Israelis Mass at Gaza Border After Fresh Strikes

Gaza death toll hits 300
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Dec 29, 2008 3:37 AM CST

(Newser) – Israeli troops massed at the border today as Gaza's death toll hit at least 300 following fresh Israeli air strikes overnight. Bombs decimated a mosque and family home—reportedly killing 5 children—as well as a university Israeli officials said contained explosives labs that aid Hamas' insurgency, CNN reports. Israeli leaders pledged to continue fighting until Hamas relents, in defiance of the UN. Both sides blame the other for striking first.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert made plans to activate 7,000 Israeli reservists as ground troops and tanks moved toward Gaza yesterday. Hamas has reportedly launched 110 rockets since Saturday when the Israeli assault began. Black smoke fills the streets of Gaza, abandoned except for ambulances rushing the wounded to jam-packed, unequipped hospitals. Israel has allowed in some medical and food supplies.