Date: Friday, 16-November-2012, 9:47 AM | Message # 1
-- dragon lord--
Day two of the Gaza conflict, and Israeli warplanes continued to strike targets in and around Gaza City.
Plumes of smoke and dust snaked into a sky scarred by the vapour trails of outgoing rockets bound for Israeli territory.
The Israeli army said more than 150 targets were hit, the majority of them rocket launchers. This taxi driver found himself buried.
The number of wounded went well into three figures. Hospitals treated men, women and children alike.
The list of Palestinians killed included civilians too according to Gaza's health ministry, among them a woman pregnant with twins, a baby boy not yet a year old and three older children.
The Israeli military is converging on Gaza, as it continues to pummel the Palestinians from air, sea and land.
The Operation, dubbed "Pillars of Defence" - is on the verge of turning into a new invasion, as Tel Aviv says it's prepared to go all the way - under the pretext of self-defence.
3 Israelis and at least 15 Palestinians - including children and a pregnant woman - have already been killed.
Political scientist, activist and author Norman Finkelstein doubts that the current crisis in Gaza will further escalate.
Israel says all male members of Hamas are now targets. Warplanes are dropping leaflets over Gaza, warning Palestinians to keep away from militant positions. RT spoke to a film-maker and activist Harry Fear in the embattled enclave, who says civilians are bearing the brunt of the Israeli onslaught.
The operation "Pillar of Defense" has been launched by the Israel military on Wednesday. Many of the buildings in downtown Gaza City are in ruins or badly damaged after being attacked by Israeli warplanes. The IDF says all options are on the table in Gaza, including a ground operation. Israeli warships have struck "terror sites" in the Gaza Strip, the military forces confirmed.
In Gaza City, they buried the man whose killing started this latest round of bloodshed, the body of the Hamas military leader Ahmed al-Jaabari, wrapped in a blood-stained sheet.
Senior Hamas figures stayed away, conscious of Israel's warning that they are now in the firing line.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told euronews: "The Israeli attacks are aimed at breaking Palestinian resistance and the will of the Palestinian people. They will not succeed. Resistance is capable of protecting the Palestinian people and of teaching the enemy a lesson so they will no longer commit this type of crime again."
The mourners had ignored warnings from Israel. With days of fierce fighting anticipated, the Israelis dropped leaflets warning Palestinians to keep away from Hamas.
"We're relying on our resistance and we call on our mujahideen fighters to strike the zionists with all their force," said one man at the funeral.
"It's a dark day for Palestinians, but with God's help it will be dark for the Jews as well," added another.
Israel claims more 200 rockets were fired from Palestinian positions after Jaabari was killed. Police say the first Israelis to die in the latest violence perished when a building was hit in Kiryat Malachi, 25 kilometres north of Gaza.