(GRAPHIC IMAGES) Israel pounds high-profile targets in Gaza
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 01:17
(WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT) At least 30 Palestinians have been killed in some of the heaviest bombardments from air, sea and land since the Israeli offensive began. The attacks came in response to Hamas rocket fire. Jillian Kitchener reports.
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The Israeli army's assault on Gaza has picked up where it left off before yesterday's lull.
Tanks continue to strike tunnels used by Hamas militants.
And dozens of high-profile targets are being hit. In the latest assaults from land, sea and air, the home of a Hamas political leader was flattened, and Gaza's only power plant was destroyed.
In southern Gaza, at least 17 people were killed in missile strikes. Many others -- including children -- had to be rescued from the rubble.
In another assault, even more Palestinians were killed and their homes destroyed. In the aftermath, neighbors desperately tried to free survivors.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) RAFAH RESIDENT, ABDEL AZIZ ZOROB, SAYING:
"They (Israeli army) hit a warning shot, but the men in the family did not escape from the house. Then minutes later, F16 jets hit the house with all that's in it, with the first rocket."
After three weeks of fighting, the death toll stands at more than 1100 Gazans, mostly civilians, and 53 Israelis, most of those, soldiers.
International pressure is mounting to bring an end to the fighting, but there is no sign that either side is ready for a lasting ceasefire.
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