At least 13 more people, including two children, were killed on Tuesday as the Israeli regime intensified deadly air raids on the long-blockaded Gaza Strip. The casualties came on Tuesday afternoon when Israeli warplanes pounded the northern and southern parts of the besieged sliver. Meanwhile, Israeli forces have spread leaflets across the strip, urging the residents to evacuate their homes. The Israeli regime also called up about 68,000 army reservists for a possible ground invasion into the strip.
At least 131 Palestinians have so far been killed and some 1,000 injured since the Tel Aviv regime's airstrikes on Gaza kicked off on November 14.In response, Palestinian resistance fighters continued firing rockets and missiles into the Israeli cities on Tuesday to retaliate against the attacks on the coastal enclave. At least 26 Israelis, including 4 in Ashdod, have been injured in rocket attacks launched from the Gaza Strip. One of them suffers critical injuries. A retaliatory rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed in Gush Etzion district near the occupied city of al-Quds (Jerusalem). Another Palestinian rocket hit a factory in southern Israel’s Sdot Negev Regional Council. Israeli military forces have conducted more than 1,500 aerial and sea attacks against the Gaza Strip since November 14. Gaza has been blockaded since June 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty. MKA/MA