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Israel has bombed supply tunnels in the southern Gaza Strip in a second day of intense air raids aimed at forcing Hamas militants to halt rocket fire.

A major tunnel bringing fuel into Gaza from Egypt was among three destroyed, Palestinians say. But Israel says its jets bombed more than 40 tunnels.

Israel has also threatened to launch a ground assault and is now calling up 6,500 army reservists.

Palestinians say at least 280 people have died in the air raids.

Israel accuses Palestinian militants of using the tunnels to smuggle weapons into Gaza.

As jets pounded the southern Gaza Strip hundreds of Palestinians stormed over a fence on the Gaza-Egypt border, but Egyptian security forces prevented them entering the country.

Egyptian security forces fired shots and several injuries were reported.

At the UN, the Security Council called for an end to all violence in Gaza, including rocket attacks from Gaza.

Israel says militants have fired 110 rockets into Israel since Saturday.

A doctor at the Shifa hospital in Gaza City described a desperate scene, with essential medical supplies, fuel and water all running out.

Dr Khamis El Essi told the BBC that many people had been admitted with multiple injuries, such as head and back wounds. Some patients had had limbs amputated.

He said some of the injured were carers and relatives who had been sheltering in a nearby mosque hit in an Israeli raid.

The air strikes were launched on Saturday against Hamas targets in the densely-populated coastal territory, less than a week after the expiry of a six-month-long ceasefire deal with the militant group.

Israel hit targets in all Gaza's main towns, including Gaza City in the north and Khan Younis and Rafah in the south.

More than 210 targets were hit in the first 24 hours of what Israel says could be a lengthy military operation.

"Israel will continue until we have a new security environment in the south, when the population there will not longer live in terror and in fear of constant rocket barrages," said government spokesman Mark Regev.

The high numbers of casualties made Saturday the single deadliest day in the Gaza Strip since Israel's occupation of the territory in 1967, analysts said, although no independent confirmation is available of the numbers killed.

Border confusion

Most of those killed were policemen in the Hamas militant movement, which controls Gaza, but officials said women and children also died.

The head of Gaza's police was among those killed.

Up to 700 others were wounded as missiles struck security compounds and militant bases, the officials added.

The Egyptian foreign minister has accused Hamas of not allowing injured Palestinians to leave Gaza to seek treatment, even though much-needed medical supplies are waiting at the nearby El-Arish airport.

In Israel, one person was killed on Saturday in the town of Netivot, some 20km (12 miles) east of Gaza, while there were reports of several Qassam rocket strikes early on Sunday.

Rockets landed in Ashdod, Israel's largest southern city - some 38km (23 miles) from Gaza - the deepest they have ever struck inside Israel, Israeli media said. No injuries were reported.

A Palestinian youth was killed by Israeli fire in the north of the West Bank during protests against the raids, medics said.

In Gaza, Palestinian officials said two people died when a mosque was hit on Saturday night.

A BBC journalist in Gaza City said a Hamas-run security and prison compound was hit by at least three missiles on Sunday morning. Hamas said all of its security compounds in the strip were destroyed on Saturday.

'Time for fighting'

At the UN, the Security Council ended emergency talks with a call for an end to hostilities, speaking of "serious concern" at the escalation of the situation in Gaza.

US ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad suggested Hamas held the key to restoring calm.

"We believe the way forward from here is for rocket attacks against Israel to stop, for all violence to end," he said.

He was implicitly backed up from Cairo by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas - whose Fatah faction is a bitter rival of Hamas.

"We could have avoided what happened," Mr Abbas said, saying the Islamist group should have renewed the ceasefire before it lapsed.

The air raids came days after the truce expired and as Israel prepares for a general election in February.

Defence Minister Ehud Barak has explained the operation in stark terms, saying "the time has come to fight".

In response the exiled leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, called for a new intifada, or uprising, against Israel, while the movement's Gaza leader, Ismail Haniya, called the attack an "ugly massacre".

International reaction to the bombing has been dominated by calls for restraint.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Middle East envoy Tony Blair and the French EU presidency all called for a ceasefire.

The Israel-Hamas truce was regularly under strain and was allowed to lapse when it expired this month.

Hamas blamed Israel for the end of the ceasefire, saying it had not respected its terms, including the lifting of the blockade under which little more than humanitarian aid has been allowed into Gaza.

Israel said it initially began easing the blockade, but this was halted when Hamas failed to fulfil what Israel says were agreed conditions, including ending all rocket fire and halting weapons smuggling.

From 1967 Israel's military occupied the Gaza Strip and Jewish settlers built communities within the territory. Israel withdrew in 2005 but has maintained control of Gaza's borders.

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  • Comment of user 'jsczerby' has been deleted by author (after account deletion)!
    • because Allah told them to don't you know...he's all knowing and so powerful that he commands his followers to die for absolutely nothing but petty child like hatred. i think he just has a fuked up sense of humor myself..............

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    • symbolic islamic martyrdom makes little sense to us but means everything to the fundamentalist nutbags over there

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    • As with any conflict , theres always more to the story that the press shows us. The cease fire was dependent on more things that stopping firing rockets into Israel. The Palestinians claim Israel has not followed through with the other items. However this does not excuse Hamas and their thirst for blood. The Palestinians are just as guilty as they elected these terrorist into power - they are as much Israels enemy as the soldiers. Funny how todays wars are always seperated by this and continued More..

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    • An oversimplification, but effectively 1:1 for nail to hammer ratio.

      These Palestinians had their homeland sequestered from them in the 1940s. They are agrieved as they have not been recompensed correctly. In the 1960's Israel attacked and overtook the west bank - the area they are now fighting for - and started building settlements.

      Now in the 1990s some attempt was made at fixing the problems, but so far all that has happened is more bloodshed.

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  • This is what happened in war, and this is what happen when you push and jabs at someone too long.

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  • I love these videos every bit as much as the muslims love 9/11.....

    After 9/11 I hate these C suckers as much as they hate me

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    • Why do you guys keep shooting rockets in to Israel?
      Its doing nothing to help your situation at all. Its actually doing the opposite.

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  • I like when the bombs hit the palistinians jump and scream like monkies! Put the blame where it belongs on hamas you tools!

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  • Israel is too nice. Too patient,caring and understanding. I wish they would open up on these scumbags.

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  • Here is your Jihad you muslim sluts, get you some of it

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  • I think we should wipe the the strip and the west bank off the map. Since nobody knows how to play nice. Whose with me?

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  • I'm Barack Obama and I support this airstrike.

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  • 250 down 1 billion to go

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  • we must stop the deadly it kills women and children and fathers
    dirty Jews in hell

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  • Now the world has one more reason to hate Israel !!!

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  • cockroaches...

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  • IS THIS GOING TO LEAD TO WORLD WAR THREE????? MAYBE SO I GUESS THE END IS NEAR

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  • WOW!!! Someday; and hopefully soon; ALL organized religion will be completely irradicated. However; I would like to point out something obvious. Muslims claim to be so fearless; hmm... Interesting; because they would have you believe that they have no tolerance for INFIDELS (non-believers). If that is the case then why don't they try that rhetoric with the largest non-believing country in the world; I mean they border them; it would even be faster and cheaper...CHINA!!! Oh; that's right; I guess More..

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  • so will Hamas continue to fire those rockets into southern Israel?

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  • Viva la Israel! It's funny that nobody has the stones to attack Israel in an organized, military assault with an army under centralized command and attackers wearing uniforms. No, instead they are faced against ragtags that hide behind their women and children.
    There will be no peace in the Middle East until arab males understand the concept of honor.
    In the middle east and Paki/Afghan/Etc-stan, cunning and deceit are more admired than integrity and honor.
    The problem in the region is basic More..

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  • this strike means one less jewish funeral... nice shooting guys!!! keep it up

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  • Hey!!! 1 Dead in Israel ... and at least 280 deads and /- 1000 injureds on the pelestinian side, mostly women and children. Dozens of building destroyed. Was there any militants groups actually launching rockets at Israel in those area where those Israelies bombs were dropped? All we see is deads, blood, desolation,destruction, but we havent seen those rockets. Those victims are a not clandistine forces. Those are HOME,WOMEN AND CHILDREN. THIS IS SOMETHING INSANELY WRONG

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    • I won't judge the right or wrong part other than to say war sucks. They can be for a just reason, but it never really seems right to the outside or to the loser.

      Number of deaths are irrelevant. You don't fight a war thinking 'ok, I will kill one of their people because they killed one of ours.' In this case, they are going to fight a war until Hamas stops shooting rockets. I think Hamas should understand they aren't very good at the whole killing with rockets thing, and Israel is amazingly More..

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  • Same stuff, different century......

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  • Same thing happened with Georgiea and Russia. Georgians got too cocky. Fuck the palestine.

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  • Palestinians didn't do anything to stop Hamas terrorists. :-/

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  • Notice at the end there trying to see if the CD radio is still worth nicking LOL.

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  • Die Die Die Die Die Die

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  • Way to go Israel!

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  • At the 1:53 mark....
    "Shredded jacket for sale! Shredded jackey for sale!"

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