Gaza death toll approaching 800
Thursday 8th January, 2009
Thirteen days of hostilities in the Gaza Srip have now resulted in 774 deaths, many of whom are children.
More than 3,000 have been wounded, with hundreds having lost multiple-limbs.
The densely populated strip of land houses 1.5 million people, more than half of whom are children. The average age of the overall population is 17.
On Thursday CNN, quoting medical sources, reported the death toll of Palestinians killed had reached 763.
Eleven Israelis have also died, including eight soldiers.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Thursday the objectives of the current offensive had not yet been reached. He hinted the military operation could be expanded and extended.
SPEAKING ON A VISIT TO THE SOUTH OF ISRAEL HE SAID, "THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT THE TEST REQUIRING A DECISION BY THE POLITICAL ECHELON IS HOW TO ENSURE THAT THE REALITY THE IDF (ISRAELI ARMY) IS CURRENTLY IN THE ACT OF CHANGING DOES NOT AGAIN CONTROL THE SOUTH, AND THAT QUIET PREVAILS."
"WE HAVE YET TO ARRIVE AT THIS SITUATION, AND THE ARMY STILL HASN'T BEEN ASKED TO CARRY OUT EVERYTHING THAT IS REQUIRED TO THIS END. SO THE DECISION STILL AWAITS US," HE SAID.