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Gaza death toll rises to 118, raising international concerns

English.news.cn   2014-07-12 16:45:25

Burning boats hit in an Israeli airstrike are seen at the port in Gaza City, July 12, 2014. The Palestinian Health Ministry said in a press statement that since the beginning of the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip early Tuesday, 118 Palestinians were killed and more than 900 others wounded. (Xinhua/Wissam Nassar)  

Burning boats hit in an Israeli airstrike are seen at the port in Gaza City, July 12, 2014. The Palestinian Health Ministry said in a press statement that since the beginning of the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip early Tuesday, 118 Palestinians were killed and more than 900 others wounded. (Xinhua/Wissam Nassar) 

GAZA, July 12 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from the four-day Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip climbed to 118 on Saturday as more Palestinians were killed in rounds after rounds of Israeli bombardment on the coastal enclave.

The escalating violence has raised concerns of international community which has largely remained mute in the past few days.

Despite the international pressure, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country would continue the campaign and did not rule out a ground offensive.

"I will end it when our goals are realized. And the overriding goal is to restore peace and quiet," Netanyahu said in a nationally televised news conference Friday.

Israel began the assault Tuesday in what it said was a response to weeks of heavy rocket fire out of the Hamas-controlled Gaza. In four days, more than 1,000 targets in Gaza have been pummeled by Israel's airstrikes.

Among the Palestine casualties, two thirds are civilians, including children, women and old men, according to the Palestinian health ministry, adding that the total number of wounded went up to around 700 people as the Israeli air offensive entered the fourth day.

Netanyahu rejected criticism of the death toll among civilians, saying that Israel does everything possible to protect them. He accused hamas of putting civilians in harm's way by using residential areas for cover.

Officials from the Islamist Hamas movement said the group will only accept a cease-fire if it gets something in return, such as restoration of the 2012 truce and the release of prisoners arrested by Israel in a recent crackdown.

While the crisis shows no signs of abating, diplomatic efforts from outside have gathered pace to end the hostilities.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday expressed her concern over the civilian casualties in the attack, saying that the reports raise "serious doubt about whether the Israeli strikes have been in accordance with international humanitarian and human rights laws."

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday also warned of the "risk of an all-out escalation in Israel and Gaza," urging Israelis and Palestinians to find common ground for a return to calm and a cease-fire understanding.

The United States, while affirming Israel's right to defend itself, offered help in truce negotiations.

"There are a number of relationships the United States has that we are willing to leverage in the region to try to bring about an end to the rocket fire that's originating in Gaza," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest Friday.

For now, hardly any condemnation has been heard from the international community. Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer said that Israel has "strong diplomatic backing for what it's trying to do."

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