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Israel threatens to send Gaza back to Middle Ages

Gaza City, Nov 18, 2012 (PTI)

  Israel pounded Gaza enclave with a barrage of missiles for a fifth day today, killing at least 23 people, including women and children, targeting media houses and the home of a Hamas official, and threatening to "send Gaza back to the Middle Ages".

Of those killed today, at least 14 were women and children, Gaza health officials said. This brings the death toll in Gaza since Israel launched its attack on Wednesday to 69, BBC reported quoting the officials.

At least seven members of the same family, including four children, were among nine dead when an Israeli missile hit a home in Gaza City. Another three persons were killed in air strikes, medics said.

Three children were killed when a refugee camp in central Gaza became the target of Israeli attacks. The attacks also wounded 12 people.

Later in the day, another strike killed three people, including two women in the narrow Gaza Strip, even as France's top diplomat Laurent Fabius arrived in the region to bolster Egyptian efforts to broker a ceasefire.

At least eight Palestinian journalists were injured when air raids hit buildings housing local media offices today.

While the first round of strikes destroyed a building housing Arab Al Quds television network, the second round of raids hit a building with offices of Sky News, al-Arabiya, and the official Hamas-run channel al-Aqsa TV.

One of the injured Palestinian journalists had to have a leg amputated.
Russian TV network Russia Today said its office in one of the buildings was also damaged.
Even as media reports said efforts for a ceasefire were on, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that Israel was ready to "significantly expand" its operation in Gaza.

Israel's Interior Minister went a step ahead when he said "the goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages".

"Only then will Israel be calm for 40 years," Interior Minister Eli Yishai was quoted as saying by Haaretz newspaper.

Meanwhile, fighters in Gaza fired rockets into Israel though two of them, aimed at the commercial hub of Tel Aviv, were shot down by Israel's anti-missile system, reports said.


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