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Israelâ€™s airstrikes â€œhave killed at least 270 people so far, injured more than 1,000, many of them seriously, and many remain buried under the rubble so the death toll will likely rise,â€ Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies pointed out on Sunday (Dec. 28), two days into Israelâ€™s attack. â€œThis catastrophic impact was known and inevitable, and far outweighs any claim of self-defense or protection of Israeli civilians.â€ She mentioned that â€œthe one Israeli killed by a Palestinian rocket attack on Saturday after the Israeli assault began was the first such casualty in more than a year.â€
Here is part of the BBCâ€™s latest â€˜accountâ€™ of the slaughter unleashed on the prison that is the Gaza Strip,
â€œIsraeli air raids have pounded the Gaza Strip for a third day, hitting key sites linked to militant group Hamas.
â€œGaza's interior ministry and Islamic University were the latest targets.
â€œHamas says 312 Palestinians have died since Saturday, of which the UN says 57 were civilians. In Israel, a second person was killed by a militant rocket.
â€œDefence Minister Ehud Barak said Israel was not fighting the people of Gaza but was in "a war to the bitter end" with Hamas, which has ruled Gaza since 2007.â€ â€” â€˜Israel strikes key Hamas officesâ€™, BBC Website, 29 December, 2008.