Friday Aug 19, 201109:20 PM GMT
Several killed in Israeli air strikes on Gaza
Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:22PM
Ashraf Shannon, Press TV, Gaza
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Israel has carried out series of air strikes in Gaza Strip, killing at least eight people, including a senior Hamas leader.


Scores of others including children and women were also wounded in the Israeli raids.


Atef Abu Samra who lost his 13 year son in the overnight Israeli air raid had this to say.

The Israeli raids came following Thursday's attacks, in which at least eight Israelis were killed by gunmen who opened fire on a bus near Eilat.
The Hamas government denied responsibility for the attacks, saying that Israel's accusations and air strikes against the Palestinians in Gaza are mainly meant to export its internal crisis.
SB: Dr. Salama Marouf-Hamas Deputy Minister Of Information

Many here fear that another war is looming in Gaza similar to Israel's devastating assault in early 2009 that killed more than 1400 Gazans mainly civilians.

Observers say Israel's previous attempts have failed to launch a major attack on Gaza in order to hamper the Palestinian Authority's statehood bid at the UN next month.
Yet Thursday's attacks in Eilat were a precious opportunity for Israel to implement its plans.
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