Palestinians help a wounded child after an
Israeli air force attack in Gaza City on Saturday.
By Dion Nissenbaum
McClatchy Newspapers (MCT)
JERUSALEM — The Israeli military Saturday unleashed a devastating series of air strikes on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, targeting security compounds and killing more than 200 people in the deadliest day of the decade for Palestinians.
Saturday night, medical officials in Gaza said that 225 people were killed and 300 more were injured in the prolonged Israeli attacks, which propelled Israel's confrontation with the militant Islamic group into a new and even more volatile phase.
The White House gave tacit support for the assault by blaming Hamas for provoking the Israeli attack.