Israel pounds Gaza for a third consecutive day - 29 Dec 08
Israeli jets are again bombing targets in the Gaza Strip. The air assualt is now into a third day. Warships have also been involved in the attacks, shelling the area around Gaza's port.
The death toll in Gaza has risen to 318. A UN agency says at least 51 of those victims were civilians.
Despite the onslaught, the Palestinian resistance continues. Rockets fired from Gaza have killed one person and injured seven in the city of Ashkelon.
At least 345 people were killed and more than 1,650 wounded since Israel blitzed the Gaza Strip with massive air strikes on Saturday, December 27.
The aggression against the impoverished seaside territory, the world's most densely populated area, continued on Sunday, killing scores of Palestinians and wounding hundreds.
Across Gaza, many are still frantically looking for bodies of their beloved ones under the rubbles. (Reuters) Across Gaza, many are still frantically looking for bodies of their beloved ones under the rubbles. (Reuters)
The battered Gaza Strip has turned into a mass grave.
The scene of people screaming in grief while taking their family members to burial is repeated over and over.
Civil defense forces are desperately trying to help people moving the corpses found buried under the rubbles of flattened buildings.
"We have dug out many bodies with no legs or heads," a civil defense officer told IOL.
In mass funeral processions, formed outside almost every Gaza house, the sound of Qur'an recitation is mixed with the distant sound of explosions.
The wailing of the grief-stricken and prayers for the departed are mixed with calls for reprisal.
Other Gazans, however, are still frantically looking for their beloved ones among the dead bodies.
"My sons have left the house at 10 am. I went to search for them in all hospitals but in vain," a shocked Om Ahmed Abu-Aqal said, with tears rolling down her cheeks.
Her sons were among scores of people inside one of the security compounds bombed out on Saturday.
"I came here to see if they are alive or dead under the rubbles of this building," said the weeping mother.
"I need to know what happened to them, where are they? Anyone tells me."