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Israel threatens retaliation over boy's death

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 01:46

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatens to escalate the fight against Hamas, vowing the group would ''pay a heavy price'' after a four-year-old Israeli boy is killed by a mortar attack from Gaza. Sarah Toms reports.

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This is what's left of a synagogue after a rocket was fired from Gaza into Israel. It was one of many targets of Hamas militants. The Islamic militant group appeared to be stepping up attacks after Israeli forces killed three of its senior commanders. More than 80 rockets and mortars hit Israel. A four-year-old boy died in this attack on a farm in a southern Israeli village. He was the first Israeli child to die in the six-week conflict. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MEDIC WHO TREATED CHILD WHO WAS KILLED, MOSHE VAKNIN, SAYING: "I am very sorry to tell you about a child died from a rocket that Hamas shoot to the Kiputz of Nahal Oz. So I am the first paramedic that coming to the patient I could do nothing because the head injury and he's died in my hand." Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed that Hamas will pay "a heavy price". The army carried out about 30 air strikes on Friday. Here the repercussions can be seen. More than 40 Palestinians were wounded in a raid in Gaza City.. Sixty seven Israelis have been killed since the conflict began last month. Most of the dead on the Israeli side have been soldiers. But on the Palestinian side the casualties are even higher. More than two thousand people have died in the fighting, most of them said to be civilians and including chiledren. While the diplomats seek to find an end to the bloodshed, the fighting continues with devastating consequences for civilians who get in the way.

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Israel threatens retaliation over boy's death

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 01:46