Air-raid sirens sounded all over Israel this past week. They warned Israelis to take cover from incoming rockets launched by Hamas, the militant Palestinian organization that controls the Gaza Strip, the narrow sliver of land that runs alongside the Mediterranean from Israel to Egypt.
At the same time, the scream of Israeli jet fighters was heard all over Gaza, with dozens of powerful missiles striking more than 850 targets in the narrow strip that is home to some two million Palestinians. By midweek, no Israeli casualties or significant property damage had been reported, although as columns of black smoke blackened the skies across Gaza, some 86 Palestinians had been reported killed, most of them civilians, along with 570 wounded.
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