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Israeli chiefs say Gaza onslaught will go on

Press TV [1]
Friday, Jan 9, 2008

The Israeli security cabinet says the Gaza offensive will continue despite a UN Security Council resolution calling for an urgent ceasefire.

“The ministers were briefed on talks (Israeli envoy) Amos Gilad held in Egypt as well as on the UN Security Council resolution,” a senior government official told AFP after the cabinet meeting Friday.

“The ministers reiterated Israel’s full right to defend its citizens to which end the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) will continue its operations in order to reach the goals of the offensive — to bringing a change to the security situation in the south of the country,” he said.

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The Israeli attacks in the densely-populated Gaza Strip has so far claimed the lives of at least 783 Palestinians and injured thousands of others.

The Israeli official said the army is instructed to prevent “weapons smuggling into the Gaza Strip” by expanding its operation in southern parts of the impoverished sliver.