JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's military chief says his troops have
inflicted damage on Hamas in the Gaza Strip but will continue
fighting to achieve more.
Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi says soldiers are doing "exceptional
work" and that Hamas fighters, infrastructure and government
institutions in the territory have been dealt a serious blow.
But he says "we still have work to do." He says the military
will continue striking at Hamas and will work to further reduce
militant rocket fire at Israeli towns.
The rocket fire led to the offensive Israel launched on Dec. 27,
and has continued. Gaza health officials say more than 900
Palestinians have been killed, at least half of them civilians.
Ashkenazi was speaking Tuesday to a parliamentary committee in
charge of foreign affairs and defense.