December 29, 2008 / 10:27 PM / 10 years ago

FACTBOX - Developments in Gaza fighting on Dec 29

(Reuters) - Israelis warplanes pounded the Gaza Strip for a third successive day on Monday and Palestinian militants fired their deadliest rocket salvoes into southern Israel.

The Israeli strikes have killed at least 335 Palestinians, including at least 62 civilians. Palestinian rocket fire had so far killed four Israelis, three of them on Monday.

Following are developments in the fighting as of 9 p.m. British time:

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* ASHDOD, Israel - Rockets fired by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip land in the port city of Ashdod, killing a woman and bringing to four the number of Israelis killed since the Jewish state launched its air campaign three days ago.

* NAHAL OZ, Israel - Rocket salvoes fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza land in Nahal Oz near the border with the coastal enclave, killing one Israeli.

GAZA - Israeli warplanes bomb the Hamas-run Interior Ministry, the first air strike targeting a government building in Israel’s offensive, the Palestinian group said. No casualties were reported.

GAZA - Hamas says an Israeli air strike destroyed a laboratory building at the Islamic University, a significant cultural symbol of Hamas. Israel has accused Hamas of using the facilities to develop explosives and weapons.

GAZA - Israeli naval vessels pound Gaza port, aiming rounds at Hamas structures, an official from the organisation’s security apparatus said.

BEERSHEBA, Israel - Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak tells top commanders in a briefing the offensive is open-ended saying “the Israeli army is continuing and shall continue to act to achieve the goals.”

Jerusalem newsroom; Editing by Andrew Dobbie

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