Snapshots from the Sydney Morning Herald and Malaysiakini Week 2 of Israeli Gaza blitz, no end in sight:
A missile fired by an Israeli jet slammed into a house in southern Gaza, killing three boys, aged from seven to 10. It was one of more than 58 fresh raids carried out on Friday.
A 12-year-old girl died of her wounds after the bombing of a house near Gaza City belonging to a member of Islamic Jihad, and two gunmen from the armed wing of Hamas were killed in Jabaliya after firing rockets, medics said.
On Saturday, an army spokesman said air attacks on "Hamas infrastructure'' were continuing into the predawn hours.
Since then, at least 435 people have been killed, including 66 children, and 2150 wounded, according to Gaza medics.
The bombardment has demolished dozens of houses and heightened concern over the humanitarian situation in Gaza ... [...]
Max Gaylard, the UN humanitarian coordinator for the Palestinian territories, said "there is a critical emergency in the Gaza Strip right now ... By any definition this is a humanitarian crisis and more.''
Thousands of Hamas faithful attended the funeral of Nizar Rayan - a firebrand hardliner who was killed with his four wives and 11 children on Thursday.
The United States gave Israel free rein on whether to invade the overcrowded enclave, insisting that the key to a ceasefire is Israel's demand for Hamas to permanently halt rocket fire.
"So I think any steps they are taking, whether it's from the air or on the ground or anything of that nature, are part and parcel of the same operation,'' said White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe.
"Those will be decisions made by the Israelis.''
President George Bush, meanwhile, urged all able parties to press Hamas to stop firing on Israel to facilitate a lasting ceasefire.
"The United States is leading diplomatic efforts to achieve a meaningful ceasefire that is fully respected,'' Bush said in his weekly Saturday radio address, the text of which was released late on Friday.
"I urge all parties to pressure Hamas to turn away from terror, and to support legitimate Palestinian leaders working for peace."
"... leading diplomatic efforts to achieve a meaningful ceasefire ..."? How can such a unmitigated biased and prejudiced US President lead diplomatic efforts?
"The United States gave Israel free rein on whether ..." What a f* obscene liar Bush is.
We know the neo-Nazis are killing those children but guess why those Israeli jackbooted SS sturmtroopers feel so unrestrained in their massacring of toddlers?
And I really wonder who's terrorizing who?