More than 155 people killed by Israel Gaza Strip attack


Smoke rises from Israeli missile strikes in the northern Gaza Strip as seen from the Israeli community of Netiv Hasara, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

More than 155 people were killed after Israel attacked Gaza Strip via series of air strikes on multiple targets, TimesOnline reports.

Security compounds run by the Hamas militant group were destroyed by missiles, killing dozens of people and many were buried under the rubble. According to Moawiya Hassanain, a Gaza Health Ministry official, there were over 250 wounded people.

Israel said that the air strikes were launched in response to continued rocket fire by Palestinian militants against Israeli towns.

An Israeli military statement claimed the operation targeted “Hamas terror operatives” as well as training camps and weaponry storage warehouses.

Hamas immediately vowed to carry out revenge attacks on Israel. “Hamas will continue the resistance until the last drop of blood,” said the group’s spokesman Fawzi Barhoum, speaking on a Gaza radio station.

The Gaza Strip air strikes caused panic and confusion to its people, as black clouds of smoke rose above the territory, ruled by Hamas for the past 18 months. Some of the missiles landed in densely populated areas as children were leaving school, and women rushed into the streets frantically looking for their children.