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An Israeli soldier wearing a “Talit” (prayer shawls) and a “Tefilin” (phylacteries) reads his morning prayers at an Israeli army deployment area near the Israel-Gaza Strip border as they prepare for a potential ground operation in the Palestinian coastal enclave on November 20, 2012. (AFP Photo/Jack Guez)

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Nov. 20, 23:56 GMT: Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, has reportedly hacked Israeli TV channels 2 and 10, briefly interrupting the broadcast to send a message urging the Israeli army not to invade Gaza.

Nov. 20, 23:38 GMT: A series of massive explosions are being reported near the Al Shorook building in Gaza, which houses several media outlets. The explosions have been followed by a blackout in most of Gaza City.

Nov. 20, 23:01 GMT: After meeting with Clinton, the Israeli Prime Minister said that “if there is a possibility of achieving a long-term solution” to the Gaza conflict he prefers that. But if not, Netanyahu added, “I’m sure you understand that Israel will have to take whatever action is necessary to defend its people.”

Nov. 20, 21:50 GMT: A building housing the Agence France-Presse office in Gaza has been hit by an Israeli airstrike, the MENA photo manager for AFP Patrick Baz tweeted. All AFP journalists are reportedly safe. Three Palestinian reporters killed in earlier attacks.

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Nov. 20, 21:04 GMT: US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has arrived in Tel Aviv and to meet with the Israeli prime minister. She is not expected though to meet with Hamas leaders.

“America’s commitment to Israel’s security is rock-solid and unwavering,” Clinton told the press before the closed-door meeting with Netanyahu. “We appreciate President Morsi’s personal leadership and Egypt’s efforts thus far,” she added.

Benjamin Netanyahu and Hillary Clinton deliver joint statements in Jerusalem on November 20, 2012 (AFP Photo / Baz Ratner / Pool)
Benjamin Netanyahu and Hillary Clinton deliver joint statements in Jerusalem on November 20, 2012 (AFP Photo / Baz Ratner / Pool)

­Nov. 20, 20:21 GMT: Israel’s negotiation team has reportedly rejected a draft ceasefire and delayed a press conference to announce the truce indefinitely, the Times of Israel reports, citing local media.

Nov. 20, 20:14 GMT: Gaza truce delayed as Israel fails to respond to proposals.

Nov. 20, 20:02 GMT: US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has landed in Tel Aviv and is expected to meet with Netanyahu shortly.

Nov. 20, 19:20 GMT: The Israeli Defense Ministry said a civilian was killed by rocket fire from Gaza. An IDF soldier was killed in a separate mortar attack in the morning, bringing the Israeli death toll to five.

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Nov. 20, 19:00 GMT: The IDF says it has targeted “20 terror sites” in the Gaza Strip over the last hour. Israel has conducted over 1,350 aerial and sea attacks against Gaza since Operation Pillar of Defense began on November 14.

Nov. 20, 18:55 GMT: More explosions and heavy shelling are being reported from Gaza. Some of the areas targeted are those where IAF leaflets were dropped earlier, RT’s Paula Slier reports.

­Nov. 20, 18:15 GMT: On Friday the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, has approved a request by of the IDF to raise the number of army reservists called up for the operation to 70,000. On Friday, the move was approved by the cabinet.

Nov. 20, 18:00 GMT: The IDF acknowledged the death of an Israeli soldier as a result of a rocket attack on Eshkol, an Israeli TV channel was quoted by Naharnet. The soldier was identified as 18-year old Yosef Fartuk. This brings the Israeli death toll from the assault on Gaza to 4.

Nov. 20, 17:40 GMT: Sources in Jerusalem say Israel “hasn’t agreed to any version of a ceasefire deal” with Gazan factions, RT’s Paula Slier reports from Israel.

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Nov. 20, 16:46 GMT: Six men accused of collaboration with Israel have been publicly executed in Gaza City, AP reports. They were shot dead at a busy intersection, with Hamas’ military wing claiming responsibility.

Nov. 20, 16:36 GMT: An Israeli airstrike has killed two journalists working for the Hamas-run al-Aqsa TV station, the Al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ military wing, reported on Twitter.

Nov. 20, 16:30 GMT: The Moroccan-brokered statement calling for a ceasefire in the Israeli-Gaza conflict was not adopted as the deadline passed, RT’s sources at the UN report. The document was to be adopted automatically if no UN Security Council member speaks against it before 14:00 GMT.

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Nov. 20, 16: 05 GMT: At least nine Palestinians have been killed since the Arab League delegation arrived in Gaza to express solidarity, Hamas’ military wing says.

Nov. 20, 16: 00 GMT: A Hamas spokesman in Cairo has announced that a ceasefire will come into effect on Tuesday night, BBC sources report. Israeli officials have not commented on the statement.

Nov. 20, 15: 50 GMT: Netanyahu also said that “if a long-term solution can be put in place through diplomatic means, then Israel would be a willing partner for such a solution,” but maintained that Israel would not tolerate rocket attacks from Gaza.

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Nov. 20, 15: 48 GMT:Netanyahu reiterated that Israel will act to defend its people “if stronger military action proves necessary,” while Ban “strongly”cautioned against a ground operation, which would result in further civilian casualties.

Nov. 20, 15: 40 GMT: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon are giving addresses ahead of their talks.

Nov. 20, 15: 00 GMT: At least six Palestinians were killed in an airstrike that hit two cars, bringing Tuesday’s death toll to 13, RT’s Paula Slier reports.

Nov. 20, 14: 23 GMT: A short while ago, 5 IDF soldiers were wounded by a rocket fired from Gaza into Israel, according to an IDF spokesman.

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­Nov. 20, 13: 58 GMT: Egypt’s foreign minister from Gaza: We are committed to lifting the blockade off the Strip, according to naharnet.com, the Lebanese news journal.

Nov. 20, 13: 51 GMT: If Israel is forced into ground operation in Gaza, it won’t be a limited one, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, AFP reports.

Nov. 20, 13: 49 GMT: The IDF dropped flyers on Gaza telling residents of some Gaza city neighborhoods to evacuate ‘immediately’ to the city center, TV station Ch. 2 Israel reported.

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Nov.20, 13: 42 GMT: A barrage of rockets lands at Yad Mordechai in Israel, setting off car alarms, according to the BBC.

­Nov. 20, 13:25 GMT: Egyptian President Morsi says he is expecting the aggression to end on Tuesday with the Palestinians and Israelis reaching a ceasefire.

Nov. 20, 13:14 GMT: The Arab League delegation, led by Nabil Arabi, arrived at the Rafah border crossing in a show of solidarity with Palestinian people.

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­ Nov. 20, 12:54 GMT: Sirens are sounding in Ashkelon, a coastal city some 50 kilometers from Tel Aviv, RT`s Paula Slier reports.

­ Nov. 20, 12:43 GMT: Hague argued that there is no military solution to the crisis in Gaza, or to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He also warned that a ground invasion of Gaza could lengthen the conflict, increase civilian casualties and erode international support for Israel.

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­ Nov. 20, 12:38 GMT: British Foreign Minister William Hague is now speaking about Gaza in the House of Commons.

­Nov. 20, 12:30 GMT: A rocket strike hit the outskirts of Jerusalem, Israeli media reported. The rocket landed in an uninhabited area, no injuries or casualties were reported.

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­Nov. 20, 12:015 GMT: Israel will “pay a heavy price” if it commits to a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip, top Hamas commander Mohammed Deif said in an audio recording broadcast by Hamas-affiliated television station Al-Aqsa.

­Nov. 20, 12:05 GMT: Israel has rejected a ceasefire agreement that stipulated the lifting of the blockade on Gaza and the end of the IDF’s targeted killing policy, RT’s Paula Slier said quoting Lebanese media reports.

Nov. 20, 11:46 GMT: The latests Israeli air strikes have killed a further six people in Gaza, pushing the death toll up to 116. Over 920 Gazans have been injured so far in Israel’s ‘Pillar of Defense’military campaign.

A Palestinian man inspects a damaged building following overnight Israeli air strikes on the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis on November 20, 2012. (AFP Photo/Said Khatib)
A Palestinian man inspects a damaged building following overnight Israeli air strikes on the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis on November 20, 2012. (AFP Photo/Said Khatib)

­Nov. 20, 11:35 GMT: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed Israel for “ethnic cleansing” in Gaza and “violating international law.” He said that the repeated missile attacks on Palestinian territory could not be justified as self-defense and that “sooner or later, Israel will answer for the innocent blood it has shed so far.’’

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­Nov. 20, 11:24 GMT: The IDF’s ‘Iron Dome’ missile defense system has proved to be more effective than previously thought, having intercepted over 300 missiles with a success rate of 80 to 90 percent, the New York Times reported, citing top Israeli officials.

­Nov. 20, 11:09 GMT: Lebanese Islamist group Hezbollah has called on all Arab states to supply Hamas with weapons, RT’s Middle East Bureau Chief Paula Slier wrote on Twitter.

­Nov. 20, 11:19 GMT: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will carry out talks with members of the Palestinian Authority during her trip to Gaza on Wednesday, but will not be meeting with representatives of Hamas.

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­Nov. 20, 09:19 GMT: An armed attack on the US Embassy in Tel Aviv has left one injured. The assailant was armed with either a knife or axe and was shot before being taken into custody by police, Israeli Channel 10.

Nov. 20, 08:28 GMT: The IDF has carried out an air strike on Gaza’s National Islamic Bank, almost totally destroying it. Israel maintains that the Palestinians use the bank to finance Hamas.

Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish a blaze after an Israeli air strike on the Islamic National Bank building in Gaza City on November 20, 2012. (AFP Photo/Majdi Fathi)
Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish a blaze after an Israeli air strike on the Islamic National Bank building in Gaza City on November 20, 2012. (AFP Photo/Majdi Fathi)

Nov. 20, 08:05 GMT: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged both sides of the Gaza conflict to enact an immediate ceasefire. During a press conference in Cairo on Tuesday, Ban warned that “further escalating the situation will put the entire region at risk.” At least 109 Palestinians and three Israelis have been killed as of the sixth day of the conflict.

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Nov. 20, 07:40 GMT: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to arrive in Israel late Tuesday, and will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for talks on Wednesday. She is also set to visit Ramallah and Cairo to discuss the Gaza crisis.

­Nov. 20, 06:06 GMT: Israeli police were placed on high alert after receiving warnings of terror attacks possibly being planned to strike inside Israel, RT’s Paula Slier wrote on Twitter.

Nov. 20, 05:58 GMT: Israeli President Shimon Peres has accused Iran of inciting Hamas to continue rocket attacks on Israel rather than negotiate. “They finance, they train, they send arms, they urge, no responsibility, no moral consideration,” Peres said in an interview with CNN.

A Palestinian woman cries next to a relative′s house after it was destroyed in what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip November 20, 2012. (Reuters/Suhaib Salem)
A Palestinian woman cries next to a relative’s house after it was destroyed in what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip November 20, 2012. (Reuters/Suhaib Salem)

Nov. 20 05:08 GMT: The US is sending three warships into the eastern Mediterranean in case they are needed for the evacuation of American citizens from Israel during the coming days, US officials have told CNN. The government sources stressed the ships’ presence was aimed at assisting Americans and not combat.

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­Nov. 20, 0:12 GMT: Al-Qassam Brigades have shelled the Israeli city of Kiryat Gat with 5 Grad missiles. Another five missiles have been fired at al Majdal village. Some of the rockets have been intercepted by the Israeli Iron Dome.

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