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article imageMore than 100 dead in Gaza, medical facilities overwhelmed

By Robert Weller     Jul 11, 2014 in Politics
Gaza - Four days of Israeli airstrikes on the densely populated Gaza Strip have left more than 100 people dead, and overwhelmed hospitals.
Egypt, which is hostile to Gaza’s Hamas, briefly opened its Rafah border on Thursday but less than 20 wounded were able to cross, said the Mann news agency.
Cairo paid lip service to its horror of the Israeli airstrikes, condemning them, said Alaramonline.
Israel media quoted the government as saying it rejected an American offer of mediation.
Hospital facilities in Gaza have been damaged or destroyed, said Russian TV. It quoted the World Health Organization as saying: "A hospital, three clinics and a water desalinization center In a refugee camp have also been damaged. More air strikes and missile attacks are likely," the WHO said in a statement.
"The recent escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip raises concern about the ability of the government and the Ministry of Health of the occupied Palestinian territory to cope with the increased burden of medical emergencies on the health system, given the high levels of shortages of medicines, medical disposables and hospital fuel supplies, and rising healthcare debt.”
Several deaths were reported in Israel that were attributed to rockets fired from Gaza, the Times of Israel and others reported.
Though Israeli tanks were massed on the Gaza border, and an invasion approved, there was no movement by mid-day Friday. Previous invasions of Gaza, as well as hundreds of airstrikes, have claimed the lives of many civilians while achieving little to end the conflict.
It wasn’t clear that a fresh invasion would achieve much more, though it would rouse the Arab world and other countries who already are anti-Israeli. And some Israeli media were questioning whether the Tel Aviv government had an exit strategy if an invasion is launched.
Gaza militants were threatening to fire rockets at Israeli airports used by international airlines.
There was no sign that the offer of US President Barack Obama to negotiate a cease-fire had been accepted by either side.
"The United States remains prepared to facilitate a cessation of hostilities, including a return to the November 2012 ceasefire agreement," said the statement.
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