Israeli Airstrike Kills 10 Civilians in Gaza City
Including 4 small children, medical officials say
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 18, 2012 10:15 AM CST
Smoke rises after an Israeli forces strike in Gaza City, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012.    (Bernat Armangue)

(Newser) – An Israeli missile flattened a two-story house in a residential neighborhood of Gaza City today, killing at least 10 civilians, medical officials say, as Israel expanded its targets of its offensive to target homes of wanted militants. The attack, the single deadliest incident of the five-day-old Israeli operation, was likely to raise international pressure for a halt to the offensive. The airstrike targeted the home of the Daloo family in Gaza City's Nasser neighborhood, reducing it to rubble. Five women, including one 80-year-old, and four small children were among the dead, says a Gaza health official.

The Israeli military said the target of the attack was a top rocket mastermind of the Islamic Jihad militant group. The claim could not be verified, and the official says the two men killed in the attack were also civilians. Israel's new tactic of hitting the family homes of suspected militant figures runs the risk of increasing civilian casualties. More than a dozen Hamas-linked houses were hit today. Some were empty after residents fled to find shelter elsewhere, but in several strikes, women, children, and civilian men were killed or wounded. US President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu both spoke about the Israel-Gaza conflict today.

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Nov 18, 2012 6:01 PM CST
lobbing rockets into isreal killing civilians is not a new tactic. Isreal should keep up the good works.. the money ham ass spends on rockets and war could be spent on infrastructure, and a vibrant middle east economy, no, they have to relive the past and follow the rule book of a pedophile war monger. they get what they deserve.
Nov 18, 2012 3:44 PM CST
Nov 18, 2012 1:41 PM CST
Obviously now millions of civilians will die,and nobody will care. The sad part is the hamas leaders and military fighters are a proper respected army,and unlike what the media shows them to be,are not "terrorist leaders",they are the only ones keeping order in gaza,without them,there would no longer be gaza,gaza would be israel and nobody would care. Israel itself is a crime to humanity,they're hidding behind the fact that judea is the promised land and that they are jews,breaking many rules and laws in the torah including the fact that in the torah it says "if you were to leave the holy land u may never come back" that is why u see many jew activists fighting against israel in the U.S and Europe... Also,Judea wasn't conquered,the jews just left in hopes for better was conquered by the romans but the jews weren't expelled.