Nov. 19, 00:25 GMT: Palestinian media report three people have been killed in an Israeli Air Force strike on the Rafah’s Miraj neighborhood. The deaths include a 60-year-old woman, a 20-year-old man and a third unidentified person.
Nov. 18, 23:15 GMT:Watch the latest developments in Gaza from film-maker and activist Harry Fear who spoke to RT from the besieged territory.
Nov. 18, 22:58 GMT: Al Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, say they launched 192 missiles at Israel on Sunday, adding that one hit north Herzliya (Tel Aviv District) for the first time. The total number of missiles launched at Israel since the beginning of Israel’s offensive is 1093, they said in their Twitter account.
Nov. 18, 22:10 GMT: Palestinian death toll from ongoing Israeli airstrikes has reached at least 75, as 26 people have been killed on Sunday, among them five babies and toddlers.
Nov. 18, 21:20 GMT: IDF spokesman claims Hamas’ rocket-launching capability has declined. He added that “hundreds of rockets launched from Gaza today against Israel actually fell inside the Gaza Strip”.
Nov. 18, 20:55 GMT: Two explosions heard in Eilat, Israel, RT’s Paula Slier reports.
Nov. 18, 20:50 GMT: Egyptian sources say Gaza peace talks are continuing despite earlier reports negotiations had failed, Haaretz reports. The sources say the Egyptians are pushing various Palestinian factions to overcome their differences.
Nov. 18, 19:58 GMT: The death toll in the IDF attack on a house in the northern Gaza Strip rises to 12, as Haaretz reports.
Nov. 18, 16:32 GMT: The US embassy in Israel has suspended consular services and instructed workers to keep children home from schools in areas located south of Herzliya. Embassy employees in Be’er Sheva have been temporary moved north to Herzliya.
Nov. 18, 17:46 GMT: Hamas official Abu Zahri says that ceasefire negotiations in Cairo have failed.
Nov. 18, 16:52 GMT: Both rockets fired at Gush Dan intercepted successfully by Iron Dome, as RT Paula Slier reports.
Nov. 18, 16:44 GMT: Three blasts heard in Tel Aviv.
Nov. 18, 16:25 GMT: Al-Qassam Brigades say Palestinians have shot down an Israeli Apache helicopter.
Nov. 18, 15:28 GMT: Palestinian death toll rises to 65 people after the latest Israeli strike.
Palestinians gather around a destroyed house as members of civil defense search for victims under the rubble after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City.(Reuters / Suhaib Salem)
Nov. 18, 15:16 GMT: The IDF says just 302 of 846 Gaza missiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system, adding that there were also 99 rockets that couldn’t make it out of Gaza’s airspace and went off within its territory.
Nov. 18. 14:57 GMT: A three-year-old girl and a five-year-old boy are among ten people killed in a fresh strike on Beit Lahiya. The strike hit a three-story home, which Hamas security officials say is owned by a family that has members involved in militant rocket squads. It is unknown whether militants were in or near the house at the time of the strike.
Nov. 18. 14:06 GMT: The head of the Hamas rocket program in Gaza has been killed in a precise targeted operation by the IDF.
Nov. 18. 13:50 GMT: Egyptian security officials say a senior Israeli official has arrived in Cairo for talks on reaching a cease-fire to end an Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (AP)
Nov. 18, 13:06 GMT: The recent deaths in the Sheikh Radjwan area of Gaza City bring the death toll to 55.
Nov. 18, 13:05 GMT: Two women are among the three killed in a new strike on the Sheikh Radjwan area of Gaza City. Several have been injured, Al Arabiya reports.
Nov. 18, 13:00 GMT: President Obama says “We are fully supportive of Israel’s right to defend itself'”, discussing Gaza crisis during his Thailand visit. The US President also says will know in the next 36 to 48 hours whether progress can be made in halting Gaza crisis.
U.S. President Barack Obama and Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra participate in a joint news conference at the Government House in Bangkok.(Reuters / Jason Reed)
Nov. 18, 12:44 GMT: German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is expected in Israel on Monday to attempt to advance a cease fire, RT Paula Slier reports.
Nov. 18, 12:34 GMT: Palestinian roving ambassador Afif Safieh tells Sky News channel Gaza conflict is about ‘territory not terrorism’; calls Netanyahu a ‘pyromaniac’.
Nov. 18, 12:05 GMT: IDF takes over Hamas radio waves, warns Gaza residents, Israeli media reports.
Nov. 18, 12:04 GMT: A barrage of at least 15 rockets has been fired at Ashdod, Haaretz reports.
Nov. 18, 11:20 GMT: Israeli Culture and Sport Minster Limor Livnat told Ynet that Israel cannot agree to a ceasefire as “only this morning we saw that Grad rockets are still landing on the southern residents.”
Nov. 18, 11:17 GMT: One man was killed, and four wounded in Israeli air strike on a refugee camp in Gaza, Ynet reported, citing sources in Al-Shifa Hospital.
Nov. 18, 10:41 GMT: Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh has gone into hiding due to concerns that Israel wants to assassinate him, a spokesman for the militant group said according to Ynet news. This comes after the Israeli Air Forces bombed his Gaza headquarters on Saturday.
Nov. 18, 09:51 GMT: The crew of RT’s Arabic-language sister channel Rusiya Al-Yaum are moving to a new office following an Israeli attack on two media center buildings overnight. Staff members were not at the facility when it was bombed.
Nov. 18, 09:40 GMT: The IDF targeted the site in Gaza from where the rocket was fired at Tel Aviv.
Nov. 18, 09:30 GMT: The Middle East Foreign Press Association demands explanation from the IDF over why its air force targeted media buildings overnight. It said journalists in areas of conflict are considered civilians and must be respected and protected as such under the international law.
Israeli rescue workers look at the roof of a building damaged by a rocket in the coastal city of Ashkelon.(Reuters / Nir Elias)
Nov. 18, 09:09 GMT: A four-storey building in Ashkelon, Israel, was hit by a rocket fired from Gaza. Two people were lightly wounded by shrapnel in the assault. Another rocket landed near a different residential building and damaged parked cars. Two additional missiles that were launched toward the city were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system.
Nov. 18, 08:47 GMT: The Iron Dome intercepted the rocket fired from Gaza toward Tel Aviv, IDF reported.
Nov. 18, 08:45 GMT: Rocket alerts heard in Tel Aviv, IDF reported.
Nov. 18, 08:44 GMT: Siren is heard in Ashdod and Ashkelon beach, Israel, according to Haaretz.
Nov. 18, 08:22 GMT: Hamas’ Qassam Brigades fired a ‘107 Rocket’ at an Israeli warship, Al Arabiya reported .
A Palestinian man kisses the body of one of his children during their funeral in the northern Gaza Strip.(Reuters / Mohammed Salem)
Nov. 18, 08:06 GMT: An 18-month-old Palestinian boy has been killed in new Israeli airstrike on Gaza, AFP quotes Palestinian medics as saying. Earlier, it was reported that a total of three children have been killed since midnight in Gaza by Israeli shelling, according to the Twitter feed of Reuters correspondent Noah Browning in Palestine/Israel.
Palestinians inspect a destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in the northern Gaza Strip.(Reuters / Mohammed Salem)
Nov. 18, 07:03 GMT:An Israeli airstrike on a media compound has injured at least six journalists, Palestinian medical authorities say. Among the outlets damaged are local, Italian, German, Lebanese and Kuwaiti channels. An IDF report of the strike described the target as “a communications antenna used by Hamas to carry out terror activity against the State of Israel.” Israel sees al-Quds TV as a Hamas propaganda branch.
Nov. 18, 06:56 GMT: Israel’s ambassador to the US has reportedly deleted his tweet, saying that the Israeli government wants to sit and talk with Hamas. Ambassador Michael Oren said his tweet was “sent erroneously by a staffer,” Haaretz reports, quoting the website BuzzFeed.com. The post was allegedly written after the ambassador gave an interview to CNN.
Nov. 18, 03:43 GMT: The Palestinian envoy to the United Nations has urged the Security Council to take action on the Gaza bombardment, Maan news agency reports. Riyad Mansour has written letters to UN chief Ban Ki-moon and the presidents of the Security Council and General Assembly, stressing that Israel’s military operation breaches the Fourth Geneva Convention and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
Nov. 18, 03:30 GMT: The World Health Organization (WHO) said in statement that it was already worried about a shortfall in medical supplies before the bombardment because of the long standing Israeli siege of the strip. Gazan hospitals now have to deal with the growing number of casualties with a critical shortage of drugs and disposables. WHO has appealed to the international and regional community to provide financial support for essential medicines to treat causalities and the chronically ill.
Palestinian medical workers wheel a wounded baby on a stretcher to Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City on November 18, 2012 (AFP Photo / Mahmud Hams)
Nov. 18, 02:40 GMT:The video showing a massive explosion supposedly caused by an Israeli airstrike in the residential al-Zaytoun quarter of Gaza City on Saturday was uploaded by YouTube user Ahmed Erheem
Nov. 18, 02:00 GMT: British PM David Cameron has urged Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to do “everything possible” to end the crisis in Gaza, the BBC reports. The British leader also expressed sympathy for the “unacceptable rocket attacks” Israel has suffered from militants.
Nov. 18, 01:25 GMT: At least six journalists have been injured after an Israeli airstrike hit a complex of media offices in Gaza City. The Al-Showa and Housari buildings house a number of foreign and Palestinian media organizations, including Palestinian Maan news agency, Germany’s ARD, Kuwait TV and the Italian RAI. Meanwhile the IDF has reported the Israeli Navy targeted “several Hamas terror sites” in the Gaza Strip.
“At least six journalists were wounded, with minor and moderate injuries, when Israeli warplanes hit the al-Quds TV office in the Showa and Housari building in the Rimal neighbourhood of Gaza City,” health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said, AFP reports.
Nov. 18, 00:15 GMT: Israeli warplanes have conducted a series of air strikes across the Gaza Strip, causing numerous casualties, the military wing of Hamas reports. Meanwhile IDF confirms that it has targeted two smuggling tunnels belonging to “terrorist groups” in Gaza.
Nov. 17, 23:30 GMT: Palestinian death toll from Israeli strikes on Gaza rises to 45, according to Maan news agency.
Nov. 17, 22:05 GMT: The Al Qassam Brigade, the military wing of Hamas, has given a press conference claiming more successful attacks against Israel and vowing they “have a lot of surprises.” “We shot down a warplane over the Gaza sea, which Israel is hiding. We have targeted a sensitive military site in Rishon Lezion near Tel El Rabee city,” the group has claimed.
Nov. 17, 21:50 GMT: Israeli PM Netanyahu tells foreign leaders he would agree to a ceasefire with Hamas if it agrees to halt rocket fire from Gaza.
Nov. 17, 21:21 GMT: Benjamin Netanyahu’s office denies reports an emissary from Israel has been dispatched to Cairo for ceasefire talks.
Nov. 17, 21:17 GMT: RT’s correspondent in Tel Aviv Paula Slier says some Arab sources report an Israeli emmisary is en route to Cairo to review a draft agreement for a ceasefire that begins tonight.
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