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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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