Israel's army and Palestinian militant group Hamas continued to fight for a second week in the Gaza Strip on Friday despite a call by the U.N. Security Council resolution to stop.
The Israeli air force bombarded Gaza while Hamas attacked with rockets., according to the Associated Press.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said the resolution for a ceasefire was unworkable. Yesterday, the Council voted 14-0 to call for an immediate ceasefire, with the United States abstaining.
The firing of rockets this morning only goes to show that the U.N. decision is unworkable and will not be adhered to by the murderous Palestinian organizations, he said in a statement.
He said the army would go on defending citizens.
A Hamas spokesman told AP that the group is not interested in a cease-fire because the council did to consult with the group and the resolution did not meet its minimum demand.
By Midday, 19 Palestinians had been killed, according to an AP count. Israeli aircraft hit more than 30 targets before dawn. The death toll for Palestinians has been 760 while thirteen Israelis have died.
Hamas rockets hit parts of southern Israel, including Beersheba and Ashkelon, AP said.