Nov 21, 2012
Israeli forces launched more airstrikes overnight on Gaza, bringing the death toll in the Palestinian enclave to over 130, as efforts to secure a ceasefire continued.
This latest bombardment of the coastal city, which has a population of over 1.7 million, came after Egypt and the Hamas Islamist group that rules Gaza had announced a truce would come into force from 7pm GMT on Tuesday. Israeli officials later denied a deal was in place.
The death toll in the eight-day conflict stands at 136 Palestinians and five Israelis, officials say. Gaza’s health ministry says many children are among the Palestinian dead.
Palestinian rockets fired from Gaza continued to hurtle toward Israeli towns and cities, but most were knocked down by the sophisticated Iron Dome air defense system. Israel says more than 800 rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel over the past week.
This article was posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 5:45 am