Israel Pounds Gaza for 4th Day

Fear and chaos spreads in Gaza as death toll from Israeli strikes edges toward 400
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2008 3:09 AM CST

(Newser) – Israeli warplanes continued bombarding  the Gaza Strip for a fourth day today, pushing the death toll close to 400, reports the New York Times. Israel vowed to continue the operation until all rocket fire from Gaza has ceased and Hamas' will is broken. "There is no room for a ceasefire," says Israel's foreign minister.

A barrage of Hamas rocket and mortar fire in response to the attacks killed four Israelis yesterday. Rescuers in Gaza are pulling relatives from the remains of buildings leveled by the attacks, and overwhelmed hospitals are struggling to cope. Families desperate for news are huddled around radios, and Hamas gunmen are publicly executing people suspected of collaborating with Israel. The border area has been declared a closed zone, leading many to believe an Israeli ground assault is imminent.