RAEL’S COMMENT: and nobody is moving a finger…but at the same time Ukraine gather all NATO forces… and if it was 8 Israeli children killed by Palestinian rockets all the world would condemn these terrorists”… There was much less children killed in Kosovo and NATO intervened destroying almost all Serbia infrastructures …. western double standards at its worst.
At least eight children have been killed in the last 24 hours as Operation Protective Edge launched by Israeli forces entered its second day. The IDF claims it has hit at least 200 targets in Gaza since Tuesday.
By Wednesday evening, Israel’s offensive had killed at least 53 people and injured over 450, while also striking scores of targets, Ma’an news agency reported citing medical officials.
According to IDF, the airstrikes were necessary in order to stifle rocket fire from Gaza. Israel indicated that a ‘weeks-long’ ground invasion could be rapidly approaching, reported AP on Wednesday.
“Despite the fact it will be hard, complicated and costly, we will have to take over Gaza temporarily, for a few weeks, to cut off the strengthening of this terror army,”Israeli intelligence minister,Yuval Steinitz, told Israel Radio. “If you ask my humble opinion, a significant operation like this is approaching.'”
Israel has mobilized thousands of forces along the border ahead of the possible ground operation.
Hamas’ Qassam Brigades launched three M-75 rockets towards southern Israel’s Dimona nuclear site on Wednesday, causing no casualties or damages – one was intercepted and two fell in open space, an army spokesman told Reuters.
According to General Moti Almoz’s earlier comments on military radio, at which point 160 targets had been hit, the initial targets included 120 concealed rocket launchers, 10 Hamas command and control centers, two homes and many tunnels.
Wednesday morning Palestinian militants fired more rockets at Israeli cities. with eight rockets intercepted by Iron Dome defense system over Tel Aviv, Ashkelon and Ashdod. Yet, people ran to bomb shelters.
Though Israeli authorities claim they target only Hamas militants, many civilians have been killed in a “ground offensive,” dubbed Operation Protective Edge.