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.

A Palestinian injured by Israeli air strikes against Hamas-ruled Gaza  is surrounded by Egyptian paramedics, as he arrives at Nasser hospital in Cairo, Egypt, today.
A Palestinian injured by Israeli air strikes against Hamas-ruled Gaza is surrounded by Egyptian paramedics, as he arrives at Nasser hospital in Cairo, Egypt, today.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Israeli soldiers mass at a staging area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip yesterday.
Israeli soldiers mass at a staging area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip yesterday.   (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Palestinians gather around the ruins of a building after an Israeli missile strike hit the home of a Hamas member in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip yesterday.
Palestinians gather around the ruins of a building after an Israeli missile strike hit the home of a Hamas member in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip yesterday.   (AP Photo/Fadi Adwan)
Palestinians gather around the ruins of a building after an Israeli missile strike hit the home of a Hamas member in the northern Gaza Strip yesterday.
Palestinians gather around the ruins of a building after an Israeli missile strike hit the home of a Hamas member in the northern Gaza Strip yesterday.   (AP Photo/Fadi Adwan)
A Palestinian protester peers from his disguise during clashes with Israeli troops at a demonstration against Israel's military operation in Gaza on the outskirts of Jerusalem yesterday.
A Palestinian protester peers from his disguise during clashes with Israeli troops at a demonstration against Israel's military operation in Gaza on the outskirts of Jerusalem yesterday.   (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)
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Fear and death overwhelm both Gaza and Southern Israel.   (CNN Video)

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After this operation there will not be a single Hamas building left standing in Gaza, and we plan to change the rules of the game.
- Israeli armed forces deputy chief of staff Brigadier General Dan Hare

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