Nov. 19, 23:26 GMT: Israeli military have carried out two airstrikes on Gaza. One of the explosions reportedly hit a courthouse. Another one hit the Islamic National Bank injuring at least four people.
Nov. 19, 23:03 GMT: Israeli artillery based on the northern border of Gaza is shelling agricultural lands and homes in the town of Beit Hanoun, Al-Qassam Brigades say. Meanwhile Israeli warplanes have reportedly conducted an airstrike on Rafah city.
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Nov. 19, 22:37 GMT: Two Palestinians have reportedly been killed and 14 injured in an Israeli air strike that hit the house of the al Nasasra family in the southern Gaza city of Rafa. It brings the number of fatalities to 110, Al-Qassam Brigades say.
Nov. 19, 20:26 GMT: Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has criticized Arab countries for sending military equipment to Syria, but not helping Gaza “with one bullet.” Nasrallah said Arab nations should have contributed to “arming Gaza and supporting its fighters instead of calling for mediation between it and the Israeli enemy.”
Nov. 19, 17:35 GMT: A senior Egyptian official has reportedly told Haaretz that Cairo is very close to brokering a ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas. He said further cooperation from Israel was needed to help bring an end to the current hostilities.
Nov. 19, 17:30 GMT: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Cairo in a bid to bolster Egyptian efforts to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Ki-Moon is set to meet with both Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.
Nov. 19, 17:00 GMT: The death toll in Israel’s ongoing Pillar of Defense operation in Gaza stands at 101 following an Israeli airstrike east of the al-Bureij refugee camp which killed two. The dead were taken to the al-Aqsa hospital in Deir al-Balah, a local emergency services statement read.
Nov. 19, 15:10 GMT: The International Federation of Journalists demanded a full inquiry by the United Nations to investigate “deliberate attacks” by the Israeli military against media buildings in Gaza.
Nov. 19, 14:40 GMT: Islamic Jihad says one of its top militant leaders, Ramiz Harb was killed in the airstrike on the Al-Sharouk media compound.
Nov. 19, 14:35 GMT: Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal told a media conference the Islamic resistance movement has no interest in an escalation of the ongoing conflict in Gaza. He says Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, and not Hamas has called for a ceasefire.
Hamas Leader Khaled Meshaal gestures as he gives a press conference at the Journalist Syndicate building on November 19, 2012 in Cairo. (AFP Photo/Gianluigi Guercia)
Nov. 19, 14:20 GMT: The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has targeted the Al-Sharouk compound, which houses local and foreign media outlets, for a second day straight. One person was reportedly killed and several more injured in the attack.
Smoke is seen after an Israeli air strike, witnessed by a Reuters journalist, on a floor in a building that also houses media offices in Gaza City November 19, 2012. (Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah)
Palestinians evacuate a wounded man after an Israeli air strike, witnessed by a Reuters journalist, on a floor in a building that also houses media offices in Gaza City November 19, 2012. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem)
Nov. 19, 13:59 GMT: Palestinians and Israelis agree on a truce but disagree on implementation, Al Arabiya sources report.
Nov. 19, 13:30 GMT: US President Barack Obama has reportedly given Egypt President Mohamed Morsi 24 hours to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas, an Egyptian source told Reuters.
Nov. 19, 13:30 GMT: Rival Palestinian faction Fatah – which maintains control of the West Bank – has closed ranks with Hamas over the ongoing Gaza crisis. Top Hamas and Fatah officials gathered at a thousand-strong rally in Ramallah, the West Bank’s political capital, in a show of solidarity. Senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub told the crowd “we are ending the division,” and Hamas leader Mahmud Ramahi said anyone who mentions “the division after today is a criminal,” AFP cites them as saying.
Nov. 19, 13:12 GMT: Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil told Reuters a truce might soon be reached in Gaza.
Nov. 19, 12:50 GMT: The Russian Foreign Ministry has issued a statement urging an immediate ceasefire between the Israeli military and militants in the Gaza Strip to stop the violence from further spiraling out of control. Moscow promised to work through the Quartet on the Middle East – the United Nations, the United States, Russia, and the European Union – and the UNSC to help normalize the situation in Gaza. It also welcomed peace efforts carried out by Egypt.
Nov. 19, 12:01 GMT: Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan has condemned Israel’s military offensive in Gaza as an “act of terrorism.” (Reuters)
Nov. 19, 11:40 GMT: Israel is poised for a ground invasion of Gaza but prefers to pursue a diplomatic solution for the time being, an official close to PM Netanyahu has said.
Nov. 16, 10:29 GMT: The death toll in Gaza has risen to 95 people, 23 of which are children, report Palestinian medical officials.
Nov. 19, 09:23 GMT: Although progress has been made in the weekend talks between Hamas and Israel in Cairo, an imminent ceasefire looks “unlikely,” said senior Palestinian official Nabil Shaath to Palestinian news agency Ma’an. He stressed that Israel was trying to impose its own conditions while ignoring those of Hamas and other Palestinian factions.
Nov. 19, 09:00 GMT: A rocket has slammed into a school in Ashkelon, southern Israel, causing significant damage. The building was empty at the time of the attack, tweets RT’s Paula Slier.
Nov. 19, 08:51 GMT: The death toll on the sixth day of the Israeli offensive into Gaza has risen to 84 Palestinians, despite calls for a ceasefire. Three Israelis have been killed so far in rocket fire from the Gaza strip.
Nov. 19, 07:13 GMT: Israel has warned Hamas that it will step up its offensive in the Gaza Strip in 36 hours if they do not cease rocket fire and arms smuggling. Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz told IDF radio that the time left before Israel escalates its attacks can be measured in “hours, not days.”
Palestinians gather around a destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. (Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)
Nov.19,06:55 GMT: Israel is rerouting flights from Tel Aviv airport as a safety measure after rockets were fired at the coastal city from Gaza, announced the country’s civil aviation chief on Israel’s Army Radio.
Nov.19, 06:39 GMT: Over 90 per cent of Israeli Jews support the IDF’s Pillar of Defense operation in Gaza, according to a poll carried out by Israeli publication Haaretz. The poll also notes that only 30 per cent of the public is in favor of a ground invasion.
Nov.19, 05:55 GMT: The IDF say that they have opened the Kerem Shalom crossing into Gaza despite rocket fire and are delivering 124 trucks of humanitarian aid, including medical supplies, food, and gas.
Nov. 19 05:37 GMT: Hamas spokesperson, Ghazi Hamad says that 90 per cent of the terms of ceasefire between Israel and Gaza have been agreed upon in a meeting in Egypt, reports AlJazeera.
A Palestinian walks past a destroyed Hamas security site after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City November 19, 2012. (Reuters/Yasser Gdeeh)
Palestinians search the debris of a destroyed home following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, on November 19, 2012. (AFP Photo/Mahmud Hams)
Nov. 19, 05:23 GMT: Palestinian sources report that 29 people, including women and children, died in Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip on Sunday, tweets RT’s Paula Slier. The IDF says that attacks on Sunday night targeted “underground rocket launchers, terror tunnels and training bases.”
Nov. 19, 05:15 GMT: The IDF has released a statement, decrying Hamas’ use of the civilian population in Gaza to hide themselves as “undoubtedly a war crime.” The statement also claimed that if there are civilian casualties then Hamas is to blame for purposely orchestrating them.
Nov. 19, 03:40 GMT: Palestinian death toll rises to at least 82 as the Israeli Air Force continues to batter the Gaza Strip with airstrikes for the sixth day.
Nov. 19, 02:40 GMT: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged both Israeli and Hamas officials to implement an immediate ceasefire. “I am heading to the region to appeal personally for an end to the violence and contribute to ongoing efforts to achieve that,” he said in a statement.
Nov. 19, 02:19 GMT: More than 90 per cent of Israeli Jews support Operation Pillar of Defense, as the assault on Gaza is known, a Haaretz poll shows. However, only 30 per cent reported support for a ground invasion of Gaza.
Nov. 19, 01:44 GMT: BBC journalists Jon Donnison and Paul Danahar, who are in the area, both report a massive barrage on Northern Gaza by the Israeli Navy. “Dozens of shells fired in last few minutes,” @JonDonnison tweeted.
Nov. 19, 01:08 GMT: The Palestinian Authority has urged the Arab League to convene an emergency summit to discuss Israel’s assault on Gaza, the League’s secretariat says.
Nov. 19, 00:25 GMT: Palestinian media report three people have been killed in an Israeli Air Force strike on Rafah’s Miraj neighborhood. The deaths include a 60-year-old woman, a 20-year-old man and a third unidentified person.
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