In a CNN interview, Netanyahu claimed that Hamas is cynically exploiting Palestinian deaths to create striking televised images that will garner international sympathy.22
Israel’s military said 13 soldiers were killed in a series of attacks in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, the heaviest Israeli death toll in a single day of battle in years.8
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls called the fight against anti-Semitism a “national cause.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel will take “whatever action is necessary” to halt Hamas cross-border rocket attacks from Gaza and restore calm but insisted his forces were doing their utmost to avoid civilian casualties there.
At least 62 Palestinians were killed on Sunday by Israeli shelling in a Gaza neighborhood, where bodies were strewn in the street and thousands fled toward a hospital packed with wounded, witnesses and health officials said.12
Two members from the same Jewish family were killed in shelling in the embattled eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk.
Two more Israeli soldiers were killed in Gaza, bringing the number of soldiers killed to five.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Israel was worse than Hitler, but appeared to heed calls to urge his political allies to tone down attacks on the country’s Jews.
Israel responded skeptically to the extension of Iranian nuclear talks with world powers on Saturday, saying it saw no cause for the optimism voiced by some Western diplomats about prospects for an accord.
In a school in northern Gaza, scores of families sweat in cramped classrooms. Babies cry, while restless kids draw on chalkboards and worried parents give thanks for their relative safety.3
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