Israel pounds Gaza with a fresh wave of strikes
JERUSALEM: Hamas has vowed it will not back down as
Israel pounded Gaza with a fresh wave of strikes, killing five Palestinians. The
Israeli military has launched 30 airstrikes on Gaza since midnight on Saturday
as talks to extend the temporary ceasefire stalled.
Palestinian health officials claim senior Hamas
official Moaaz Zaid was among three Palestinians killed in an attack on a
mosque. Two people travelling on a motorcycle died when they were struck by a bomb.
Another two Palestinians were shot dead by soldiers
and dozens wounded in clashes with Israeli forces amid violent protests in
occupied West Bank. The deaths bring the number of dead in the month-long
conflict to nearly 1,900. The United Nations, which has condemned Israel’s
actions, says 1,354 of those killed have been civilians.
Israel has lost 64 soldiers during the conflict, while
three civilians have died from rocket fire into the country. Israel says Hamas
has fired six rockets across the border since the 72-hour ceasefire ended on
Hamas spokesman Fawzy Barhum said, “There will be no
going back, the resistance will continue. The occupier’s intransigence will get
it nowhere and we will make no concessions on the demands of our people.”
The resumption of violence came as Britain announced
it would send a team of NHS experts to help victims wounded in Gaza. Prime
Minister David Cameron said, “The conflict in Gaza has taken a terrible toll.
“The NHS has always stepped up to the plate to help
those in need and this expert team will play a crucial role in helping hundreds
caught up in this conflict.” The UK team consists of doctors, nurses, surgeons,
anaesthetists and paramedics - and their specialities include trauma and
And the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) said its
appeal for Gaza had raised £4.5m from the British public in less than 24 hours.