Strike massacres Gaza family of 10 among them women and children


Photos: Violence flares between Palestinians, IsraelisAs international pressure mounted Monday for an end to the Israeli-Palestinian violence that has left dozens dead and hundreds wounded, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon flying to the region to personally appeal for a cease-fire.

Ban’s call for a truce came on the heels of the single deadliest attack — an Israeli airstrike that killed a family of 10 — in the conflict that began with militant rocket attacks from Gaza, to which Israel responded with an aerial offensive.

"This must stop," Ban said late Sunday. He called on both sides to cooperate with Egyptian-led effort to broker a cease-fire.

"I am heading to the region to appeal personally for ending the violence and contribute to ongoing efforts to that end," he said.

Ban joins a growing chorus of Western and Arab diplomats calling for end to the crisis that has raised fears of a repeat of Israel’s 2008 invasion of Gaza following a similar spate of rocket attacks. At least 1,400 people were killed in that conflict.

In Israel, three people have been killed and 68 wounded in rocket attacks, the Israel Defense Forces says.

At least 90 people have been killed in Gaza since Israel began its aerial campaign, Palestinian emergency services said Monday. More than 740 people in Gaza have been injured, the group said.

Neighbors and family members used a ditch digger, shovels and, in some cases, their hands to dig through the debris of a two-story house blown apart by an Israeli airstrike.

Ten members of one family were buried in the broken concrete and mangled metal, relatives told CNN.

A ditch digger was used to lift a giant slab of concrete. Underneath, the bodies of two small children were discovered.

Nearby, men dug through concrete blocks to find a missing woman.

"She’s my uncle’s wife," a young man shouted as he tried to get to a debris pile where the woman was believed buried. "She lived here."

A short time later, the body of the elderly woman was uncovered.

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