AS IT HAPPENS: Israel, Hamas trade blows in bloody Gaza conflict
- From: AFP, AP
- November 19, 2012 8:40Am
A Palestinian demonstrator throws stones during a protest against Israel's ongoing military operation in the Gaza Strip, in front of the headquarters of the Palestinian security forces in the West Bank city of Jenin Picture: Saif Dahlah Source:
Smoke rises during an explosion from an Israeli forces strike in Gaza City. Israel bombarded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip with nearly 200 airstrikes early Saturday, the military said, widening a blistering assault on Gaza rocket operations. Picture: Hatem Moussa Source:
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THE orange streaks raced upwards. Six of them. In volleys of two. Israeli airstrikes on Gaza Strip
End of sidebar. Return to start of sidebar.THE Middle East is once again at flashpoint, as Israel and Hamas trade bloody body blows in Gaza and Tel Aviv. 8.40am
: The Israeli Defence Force says it's Iron Dome has intercepted three more rockets fired from Gaza into heavily populated areas of Israel.7.26am
: New Israeli air raids have killed two people in Gaza City, taking the death toll to 25 on the bloodiest day of Israel's bombing campaign, Hamas's health ministry says.
The latest deaths came in the Gaza City neighbourhood of Tal al-Hawa.
"Two Palestinians were killed in an air strike on the Tal al-Hawa neighbourhood," Hamas health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said, without adding details.
The latest violence hiked the Palestinian casualty toll to 71 dead and more than 600 injured in almost 100 hours of raids, while three Israelis have been killed and more than 50 injured by rocket fire since Wednesday.7.01am
: About 500 Egyptian activists have have crossed into Gaza to deliver medical supplies and show support for Palestinians facing an Israeli offensive.
Hundred of Palestinians have reportedly been injured in clashes across the West Bank, many of them suffering the effects of tear gas.Al Jazeera reports
a 20-month-old baby was among those affected by the tear gas. Elsewhere about 120 people were injured in protests in Tulkarem, many of them by rubber bullets.5.45am
: AP and Al Jazeera now say 11 members of the Dallo family were killed
in an Israeli airstrike, including an 80-year-old woman and four children.Reuters also count 11 deaths
in the attack on a top militant that destroyed a three-storey home.
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Met man with right eye blinded by shrapnel in attack, will make necklace out of piece of metal dislodged from it “Just to remember,” he said
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It is the biggest single loss of life in the conflict that began last week.
Overall, at least 30 people died in Gaza from Israeli strikes on Sunday.
As of a few hours ago the IDF said 55 missiles had been fired into Israel from Gaza on Sunday, of which 36 were intercepted by Iron Dome. PALESTINIAN-ISRAEL-GAZA-CONFLICT
Palestinians point a the spot where they believe the children of al-Dallu family are trapped following an Israeli air strike on their house in Gaza City. Picture: AFP Source:
: According to the BBC, "Ha'aretz newspaper in Israel reports that an Israeli envoy in talks in Cairo is seeking a twin-stage ceasefire.
"First a 'small calm', in which Israeli air strikes and Gaza rocket fire would halt, and then talks leading to a 'big calm'."
However there is one report from an NPR/The Times correspondent saying the talks have already failed:
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BREAKING: Hamas official Abu Zahri says that ceasefire negotiations in Cairo have failed.
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: Around 400 Egyptian activists headed to the Gaza Strip to show solidarity with its people as Israeli air strikes pounded the Palestinian enclave for a fifth day, organisers told AFP.
A five-bus convoy transporting members of several Egyptian parties and political movements arrived at the country's Rafah border crossing with Gaza, officials said.
"The trip is aimed at showing our support for the people of the Gaza Strip in the face of the Israeli aggression," said organiser Mahmud Ali of Egypt's liberal Dustoor Party.
The activists were "carrying a message of support from the people of Egypt," he added. They were also bringing medicine and emergency medical supplies.
The IDF also co-ordinated a convoy of supplies from Israel to Gaza:4.32am
: The airstrike that the IDF described as a "pinpoint" attack on Hamas communications (see the video from the 1.55am update below) wounded eight journalists and draw widespread criticism.Reuters reports
the two buildings hit were used by Britain's Sky News, German ARD, Saudi Al Arabiya, Beirut's alQuds and other broadcasters.
One al Quds cameraman had his leg amputated
below the knee after being injured in the strike.
The IDF accused Hamas of using the media as "human shields" to protect its operations. The Foreign Press Association quoted a UN Security Council resolution that condemned attacks against journalists.
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ITN Channel 4 journalist Stuart Webb Tweeted this picture of al Quds cameraman Khader Al Zahhar who was injured in an Israeli air strike on a media building overnight - surgeons amputated his leg. Picture: Twitter.com Source:
: THE Israeli army says it has killed a senior Hamas operative in Gaza who was responsible for the movement's rocket operations.
An army spokesman identified the Palestinian as Yehia Bia, who was killed in one of the northern neighbourhoods of Gaza City that experienced the brunt of Israeli attacks on Sunday.
"We can confirm a direct hit," the army spokesman said by telephone.
Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon said Bia was "the commander of the (Hamas) rocket units" whom the Israeli forces had "intercepted and killed". PALESTINIAN-ISRAEL-GAZA-CONFLICT
A Palestinian boy inspects the wreckage of a car following an Israeli air strike on Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip. Picture: AFP Source:
Israel's vaunted Iron Dome anti-missile system has shot down a rocket over Tel Aviv as sirens wailed across the city, in the second such interception in one day, the military said.
"Iron Dome battery operators successfully shot down a rocket over the Tel Aviv area," it said on its Twitter account. Palestinian
A man waves the Palestinian flag during a protest against Israel's operations in Gaza Strip, outside Ofer, an Israeli military prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah. Picture: Majdi Mohammed Source:
One-time Republican presidential candidate John McCain has told CBS News
he believes the US should send in a high-profile negotiator, such as Bill Clinton, to try to broker a lasting peace.
"We need a person of enormous prestige and influence to have these parties sit down as an honest broker," he said.3.25am
: The air strike on the home of Hamas official Mohamed Dalou has killed at least nine people, the biggest single loss of life since the conflict escalated last week.
Hamas Prime Minister Ismael Haniyeh has condemned the attack, which killed four children, as an "ugly massacre", the BBC reports
.Al Jazeera reports
that 15 more people are believed to be still trapped underneath the debris from the attack. PALESTINIAN-ISRAEL-CONFLICT-GAZA
Palestinians search the debris of the al-Dallu family home following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City that killed at least seven members of the same family, including four children. Picture: AFP Source:
: Militants may be stripping explosives out of some rockets they fire from Gaza in order to make them travel further, Reuters reports
Israeli security sources told the wire service that "not a few" of the rockets reaching Tel Aviv and other cities were designed for much shorter ranges but their warheads had been taken out.
"They're pipes, basically," an official said. "The prestige of setting off alarms deep in Israel and being perceived as fighting on is as important to them now as spilling our blood." Mideast Israel Palestinians
Israeli soldiers sit next to Iron Dome defense system launch site, deployed in Tel Aviv to intercept incoming missiles from Gaza. Picture: AP Source:
Three more people have been killed in two separate raids on Sunday, medics have told AFP, shortly after at least nine people died when an Israeli missile hit a family home in Gaza City,
The latest raids killed one man in the Shejaiya district in eastern Gaza City, and two more in the northern town of Jabaliya, the Hamas-run ambulance service said. F-16
An Israeli F-16 jet pass over the Israeli city of Ashdod during a rocket launch from the nearby Gaza Strip. Picture: Jack Guez Source:
: The Times of Israel reports
that five people were injured in Ofakim when a rocket from Gaza landed a few metres from their car.
Two parents and an infant were taking cover next to the car and were sprayed with shrapnel. The infant suffered light injuries but the parents are in "moderate to serious condition" in hospital.
Those peace talks did not last long