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Gaza death toll reaches at least 115

Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 - 01:38

Air attacks continue on the Israeli-Gaza border as at least 115 Palestinians, many of them civilians, are killed by Israeli fire and as Gaza militants launch rocket salvoes deep into Israel. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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Israel pounds Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip Saturday for a fifth straight day. Medics say nine people were killed. A government spokesman gave no sign that Israel would pause the air strikes, despite international pressure to negotiate a ceasefire. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ISRAELI GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN, MARK REGEV, SAYING: "Israel is determined to see this through. Our goal is to protect our people. Our goal is to end the rocket fire from Gaza on our civilians. Hamas must understand that it cannot continue to shoot rockets at Israel with impunity." At least 115 Palestinians have been killed so far, many of them civilians. The Israeli shelling of a disabled rehabilitation center in Gaza killed two women and injured four others. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MEMBER OF AMBULANCE CREW SAYING: "These are the targets of Bibi Netanyahu. These are the targets of the Jews. They are children in an organization for disabled." In Israel, a Palestinian rocket seriously wounded one person and injured another seven when it hit a fuel tanker at a service station in Ashdod. Islamist militants in Gaza warned they would launch rockets at Tel Aviv's main international airport and warned airlines to stay clear. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he is not ruling out a ground war to stop militant rocket fire.

Gaza death toll reaches at least 115

Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 - 01:38

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