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(CNN) – A new wave of Israeli airstrikes battered areas of Gaza early Thursday, continuing the deadly onslaught aimed at stopping militant rocket fire into Israel.
But there was no sign that Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza were backing down as rockets continued to streak over the border into southern Israel. No Israelis have been killed so far in the rocket attacks.
"There have been attempts to stop all of this, but the fact of the matter is, is that the Israelis have indicated they are not interested in brokering a cease fire," said human rights attorney Diana Buttu, former legal adviser to the Palestine Liberation Organization.
(CNN) – The flare-up in Middle East tensions has roots in the sickening murders of teenagers on both sides.
Three Israeli teens, abducted in the west bank and killed last month, and a Palestinian teen, also kidnapped a little more than a week ago, and burned alive.
His cousin, an American citizen visiting Jerusalem, says Israeli police wrongly accused him of throwing rocks, and brutally beat him for it.
CNN's Becky Anderson has been speaking to family members of these murdered teens. She spoke with Suha Abu Khedair, the mother of murdered Palestinian boy Mohammed Abu Khedair.
"Everything reminds me of Mohammed. There is nothing that can make me forget him," she said.
"He had a lot of humor in his life," she said, tears streaming down her face.