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Israel escalates offensive into Gaza cities

Agence France-Presse
Published: Tuesday January 6, 2009

GAZA CITY (AFP) – Israeli tanks and helicopter gunships went blazing into towns across the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, attacking Hamas targets and searching for its leaders as the war death toll approached 600.

Troops fought Islamist militants around the back alleys of Gaza’s main city in the heaviest fighting of the 11-day-old offensive to halt rocket attacks on Israel. Hamas made its deepest rocket strike yet into Israel.

On the diplomatic front, Arab nations pressed the case for a UN Security Council resolution condemning the onslaught, but Israel rejected ceasefire calls by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and other leaders.

“Europe must open its eyes,” President Shimon Peres told an EU ministerial delegation that demanded a truce. “We are not in the business of public relations or improving our image. We are fighting against terror and we have every right to defend our citizens.”

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BREAKING: Israeli ground forces storm Gaza

RAW STORY
Published: Saturday January 3, 2009

Update: Hamas responds

Hamas vowed on Saturday to turn the Gaza Strip into a “cemetery” for the Israeli army, which launched a ground offensive in the enclave following a week of air and naval bombardment.

CNN reports:

“‘We will defeat the army just like they were defeated before,’ Abu Thaer, spokesman for the military wing of Fatah — the al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades — told the television network Al Jazeera.

“‘We will rub their noses in the sand. To the Arabs of 1948, today it is the time to act, to carry martyrdom operations in the heart of Israel. In case they will get in really on the ground, they will be taught a lesson that they will never forget. The Israeli army is the loser from ground operations in Gaza.

“‘They claim that the Palestinian resistance was hit, but we say that the resistance will not be defeated, and we will not receive them with roses. We will receive them with bombs and that will not stop, God willing,’ Thaer said.”

Update: ‘We have many, many targets’

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Israeli Troops Move Into Gaza

Military Says Objective Is to ‘Destroy the Terrorist Infrastructure of Hamas’

Washington Post Foreign Service
Saturday, January 3, 2009; 4:55 PM

JERUSALEM, Jan. 3 — Israeli ground forces rolled into the Gaza Strip on Saturday night, as the military announced the beginning of the second stage of a massive, eight-day offensive that has already cost more than 430 Palestinian lives.

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