No Let-Up in Gaza Fighting
Deaths on both sides as ceasefire proves elusive
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2012 12:16 AM CST
Israeli tanks in a staging area near the Gaza border this morning.   (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

(Newser) – Talk of a Gaza ceasefire beginning at midnight proved to be just talk as Israel pounded Gaza with more than a hundred airstrikes overnight and Palestinian rockets were fired toward Israel. Diplomats will resume talks today in an effort to bring an end to hostilities that have killed at least 139 people in Gaza, including many civilians, and five Israelis, including a soldier killed by a rocket strike yesterday, the New York Times reports.

  • Hillary Clinton, who called for a "durable peace" after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday, will meet Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas today, but she is not expected to travel to Gaza itself, CNN reports.
  • Israel hit the Hamas government's main complex in Gaza overnight, reducing the huge compound to rubble, the BBC reports. Israel says it struck scores of "terror sites," including 50 that harbored rocket launchers.
  • A truce was close last night but was thwarted by last-minute delays, according to the Telegraph. Sources say both sides expect an Egypt-brokered ceasefire deal to emerge sometime today.
  • Three journalists were among those killed by Israeli strikes in Gaza yesterday, Reuters reports. Two cameramen and an educational programming director for the Hamas-affiliated al-Quds channel were killed in their cars, sparking outrage among international media groups.

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texige
Nov 21, 2012 7:03 AM CST
Religious nuts. If you believe in God, and believe he created everything, please someone explain how this is what he had in mind? And while you are at it, explain why he would play favorites?
Rammrodd
Nov 21, 2012 5:49 AM CST
But...Billary, Nut&yahoo and the Ugly Summit...what happened?
1freeusa
Nov 21, 2012 5:44 AM CST
LETS GET READY TO RUMBLE!!!! Not choosing sides, but would one of you guys hurry up and exterminate the other. then we have; PEACE ON EARTH