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Nov 21, 2012

Hamas and Israel agree ceasefire-sources

GAZA/JERUSALEM, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Israel and Hamas agreed
on Wednesday to a ceasefire brokered by Egypt on the eighth day
of intensive Israeli fire on the Gaza Strip and militant rocket
attacks out of the enclave, Israeli, Palestinian and Egyptian
sources said.

First word of the truce came from a Palestinian official who
has knowledge of the negotiations in Cairo, where U.S. Secretary
of State Hillary Clinton was also pursuing peace efforts.

Nov 21, 2012

Tel Aviv bus blast shakes Gaza truce efforts

GAZA/JERUSALEM, Nov 21 (Reuters) – A bomb exploded on a bus
in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, potentially complicating efforts by
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to pursue an elusive
truce between Israel and Hamas, as Israeli air strikes shook the
Gaza Strip.

After talks in Ramallah with Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas, Clinton held a second meeting with Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu before travelling to Egypt for discussions
with President Mohamed Mursi, whose country is the main broker
in efforts to end eight days of fighting.

Nov 21, 2012

Gaza shakes, Israelis killed as Clinton seeks truce

GAZA/JERUSALEM, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Israeli air strikes shook
the Gaza Strip and Palestinian rockets struck across the border
as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held talks in
Jerusalem in the early hours of Wednesday, seeking a truce that
can hold back Israel’s ground troops.

Hamas, the Islamist movement controlling Gaza, and Egypt,
whose new, Islamist government is trying to broker a truce, had
floated hopes for a ceasefire by late Tuesday; but by the time
Clinton met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu it was
clear there would be more argument, and more violence, first.

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

Israel’s most elusive foe urges Hamas to fight on

GAZA (Reuters) – The shadowy commander of the Hamas armed wing in Gaza, who has topped Israel’s most-wanted list for about 20 years, told the Islamist militia on Tuesday they were winning the battle against Israeli forces and should fight on.

Suspected bomb maker Mohammed Deif, 52, is held responsible by Israel for suicide bombings that killed dozens of civilians.

Nov 20, 2012

U.N. says any Israeli invasion of Gaza could displace thousands

GAZA (Reuters) – At least 50 Gaza families living next to the front line with Israel had fled their homes by the seventh day of Israel’s air war but far more people will be uprooted if there is any ground invasion, the U.N. relief agency in the enclave said on Tuesday.

The U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which serves over one million Palestinians in Gaza, has directed the displaced to one of its schools for “protected shelter”, offering them mattresses, blankets and some kitchen tools.

Nov 20, 2012

World pressure for Gaza truce intensifies

GAZA/JERUSALEM, Nov 20 (Reuters) – The U.N. chief called for
an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and U.S.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton headed to the region with a
message that escalation of the week-long conflict was in
nobody’s interest.

Nevertheless, Palestinian rocket fire and Israeli air
strikes continued for a seventh day.

Nov 20, 2012

Gaza truce pressure builds, Cairo in focus

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – International pressure for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip puts Egypt’s new Islamist president in the spotlight on Tuesday after a sixth day of Palestinian rocket fire and Israeli air strikes that have killed over 100 people.

Israel’s leaders weighed the benefits and risks of sending tanks and infantry into the densely populated coastal enclave two months before an Israeli election, and indicated they would prefer a diplomatic path backed by world powers, including U.S. President Barack Obama, the European Union and Russia.

Nov 19, 2012

Israeli strike kills four Gaza family members: Hamas

GAZA (Reuters) – Four members of the same family – four-year-old twin boys and their parents – were killed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza on Monday, the Hamas Health Ministry said.

Israel had no immediate comment on the attack, one of more than 80 bombings during the day in the Hamas-ruled territory, where Israel launched an aerial offensive on Wednesday it says is intended to quell rocket fire at its cities.

Nov 19, 2012

Tears breed defiance at funeral for Gaza family

GAZA (Reuters) – Even as neighbors picked through the rubble of their destroyed house for survivors, the stunned Dalu family arrived at Gaza’s main hospital on Monday to collect the bodies of nine relatives for burial.

“Is this your wife?” asked a medic inside the morgue.

“Ahh, what happened to your face sweetheart?” her husband said, weeping and collapsing into the arms of his spouse. The woman’s face was burnt beyond recognition.

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