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Gaza: Israel Prepares To Widen Offensive
At least 11 people have been killed by a strike on a home in Gaza, in the deadliest incident of Israel's offensive against Hamas militants.
The airstrike targeted the home of the Dalou family in Gaza City's Nasser district, reducing it to rubble.
Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra said five women, including one 80-year-old, and four small children were among the dead.
Frantic rescuers pulled the children's bodies from the ruins of the house as survivors and bystanders screamed in grief. Later, the bodies of the children were laid out in the morgue of Gaza City's Shifa Hospital.
As Israel expanded its operation to target the homes of suspected militants. The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) said the target of the attack was a top rocket mastermind of the Islamic Jihad militant group.
"The massacre of the Dalou family will not pass without punishment," Hamas's armed wing said in a statement.
Following the incident, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called for an intensification of peaceful protests against Israel, the AFP news agency reported.
Meanwhile, Gaza militants continued their barrage of rocket fire into Israel, with the IDF claiming 114 rockets were fired on Sunday and reports of seven people injured in southern Israel.
The attacks included longer-distance rockets that targeted Tel Aviv for a fourth straight day, but they were intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome defence system.
One person was hurt by falling debris from one of the rockets that was intercepted south of the city.
Health officials say 66 Palestinians have been killed since the operation began on Wednesday, including 32 civilians. More than 400 people have been wounded in the strikes.
On the Israeli side, three civilians have been killed and more than 50 wounded by rocket fire.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said the country is ready to "significantly expand" its Gaza offensive.
"We are extracting a heavy price from Hamas and the terror organisations," Mr Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting on the fifth day of the conflict.
"The soldiers are ready for any activity that could take place."
On Friday, ministers doubled the current reserve troop quota set for the offensive to 75,000 in preparation for a possible ground invasion.
Some 30,000 soldiers have already been called up.
Israeli President Shimon Peres told Sky's Murnaghan programme that he does not see a ground invasion as an escalation of the conflict.
"What we are doing is self defence," he said.
"What would you do in London if you would have 900 missiles aimed at your schools, at your homes, at your houses? Would you call it an escalation if you tried to stop it?
"We don't have any purpose to control Gaza or to go into Gaza.
"Basically our purpose is peace, their purpose is to destroy Israel. It is not an easy situation."
Foreign Secretary William Hague told Murnaghan that Britain has warned Israel against a ground invasion.
"The Prime Minister and I have both stressed to our Israeli counterparts that a ground invasion of Gaza would lose Israel a lot of the international support and sympathy they have in this situation," he said.
"A ground invasion is much more difficult for the international community to sympathise with or support, including the United Kingdom."
But Mr Hague blamed Hamas for sparking the current conflict in Gaza.
"We call on Hamas again to stop the rocket attacks on Israel. It is Hamas that bears principal responsibility for starting all of this and we would like to see an agreed ceasefire - an essential component of which is an end to those rocket attacks."
US President Barack Obama said it was "preferable" for the crisis to end without a "ramping up" of Israeli military activity, but he, too, blamed Hamas militants for causing the showdown.
"Israel has every right to expect that it does not have missiles fired into its territory," Mr Obama said, in Thailand.
Republican senator John McCain called for a senior figure such as former President Bill Clinton to be appointed as a negotiator.
He told CBS: "The United States of America has got to push as hard as we can to resolve this Israeli-Palestinian issue."
Israel's bombardment of Gaza entered a new phase overnight, with the military shelling the Palestinian territory from the sea, and targeting the homes of suspected militants.
A Palestinian official told AFP a truce was possible "today or tomorrow", after Egypt's President suggested that there could be a ceasefire soon.
Mohamed Morsi said: "There are now intensive efforts through communication channels with the Palestinian side and with the Israeli side and there are now some indications that there is possibility of a ceasefire soon between the two sides."
Israel has said it is not prepared to enter into a truce without guarantees the rocket fire will stop.
The latest Israeli strikes also hit two Gaza media centres housing the offices of Al Quds TV and Al Aqsa, both seen as sympathetic to Hamas, along with foreign journalists including a Sky News team. None was hurt.
Israel unleashed its massive air campaign on Wednesday, killing a leading militant of the Hamas Islamist group that controls Gaza and rejects Israel's existence.
Israel says it is trying to stop militants in the coastal enclave from launching rockets that have plagued its southern communities for years.
More than 500 rockets fired from Gaza have hit Israel since the recent violence flared on Wednesday.
The Jewish state has launched more than 950 air strikes in return.
what do you think?
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Both of you postes have not got a shred of humanity about yourselves
And we allow people like Rio in our country and let them have freedom of speech
Diane, I can think of many groups that preach utter hate under the guise of 'freedom of speech.' If you want to ban it, then the ban had to apply to all forms. Secondly, it's rather absurd of you to assume about this poster's status of ethnic background. Almost shocking to be honest.
Yet more propaganda, "emergency services said" etc. non of this can be verified independently but yet everyone believes it. The numbers can be manipulated like everything else in the news and what isn't written is that the ones killed are terrorists.shame this isn't true journalism
don't forget about all those old women who show up on que and mourn . they all look truly devastated . but i have always wondered you can see a reflection in the camera lens of some masked guy pointing an ak47 at them . odd that i think .
Your arguments have no credibility, Jimmy, while you post that picture along side your comments. Orange should remove all your postings, just for that picture being there. What next, a Jimmy savile picture, is that your style
Now, now children. (no pun intended)
You're the one with the picture, Jimmy, not me. Your pathetic retort means nothing. The evidence that you admire a dead terrorist is there for all to see. Get back in your bunker.
Yes you're right a lot goes unreported. And a lot of posters on orange like to fabricate outright falsehoods. Why doesn't the fact that Gaza is completely walled off get reported? What about the numerous checkpoints preventing students from studying, the ill being allowed hospital treatment? What about the Israeli ships that prevent Palestinian fishermen from fishing A MILE out from shores. Where's your sense of humanity there?
If Israel knew by giving free access to gazans and opening up the gates and checkpoints that innocent Israeli civilians wouldn't get blown up in a bus bomb,i am sure it would all be open territory.the fact Hamas uses Gaza for its own blinded ambition and they don't give a care about their own people shows what a bunch of selfish and corrupt people they are.if they want peace then put the words into action
The death of any innocent is horrible but unfortunately in wars the innocent do get killed even more so when being used as human shields if you have rockets being made and fired from people's homes in built up areas the then when retaliation comes civilians will die .Don't go blaming the people doing the retaliating blame that cowards hiding amongst the woman and children
It's in pretty poor taste to put the Osama picture on this page.Obviously just out to troll, but still , it's disrespectful to the families of all victims murdered by this creep. It was a good day when he was blown apart and bits of him were strewn over his little hidey hole.
Good, it's been removed.
i agree with you vlad. the thing is there is no evidence that he ever did anything wrong. not a shred. apart from make really bad videos. you will find people like yourself are far worse . complainig and trying to deny people their right to express themselves
All the doubters read what Rio said thats why we have to stand up to them
Diana simple question for you, imagine your prime minister Scotland may well soon get independence from England. Once they gave independence they decide to increase their bothers and take over Newcastle. What would you actions be?
That is not the same England Scotland and Wales are established countries run by people who are not terrorist
Not run by terrorist I meant
Answer my question what would you do. Cause terrorism is an action against oppression
IT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN
aint you heard of william wallace
That was the past.I have visited the Wallace monument.Do you not think same could be said about Israel they are surrounded by country's that hate them
If terrorism is action against oppression why were British people targeted in their own country
diana no one in politics is nice jews muslims, christians all as bad as each other all are equal in the blame
Since you're a seeker of the truth Diana... Why doesn't the fact that Gaza is completely walled off get reported? What about the numerous checkpoints preventing students from studying, the ill being allowed hospital treatment? What about the Israeli ships that prevent Palestinian fishermen from fishing A MILE out from shores. Where's your sense of humanity there?
Dr moniak.do you believe everything you read and see on tv
dr_monicak - you sound like a broken record
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Exactly its obvious why the real aggressors are. But no everyone keeps thinking these Arabs are terrorists lol
What planet are you all on. Golan heights and the west bank are occupied territories. Hence these Arabs fighting. Israel is the aggressor. America has always backed israel because of the huge Jewish lobby within american government. Stop stealing middle east resources and taking land that's not yours and terrorism will atop. Money money money.
Didn't a while ago Israel give them some land back the violence stopped for a bit then started again
Keyword a bit.
Gave them a bit of their OWN land back, Diane? The victims portrayed as the villains again by the media.
Stop stealing the resources? They are not being stolen they are being sold to the highest bidder. If the west decided that we no longer wanted arabian oil. The middle east would implode and return to the dark ages
Same way Europe is imploding through recession cause the truth behind this recession lies in lack of assets. Imperialism and colonizing were big cash cows for Europe. Get real Chris.
Look Ali the israelis only want Gaza back, build houses on the Golan heights and crush all opposition. Whats unfair about that? and whats more your safe in the UK.
You advocate murder and theft Russell?
Just a quick thought from a pagan perspective. . What does the soil of Palestine care about who is right and wrong? What does the sky above Palestine care about the machinations of human beings? Before Islam and Judaism took root in that small coastal strip ALL of the ancient tribes of Canaan were Pagan. . From the Ammonites to the Moabites. . .
And i bet they got on a lot better back then
@ Rio you continue with your life hating views , its no wonder with opinions like yours we have terrorists. You have remarked in a previous posts refering to Jewish people as r*ts, your intolerance and obvious hatred of others is very apparent and damaging, views that play their part in why there is so much blood shed lost on all sides
if i could give you 10 thumbs up i would. well done .
What i dont like is the thought that these are british made weapons their using to throw at each other.
They use american F16s and israeli made mekava(not sure of spelling,i dont speak hebrew) tanks
Merkava 3's. Very good tanks.
Does that opinion depend on which end of the turret gun your on lorgar?
Ahhh the middle east... News stories like this will never end, well until they annihilate each other, eventually. Get used to them.
The problem is all the rest of the worlds governments wouldnt keep their noses out.
I was just given something to look at, its called "pallywood", google it and i am sure peoples opinion would change with regards to the Palestinian propaganda machine, innocents are not collateral damage in either side but lies don't help either
I've just watched it, very eye opening.my husband and I have been thinking that for ages
This page is fast turning into Hamas,s uk suporters club.the fact is those muslim killers will kill us if thay could
We are all non believers a according to Muslim teachings, we all deserve to die, so they have already marked us for death so why not defend oneself, what happens in the world proves they don't want us around.
I am ashamed to be among so many racists in here. Viva palestina!
Lol racism? If they threw a rocket in your direction would you thank them? What is racist about a true fact that they think we are all non believers and we deserve to die
And now our middle class is being pushed into poverty and the poorer end of society are we feeling what its like to be down trodden and treated like vermin by the rich and powerful i am white and English but i am also a Palestinian. Viva palestina!
Pot kettle and black
Lol lol Palestinian? So why are you not there if its your home land you so fervently believe in? Instead of living in a country that kills your brethren? Oh i bet you take benefits to.
the Jews and Christians are uniting against the Muslims the irony is once they finish us off like the way the Europeans destroyed Africa. they will be at each other throats over the death of Jesus my enemies enemy is my friend
I don't see Jews and Christian lobbing bombs at each other.
the first act of terrorism under the new Israel was the Jews killing British soldiers,
I will pay for anyone who wants to go to Israel, go and stay in sderot for a week, before the Israeli assassinated the Hamas guy, there were rockets every day, you think you would take a shower not knowing when the next siren would go off? Your all so naive to think Israel are aggressors, start throwing stones at your neighbours house,i am sure he would sit there and let it continue.
the longer the conflict continues, the more hatred pours into these pages... remember, your in the uk under British law. media websites are monitored by law enforcement agency's!