23 Children Killed in Israel-Gaza Violence

Turkish PM calls Israel 'a terrorist state'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2012 7:51 AM CST

(Newser) – Violence between Israel and Gaza continued for a sixth day today, with more children dead as Israel continues to target homes of suspected militants. NBC News reports that 23 children have now been killed in Gaza; at least 95 people have been killed there in total. Turkey's prime minister today called Israel "a terrorist state" carrying out "terrorist acts," specifically pointing a finger at those who "turn their heads from the massacre of children," al-Jazeera reports. More on the conflict:

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  • Israel tells the BBC it intended to hit a home yesterday in which four children and seven other civilians were killed because it believed a senior Hamas official was hiding there, but the patriarch of the family who lived there denies they were hiding anyone. That airstrike was the deadliest single strike of the conflict so far, and it killed members from three generations of the family, the New York Times reports.
  • A rocket from Gaza also hit near a school in Israel today and another exploded in the yard of a home, but no injuries were reported, Ynet reports, adding that Gaza has sent 60 rockets toward Israel today.
  • International pressure for an end to the violence is mounting, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is flying to the region, CNN reports. "This must stop," he said last night, calling for both sides to cooperate with Egypt's attempt to broker a ceasefire. An Egyptian source says Hamas has handed its ceasefire conditions to Israel; no word on what they are, but CNN notes Hamas wants an end to the Gaza blockade before it will agree to a truce.
  • Former Rep. Jane Harman, a rumored replacement for David Petraeus as CIA director, told CNN this morning that she hears a ceasefire could come as soon as this afternoon, Politico reports.
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