New Israeli Airstrikes Kill Senior Hamas Leader
But shelling is reportedly less intense after international criticism
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 9, 2014 8:59 AM CDT
Smoke rises in Gaza City after an Israeli airstrike Saturday.   (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)

(Newser) – Israeli airstrikes struck more than 20 targets today in the Gaza Strip and killed a senior Hamas member, as militant rocket fire continued following the collapse of a three-day truce. Hamas officials said Israel airstrikes hit houses, mosques, its warehouses, and training sites. Three bodies were found under the ruins of the al-Qassam mosque in Gaza, including that of senior Hamas official Moaaz Zaid, said Palestinian health official Ashraf al-Kidra. The Israeli military said militants in Gaza fired five rockets toward Israel, for a total of 70 since the truce expired. In response, Israel has targeted more than 30 sites in Gaza since yesterday, it said.

The Islamic militants resumed their rocket attacks yesterday shortly before the 72-hour truce expired, injuring two Israelis and drawing a wave of retaliatory airstrikes. The fighting shattered a brief calm in the monthlong war and dealt a blow to Egyptian-led efforts to secure a long-term ceasefire. Still, the LA Times observes that the renewed fighting is less intense than it was before the truce, with Israel seemingly shifting toward more precise airstrikes after international criticism. Peace talks, however, remain stalled.

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Aug 10, 2014 1:21 PM CDT Truth about Israel from a son of an Israel general.
Bo Honk
Aug 10, 2014 11:31 AM CDT
Israel needs to stop giving back land they attain JUSTIFIABLY through wars started by their enemies.
Bo Honk
Aug 10, 2014 11:25 AM CDT
For equivalence aholes. How many Israeli dead COULD there be if just HALF of the Hamas rockets struck an occupied building? 3086 rockets and mortars fired this year.,_2014 Assume 1543 hits with average of 4 dead and 8 injured (SMALL occupied building, though Hamas would much prefer a large filled school or hospital) 6,172 dead, 12,344 injured. THIS YEAR. Now roll that and smoke it.