July 18, 2014 – At least 73 children have now been confirmed killed by Palestinian Health Ministry officials since Israel began a ground offensive two days ago in Gaza in what has described as mission to end rocket attacks on Israel.
Sources say at least 319 people have been killed among which are 73 children and the elderly just as over 2, 290 people have been confirmed injured.
In Gaza hospitals are being overworked as dozens are brought in for medical attention.
The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu said the ground operation was necessary to deal with the tunnels, but admitted there was “no guarantee of 100 percent success.”
He said he hoped Israel would operate in a way that would minimise civilian casualties.
.”It is not possible to deal with tunnels only from the air. It needs to be done also from the ground,” he told a special Cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv. “We chose to begin this operation after the other options were exhausted and with the understanding that without the operation, the price we will pay can be very high.”
The Palestinian and Israeli UN ambassadors traded blame for the violence, with Israel’s Ron Prosor insisting no other country would “tolerate… terrorist” rocket fire at its citizens.
The refugee camp operated is already running out of mattresses. A UN official said that $60 million would be needed to provide mattresses for refugees as Israel intensifies attack by sea, air and on the ground.