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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

Jerusalem and Tel Aviv under rocket fire, Netanyahu warns Gaza

GAZA, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Palestinian militants nearly hit
Jerusalem with a rocket for the first time in decades on Friday
and fired at Tel Aviv for a second day, in a stinging challenge
to Israel’s Gaza offensive after an Egyptian bid to broker a
truce.

The attacks came just hours after Egypt’s prime minister,
denouncing what he described as Israeli aggression, visited the
Gaza Strip and said Cairo was prepared to mediate.

Nov 16, 2012

Egypt in Gaza truce bid as rocket jolts Tel Aviv

GAZA, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Egypt tried to open a tiny window
to emergency peace diplomacy in Gaza on Friday, but hopes for
even a brief ceasefire while its prime minister was inside the
bombarded enclave to talk to leaders of the Islamist Hamas
movement were immediately dashed.

Prime Minister Hisham Kandil visited the Gaza Strip
officially to show solidarity with the Palestinian people after
two days of relentless attacks by Israeli warplanes determined
to end militant rocket fire at Israel.

Nov 16, 2012

Egypt opens tiny window for Gaza truce

GAZA, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Egypt opened a tiny window to
emergency peace diplomacy in Gaza on Friday, but hopes for even
a brief ceasefire while its prime minister was inside the
bombarded enclave to talk to leaders of the Islamist Hamas
movement were immediately dashed.

Prime Minister Hisham Kandil arrived in the Gaza Strip on
Friday officially to show solidarity with the Palestinian people
after two days of relentless attacks by Israeli warplanes
determined to end militant rocket fire at Israel.

Nov 16, 2012

Egypt PM to visit Gaza in support of Hamas against Israel

GAZA, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Egypt’s prime minister prepared to
visit the Gaza Strip on Friday in an unprecedented display of
solidarity with Hamas militants embroiled in a new escalation of
conflict with Israel that risks spiralling into all-out war.

Two rockets from Gaza crashed near Tel Aviv in the first
such attack on Israel’s commercial capital for 20 years. One
fell into the Mediterranean Sea and the other in an uninhabited
part of one of the Tel Aviv suburbs south of the city.

Nov 15, 2012

Rockets hit near Tel Aviv as Gaza death toll rises

GAZA, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Two rockets fired from the Gaza
Strip targeted Tel Aviv on Thursday in the first attack on
Israel’s commercial capital in 20 years, raising the stakes in a
showdown between Israel and the Palestinians that is moving
towards all-out war.

Earlier, a Hamas rocket killed three Israelis north of the
Gaza Strip, drawing the first blood from Israel as the
Palestinian death toll rose to 16, five of them children.

Nov 15, 2012

Hamas reeling but defiant as Israel pounds Gaza

GAZA, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Israel exchanged the fiercest fire
with Hamas in years after assassinating its military mastermind
and threatening a wider offensive in the Gaza Strip to stem
Palestinian rocket salvoes.

Launched on Wednesday during a deceptive lull in almost a
week of surging cross-border violence, Israel’s air assault had
an intensity recalling the outset of the 2008-09 Gaza war though
this time the Palestinian death toll of 13 was far lower.

Nov 15, 2012

Israel hammers Hamas in Gaza offensive

GAZA (Reuters) – Israel launched a major offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza on Wednesday, killing the military commander of Hamas in an air strike and threatening an invasion of the enclave that the Islamist group vowed would “open the gates of hell”.

The onslaught shattered hopes that a truce mediated on Tuesday by Egypt could pull the two sides back from the brink of war after five days of escalating Palestinian rocket attacks and Israeli strikes at militant targets.

Nov 14, 2012

Slain Hamas boss, scourge of Israel, was dead man walking

GAZA (Reuters) – Ahmed Al-Jaabari, the Hamas military chief assassinated by Israel in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, knew his days were numbered from the moment that he agreed to free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, the hostage whose capture he organized.

“Jaabari was living like a martyr in absentia, a martyr in waiting,” an aide to the late commander told Reuters.

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