Israel Warns Of Protracted Operation In Gaza

Netanyahu’s statement comes amid intensified fighting in Gaza on Monday and Tuesday morning, despite calls from UN for a new cease-fire.

 

“We will continue to act aggressively and responsibly until the mission is completed to protect our citizens, soldiers and children,” said Netanyahu.

 

The Palestinian Health Authority reported that at least 18 people died as powerful and continuous air strikes rained down on Gaza City early Tuesday.

 

Ten people, among them 8 children, were killed on Monday in explosions that hit a refugee camp in Gaza where parents had gone to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, a Muslim holiday that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

 

Israel Defense Forces also reported that at least ten Israeli soldiers were also killed Monday.

 

The attacks came despite calls from the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for an immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza during the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday.

 

The ongoing crisis in Gaza was discussed in a joint call involving U.S. President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and French President Francois Hollande among other leaders.

 

Despite this, the two sides, Israel and Hamas continue accusing each other of sending the bombs that last week killed people in a U.N. school in Gaza.

 

Officials now say that over 1,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in the fighting since 8th  July 2014, with Israel also saying that 53 of its soldiers and three civilians  have died in the fight.

 

By Morgan Mueke

Source: CNN News