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Netanyahu Promise More Gaza Strikes As Hamas Onslaught Continues

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised no break in Israel’s attacks against Hamas on Tuesday, and Israeli shellfire pounded downtown Gaza as the people living in the coastal enclave lamented the deaths of more Palestinians in a conflict that has claimed over 20,000 lives.

Notwithstanding international demands for an end to the 11-week-old conflict, Israel is adamant on pursuing its objective of eliminating Hamas out of fear that it may expand and result in attacks across the region by forces loyal to the United States and Iran.

Since Hamas made the deadliest Palestinian militant attack on Israel in the country’s 75-year history, Netanyahu has responded with an all-out assault on Hamas-ruled Gaza. On Tuesday, the Israeli military said 160 soldiers have so far been killed in Gaza since ground operations began on Oct 20.

“Seventy-five years of suffering, our rights taken, our country seized, and our people slaughtered. Our rights, as people, are justifiable. What can we do?” said Mariam al-Omsi, walking along an alleyway after an air strike in Shaboura camp, near the town of Rafah in southern Gaza.

At Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, the largest medical facility in the southern Gaza Strip, medics said 10 Palestinians had been killed in two separate Israeli air strikes.

Khan Younis resident Salah Shaat said he had heard a huge explosion at sunset on Monday that destroyed a building.

“There were displaced people and residents inside the house, more than 20 people, children and women. We managed to rescue some children, but the rest were martyred,” he said.

In Jerusalem, Israel’s military said the air force carried out a strike against 100 Hamas targets, including tunnel shafts, to assist ground forces.

It said in a statement that in Shejaia, a suburb near Gaza City, troops backed by aircraft killed several fighters spotted trying to plant a bomb underneath a tank. More than 10 fighters were killed in separate incidents in Khan Younis.

Netanyahu, who visited Israeli troops in northern Gaza on Monday, told lawmakers from his Likud Party that the war was far from over and dismissed what he cast as media speculation his government might call a halt to the fighting.

‘We are not stopping’

He said Israel would not succeed in freeing its remaining hostage held by Hamas without applying military pressure.

“We are not stopping. The war will continue until the end, until we finish it, no less,” Netanyahu.

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