Gaza: Escalating conflict

 
 
 
  • A picture taken from the southern Israeli town of Sderot shows smoke billowing from a spot targeted by an Israeli air strike inside the Gaza strip. The UN Security Council held a late night emergency meeting on escalating tensions between Israel and Gaza after Israel carried out more than 20 air strikes and sea artillery attacks on the Palestinian territory, killing the military commander for Hamas, which controls the territory. (Jack Guez, AFP)
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  • The Israeli military launch a missile from the Iron Dome missile system in the southern city of Beer Sheva into the Gaza Strip. Rockets were launched from Gaza into Israel amid a vast Israeli operation against Gaza militants which began on November 14 with the killing of a top Hamas chief along with ten other Palestinians. (Menahem Kahana, AFP)
  • Explosion and smoke rise following an Israeli air strike in the northern Gaza Strip, seen from the Israel Gaza Border, southern Israel. (Ariel Schalit, AP)
  • Palestinian mourners carry the body of Ahmad Jaabari, head of the military wing of the Hamas movement, the Ezzedin Qassam Brigades, during his funeral in Gaza City. Tensions between Israel and Gaza have sparked a furious response from Egypt's Islamist administration, which has close ties with the Palestinian territory's ruling Hamas movement, with Cairo recalling its ambassador in protest at Israel's killing of Jaabari. (Mohammed Abed, AFP)
  • A Palestinian relative carries a wounded girl into the treatment room of Shifa hospital following an Israeli airstrike, in Gaza City. The Israeli military said its assassination of the Hamas military commander Ahmed Jabari, marks the beginning of an operation against Gaza militants. (Majed Hamdan, AP)
  • Jihad Masharawi weeps while he holds the body of his 11-month old son Ahmad, at Shifa hospital following an Israeli air strike on their family house, in Gaza City. (Majed Hamdan, AP)
  • People look at a wreckage of the car in which was killed Ahmed Jabari, head of the Hamas military wing. (Adel Hana, AP)
  • Image from aerial footage made available by the Israeli Defense Force shows the car of Hamas military chief, Ahmad Jabari, circled, exploding as an airstrike hit. Israel killed the commander of the Hamas military wing in one of some 20 airstrikes on the Gaza Strip Wednesday, the heaviest barrage on the Palestinian territory in four years in retaliation for renewed rocket fire on southern Israel. (AP)
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  • The Israeli military launch a missile from the Iron Dome missile system in the southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva into the Gaza Strip. (Menahem Kahana, AFP)
  • A Palestinian man sits amid the rubble in his bombed house following an Israeli air strike on Gaza City. (Mahmud Hams, AFP)
  • A general view shows a crater at a sport targeted by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City in the early hours. (Mahmud Hams, AFP)
  • A Palestinian man points to a destroyed house following an Israeli air strike on a residential neighbourhood in Gaza City. (Mahmud Hams, AFP)
  • A Palestinian man inspects his damaged house. (Mahmud Hams, AFP)
  • Explosion and smoke rise following an Israeli air strike in the northern Gaza Strip, seen from the Israel Gaza Border, southern Israel. (Ariel Schalit, AP)
  • Palestinian men react at hospital after the body of Ahmed Jabari, head of the Hamas military wing, was brought, in Gaza City. (Hatem Moussam, AP)
  • Egyptians chant slogans against latest Israel airstrikes in Gaza during a protest in Cairo. Egypt has recalled its ambassador to Israel after an Israeli airstrike killed the military commander of Gaza's ruling Hamas. In a statement read on state TV, a spokesman says that President Mohammed Morsi recalled the ambassador and has asked the Arab League's secretary general to convene an emergency ministerial meeting in the wake of the Gaza violence. (Bernat Armangue, AP)
  • Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks on after delivering a statement to the media at Hakirya a military base in Tel Aviv, Israel. Israel's prime minister says the military is prepared to broaden its operation against Hamas targets in Gaza. Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel cannot tolerate continued rocket attacks against its citizens. Netanyahu said Israel is "prepared to expand the operation". (Ariel Schalit, AP)
  • Israeli UN Ambassador Ron Prosor speaks to reporters following a closed-door meeting of the Council at the United Nations. Palestinian officials have asked the UN Security Council to act to halt Israel's military operation in Gaza. (Louis Lanzano, AP)
  • Palestinian UN observer Riyad Mansour speaks to reporters following a closed-door meeting of the Council at the United Nations. (Louis Lanzano, AP)