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Israel warships, fighter jets pound Gaza for second day

Source : | 15 November 2012 |  24H | 1626 views

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Nov 15, 2012

Israeli airstrike, naval gunboats and tanks carried on through dawn in southern Gaza Strip on Thursday morning killing three Palestinians and leaving many injured after targeting the head of military wing of Hamas in a missile strike the previous night.

Israel’s already strained relations with Egypt’s new Islamist government frayed even further as Egypt recalled its ambassador Wednesday in response to the Israeli military operation.

Just days earlier, Israel was drawn into Syria’s civil war for the first time, firing missiles into its northern neighbor for the first time in four decades after stray mortar fire landed in Israeli-occupied Syrian territory.

Waves of airstrikes on more than 100 militant targets quickly followed the assassination of Hamas military wing Ahmed Jabari. The air attacks continued steadily into the early hours Thursday, targeting the armed group’s training facilities and rocket launchers in Israel’s most intense attack on the territory since its full-scale war there four years ago.

In a closed-door meeting of the U.N. Council on Wednesday night, Palestine’s U.N. Ambassador Riyad Mansour said Israel is “vulgarly and publicly boasting about its willful killing of Palestinians” after an air strike killed Jaabari.

In the text of his statement, Mansour said “War crimes are being perpetrated by Israel against the Palestinian people.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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