Palestine conflict

This item appears on page 21 of the February 2009 issue.

The tenuous cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in Palestine ended in December, with Hamas firing rockets into Israel and Israel responding late in the month with an intense aerial assault, resulting in hundreds of casualties in the Hamas-controlled area of Palestine. Israel focused on Hamas targets and known smuggling tunnels and blocked food and fuel aid from entering the area. 

On Jan. 3, at press time, Israel invaded Gaza with infantry, tanks and helicopter gunships.