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Israel-Gaza Conflict: Hundreds Of Airstrikes Hit Gaza In Retaliation As Conflict Escalates (LIVE UPDATES)

17/11/2012 21:02 | Updated 17 January 2013

More than 300 airstrikes blighted the Gaza Strip on Saturday, with targets including a police compound and the prime minister's Hamas headquarters.

According to Israel's Haaretz newspaper, the state's Interior Minister Eli Yishai said on Saturday that the "goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages."

Palestinian officials said that 12 had died in the Israeli attacks, which were launched in retaliation to more than 100 militant-fired rockets, which targeted Tel Aviv, Israel's largest city, following previous attacks on the city and on Jerusalem.

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Smoke rises after an Israeli forces strike in Gaza City

According to the Israeli military, a missile shield called "iron dome" knocked one of the Tel Aviv-bound rockets out of the sky, the defense system having already been deployed to great affect in the southern part of the state.

International leaders called for a cease-fire, with Egypt hosting leaders from Qatar, Turkey and Hamas in the hope of ending the violence.

According to the Associated Press, president Obama was in contact with the delegations in Cairo, however, US national security adviser Ben Rhodes reiterated the White House's position that Israel "has the right to defend itself".

On Saturday afternoon, protesters gathered outside the Israeli embassy in London to condemn the British Government's stance on the growing conflict.

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Protesters gather close to the Israeli embassy in London

With placards, flags and chants, the activists in London branded Israel a "terror state", claiming solidarity with the besieged people of the Palestinian enclave.

Organisers claimed that "thousands" of protesters had joined the rally, but reports suggest the number was much less.

Sarah Colborne, director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said protesters wanted to show they were "vehemently opposed" to the Foreign Office's position.

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Pro-Palestinian demonstrators demanded the UK uphold international law

She said: "We are insisting that the British Government uphold international law and human rights and tells Israel to end its war now.

"It's very clear what is happening here - Gaza is under siege, Israel started this by assassinating the person who was trying to negotiate a long-term truce with Israel.

"It's very clear who started this and who is suffering - 39 Palestinians have been killed so far and over 390 have been wounded.

"This war has to stop."

The crowds waved Palestinian flags, pounded drums and sang "Gaza we will never let you die" and "From London to Ramallah organise the intifada".

Throughout the afternoon more and more people joined the demonstration and lined both sides of Kensington High Street in front of the road leading to the embassy.

Manuel Hassassian, the Palestinian Authority's envoy to the UK, said: "At the popular level we have always been accustomed to see people supporting the Palestinian plight (in Britain).

"But we are very frustrated with the UK Government on its stand in supporting Israel in defending itself.

"How could an occupying force defend itself when they are occupying a land and putting 1.8 million Palestinians in a small strip under siege and blockade for five years?

"They have been living in an open air prison and the international community is watching the Israelis killing the Palestinians and inflicting so much damage on them and their properties without outright condemnation by these governments that claim to be democratic."

Hassassian said Israel was "digging its grave" and that the conflict heralded the "beginning of the end" for the Jewish state.

"The conflict is going towards convulsive violence, towards insecurity, towards de-stabilisation," he added.

Cars often honked their horns as they drove through the crowds, many of whom wore checkered Palestinian keffiyeh scarves.

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Hamas' headquarters in Gaza have been targeted by Israeli air strikes

Palestinian nationals mixed with members of Islamic organisations and supporters of groups such as the Stop The War coalition.

Commenting on why she was there, Kate Hudson, general secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, said: "Above all we want to make it clear that we deplore the approach of our Government, which is to stand aside and effectively condone what is taking place in Gaza today.

"Our own Prime Minister has described Gaza in the past as a prison camp so how can it be now that they stand aside and do nothing?"

On Saturday, the Israeli leadership called up 75,000 army reservists and stationed troops and tanks along the border in a clear signal that the government was contemplating a ground invasion into Gaza.

The move follows Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's warning that his country is prepared to extend its operation against Hamas, sparking fears of a repeat of the ground incursion four years ago in which hundreds died.

Children's charity Unicef appealed for the "utmost restraint" from both sides to save more youngsters from death after six Palestinian children aged between 10 months and 15 years were killed by airstrikes.

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Israeli soldiers examine a damaged wall of a house hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip

On Saturday, Labour MP Douglas Alexander said it was time for the United Nations to get directly involved.

"What is needed now is an immediate end to the violence. We urge the UN Secretary General to visit the region this week to begin talks with all parties, and with partners in the region," he said.

"There must now be a full-scale diplomatic initiative, led by the UN Secretary General himself, to try and bring this conflict to an end.

"The only hope for peace and security for the citizens of the region will be through re-starting the stalled negotiations towards agreeing a two state solution."

In a statement, Unicef said it was "deeply concerned about the deteriorating situation in Gaza and Israel and its impact on children.

"Both rocket attacks and airstrikes are putting children and their families at risk, leaving them exposed to physical harm and mental distress.

David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague have urged both Israel and the Palestinians to make efforts to halt the violence.

But they made clear they thought Hamas bears the greatest responsibility for the current crisis, as well as the ability to bring it most swiftly to an end.

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23/11/2012 05:31 GMT

Clinton Warned Netanyahu: Don't Punish Palestinians For U.N. Bid

From Haaretz:

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during her talks in Israel this week not to take any extreme actions in response to the Palestinian move in the United Nations for recognition as a non-member state. Clinton said such steps against the Palestinian Authority could bring about its collapse. The Palestinians are planning to ask the United Nations General Assembly to vote on upgrading its status from non-member entity on the symbolic date of November 29.

The day after the cease-fire with Hamas took effect, Israel is preparing for the next crisis with the Palestinians, which is scheduled for six days from now. November 29th is the anniversary of the United Nations vote on accepting the Partition Plan in 1947, which led to the founding of the Jewish Sate. It is also the United Nations' International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

Read more here.

23/11/2012 03:50 GMT

Report: U.S. Urges Israel Not To Build In E-1 Areas

From the Jerusalem Post:

Washington is urging Israel not to allow construction in the area known as E-1 between Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim as a possible response to the Palestinian bid for statehood recognition next week at the UN, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

Building in E-1, which would create contiguity between Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim to the northeast beyond the Green Line, is something various Israeli governments have long wanted to do, but which US opposition has prevented.

Read more here.

23/11/2012 00:01 GMT

Life In Gaza's Courtyards

The New York Times' Jodi Rudoren chronicles displays of pride and sacrifice:

Inside a courtyard, there are faded remnants of “Congratulations from the uncles,” from the April wedding of a son of Ahmed al-Jabari, the commander of the Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, whose assassination last week was the beginning of the latest round of intense battle between Israel and the Gaza Strip.

On the wall outside, the colorful Arabic script reads “Welcome hajji, Abu Muhammad,” a reference to Mr. Jabari’s return from a pilgrimage to Mecca last month. Nearby, the freshest paint pronounces a message from the troops: “Rest in peace. The mission has been accomplished.”

Read the full story at the New York Times.

22/11/2012 23:19 GMT

PHOTO: Egypt Tunnel Into Gaza

Egypt Tunnel into Gaza:

An underground tunnel connecting through which I got into Gaza from Egypt. Israel has repeatedly targeted the tunnel network, trying to hinder flow of goods and weapons into the strip. (Photo by Mosa'ab Elshamy via Flickr)

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22/11/2012 22:55 GMT

Soldiers Show Frustration Via Viral Facebook Photo

16 soldiers spelled out 'loser' with their bodies to critique Netanyahu and show frustration at not going into battle.

Read the full story at The Times Of Israel.

22/11/2012 22:29 GMT

Who Brokered The Ceasefire

The Economist discusses how the ceasefire was achieved and whether it could lead to lasting peace in the region.

Among others coming and going were the UN secretary-general, the American secretary of state and the foreign ministers of Turkey and Germany. But the real bargaining took place behind closed doors at the headquarters of General Muhammad Shehata, Egypt’s intelligence chief. There, in separate rooms, the Egyptians haggled with a legal adviser to the Israeli prime minister, and with representatives from Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group that runs Gaza, and a smaller, more radical Palestinian faction, Islamic Jihad.

Read the full story at The Economist.

22/11/2012 21:22 GMT

Israeli Arab Arrested for Tel Aviv Bus Bombing

From the Associated Press:

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's army spokeswoman says an Israeli Arab who is a member of Hamas has been arrested for Wednesday's bus bombing in Tel Aviv.

The bombing injured 27 people near Israel's military headquarters and threatened to scuttle efforts to broker a cease-fire to end fighting between Israel and Gaza.

Israeli military spokeswoman Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich reported Thursday on Twitter that authorities had arrested the man who planted the bomb on the bus and identified him as an Arab Israeli from the village of Taybeh. She said he was a member of Hamas.

22/11/2012 20:41 GMT

Arrest Made In Tel Aviv Bus Bombing

@ haaretzcom :

BREAKING: #Israel security forces arrest suspects in #TelAviv bus blast http://t.co/91fS0v48

22/11/2012 20:38 GMT

A Palestinian Boy

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A Palestinian boy and militants of the Izzedine Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, attend funerals of five Hamas militants in Mugharka village, central Gaza Strip, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. Five Hamas militants were killed in an Israeli air strike yesterday, Palestinian health officials said. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

22/11/2012 20:28 GMT

Israel-Gaza Conflict Winners And Losers

While the cease-fire agreement between Israel and Gaza on Wednesday brought an end to the rockets and airstrikes, the political fallout is just beginning. The Associated Press offers a breakdown of who won and who lost as a result of the truce agreement:

Read the full story on HuffPost World.

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\"pdanahar\"

@ pdanahar :

For the first time in a over week the streets of #Gaza are busy at night with traffic and people.... and an awful lots of guns

\"bencnn\"

@ bencnn :

Amazing how quickly Gaza City has re-emerged. Cars, people, can hear horns, whistles and cheers.

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Agreement of Understanding For a Ceasefire in the Gaza Strip

1: (no title given for this section)

A. Israel should stop all hostilities in the Gaza Strip land, sea and air including incursions and targeting of individuals.

B. All Palestinian factions shall stop all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel including rocket attacks and all attacks along the border.

C. Opening the crossings and facilitating the movements of people and transfer of goods and refraining from restricting residents' free movements and targeting residents in border areas and procedures of implementation shall be dealt with after 24 hours from the start of the ceasefire.

D. Other matters as may be requested shall be addressed.

2: Implementation mechanisms:

A. Setting up the zero hour for the ceasefire understanding to enter into effect.

B. Egypt shall receive assurances from each party that the party commits to what was agreed upon.

C. Each party shall commit itself not to perform any acts that would breach this understanding. In case of any observations Egypt as the sponsor of this understanding shall be informed to follow up. (Reporting by Marwa Awad; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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Agreement of Understanding For a Ceasefire in the Gaza Strip

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A. Israel should stop all hostilities in the Gaza Strip land, sea and air including incursions and targeting of individuals.

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The Guardian's Chris McGreal reports from Gaza:

Within minutes of the ceasefire kicking in, gunmen emerged on the streets of Gaza City to celebrate with long bursts of gunfire, cheering and chanting of victory slogans. Despite a warning from Hamas controlled TV and radio not to go out on the streets until it is clear the ceasefire was holding, young men who had not dared venture on to the streets with their weapons in recent days once again emerged waving their guns. Some people fired fireworks from rooftops. Others drove through the city with their hands on their horns.

Read more here.

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The Guardian's Chris McGreal reports from Gaza:

Within minutes of the ceasefire kicking in, gunmen emerged on the streets of Gaza City to celebrate with long bursts of gunfire, cheering and chanting of victory slogans. Despit...Read More"},{"id":"465","created":"21/11/2012 19:31 GMT","title":"BBC: Celebratory Gunfire Over Gaza","tweet_link":"465_bbc-celebratory-gunfire-over-gaza","entry_text":"

BBC News reports that celebratory gunfire has been reported in Gaza City following the ceasefire agreement coming into place

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BBC News reports that celebratory gunfire has been reported in Gaza City following the ceasefire agreement coming into place
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\"erinmcunningham\"

@ erinmcunningham :

I'm in #Gaza City, and haven't heard a strike in 7-8ish minutes.

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\"MarquardtA\"

@ MarquardtA :

At 20:59, four rockets launched toward Beer Sheva.

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Mark Perry, a reporter with who focuses on the Middle East, tweets that a U.S. official has told him that Israel understand that the cease-fire might not hold up perfectly from the Gaza side. After all, Hamas is not the only group with rockets in the Gaza Strip, and it cannot guarantee that another militant faction will not try to disrupt the cease-fire with an attack. Instead, Perry writes, Israel is simply looking for signs of Hamas \"good faith\" in meeting the deal.

\"markperrydc\"

@ markperrydc :

US gov't official: #Israel understands that implementation of #ceasefire \"might take some time\" -- #Hamas must show \"good faith\"

-- Joshua Hersh

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Mark Perry, a reporter with who focuses on the Middle East, tweets that a U.S. official has told him that Israel understand that the cease-fire might not hold up perfectly from the Gaza side. After all, Hamas is not the only group with rockets in the G...Read More"},{"id":"461","created":"21/11/2012 19:07 GMT","title":"Two Injured In Israeli Strike","tweet_link":"461_two-injured-in-israeli-strike","entry_text":"

\"DerekStoffelCBC\"

@ DerekStoffelCBC :

I just came back from main hospital in #Gaza. Ambulance arrived minutes before ceasefire supposed to start. Two injured in Israeli airstrike

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ DerekStoffelCBC :\r\nI just came back from main hospital in #Gaza. Ambulance arrived minutes before ceasefire suppose...Read More"},{"id":"460","created":"21/11/2012 19:03 GMT","title":"#CeasefireViolation","tweet_link":"460_ceasefireviolation","entry_text":"

\"olanan\"

@ olanan :

People in Gaza will use hashtag #ceasefireViolation to record any israeli explosion after 9:00 pm. Record explosion time & ur city. RT

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ olanan :\r\nPeople in Gaza will use hashtag #ceasefireViolation to record any israeli explosion after 9:00 pm. Record explosion time &a...Read More"},{"id":"459","created":"21/11/2012 18:58 GMT","title":"With Minutes Left Til Ceasefire, Bombardment Continuing ","tweet_link":"459_with-minutes-left-til-ceasefire-bombardment-continuing-","entry_text":"

\"sharifkouddous\"

@ sharifkouddous :

With less than mintes to the implementation of the ceasefire the Israeli bombardment of Gaza City continues

\"bencnn\"

@ bencnn :

Another one slams into #Gaza city while PM Netanyahu speaks

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\"pdanahar\"

@ pdanahar :

As Netanyahu explains the ceasefire deal on israeli TV, iIDF rounds are still landing here in #Gaza

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ pdanahar :\r\nAs Netanyahu explains the ceasefire deal on israeli TV, iIDF rounds are still landing here in #Gaza\r\nRead More"},{"id":"457","created":"21/11/2012 18:49 GMT","title":"Netanyahu Makes Statement","tweet_link":"457_netanyahu-makes-statement","entry_text":"

\"Reuters\"

@ Reuters :

Live video: Israeli PM Netanyahu makes statement http://t.co/vyx1DHrV

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ Reuters :\r\nLive video: Israeli PM Netanyahu makes statement http://t.co/vyx1DHrV\r\nRead More"},{"id":"456","created":"21/11/2012 18:39 GMT","title":"Deal Major Diplomatic Coup For U.S. And Egypt","tweet_link":"456_deal-major-diplomatic-coup-for-us-and-egypt","entry_text":"

The cease-fire deal between Israel and Gaza appears to be a major diplomatic coup for the U.S. and for Egypt, Joshua Hersh writes for HuffPost.

For the U.S., the resolution, at least temporarily, of the conflict marks a signature achievement in the early moments of President Barack Obama's second term.

After appearing for several days to remain aloof from the crisis, pausing amid a tour of Asian nations only to offer words of support for Israel and its \"right to defend itself,\" Obama ended up devoting substantial time to numerous phone calls with both Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Obama later dispatched Clinton to the region, where she met with officials in Israel late Tuesday night before traveling to the West Bank and Cairo on Wednesday. Clinton had been traveling with Obama on the Asia tour, thought to be one of her last major foreign trips as secretary of state.

American officials consistently said they were seeking a \"de-escalation\" of the crisis, but in a briefing on Obama's final call with Netanyahu, they noted that Obama had \"recommended\" that Netanyahu accept the Egyptian proposal. The briefing offered the first open indication that the president had put pressure on his Israeli counterpart to accept a cease-fire.

Read the full story here.

-- Joshua Hersh

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The cease-fire deal between Israel and Gaza appears to be a major diplomatic coup for the U.S. and for Egypt, Joshua Hersh writes for HuffPost.

For the U.S., the resolution, at least temporarily, of the conflict marks a signature ach...Read More"},{"id":"455","created":"21/11/2012 18:31 GMT","title":"Truce Deal Details","tweet_link":"455_truce-deal-details","entry_text":"

This is reportedly a copy of the truce deal between Gaza and Israel, sent to the BBC.

\"JonDonnison\"

@ JonDonnison :

Copy of deal sent to bbc. #Gaza http://t.co/DpXzdbA9

If correct, the truce agreements stipulate:

1. Understanding Regarding Ceasefire In Gaza Strip

a. Israel shall stop all hostilities on the Gaza Strip land, sea and air including incursions and targeting of individuals.

b. All Palestinian factions shall stop all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel, including rocket attacks, and attacks along the border.

c. Opening the crossings and facilitating the movement of people and transfer of goods, and refraining from restricting residents free movement, and targeting residents in border areas and procedures of implementation shall be dealt with after 24 hours from the start of the ceasefire.

d. Other matters as maybe requested shall be addressed.

2. Implementation Mechanisms

a. Setting up of the zero hour for the Ceasefire Understanding to enter into effect.

b. Egypt shall receive assurances from each party that the party commits to what was agreed upon.

c. Each party shall commit itself not to perform any act that would breach this understanding. In case of any observations, Egypt -- as the sponsor of this understand -- shall be informed to follow up.

-- Eline Gordts

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This is reportedly a copy of the truce deal between Gaza and Israel, sent to the BBC.

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\"haaretzcom\"

@ haaretzcom :

LIVE BLOG: Rocket fired from #Gaza hits home in Ashdod http://t.co/pVJbeVE1

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ haaretzcom :\r\nLIVE BLOG: Rocket fired from #Gaza hits home in Ashdod http://t.co/pVJbeVE1\r...Read More"},{"id":"453","created":"21/11/2012 18:14 GMT","title":"Obama Thanks Egypt's Mohamed Morsi","tweet_link":"453_obama-thanks-egypts-mohamed-morsi","entry_text":"

U.S. President Barack Obama thanked Egyptian leader Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday for his efforts to reach a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza.

According to the White House:

President Obama spoke to President Morsi today. The President thanked President Morsi for his efforts to achieve a sustainable ceasefire and for his personal leadership in negotiating a ceasefire proposal. President Morsi expressed appreciation for President Obama’s efforts in this regard.

President Obama and President Morsi agreed on the importance of working toward a more durable solution to the situation in Gaza.

President Obama reaffirmed the close partnership between the United States and Egypt, and welcomed President Morsi's commitment to regional security.

-- Eline Gordts

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U.S. President Barack Obama thanked Egyptian leader Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday for his efforts to reach a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza.

According to the White House:

President Obama spoke to President Morsi today. The Pres...Read More"},{"id":"452","created":"21/11/2012 18:11 GMT","title":"Netanyahu Prepared To Give Truce A Chance","tweet_link":"452_netanyahu-prepared-to-give-truce-a-chance","entry_text":"

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Barack Obama that his government is prepared to give a truce with Gaza a chance.

\"(Netanyahu) spoke a short while ago with President Barack Obama and agreed to his recommendation to give the Egyptian ceasefire proposal a chance, and in this way provide an opportunity to stabilise the situation and calm it before any more forceful action would be necessary,\" an Israeli statement said, according to Reuters.

-- Eline Gordts

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Barack Obama that his government is prepared to give a truce with Gaza a chance.

\"(Netanyahu) spoke a short while ago with President Barack Obama and agreed to his recommendation to give the Egypti...Read More"},{"id":"451","created":"21/11/2012 18:01 GMT","title":"Rockets Fired At Be'er Sheva Despite Truce Announcement","tweet_link":"451_rockets-fired-at-beer-sheva-despite-truce-announcement","entry_text":"

\"haaretzcom\"

@ haaretzcom :

LIVE BLOG: Five grad rockets fired at Be'er Sheva http://t.co/pVJbeVE1

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ haaretzcom :\r\nLIVE BLOG: Five grad rockets fired at Be'er Sheva http://t.co/pVJbeVE1\r\nRead More"},{"id":"450","created":"21/11/2012 17:53 GMT","title":"PHOTO: Clinton Announces Cease-Fire","tweet_link":"450_photo-clinton-announces-ceasefire","entry_text":"

\"clinton\"

In this image made from Egyptian State Television, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr, right, give a joint news conference announcing a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Egypt has announced a cease-fire agreement to end a week of fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr said the truce would take effect at 9 p.m. local time (2 p.m. EDT.) He made the announcement alongside visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Photo by Egyptian State Television, AP

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In this image made from Egyptian State Television, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr, right, give a joint news conference announcing a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in Ca...Read More"},{"id":"449","created":"21/11/2012 17:51 GMT","title":"1.5 Hour Before The Cease-Fire","tweet_link":"449_15-hour-before-the-ceasefire","entry_text":"

\"sheikhNB\"

@ sheikhNB :

1.5hrs before #Gaza ceasefire, arnd 150 #Gaza'ns dead,incl. 37 children. At least 1000 wounded, incl 260 kids. 5 Israelis killed. v @reuters

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ sheikhNB :\r\n1.5hrs before #Gaza ceasefire, arnd 150 #Gaza'ns dead,incl. 37 children. At least 1000 wounded, incl 260 kids. 5 Isra...Read More"},{"id":"448","created":"21/11/2012 17:40 GMT","title":"Netanyahu, Lieberman, Barak Expected To Hold Press Conference","tweet_link":"448_netanyahu-lieberman-barak-expected-to-hold-press-conference","entry_text":"

\"DannyNis\"

@ DannyNis :

Barak, Netanyahu, Liberman to hold press conference in the coming hours- expected to discuss potential for ceasefire+successes of #Gaza op

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ DannyNis :\r\nBarak, Netanyahu, Liberman to hold press conference in the coming hours- expected to discuss potential for ceasefire+...Read More"},{"id":"447","created":"21/11/2012 17:37 GMT","title":"Obama Spoke With Netanyahu","tweet_link":"447_obama-spoke-with-netanyahu","entry_text":"

U.S. President Obama spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the phone.

According to the White House:

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.

-- Eline Gordts

","short_text":"

U.S. President Obama spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the phone.

According to the White House:

President Obama spoke to Prime Minister Netanyahu today and reiterated his commitment to Israel’s securit...Read More"},{"id":"446","created":"21/11/2012 17:35 GMT","title":"israeli Prime Minister Confirms Cease-Fire Deal","tweet_link":"446_israeli-prime-minister-confirms-ceasefire-deal","entry_text":"

\"AP\"

@ AP :

BREAKING: Israel prime minister confirms cease-fire deal.

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ AP :\r\nBREAKING: Israel prime minister confirms cease-fire deal.\r\n"},{"id":"445","created":"21/11/2012 17:34 GMT","title":"Ceasefire To Start At 9 PM","tweet_link":"445_ceasefire-to-start-at-9-pm","entry_text":"

During a press conference in Cairo, the Egyptian foreign minister, with Hillary Clinton by his side, says a ceasefire will begin at 9 PM Cairo time (2 PM ET). \"There is no substitute for a just and lasting peace,\" Clinton added.

- Melissa Jeltsen

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During a press conference in Cairo, the Egyptian foreign minister, with Hillary Clinton by his side, says a ceasefire will begin at 9 PM Cairo time (2 PM ET). \"There is no substitute for a just and lasting peace,\" Clinton added.
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\n - M...Read More"},{"id":"443","created":"21/11/2012 17:26 GMT","title":"AP Has A Bit More On The Terms Of The Deal","tweet_link":"443_ap-has-a-bit-more-on-the-terms-of-the-deal","entry_text":"

\"joshledermanAP\"

@ joshledermanAP :

Ceasefire details exclusive to @AP: Military activity, rocket attacks to cease. After 24hours quiet, Israel to further open Gaza crossings

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ joshledermanAP :\r\nCeasefire details exclusive to @AP: Military activity, rocket ...Read More"},{"id":"442","created":"21/11/2012 17:24 GMT","title":"Paul Danahar: Truce To Come Into Effect 2100 Gaza Time","tweet_link":"442_paul-danahar-truce-to-come-into-effect-2100-gaza-time","entry_text":"

\"pdanahar\"

@ pdanahar :

A senior Hamas negotiator in #Cairo tells BBC in #Gaza ceasefire deal has been reached. Will come into effect 2100 Gaza time

\"pdanahar\"

@ pdanahar :

It will be announced in Cairo by President Morsi . Gunfire has just started in #Gaza

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ pdanahar :\r\nA senior Hamas negotiator in #Cairo tells BBC in #Gaza ceasefire deal has been reached. Will come into effect 2100 Ga...Read More"},{"id":"441","created":"21/11/2012 17:20 GMT","title":"More On The Ceasefire From Reuters","tweet_link":"441_more-on-the-ceasefire-from-reuters","entry_text":"

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.

","short_text":"

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 na...Read More"},{"id":"440","created":"21/11/2012 17:12 GMT","title":"AP: Cease-Fire Deal To Be Announced Within Hours","tweet_link":"440_ap-ceasefire-deal-to-be-announced-within-hours","entry_text":"

\"AP\"

@ AP :

BREAKING: Palestinian official: cease-fire deal between Hamas and Israel to be announced within hours.

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ AP :\r\nBREAKING: Palestinian official: cease-fire deal between Hamas and Israel to be announced within hours.\r\n"},{"id":"439","created":"21/11/2012 17:04 GMT","title":"Reuters: Israel Has Reportedly Agreed To Truce","tweet_link":"439_reuters-israel-has-reportedly-agreed-to-truce","entry_text":"

\"Reuters\"

@ Reuters :

ISRAEL HAS AGREED TO TRUCE IN GAZA, BUT WILL NOT LIFT BLOCKADE - ISRAELI SOURCES

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ Reuters :\r\nISRAEL HAS AGREED TO TRUCE IN GAZA, BUT WILL NOT LIFT BLOCKADE - ISRAELI SOURCES\r\n"},{"id":"438","created":"21/11/2012 17:01 GMT","title":"Reuters: Egyptian Official Reportedly Confirms Ceasefire","tweet_link":"438_reuters-egyptian-official-reportedly-confirms-ceasefire","entry_text":"

\"Reuters\"

@ Reuters :

EGYPTIAN OFFICIAL CONFIRMS TO REUTERS CEASEFIRE AGREEMENT REACHED BETWEEN PALESTINIANS, ISRAEL

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ Reuters :\r\nEGYPTIAN OFFICIAL CONFIRMS TO REUTERS CEASEFIRE AGREEMENT REACHED BETWEEN PALESTINIANS, ISRAEL\r\n"},{"id":"437","created":"21/11/2012 16:58 GMT","title":"Reuters: According To Palestinian Source, Israel And Hamas Agree On Ceasefire","tweet_link":"437_reuters-according-to-palestinian-source-israel-and-hamas-agree-on-ceasefire","entry_text":"

\"Reuters\"

@ Reuters :

CEASEFIRE BETWEEN HAMAS AND ISRAEL AGREED -PALESTINIAN OFFICIAL WITH KNOWLEDGE OF TALKS

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ Reuters :\r\nCEASEFIRE BETWEEN HAMAS AND ISRAEL AGREED -PALESTINIAN OFFICIAL WITH KNOWLEDGE OF TALKS\r\n"},{"id":"436","created":"21/11/2012 16:56 GMT","title":"Israel Mulls Declaring Unilateral Ceasefire","tweet_link":"436_israel-mulls-declaring-unilateral-ceasefire","entry_text":"

\"haaretzcom\"

@ haaretzcom :

#Israel mulls declaring unilateral cease-fire http://t.co/qJv7mbwd #Gaza #Hamas

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ haaretzcom :\r\n#Israel mulls declaring unilateral cease-fire http://t.co/qJv7mbwd #Gaza #Ha...Read More"},{"id":"435","created":"21/11/2012 16:53 GMT","title":"Iranian Missile Technology Reportedly Sent To Gaza","tweet_link":"435_iranian-missile-technology-reportedly-sent-to-gaza","entry_text":"

According to an Iranian news agency, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard claimed his country gave Gaza fighters the ability to produce longer-range missiles.

From the AP:

The comments by Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, quoted by the semiofficial ISNA news agency, offer some of the clearest insights on Iran’s weapons support for Hamas, whose Iranian-engineered Fajr-5 missiles have struck near Tel Aviv and Jerusalem during weeklong battles with Israel.

The report Wednesday quotes Jafari as saying Iran has supplied technology to Gaza for the missiles to be produced ‘‘quickly.’’

Up to now, Iran denied it directly supplied Hamas with the Fajr-5.

Iran also backs the anti-Israel faction Hezbollah in Lebanon, which fired thousands of rockets into Israel during a monthlong 2006 war.

--Adam Pourahmadi

","short_text":"

According to an Iranian news agency, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard claimed his country gave Gaza fighters the ability to produce longer-range missiles.

From the AP:

The comments by Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, quoted...Read More"},{"id":"434","created":"21/11/2012 16:49 GMT","title":"Egypt Confiscates Warheads From Libya","tweet_link":"434_egypt-confiscates-warheads-from-libya","entry_text":"

Egyptian authorities confiscated trucks carrying explosive warheads and a variety of small-arms ammunition smuggled from Libya, security officials said on Wednesday.

Smuggled weapons often fall into the hands of Islamist militants in the Sinai Peninsula, or pass via underground tunnels to the Gaza Strip, the site of fierce fighting over the past week between Hamas militants and Israeli forces.

--Adam Pourahmadi

","short_text":"

Egyptian authorities confiscated trucks carrying explosive warheads and a variety of small-arms ammunition smuggled from Libya, security officials sai...Read More"},{"id":"432","created":"21/11/2012 16:34 GMT","title":"Hamas Praises Bus Bombing, Does Not Take Responsibility","tweet_link":"432_hamas-praises-bus-bombing-does-not-take-responsibility","entry_text":"

\"BBCBreaking\"

@ BBCBreaking :

Update: #Hamas \"has praised\" Tel Aviv bus bombing but not taken responsibility. Latest LIVE http://t.co/urALQ4Db

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ BBCBreaking :\r\nUpdate: #Hamas \"has praised\" Tel Aviv bus bombing but not taken responsibility. Latest LIVE Read More"},{"id":"431","created":"21/11/2012 16:25 GMT","title":"Ban On Ceasefire: Many Details To Work Out","tweet_link":"431_ban-on-ceasefire-many-details-to-work-out","entry_text":"

Speaking from Cairo, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed his concerns about the spiral of violence in Gaza an Israel.

Reuters reports:

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday there were \"many details to work out\" before a ceasefire could be reached to end the conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.

\"I am particularly concerned about the spiral of violence at the time of intense efforts to reach a ceasefire in Gaza and Israel,\" Ban said.

Speaking after a meeting with Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, whose country is trying to forge a truce, he said: \"We all know there are many details to work out. But while that happens civilians continue to die.\"

","short_text":"

Speaking from Cairo, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed his concerns about the spiral of violence in Gaza an Israel.

Reu...Read More"},{"id":"430","created":"21/11/2012 16:09 GMT","title":"PHOTO: What's Left Of The Abu Khadra Interior Ministry Compound","tweet_link":"430_photo-whats-left-of-the-abu-khadra-interior-ministry-compound","entry_text":"

\"erinmcunningham\"

@ erinmcunningham :

The smoldering Abu Khadra interior ministry compound, hit by 7-8 missiles last night in #Gaza City. http://t.co/VDVWNkQB

\"The

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ erinmcunningham :\r\nThe smoldering Abu Khadra interior ministry compound, hit by 7-8 missiles last night in #Gaza Ci...Read More"},{"id":"429","created":"21/11/2012 16:02 GMT","title":"152 Reportedly Killed Since Last Wednesday","tweet_link":"429_152-reportedly-killed-since-last-wednesday","entry_text":"

\"JonDonnison\"

@ JonDonnison :

Health ministry figures latest; 152 killed since last Wed. At least 40 children. At least 13 people killed today in #Gaza

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ JonDonnison :\r\nHealth ministry figures latest; 152 killed since last Wed. At least 40 children. At least 13 people killed t...Read More"},{"id":"428","created":"21/11/2012 15:53 GMT","title":"Targets Bombed in Gaza","tweet_link":"428_targets-bombed-in-gaza","entry_text":"

Israel has attacked 1,450 targets in Gaza since Nov. 14, Reuters reports. The news service compiled a partial list of the targets hit so far, which you can see here.

Air strikes have hit rocket stores, launchpads and suspected Hamas command posts, government buildings and apartment blocks in an eight-day-old assault that has killed 139 Gazans, most of them civilians, including 34 children. Israel says 56 militants have been killed.

-- Eamon Murphy

","short_text":"

Israel has attacked 1,450 targets in Gaza since Nov. 14, Reuters reports. The news service compiled a partial list of the targets hit so far, which you can see Read More"},{"id":"427","created":"21/11/2012 15:30 GMT","title":"PHOTO: Aftermath Of Gaza Airstrike","tweet_link":"427_photo-aftermath-of-gaza-airstrike","entry_text":"

\"israel

A Palestinian man reacts after an Israeli air strike near smuggling tunnels between the southern Gaza Strip and Egypt, on November 21, 2012 in Rafah.

Photo by Said Khatib, AFP/Getty Images

","short_text":"

A Palestinian man reacts after an Israeli air strike near smuggling tunnels between the southern Gaza Strip and Egypt, on November 21, 2012 in Rafah.
\nPhoto by Said Khatib, AFP/Getty Images

"},{"id":"426","created":"21/11/2012 15:19 GMT","title":"NYT Reporter: Steady Gaza Shelling From The Sea","tweet_link":"426_nyt-reporter-steady-gaza-shelling-from-the-sea","entry_text":"

\"rudoren\"

@ rudoren :

Steady shelling from the sea in #Gaza City, not as close to our hotel as previous rounds, but still not my fave soundtrack

","short_text":"\r\n
\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ rudoren :\r\nSteady shelling from the sea in #Gaza City, not as close to our hotel as previous rounds, but still not my fave soundtra...Read More"},{"id":"425","created":"21/11/2012 14:48 GMT","title":"Latest On Ceasefire From Reuters","tweet_link":"425_latest-on-ceasefire-from-reuters","entry_text":"

Israel's best-selling Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper said an emerging outline of a ceasefire agreement called for Egypt to announce a 72-hour ceasefire followed by further talks on long-term understandings.

Under the proposed document, which the newspaper said neither party would be required to sign, Israel would hold its fire, end attacks against top militants and promise to examine ways to ease its blockade of Gaza, controlled by Hamas Islamists who do not recognise the Jewish state's right to exist.

Read more here.

","short_text":"

Israel's best-selling Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper said an emerging outline of a ceasefire agreement called for Egypt to announce a 72-hour ceasefire followed by further talks on long-term understandings.

Under the proposed document, wh...Read More"},{"id":"424","created":"21/11/2012 14:36 GMT","title":"Thousands Of Gazans Seek Shelter In U.N. Schools","tweet_link":"424_thousands-of-gazans-seek-shelter-in-un-schools","entry_text":"

From the AP:

A U.N. aid agency says some 10,000 Gazans have sought shelter in U.N.-run schools after the Israeli military dropped leaflets on the territory warning residents of certain areas to evacuate their homes.

","short_text":"

From the Read More"},{"id":"423","created":"21/11/2012 13:56 GMT","title":"Life Goes On In Gaza","tweet_link":"423_life-goes-on-in-gaza","entry_text":"

\"DerekStoffelCBC\"

@ DerekStoffelCBC :

Life goes on amid Israeli attacks in Gaza. Shoppers in a market in #Gaza City. Airstrike heard minutes after pic taken. http://t.co/QuMrBvbz

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ DerekStoffelCBC :\r\nLife goes on amid Israeli attacks in Gaza. Shoppers in a market in #Gaza City. Airstrike heard m...Read More"},{"id":"422","created":"21/11/2012 13:52 GMT","title":"PHOTO: Clinton Meets Morsi","tweet_link":"422_photo-clinton-meets-morsi","entry_text":"

\"hillary

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (R) meets with US Secretary Hilary Clinton at the presidential palace in Cairo on November 21, 2012.

Photo by Khaled Desouki, AFP/Getty Images

","short_text":"


\nEgyptian President Mohamed Morsi (R) meets with US Secretary Hilary Clinton at the presidential palace in Cairo on November 21, 2012.
\nPhoto by Khaled Desouki, AFP/Getty Images
\n

"},{"id":"421","created":"21/11/2012 13:49 GMT","title":"Hillary Clinton Condemns Bus Attack","tweet_link":"421_hillary-clinton-condemns-bus-attack","entry_text":"

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned Wednesday's attack on a bus in Tel Aviv.

The United States strongly condemns this terrorist attack and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the people of Israel.

As I arrive in Cairo, I am closely monitoring reports from Tel Aviv, and we will stay in close contact with Prime Minister Netanyahu's team. The United States stands ready to provide any assistance that Israel requires.

-- Eline Gordts

","short_text":"

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned Wednesday's attack on a bus in Tel Aviv.

The United States strongly condemns this terrorist attack and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the people of Israel.

As...Read More"}]

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