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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.

Nov 19, 2012

Israel pounds Gaza as rocket fire wanes; talks in Egypt

GAZA/JERUSALEM, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Israel bombed dozens of
suspected guerrilla sites in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on
Monday and Palestinian rocket fire from the enclave dropped off
as international efforts to broker a truce intensified.

Ten civilians and two field commanders from the Islamic
Jihad faction were killed and at least 30 other Palestinians
were hurt in the new air strikes, hospital officials said,
bringing the death toll from six days of clashes in Gaza to 85.

Nov 19, 2012

More diplomacy to try to halt Israel-Gaza fighting

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Hostilities between Islamist militants and Israel entered a sixth day on Monday as diplomatic efforts were set to intensify to try to stop rocket fire from the Gaza Strip and Israeli air strikes on Gaza.

International pressure for a ceasefire seemed certain to mount after the deadliest single incident in the flare-up on Sunday claimed the lives of at least 11 Palestinian civilians, including four children.

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

Hamas finds cause to smile under Israeli assault

GAZA (Reuters) – As Israel bombed Palestinian militant targets in the Gaza Strip for a fifth day, Ali Al-Ahmed took to the streets of Gaza city in his pyjamas on Sunday to buy eggs and chocolate for his three children.

“Terrifying, that’s how it feels,” he said.

“But they are also terrorised on the other side of the border,” he added approvingly. “To be honest, I thought Hamas had forgotten about fighting Israel. I was wrong.”

Nov 18, 2012

Analysis: Hamas finds cause to smile under Israeli assault

GAZA (Reuters) – As Israel bombed Palestinian militant targets in the Gaza Strip for a fifth day, Ali Al-Ahmed took to the streets of Gaza city in his pyjamas on Sunday to buy eggs and chocolate for his three children.

“Terrifying, that’s how it feels,” he said.

“But they are also terrorized on the other side of the border,” he added approvingly. “To be honest, I thought Hamas had forgotten about fighting Israel. I was wrong.”

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