‘ Operation Protective Edge Day Five Air-Strikes Hit 2 Mosques and Charitable Organisation and Preparations for 40,000 Ground Troops are Under-Way ‘

#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY: July 12 – Sixteen Palestinians were killed in Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip early Saturday, bringing the toll on the fifth day of violence to 121, with more than 920 wounded, medics said(Dawn)

A Palestinian surveys the rubble of a mosque, which was destroyed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza. — Photo by Reuters

Hamas said Israel for the first time also hit a pair of mosques in its offensive. It hopes the incident will galvanize support in the Muslim world.

“The bombing of two mosques in Gaza overnight shows how barbaric this enemy is and how much is it hostile to Islam,” said Husam Badran, a Hamas spokesman in Doha, Qatar. “This terrorism gives us the right to broaden our response to deter this occupier.“

The Israeli military released an aerial photo of the mosque it hit, saying it concealed rockets right next to another religious site and civilian homes.

The latest strike killed three in the eastern Tufah neighbourhood of Gaza City, Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.

The raid came shortly after two people were killed in a strike that hit a charitable association for the disabled in Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza, and another three people died in an attack in western Gaza City.

Israel vows no let-up: Israel says preparations are under way for a possible ground attack, with tanks and artillery massed along the border and some 33,000 reservists mobilised out of 40,000 approved by the cabinet.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Friday he expected a political decision on a possible ground operation within 48 hours.

Middle Eastern News Agencies