Aug 20 - Hundreds gather in Gaza to mourn the death of a boy and several others in retaliatory airstrikes by Israel. Jessica Gray reports.
Hundreds of Gazan mourners rush to join a funeral procession for a Palestinian boy killed in an overnight Israeli airstrike. Israel began bombarding the coastal enclave after a deadly shooting in Eilat on Thursday and another gun battle between security forces that killed five Egyptian officers along the border with SInai on Friday. Egypt accuses Israel of targeting Egyptian soldiers during a raid to find Thursday's shooters. Palestinian rebels have fought back by launching rockets into southern Israel. More than 20 people have been killed as the incidents continue to escalate and raise tensions between Israel, Egypt and the Palestinian territories. A spokesman for Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas says he is calling on the U.N. to stop what he calls a massacre. SOUNDBITE) (English) TOP AIDE TO PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT MAHMOUD ABBAS, SAEB EREKAT "President Abbas has called for an immediate session of the security council in order to stop the massacre that is being committed against our people in the Gaza Strip. 15 people have been killed, many of them are children, 44 people have been wounded, many critically wounded and we call upon the international community to and the security council to begin immediately a process of de-escalation and de-confliction." Reports state 11 militants and four civilians, including the leader of the Islamist Hamas group, have died in the strikes so far. Jessica Gray, Reuters