Barak Promises 'All Out War'

Death toll at at least 320
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2008 10:57 AM CST
Palestinian protesters throw stones during clashes with Israeli troops in the Shuafat refugee camp, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, Monday, Dec. 29, 2008.   (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)
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(Newser) – Israel is determined to fight a “war to the bitter end” with Hamas, Defense Minister Ehud Barak declared today, as Israeli fighters continued to level high-profile targets throughout Gaza. “We have nothing against the people of Gaza,” Barak said. “But this is an all-out war against Hamas and its branches.” Meanwhile an IAF missile strike killed four Islamic Jihad fighters, along with one of the men’s 8-year-old son.

Israeli fighters also hit ammunition stocks, Hamas military infrastructure, and tunnels in Gaza City and northern Gaza. One strike leveled a house next to the Hamas premier’s home. The 3-day death toll has hit at least 320. Despite the raids, more than 40 rockets were fired on Israel, killing one man and wounding eight others.