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Palestinians: Israeli Airstrikes Kill More Than 200 in Gaza བོད་སྐད།

  • Robert Berger

Palestinian sources say Israeli airstrikes on Hamas compounds in the Gaza Strip have killed more than 200 people.

Israel's air force fired at least 30 missiles into Gaza, destroying several Hamas security compounds in a brief but deadly assault.

Plumes of smoke rose over Gaza, and there was panic and confusion in the streets. Television images showed more than a dozen bodies of uniformed security men lying on the ground at one installation. One of the targets was a ceremony for Palestinian military recruits. The Gaza police chief was among the dead.

The air strikes were retaliation for dozens of Palestinian rocket and mortar attacks since a six-month cease-fire collapsed a week ago.

The moderate Palestinian government in the West Bank condemned the Israeli air strike.

"We call for an immediate halt and ending of this aggression against the Gaza Strip," said Yasser Abed Rabbo, a spokesman for Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Hamas is promising revenge, saying Israel would pay a heavy price in the form of rocket attacks and suicide bombings. One Israeli was killed in a rocket attack shortly after the air raid.

Israel says if Hamas chooses an escalation, the army will expand the offensive and could target the Hamas leadership.

Arab foreign ministers will meet in Cairo on Sunday or Monday to discuss a response to the Israel attacks.
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