The ground invasion that began Jan. 3 follows a week-long aerial assault on targets across the densely populated territory. The United Nations estimates that a quarter of those killed have been civilians; both sides have rejected calls for a cease-fire. Israel is seeking to stop Hamas, an Islamist movement that rejects Israel's right to exist, from launching rockets into southern Israel. Here are the major attacks as of Jan. 3.
SOURCE: Staff reporting, staff researcher Robert E. Thomason, Palestinian Center for Human Rights, Israeli military and police, B'Tselem | By Gene Thorp, The Washington Post - Jan. 7, 2009
Israeli Forces Enter Gaza Strip Article | JERUSALEM, Jan. 3 -- Israel launched a major ground invasion of the Gaza Strip on Saturday night, moving in tanks, infantry and artillery units after eight days of relentless air attacks failed to halt Hamas rocket fire from the narrow coastal territory.
Wounded Israeli Troops Yearn to Be in the Fight Article | BEERSHEBA, Israel, Jan. 5 -- Sgt. Natan Weitzman was creeping through the Gaza Strip on Saturday night with 17 members of his Israeli army platoon when a mortar shell landed in their midst.
Struggle for Justice by Deceived Afghan Bride Resonates in India NEW DELHI -- Twenty-year-old Sabra Ahmadzai finished her final high school test in Afghanistan, took out a bank loan and then flew to India on the last day of November. She came to look for an Indian army doctor who she said had deceived, married and then abandoned her in Kabul, making her an obj...