Gaza Fighting Rages On; Talks Set for Tomorrow

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2009 9:08 PM CST
An Israeli soldier leans against artillery shells while reading the newspaper near the Israeli Gaza border, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009.   (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)
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(Newser) – Israel continues to press its assault and Hamas continues to fire its rockets, but a sliver of hope emerged tonight toward an end to the Gaza hostilities, MSNBC reports. Representatives from Israel, Hamas, and the Palestinian Authority will meet—probably separately—with Egyptian officials in Cairo tomorrow to discuss a possible truce. Twelve days of fighting have left 688 Palestinians and 10 Israelis dead.

Condoleezza Rice voiced support for the proposal. "We are very much applauding the efforts of a number of states, particularly the effort that President Mubarak has undertaken on behalf of Egypt," she said. "We're supporting that initiative." The UN Security Council has failed to agree on any kind of a resolution regarding the fighting.