Air strikes pound Gaza as Israel presses on with offensive

Ahram Online, Sunday 24 Aug 2014

With no permanent ceasefire in sight, Israel continues to pound the Gaza Strip, bringing the death toll since 8 July above 2,100

Palestinians inspect the rubble of the Al-Zafer apartment tower following Israeli airstrikes Saturday that collapsed the 12-story building, in Gaza City, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 (Photo: AP)

Israeli air strikes pounded Gaza Sunday, killing at least a dozen people, after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Israel's offensive would continue as long as necessary.

At least 12 Palestinians were killed Sunday by Israeli airstrikes on Gaza while dozens others were injured, raising the total death toll of Israel's latest war on the Gaza Strip to more than 2,115, including at least 564 children, since 8 July, according to medical statistics.

A later strike on northern Gaza killed a mother and three children from the same family, medics said, bringing the day's death toll to at least 12.

On Sunday afternoon, a WAFA Palestnian news agency correspondent said an Israeli airstrike hit a civilian car in the western part of Gaza City, killing at least one Palestinian and seriously injuring three others.

One Palestinian was also killed and another injured as warplanes hit a motorbike in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahiya.

Meanwhile, at least four people were killed, including three children, while others were injured after Israeli jet fighters targeted a house in Tal az-Zatar neighbourhood in Jabaliya, in the northern Gaza Strip.

Meanwhile, Netanyahu warned all residents of Gaza to leave the vicinity of Palestinian rocket fire immediately.

"Operation Protective Edge will continue until its aims are achieved ... it may take time," Netanyahu said.

"I call on residents of Gaza to immediately leave any structure from which Hamas carries out terror activity against us. All such sites are a target for us."

In a statement Saturday, the Egyptian foreign ministry urged "concerned parties" in the Gaza conflict to accept an open-ended truce and resume indirect negotiations in Cairo.

But there is still no sign of either side adopting a ceasefire.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke at a press conference on the situation in Gaza and the resumption of peace talks at Ittihadiya Presidential Palace in Heliopolis on Saturday.

Abbas stated that Palestine’s primary concern is putting an immediate stop to the bloodshed in Gaza.

Meanwhile, WAFA's correspondent said warplanes hit many locations across Gaza, including apartments and agricultural areas.

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