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Israel dismisses Palestinian war claims


Source: | 01-20-2009 09:39

Special Report:   Israel airstrikes in Gaza

A spokesman for the Israeli government has dismissed claims of victory by Gaza rulers Hamas.

Mark Regev insists Hamas was dealt a heavy blow in the operation. Hamas says 48 of its fighters died - its first statement on losses. The number is far below the hundreds of militants Israel claimed it had killed.

The bodies of four Hamas fighters from the same family - Bassem, Nashad, Sharif, and Rizek Suboh, lie in a mosque as family and friends come to pray over the bodies, which were dug out from rubble in Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza strip, Monday, Jan. 19, 2009. Israel hopes to pull all its troops out of the Gaza Strip by the time U.S. President-elect Barack Obama is inaugurated as president of the United States on Tuesday, Israeli officials said.(AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
The bodies of four Hamas fighters from the same family - 
Bassem, Nashad, Sharif, and Rizek Suboh, lie in a mosque 
as family and friends come to pray over the bodies, which 
were dug out from rubble in Beit Lahiya, in the northern 
Gaza strip, Monday, Jan. 19, 2009. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

It is impossible to verify the figures. Thousands of Gazans have been made homeless, forced to flee as Israeli warplanes shelled their homes. Around 50-thousand Gazans sought refuge in United Nations compounds and schools converted into shelters throughout the operation.


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