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Gaza crisis: Deaths soar amid fresh Israeli strikes

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#1 Joker

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 04:04 PM

At least 26 people have died in the Gaza Strip as Israeli forces kept up air strikes they say are aimed at stopping rocket attacks into Israel.

Fewer rockets have been launched, but Israeli towns are still being hit.
Ninety-five Palestinians and three Israelis have died in six days of violence, the latest including a militant group commander.

Efforts to secure a ceasefire continue, with a senior Egyptian official saying there are "encouraging signs".
Khaled Meshaal, the political leader of the Islamist movement Hamas which controls Gaza, said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had requested a ceasefire but that it was up to Israel to stop the war that, he said, it had started.

Israel immediately denied making any such request, Reuters news agency reported.
Mr Meshaal said that a truce was possible in Gaza, as was further escalation of the conflict.
Morale in Gaza was high and anyone who attacked the Palestinians would be "buried", he added.
Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi has said an Israeli ground invasion would have "serious repercussions", saying Egypt would never accept it "and neither will the free world".
Mr Netanyahu said on Sunday that he was ready to expand the operation, after Israel authorised the mobilisation of up to 75,000 army reservists.

Target missed?

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said they targeted about 80 sites overnight into Monday alone, including militant-owned buildings, weapons storage facilities and police stations, bringing its total to 1,350 sites targeted since Wednesday.

Strikes continued on Monday, with a leading figure in the militant group Islamic Jihad, named as Ramez Harb, killed as a building housing media workers was targeted.
One of the overnight blasts destroyed a Hamas police headquarters.
Gaza militants launched 32 missiles into Israel on Monday, of which four were intercepted, said the IDF. One hit a school in the Israeli city of Ashkelon. Classes had already been cancelled. Another hit a house. There are no reports of casualties.
At least nine children were killed in Gaza on Sunday - the bloodiest day so far - and TV reports showing horrific images of their burned and bloodied bodies have been fuelling Palestinian anger, says the BBC's Jon Donnison in Gaza City.
In one strike, nine members of the family of Hamas policeman Mohamed Dalou were killed - four of them children.
The army's chief military spokesman, Yoav Mordechai, told Israel's Channel 2 TV that the intended target of the strike had been Yehiya Rabiyah, the head of Hamas's rocket-launching unit, but that there had been "civilian casualties".
Later, the IDF told the BBC that the house had been targeted because it was thought Mr Rabiyah might be hiding there but officials did not know whether he was inside at the time of the attack.

War or peace?
Egypt has been leading efforts to broker a peace deal, with both senior Israeli and Hamas officials in Cairo for talks. An Egyptian official said he hoped to be able to make an announcement on Monday or Tuesday.
The BBC's Middle East editor, Jeremy Bowen, says it is feared the conflict might get worse before any truce is agreed.
Since the conflict began, 877 rockets were fired towards Israel - 570 hit Israel and 307 were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defence system, the IDF says.
Before the recent offensive, Israel had repeatedly carried out air strikes on Gaza as Palestinian militants fired rockets across the border.
But the aerial and naval bombardment is its most intense assault on the territory since Israel launched a full-scale invasion four years ago.
Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007, a year after winning a decisive victory in general elections. Israel withdrew from the strip in 2005 but maintains a blockade around it.
Israel, as well as the United States and the European Union, regards Hamas as a terrorist organisation.


#2 Tim the Beek

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 04:07 PM

Slinging unguided rockets into civilian areas is disgusting.

Using advanced weaponry when you know it's going to kill civilians is disgusting.

Screw 'em both.

#3 In A Silent Way

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 04:08 PM

Beatings will continue until morale improves.

#4 Joker

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:57 PM

Pressure mounts to end bloody Israel-Gaza conflict

Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers traded fire and tough cease-fire proposals Monday, and threatened to escalate their border conflict if diplomacy fails. No deal appeared near.

An Israeli airstrike targeting a Gaza media center killed a senior militant and engulfed the building in flames, while Gaza fighters fired 95 rockets at Israel, nearly one-third of them intercepted by an Israeli missile shield. One missile hit an empty school.

A total of 38 Palestinians were killed Monday, bringing the death toll since the start of Israel's offensive to 111, including 56 civilians. Some 840 people have been wounded, including 225 children, Gaza heath officials said. Three Israeli civilians have been killed and dozens have been wounded.

Over the weekend, civilian casualties in Gaza rose sharply after Israel began targeting the homes of what it said were suspected militants. Two such strikes late Monday killed five people - a father and his 4-year-old twin sons in northern Gaza and two people in the south, medics said.

Jamal Daloo, who lost his wife, a son, four grandchildren and five other members of his family in an attack Sunday, sat in quiet mourning Monday next to the ruins of his home, his face streaked with tears.

"The international public opinion witnessed the facts," he said, speaking as his 16-year-old daughter, Yara, was still missing under the rubble being cleared away by bulldozers. "This does not require my words."

Israel accuses Hamas militants of hiding near civilians, which Hamas denies. But CBS News correspondent Charlie D'Agata reports the Islamic jihad admitted one of their militants was hiding among journalists when he was killed by an Israeli air strike over the Gaza media center Monday. Launch pads are being discovered near mosques and schools, and CBS News crews saw a rocket launch just two blocks away from a residential area.


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Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:37 PM

Israel bus blown up, shelling of Gaza continues as Clinton keeps up frantic diplomacy

A bomb exploded aboard an Israeli bus near the nation's military headquarters in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, wounding 27 people and delivering a major blow to diplomatic efforts to forge a truce to end a week of fighting between Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers.

The attack came as diplomats, including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, shuttled around the region to try to broker a cease-fire following a week-long Israeli offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza that intensified to its most feverish state overnight, according to CBS News correspondent Charlie D'Agata. Palestinian officials say more than 140 people have been killed, and 1,000 wounded -- most of them civilians, and many children among them.

Israeli aircraft pounded Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a banker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. And it took Israel less than two hours to respond to the bus bombing with a fresh round of air strikes on the tiny Palestinian territory. As night fell in the Middle East, D'Agata says at least 30 shells from an Israeli warship pounded the city.


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Posted 21 November 2012 - 05:36 PM

Israel-Gaza Ceasefire: Hamas And Israel Reportedly Agree To Truce

GAZA, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Israel and the Islamist militant group Hamas agreed on Wednesday to a Gaza ceasefire deal, said a Palestinian official with knowledge of Egyptian mediation between the two sides.

The official declined to be named or to give further information.

There was no immediate official confirmation of the news, which came on the eighth day of intensive Israeli fire on the Gaza Strip and militant rocket attacks out of the Palestinian territory.


What the hell are you going to do with all your spare time now, Joke?

#7 Tim the Beek

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 05:58 PM

"President Obama spoke to Prime Minister Netanyahu today and reiterated his commitment to Israel's security.
"The President made clear that no country can be expected to tolerate rocket attacks against civilians.
"The President expressed his appreciation for the Prime Minister's efforts to work with the new Egyptian government to achieve a sustainable ceasefire and a more durable solution to this problem.
"The President commended the Prime Minister for agreeing to the Egyptian ceasefire proposal -- which the President recommended the Prime Minster do -- while reiterating that Israel maintains the right to defend itself.
"The President said that the United States would use the opportunity offered by a ceasefire to intensify efforts to help Israel address its security needs, especially the issue of the smuggling of weapons and explosives into Gaza.
"The President said that he was committed to seeking additional funding for Iron Dome and other US-Israel missile defense programs."

Mr. President, perhaps you can come up for air and let us know what Mr. Netanyahu's boot polish tastes like...

#8 Joker

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 06:22 PM

You think it was a coincidence this didn't go down until after the elections?

There will be no solution to this problem and we can expect the same thing to happen again and again.

Meanwhile we'll be giving them billions and billions of our money that could be used to care for the millions of US citizens that are in desperate need of aid.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 06:28 PM

Meanwhile we'll be giving them billions and billions of our money that could be used to care for the millions of US citizens that are in desperate need of aid.

Oh yeah, the 47% sucking on the government teat. Since when are you an advocate for them?

#10 Joker

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 06:34 PM

I've always been an advocate for helping those that can't help themselves.

It must be your hate that blinds you to this truth.

#11 PeaceFrog

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 06:47 PM

maybe. But if you really want to go down that road. Who is to judge who can and can't help themselves?