New Strikes Push Gaza Toll to 275

UN statement calls for 'immediate end' to violence
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Dec 28, 2008 4:51 AM CST
Israeli soldiers gather around tanks near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip today. Some 275 Palestinians have been killed and more than 600 people wounded in Israeli missile strikes.   (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
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(Newser) – A new wave of Israeli missile strikes on the Gaza Strip today has hiked the death toll from the latest Israeli offensive against Hamas militants to 275, with closer to 800 wounded, reports CNN. UN Security Council members expressed "serious concern" and called for "an immediate halt to all violence" in an emergency declaration released today in response to the strikes, which were launched in retaliation for recent Hamas rocket assaults on Israel.

Among targets hit today were Gaza City's main police station. Three top Hamas officers, militants, and scores of civilians, including an entire family of 9, were killed yesterday when the strikes began, reports Haaretz. The wounded have overwhelmed medical care facilities in Gaza. Hamas has vowed revenge.