Thursday, January 1, 2009
After two days of rain and cloud cover which made the use of tanks and armoured infantry difficult, the skies over the Gaza Strip cleared today.
Israel’s security cabinet of Ehud Olmert, prime minister, Ehud Barak, defence minister, and Tzipi Livni, Foreign Minister, were due to meet to decide on the next stage of Operation Cast Lead.
Since the attacks began last Saturday, a total of 450 targets have been struck by guided bombs and missiles. But with the number of potential targets now declining the cabinet will need to decide whether to keep up pressure on Hamas by sending in Israeli ground forces.
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An Israeli security source said: “There is a strong sense that for the first time Hamas is on the back foot and the decision must be taken on how to push through our advantage.”
Any ground operation is expected to lead to a surge in the number of civilian Palestinian casualties.
This article was posted: Thursday, January 1, 2009 at 5:59 am