April 16th, 2008 15:11 EST
Mahmoud Abbas condemns Israel's millitary operations
At least 17 Palestinians and three Israeli soldiers were killed in an upsurge of violence in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip Wednesday.
Wednesday`s death toll is the highest since the Israeli military offensive in early March that killed more than 120 Gazans.
Hamas and medical officials say 17 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were killed in separate Israeli assaults today, including air strikes near al-Bureij refugee camp. A Reuters cameraman filming in the area of the camp was also among the dead.
Israeli troops entered Gaza to conduct what the military called a "routine operation" to target militants launching rockets at southern Israel. The Israeli army says it lost three soldiers in Wednesday`s violence.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned Israel`s military operations and urged all parties to cooperate with Egyptian efforts to reach a truce.
Mr. Abbas made the remarks while visiting Moscow.
In another development, Israel`s Defense Ministry renewed fuel deliveries to Gaza today. Israel had cut off fuel supplies after an attack on the Nahal Oz fuel terminal last week killed two Israeli civilians.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.