Israel Escalates Assault On Gaza Strip after Assassination Of Top Hamas Commander

16 Nov 2012

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Israel plans to increase its assault on the besieged gaza strip after the high profile assassination of Ahmed Jabari, the head of Hamas' military wing. His 14-year-old son was also killed in the attack. The latest assault on Gaza has been likened to the 2008/09 Gaza war where over 1,500 Palestinians were killed -- 300 of them children. Gaza has been under non-stop aerial bombardment in the past two days, as Israel vows to expand its attacks. The assault has been dubbed "Operation Pillar Cloud" by the Israeli government.

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Editor's Note: According to Democracy Now! the bombing has killed at least 13 civilians, including a baby and a mother pregnant with twins. More than a hundred Palestinians have been wounded. This toll is expected to rise.

"At least three Israelis were killed (on Thursday) when Palestinian rockets hit a residential building in the town of Kiryat Malachi, the first Israeli fatalities since the latest fighting began. Israel says it has launched the strikes to prevent Palestinian rocket fire, but the latest round of violence began last week when Israeli troops killed a young boy in Gaza," Democracy Now! reports.

It is also reported that "Ahmed Jabari was assassinated just hours after he received the draft of a permanent truce agreement with Israel, which included mechanisms for maintaining (a) ceasefire."

Find the Democracy Now! report, "Breaking Truce, Israeli Strikes Kill 'Moderate' Hamas Military Chief, Palestinian Civilians in Gaza", here.

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