Israel bombings in Gaza after UN resolution

Israeli air raids hit 50 targets in Gaza overnight, ignoring a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire to the 14-day-old conflict.

Israel bombings in Gaza after UN resolution
Israeli air raids hit 50 targets in Gaza overnight, ignoring a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire to the 14-day-old conflict.

Israeli warplanes dropped bombs on the outskirts of the city of Gaza, residents said.

Elsewhere, Palestinian medics said tanks shelled a house in Beit Lahiya in the north of the Gaza Strip, killing six Palestinians from the same family.

In New York, the Security Council passed a resolution urging an "immediate, durable and fully respected ceasefire", and for Israel to withdraw from Gaza after its two-week air-and-ground offensive. The United States abstained.

The drafted resolution also calls for a full Israeli withdrawal, unimpeded humanitarian access and intense diplomatic efforts for peace.

The U.N. Relief and Works Agency, which distributes the vast majority of aid in Gaza, kept its operations suspended on Friday after the death of one of its drivers in Israel's offensive.

All convoys to Erez and the Kerem Shalom, which has been the main crossing point used for bringing humanitarian supplies into Gaza, were suspended after the incident.

On Thursday, ambulance workers ventured onto the battlefield to gather decomposing bodies from the rubble. Officials said the Palestinian death toll had risen to 773, of whom more than a third were children.

While the United States abstained from the U.N. resolution, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Washington "backed the text".

In Gaza, local ambulance crews and the Red Crescent said they collected rotting corpses in places that had been unable to reach since Israeli forces began their ground attack six days ago.

They found four children starving beside the bodies of their mothers and evacuated scores of trapped and wounded, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.

The Israeli military said air raids hit 50 targets in Gaza overnight.

Amid the continuing assault, six more Palestinians, including one baby, were killed in an Israeli air raid in the northern part of the Gaza Strip early on Friday.

Three more Palestinians were killed in shelling in central Gaza, raising the Palestinian death toll in Gaza to 778, including more than 200 children, since the Israeli offensive began on December 27.

More than 3,250 people have also been wounded.

Agencies
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