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Israeli strikes kill 435 in Gaza in a week

The Israeli military has carried out more than 700 strikes on Gaza since it launched a massive offensive on Hamas a week ago, killing at least 440 Palestinians, the army and medics said.

world Updated: Jan 03, 2009 23:56 IST

The Israeli military has carried out more than 700 strikes on Gaza since it launched a massive offensive on Hamas a week ago, killing at least 440 Palestinians, the army and medics said on Saturday.

At least 75 children and 21 women have been killed during the offensive on one of the world’s most densely populated areas, according to Gaza medics.

On Saturday, at least 10 Palestinians were killed when an Israeli air raid struck a mosque during prayers in the northern town of Jabaliya.

In a separate incident, four people, including two Hamas military commanders, were killed as Israeli air strikes targeted a school in Gaza strip.

The raids by warplanes and naval vessels have targeted Hamas government buildings, the homes of Hamas officials, mosques alleged to have stored weapons and tunnels used to smuggle arms and goods into the territory that Israel has kept virtually sealed since Hamas seized power in June 2007.

Israeli artillery units attack Gaza

Israeli artillery on Saturday bombarded the Gaza Strip in a dramatic escalation of the campaign against Hamas after a week of air attacks. Israeli tanks were seen moving toward the frontier as Howitzer guns fired dozens of shells across the border.