Barak Promises 'All Out War'

Death toll at at least 320

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 29, 2008 10:57 AM CST

(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.

Palestinian protesters throw stones during clashes with Israeli troops in the Shuafat refugee camp, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, Monday, Dec. 29, 2008.
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)
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak talks to the press before a Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak talks to the press before a Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008.   (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill, Pool)
Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish flames at a medicine storehouse after an Israeli airstrike targeted at a fuel tank nearby in southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on Sunday.
Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish flames at a medicine storehouse after an Israeli airstrike targeted at a fuel tank nearby in southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on Sunday.   (AP Photo/Xinhua)
A Palestinian mourner lifts the body of one of the victims during a funeral for five killed in an Israeli missile strike, in a refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, Monday, Dec. 29, 2008.
A Palestinian mourner lifts the body of one of the victims during a funeral for five killed in an Israeli missile strike, in a refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, Monday, Dec. 29, 2008.   (AP Photo/Ashraf Amra)
A Palestinian protester throws stones during clashes with Israeli troops in the Shuafat refugee camp, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, Monday, Dec. 29, 2008.
A Palestinian protester throws 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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