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Nov 21, 2012

Gaza shakes as Clinton seeks truce

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday pursued a Gaza truce, with Israel and Hamas still at odds over key terms, as Israeli air strikes shook the enclave and Palestinian rockets hit across the border.

After talks in Ramallah with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and a possible second meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whom she saw late on Tuesday, Clinton planned to fly to Egypt, the main broker in efforts to end eight days of fighting and avert a possible Israeli ground offensive.

Nov 20, 2012

Clinton in Jerusalem as Gaza truce still elusive

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Jerusalem for talks on Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as expectations rose of a ceasefire soon to end a week of fighting around the Gaza Strip.

However, Gaza’s rulers, the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, revised a statement that a truce would start overnight, saying it was still waiting for an Israeli response to proposals and did not now expect an announcement until Wednesday.

Nov 20, 2012

Truce mediator Egypt sees imminent end to Gaza conflict

GAZA/JERUSALEM, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Egypt’s president
predicted on Tuesday that Israel’s Gaza offensive would end
later in the day, Egyptian state media said, as U.S. Secretary
of State Hillary Clinton headed to the region to try to calm the
conflict.

“President Mohamed Mursi announced that the farce of Israeli
aggression against the Gaza Strip will end on Tuesday,” the MENA
news agency and state TV reported, quoting public remarks he
made after the funeral of his sister.

Nov 19, 2012

Israel says prefers diplomacy over Gaza invasion option

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel bombed dozens of targets in Gaza on Monday and said that while it was prepared to step up its offensive by sending in troops, it preferred a diplomatic solution that would end Palestinian rocket fire from the enclave.

As international pressure mounted for a truce, mediator Egypt said a deal to end the fighting could be close.

Nov 18, 2012

Israeli air strike kills 11 civilians in Gaza – Hamas

GAZA/JERUSALEM, Nov 18 (Reuters) – An Israeli missile killed
at least 11 Palestinian civilians including four children in
Gaza on Sunday, medical officials said, apparently an attack on
a top militant that brought a three-storey home crashing down.

International pressure for a ceasefire seemed certain to
mount in response to the deadliest single incident in five days
of Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel and Israeli air strikes
on the Gaza Strip.

Nov 18, 2012

Israel, Gaza fighting rages on as Egypt seeks truce

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel bombed Palestinian militant targets in the Gaza Strip from air and sea for a fifth straight day on Sunday, preparing for a possible ground invasion while also spelling out its conditions for a truce.

Palestinian fire into Israel subsided during the night but resumed in the morning, with rockets targeting the country’s commercial capital Tel Aviv for a fourth day. The two missiles were shot down by Israel’s Iron Dome air shield.

Nov 17, 2012

Israel hits Hamas govt buildings as reservists mobilised

GAZA/JERUSALEM, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Israeli aircraft pounded
Hamas government buildings in Gaza on Saturday, including the
prime minister’s office, after Israel’s cabinet authorised the
mobilisation of up to 75,000 reservists, preparing for a
possible ground invasion.

Hamas, the Islamist group that runs the Gaza Strip, said
Israeli planes bombed the office building of Prime Minister
Ismail Haniyeh – where he had met on Friday with the Egyptian
prime minister – and struck a police headquarters.

Nov 17, 2012

Israel prepares to invade Gaza

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s cabinet authorised the mobilisation of up to 75,000 reservists late on Friday, preparing the ground for a possible Gaza invasion after Palestinians fired a rocket toward Jerusalem for the first time in decades.

Tel Aviv, Israel’s commercial centre, also came under rocket attack for the second straight day, in defiance of an Israeli air offensive that began on Wednesday with the declared aim of deterring Hamas from launching cross-border attacks that have plagued southern Israel for years.

Nov 16, 2012

Israel authorises more reservists after rockets target cities

GAZA/JERUSALEM, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Israel’s cabinet
authorised the mobilisation of up to 75,000 reservists late on
Friday, preparing the ground for a possible Gaza invasion after
Palestinians fired a rocket toward Jerusalem for the first time
in decades.

Tel Aviv, Israel’s commercial centre, also came under rocket
attack for the second straight day, in defiance of an Israeli
air offensive that began on Wednesday with the declared aim of
deterring Hamas from launching cross-border attacks that have
plagued southern Israel for years.

Nov 16, 2012

Israel moves on reservists after rockets target cities

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli ministers were on Friday asked to endorse the call-up of up to 75,000 reservists after Palestinian militants nearly hit Jerusalem with a rocket for the first time in decades and fired at Tel Aviv for a second day.

The rocket attacks were a challenge to Israel’s Gaza offensive and came just hours after Egypt’s prime minister, denouncing what he described as Israeli aggression, visited the enclave and said Cairo was prepared to mediate.

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      "Heller joined Reuters from United Press International in Tel Aviv in 1984 and transferred to London in 1987. He returned to the Middle East in 1992 as a senior sub-editor on the Middle East and Africa desk before taking up a post as correspondent, Jerusalem a year later. He is currently editor-in-charge in the Jerusalem bureau."
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