Israeli tank fire kills sleeping families
Wednesday 08 November 2006 5:38 AM GMT

Israeli tanks have killed at least 18 Palestinians, including sleeping women and children, in the deadliest single attack in Gaza in four years.

Mahmud Assaly, director of Beit Lahiya hospital, said the people were killed when tanks opened fire on several houses early on Wednesday.

Attaf Hamad, a witness, said that tank shells struck and demolished at least four houses in the attack.

More than 40 people were reportedly injured, including seven children and four women, the Palestinian health minister and witnesses said.
“It is the saddest scene and images I have ever seen. We saw legs, we saw heads, we saw hands scattered in the street,” Hamad told Reuters.

“I saw people coming out of a house covered in blood. I started screaming to wake up the neighbours.”

Israeli officials appologised for the deaths, amid conflicting reports that Irsael had ordered a temporary halt to the shelling of Gaza.

Israeli troops completed their largest military operation in Gaza in a year on Tuesday after killing 60 fighters and civilians in a week-long incursion in the Beit Hanoun area that Israel said was designed to stop rocket attacks on Israeli cities.
Soldiers killed eight Palestinians in separate incidents in Gaza on Tuesday.

Israel had pulled its forces out of Gaza last year after a 38-year occupation, however it has repeatedly raided the territory since one of its soldiers was captured there in June.

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