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Israel out-does itself in Gaza

While the world focuses on Lebanon, Israelis grind Gaza.
Israel had carried out 190 airstrikes and fired 3,500 artillery shells on the Gaza Strip within the last 44 days, according to a Palestinian official report published on Saturday.

The report, issued by Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) department of Statistical Quality Control, detailed all Israeli army attacks on the Gaza Strip over the last 44 days.

"Israel carried out 768 different kinds of attacks on the Gaza Strip during the period between June 28 and August 10," said the PLO report.

Israel launched an air and ground offensive on the Gaza Strip on June 28, three days after one Israeli soldier were abducted by Palestinian militant groups during a cross-border attack.

According to medics in Gaza hospitals, 200 Palestinians, including 40 children, were killed and 600 others were injured during the Israeli offensives dubbed "Summer Rains".

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat warned of political and human disasters as a result of the ongoing military air and ground operations against the Gaza Strip.

Israel said that the operations were aimed to free the captive soldier Gilad Shalit and halt Palestinian militant groups' rocket attacks against Israel.

Source: Xinhua
By the time Israelis finish with Gaza, there will be no civilian population to speak of and those few that remain will be reduced to abject squalor.


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