Israel Vows to Press Offensive

Five more killed in strike on Hamas prime minister's offices
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 2, 2008 6:00 AM CST
Palestinians gather next to a house after it was hit in an Israeli missile strike in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Sunday, March 2, 2008. Israeli aircraft sent missiles slamming into the office of the prime...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – In the face of blistering UN condemnation, defiant Israeli officials vowed to continue the Gaza offensive as five more people were killed in an air strike on the offices of the Hamas prime minister today. "Israel has no intention of stopping the fight against the terrorist organizations even for a minute," said Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert after the UN decried the "excessive" force of the offensive.

"Nothing will prevent us from continuing operations to protect our citizens." Five days of strikes have claimed the lives of at least 100 Palestinians, many of them civilians, and suspended Palestinian-Israeli peace talks. The UN has also called on Hamas militants to stop rocket attacks on Israel, which killed a student early last week.