GAZA, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Before the end of the 14th successive day of the Israeli military air and ground operations, 792 Palestinians have been killed 3,300 others wounded, a Palestinian medical official said Friday.
Gaza emergency chief
Mo'aweya Hassanein said that 27 were killed and more than 50 were injured on
Friday, adding that "50 percent of the casualties during the whole offensive are
civilians, mostly women and children."
Israeli warplanes, tanks and naval vessels struck hundreds of
targets, mainly houses, mosques and security installations in the called "Cast
The Israeli strikes on Gaza and the
Gaza militants firing of rockets continued on
Friday in spite of a United Nations Security Council resolution that called for
an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas movement in Gaza.
While more strikes are carried over all Gaza Strip, Gaza militant groups said in spite of 14 days of intensive
and destructive war, Israel is still unable to defeat the
Palestinian armed resistance.
Al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas movement's armed wing said in a statement
that its militants had shot dead eight Israeli soldiers, as the soldiers were
inside a Palestinian house in northern Gaza Strip.
The group said that al-Qassam Brigades fighters confiscated the
personal weapons of the Israeli soldiers. There was no immediate response from
the Israeli army on Hamas armed wing's claim.
Meanwhile, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed the Security
Council resolution 1860, which calls for immediate ceasefire in Gaza. However, he said
"the more important is to implement the resolution."
Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman of the Palestinian Presidency said in a
statement sent to reporters that President Abbas considers the Security Council
resolution "an important step forward."
"What is needed now is the immediate implementation of the
resolution, end the military aggression through ceasefire and an Israeli army
pullout from the Gaza Strip," said Abu Rudeineh.
But Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas movement's spokesman in Gaza said in a statement
that Hamas would wait for the implementation of the resolution "then it would
say its word."
"Issuing the resolution doesn't mean that the battle is finished. The
armed Palestinian resistance will continue against the aggression," said Abu
Zuhri, who is currently in Damascus. Hamas leaders in Gaza are still hiding.
Abu Zuhri revealed that a Hamas delegation from Syria and Lebanon would head again to Cairo on Saturday to hold
more talks with senior Egyptian security officials to discuss the current
situation in Gaza Strip.
He said that Hamas delegation would be only from outside, adding that
the delegation would stay two days in
"to find away to end the Israeli
aggression on the Palestinian people."