Israeli Military Resonds to Hamas Rockets with Air Assault on Gaza Strip

SAT DEC 27 2008 — Israeli bombers and rocket-firing helicopters destroyed multiple Hamas security locations in less than five minutes after Palestinian militants had fired about 300 rockets and mortars at Israeli targets over the past week.

Israel has responded to Hamas rocket attacks beginning with an air assault on 320 sites since the middle of the day Saturday.

One Israeli attack targeted a house in the Jebaliya refugee camp, killing seven people, but the Hamas activist was not there.

In another air assault, an Islamic Jihad commander was killed while he walking near his house.

Israeli military also exploded Hamas tunnels between Gaza and Israel. Hamas militants were killed in those explosions.

Naval vessels had also bombarded targets in Gaza.

According to Palestinian medical personnel, eight children under the age of 17 were killed in two separate Israeli airstrikes Sunday night. U.N. humanitarian chief John Holmes reported that at least 62 women and children have been killed and 1,400 men, women and children had been injured.