Gaza Toll Hits 105 as Netanyahu Says World Pressure Won't Stop Israel 'Striking Terrorists'

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Israel's aerial bombardment of Gaza claimed its 105th Palestinian life on Friday as Hamas pounded central Israel with rockets and Washington offered to help broker a truce.

Diplomatic efforts to end the hostilities gathered pace, with U.S. President Barack Obama phoning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"The United States remains prepared to facilitate a cessation of hostilities," the White House said.

But Netanyahu remained resolute, saying he would not end his campaign until he achieved his goal of stopping the Hamas fire.

"No international pressure will prevent us from striking, with all force, against the terrorist organization which calls for our destruction," he told a news conference in Tel Aviv.

"No terrorist target in Gaza is immune."

World leaders "understand the need to act", he said.

Sparking fears of an expanded conflict, at least one rocket fired from Lebanon hit open ground in northern Israel early Friday.

Despite international concerns, truce efforts were unsuccessful, according to Cairo, which has been key in mediating previous Hamas-Israel ceasefires.

"Egypt has communicated with all sides to halt violence against civilians and called on them to continue with the truce agreement signed in November 2012," the foreign ministry said.

"Unfortunately, these efforts... have met with stubbornness."

After weeks of rocket fire on its south, Israel appeared bent on dealing a fatal blow to the Islamist Hamas.

Ismail Haniya, Gaza's former premier and the most senior Hamas official in the coastal enclave, also ruled out any end to hostilities.

"(Israel) is the one that started this aggression and it must stop, because we are (simply) defending ourselves," he said.

Israel says preparations are under way for a possible ground attack, with tanks and artillery massed along the border and some 33,000 reservists mobilized out of 40,000 approved by the cabinet.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said he expected a political decision on a possible ground operation within 48 hours.

"At the moment we are dealing with the first phase... air attacks," he told Channel One television.

"I imagine we shall decide tomorrow (Saturday) or the day after on the next stage."

Hamas's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, kept up a steady stream of rocket fire on Israel throughout Friday.

Five rockets were shot down over Tel Aviv by the Iron Dome anti-missile system, the army said.

The Brigades claimed their militants had targeted Israel's main international airport near the city.

Ben Gurion Airport closed briefly but then resumed normal operations.

Hamas warned "all foreign airlines" to halt flights because of "the dangers surrounding all the airports due to the ongoing war".

As a result of the rocket fire from Lebanon, a Polish airliner bound for Tel Aviv was forced to make an emergency stop in Cyprus, before returning to Poland, aviation authorities said.

In Gaza, 13 Palestinians, including a woman and seven-year-old child, were killed in separate Israeli air strikes on Friday, hiking the overall death toll to 105, medics said.

More than 500 people there have been wounded.

So far, no one in Israel has been killed. Two have been seriously wounded, including a man at a petrol station hit by a rocket.

The army said a woman was injured late Friday when a rocket scored a direct hit on a house in the southern city of Beersheva.

It did not elaborate, but army radio said that the 80-year-old was slightly hurt.

In northern Israel, at least one rocket fired from Lebanon struck an open area near Metula, prompting troops to hit back with artillery fire, the army said.

The military believed a Palestinian group had fired in solidarity with Hamas, public radio reported, as fears grew the violence in Gaza could spread to other fronts.

The army has confirmed hitting 21 Hamas-owned structures in 24 hours, prompting a warning from the U.N.'s human rights office over the number of civilian casualties from strikes on homes.

"Even when a home is identified as being used for military purposes, any attack must be proportionate... and precautions must be taken to protect civilians," said spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani.

A group of 34 charities and NGOs also called for an end to the fighting.

"Military actions by all parties must stop," said a statement signed by groups including ActionAid, CARE, Oxfam and Save the Children.

Amnesty International called for the United Nations "to immediately impose a comprehensive arms embargo on Israel, Hamas and Palestinian armed groups" and launch an inquiry into "violations committed on all sides".

Since the start of Israel's operation on Tuesday, "at least 500" rockets have struck the Jewish state, and Iron Dome has shot down around 130, an army spokeswoman told AFP.

Of those, more than 90 have hit Israel since midnight Thursday, and 22 were intercepted, the army said.

Comments 22
Thumb sevilla 11 July 2014, 08:00

I cannot believe sayyid hassan has not ceased the opportunity yet and destroyed the zionist enemy and wiped it off the face of the earth and saved the Umma. Iran ya Iran where are you to liberate Palestine? All you are good at doing is feeding the masses propaganda and lies.

Thumb ex-fpm 11 July 2014, 08:40

which amounts to the same thing in the end:)

Thumb ex-fpm 11 July 2014, 08:41

When he refers to the "umma", he means the persian "umma" and its offshoots.

Thumb cash.puppet 11 July 2014, 14:55

Yes FT. damned if they do and damned if they dont. Walla now you want ha to get involved so you can blame them for starting wars again? Get a life propgaandists. Down with the zionist scum

Thumb cash.puppet 11 July 2014, 14:57

HA in the "battle of bint jbeil":

"According to Time magazine over 5,000 Israeli soldiers participated in the siege of Bint Jbeil by July 25 while the number of Hizbullah defenders of the town was estimated to "over 100".[20]"

" In spite of three sustained attempts by the IDF to conquer the town, it remained in the hands of Hizbullah until the end of the war."

What have you done lately? What has hariri and geagea done? What have the takfiri sunni brothers done? What have saudi and the gcc and the so called arab brothers done? Exactly. Now zip it

Thumb cash.puppet 11 July 2014, 15:00

"According to Israeli journalist Amir Rapaport this speech infuriated the IDF Command which over time developed a "cobwebs complex". The 2006 Lebanon war finally presented an opportunity to get even. Senior IDF officers, such as Chief of Staff Dan Halutz and Chief of Operations Gadi Eisenkot claimed that Bint Jbeil was an important "symbol". They hoped to capture the town and bring an Israeli leader to hold a victory speech at the same place where Nasrallah held his speech in 2000. Instead, according to Rapaport, Bint Jbeil would come to symbolize failure."

Utter failure.

Thumb _mowaten_ 11 July 2014, 19:24

israelis are bullies, they can only do that because gaza is defenseless.

Thumb ex-fpm 11 July 2014, 19:26

tell your hizb to help them mowaten..

Thumb cash.puppet 11 July 2014, 19:55

Deflection deflection. Yes, lets have shelters and nobody fighting back. GENIUS!

Thumb cash.puppet 11 July 2014, 21:03

You're all over the place. From HA not assisting to Hamas. Pick a topic dude. You're a mess. Not discussing this further. They are the invaders. End of story

Thumb cash.puppet 11 July 2014, 21:07

Reading texy's replies are like reading a schizo ramble on. they bomb pals and Lebanese alike because they refuse to be their puppets. If you can't see this there is nothing more to say. What ur suggesting is just give in and be taken over by the zio banks and be indebted and enslaved by them, like hariri and geagea and co. This is what the whole split in the Lebanese political system is all about. I know what side ur on and you know what side I'm on. Capiche? There is no middle ground. It's give in to them or not.

Thumb cash.puppet 11 July 2014, 21:13

Btw sexy texy, I call keeping them off our land a victory, yes. Since it's them trying to invade us and not the other way round. The amount of casualties is down to them being war criminals.. You know, the ones who actually kill the civilians. But of course your Zionist puppet mind cannot comprehend the idea of invaders and defenders, nor can it comprehend the idea of cause and effect.

Thumb eagledawn 11 July 2014, 17:15

The sectarian says "Every Sunni who goes to fight in Syria and not Palestine is a Zionist."
And what do you say about every shia who fights in Syria... a hero no doubt! Go peddle your propaganda on al manar haboob..

Thumb chrisrushlau 11 July 2014, 17:37

Hezbullah, Hamas, Iran, and some others believe in the God of justice. Official Saudi religion and Patriarch al Rahi of Lebanon apparently believe that God is stupid. As the psalm says, if you are on the side of God, you go alone amid the hundred scoffers and defeat them with a rod of iron. What is that rod of iron? It is truth. As Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., said, "The judgment of history on error is death." If you are on the wrong side, you lose. The truth is that racism is wrong.

Thumb cash.puppet 11 July 2014, 21:08

Suddenly you are pro Syrian and Palestinian in Lebanon? Schizo texy

Thumb cash.puppet 11 July 2014, 21:04

Yes, because HA was formed in 1948, reestablished in 1967 ma heik?

Thumb lebpatriot2333 12 July 2014, 04:07

If Saudi and other terrorist states believe they can draw HA into this war, they are thinking as usual like the zombies they are.

Missing VINCENT 12 July 2014, 04:46

Iran is achieving its goals, and you think Iran gives a "....." about Palestinian women and children. Keep the Arabs busy while we pursue our nuclear goals. How much do you want to bet the a nuclear agreement will not be reached this July, and the there will be another continuance? Don't think twice, think three times.

Missing VINCENT 12 July 2014, 04:47

Idiots, demand the ouster of all Palestinians refugees from Lebanon and join the ranks of Egypt and Jordan. Let the Saudi royals deal with the Palestinian refugees on their land.

Thumb cash.puppet 12 July 2014, 10:31

Lol yea right. Saudi Arabia is merely Israel's Arab cover and does as the zios please. They're the ones egging this war on.. Take in refugees? You're having a laugh

Thumb ice-man 12 July 2014, 05:55

how long have you been in solitary confinement? too long...

Default-user-icon PanzerGen (Guest) 12 July 2014, 06:27

Amnesty International. ..please please drink your cup of teas with your pinky sticking up in your UK mansions. Nothing but self-serving, highly paid self fabricating hippies.