Israel Pounds Gaza after Hamas Rocket Fire


israel-gaza-attackIsraeli warplanes hit Gaza with 50 airstrikes that killed five Palestinians today as terrorists fired 23 rockets into Israel, defying international efforts to find a fresh ceasefire.

Gaza emergency services said five men were killed in Israeli raids – two travelling by motorcycle through Al Maghazi refugee camp and three pulled from the rubble of Al Qassam mosque in the middle of the enclave.

Israel said it had carried out more than 100 strikes in Gaza since Friday, 49 of them today, targeting those responsible for the rocket fire.

The army said 23 rockets were fired at Israel, bringing to 61 the number of projectiles launched the since a 72-hour truce ended on Friday.

The 72-hour truce collapsed after mediators in Cairo failed to extend a ceasefire that expired on Friday morning as Hamas breached the quiet with pre-dawn rocket attacks.

In London, up to 150,000 protesters packed Oxford Street, marching to the US embassy and on to Hyde Park, many of them chanting “Free, Free Palestine” and holding up banners saying “UK – Stop Arming Israel”.

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