Israeli and Hamas forces have continued to trade fire in the Gaza Strip despite a United Nations demand for an immediate cease-fire.
Israeli aircraft and ground troops continued to attack targets in Gaza Friday as Palestinian militants fired more than 30 rockets into Israel as the conflict entered its third week.The United Nations Security Council late Thursday called for an immediate and binding ceasefire in Gaza. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert dismissed the resolution on Friday, saying the operation will continue as long as rockets are being fired at Israeli civilians.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon telephoned Mr. Olmert Friday to express his disappointment that violence is continuing in disregard of the U.N. resolution.Hamas leaders earlier criticized the resolution. Militant leaders say they will not accept any proposal that does not call for an end to the Israeli blockade of Gaza and the opening of border crossings.
Medical officials in Gaza said Friday more than 784 Palestinians have died in the fighting. The medics say about half of the dead are women and children.
At least 18 Israelis have been killed, including at least nine soldiers.
United Nations officials said Friday they would resume aid operations for civilians as soon as possible.