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Text by FRANCE 24 , AFP

Latest update : 2008-12-29

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he was rallying Arab nations "to stop the cowardly aggressions and massacres in the Gaza Strip," referring to the Israeli air raid that has killed at least 155 according to local medics.

An Israeli woman was killed in the southern town of Netivot on Saturday by a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip, where massive Israeli air strikes killed at least 155 Palestinians, medics said.

  

Hamas radio said militants had launched dozens of projectiles. In a statement, the Islamist group's military wing said it had fired off four.

  

The Israeli army said three rockets and two mortars had fallen on Israeli territory.

 

Hamas called on its fighters to hit back at Israel after massive military air strikes wreaked havoc in the densely populated strip.

  

"We call on all units to avenge with force against the enemy," a Hamas spokesman said in a message broadcast on the Islamists' radio, even as militants launched a series of rockets against the Jewish state from the north of the coastal strip.

 

Israeli army: “just the beginning”

 

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said on Saturday that he was in "urgent contact" with numerous countries over the deadly Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip.

  

"We have carried out urgent contacts with numerous Arab countries and other nations to stop the cowardly aggressions and massacres in the Gaza Strip," Abbas told AFP from Saudi Arabia, which he is currently visiting.

 

Meanwhile, Israeli military spokesman Avi Benayahu warned of more to come.

  

"This is just the beginning of an operation launched after a security cabinet decision. It could take time. We have not fixed a timeline and we will act according to the situation on the ground," he said on the Israeli army radio.

  

Date created : 2008-12-27

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