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June 23, 2006
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* Israel ordered a review of its airstrikes against Gaza Strip rocket crews after a rash of Palestinian civilian deaths. Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz, the Israel Defense Forces’ chief of staff, issued the order Thursday following the death of a pregnant woman and her brother in a nighttime missile strike aimed at a terrorist squad in northern Gaza. Fourteen Palestinian bystanders have been killed in air strikes over the past two weeks, drawing international censure. But Maj. Gen. Eliezer Shkedy, chief of Israel’s air force, said it’s unlikely the tactic would be scrapped given the lack of alternatives against Kassam rockets fired from Gaza into Israel. “Unless we want a ground operation in Gaza, this is the only method of fighting the Kassams,” Shkedy told Israel’s Army Radio.

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