Key Hamas Targets Hit by Heaviest Shelling Yet
Bombardment takes out territory's only power station
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 29, 2014 4:24 AM CDT
Updated Jul 29, 2014 7:03 AM CDT
Israeli forces' flares light up the night sky over Gaza City early today.   (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

(Newser) – Israeli aircraft, tanks, and navy gunboats targeted symbols of Hamas control in Gaza City early today in the heaviest night of bombardment in three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of a "prolonged" campaign in Gaza. The overnight strikes hit the home of Ismail Haniyeh, the top Hamas leader in Gaza, as well as government offices and the headquarters of the Hamas satellite-TV station.

Hamas leaders remained defiant in the aftermath of the Israeli onslaught. "My house is not more valuable than the houses of other people, destroying stones will not break our determination," Haniyeh said in a statement. Israeli shells also hit a fuel tank of the Gaza Strip's only power plant today, forcing the plant to shut down, a spokesman for Gaza's electricity distribution company says. Even before the strike, Gaza residents had electricity for only about three hours a day, and the strike is bound to reduce supplies even further.

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Jul 30, 2014 2:34 AM CDT
Muslims can harass Christians and Jews worldwide. Muslims can destroy Christian churches and Jewish Synagogues worldwide. Muslims can force Christians and Jews from Arab countries. Muslims can publicly speak of their hatred for Christians and Jews. Muslims can indoctrinate their children in schools to hate Christians and Jews. Muslims can publicly state their intentions of destroying Israel. Muslims can commit terrorists’ attacks in Israel. Muslims can murder Christians and Jews. Muslims can violate international law by attacking embassies and murdering people. And no one really does anything to hold them accountable. But....if Israel defends itself against Muslim aggression then they are ostracized and condemned world-wide. How stupid is that?
Jul 29, 2014 12:37 PM CDT
Typical Hamas....always hiding behind civilians....and acknowledge the tactic proudly. Everyone should read this article
Jul 29, 2014 12:23 PM CDT
Other than wiping Israel off the face of the eartth.....what is Hamas so bitchy about ?