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

(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.

Israeli tanks in a staging area near the Gaza border this morning.   (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
A Palestinian man walks through the destroyed Hamas government complex known as Abu Khadra in Gaza City early today.   (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
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