another Israeli missile strike hit the residential neighbourhood of Hi Alijnina in the southern Gaza town of Rafah.

This time a pharmacy was targeted, totally destroying the building and causing severe damage to surrounding homes. Electricity lines were torn down during the blast and the street was littered with medicines. This footage was filmed within minutes of the attack as fire fighters battled to control the blaze. Shocked residents poured into the streets, some still wearing pyjamas.

IAF Warplanes Seen Flying Over Lebanon

Hana Levi Julian
Arutz Sheva
December 28, 2008

IAF warplanes flew over Lebanon Sunday following a vow by Hizbullah terrorist chief Hassan Nasrallah to attack northern Israeli communities in retaliation for the IDF military operation against terrorists in Gaza.

According to Lebanese Army officials, four IAF aircraft were spotted flying in southern Lebanese air space. The aircraft, which appeared to be combat planes, remained in the Lebanese skies for more than an hour.

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Israeli Stocks Fall on Gaza Air Raids, Plan to Call Up Reserves

Alisa Odenheimer
Bloomberg
December 28, 2008

Israeli stocks and government bonds fell after the Israeli cabinet agreed to call up army reservists, spurring concern air strikes on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip may be followed by a ground invasion.

Oil Refineries Ltd. slid to the lowest since it began trading in February 2007 after Calcalist reported that one of the units of the country’s biggest refiner may no longer meet the criteria for its bank loans. Shares in Bank Leumi Le-Israel Ltd. dropped to their lowest in five years.

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Global Indifference to Israeli Aggression

Dan Lieberman
Khaleej Times
December 28, 2008

The tepid response of world leaders to Israel’s ferocious attack on a defenceless Gaza conveys a helpless feeling to all world citizens — brutality rules and we are all vulnerable to attack.

EU foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, commented that “the EU is very concerned by the events in Gaza.”

French President Nicolas Sarkozy was quoted as saying he “strongly condemns the irresponsible provocations which led to this situation as well as the disproportionate use of force.”

Are world leaders totally ignorant of the events leading to the massive destruction of Palestinian life? Are they unaware of Israel’s provocations and shrewd manipulation of the facts which allowed them to seem innocent and carry out a diabolical plan to destroy the Palestinians? The facts are:

For two years Israel has illegally blockaded Gaza. The densest area of the world, which contains 1.5 million people, has received less than a quarter of the volume of imported supplies they received in December 2005 and has not been permitted to export many goods.

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