Girl, 3, killed in Israeli Gaza strikes
An Israeli offensive in the Gaza strip targeting Palestinian militants has killed nine people, including a three-year-old girl.
Several members of governing body Hamas have also been killed, Hamas sources said.
The latest Israeli offensive began before dawn when about 50 Israeli tanks and bulldozers drove into northern Gaza, near the border with Israel.
Troops took over rooftops of several houses, residents said. As the tanks moved forward, the military said aircraft targeted three groups of militants who were approaching the troops.
Hamas said it destroyed three army vehicles.
Seven of the nine killed on Wednesday were militants, including five from Hamas, spokesmen of the groups said. Thirty-seven people are thought to have been hurt, including 16 in critical condition. Read more
db: Who are these 'militants and 'extremists' in Gaza and Lebanon? Is it possible that many are merely the fathers, the sons - the friends and family of the dead? Much like in Iraq? After all this murder do we really believe that the only ones to carry a gun and aim it at Israeli troops are evil 'terrorists'? When is a man permitted to say 'enough is enough'? For Muslims the answer appears to be 'never' - they must take all the shit, and await the protection of the 'world community'. They need to be very patient.