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The Israeli war on Gaza

Published on 19 November 2012, by M. Tomazy.
Nov. 19, 2012  
Day 6

22:11 Heavy shelling reported across the Gaza Strip.

22:04 Update: Foad Hijazi, father of two children killed in Beit Lahiya strike, also dies.

22:00 Israeli forces shoot and kill a 22-year-old Palestinian man during clashes in the West Bank city of Hebron. Medics identify the victim as Hamdi Mohammad Jawwad Al-Falah and say he was shot four times.

21:56 Israeli army spokeswoman says shots fired at Salem checkpoint northwest of Jenin.

21:48 Update: Medics identify children killed in Beit Lahiya strike as Suhaib and Mohammad Hijazi.

21:40 Two children killed in Israeli strike on Beit Lahiya, 12 injured.

21:23 Israel's army says 135 rockets have been fired at Israel and 42 of them were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense shield since midnight, a spokeswoman says.

21:10 Twelve injured in an attack on the Hijazi family home in northern Gaza.

21:06 US President Barack Obama calls his Egyptian counterpart Mohammad Mursi and stresses the need to end rocket fire from Gaza.

22:11 Heavy shelling reported across the Gaza Strip.

22:04 Update: Foad Hijazi, father of two children killed in Beit Lahiya strike, also dies.

22:00 Israeli forces shoot and kill a 22-year-old Palestinian man during clashes in the West Bank city of Hebron. Medics identify the victim as Hamdi Mohammad Jawwad Al-Falah and say he was shot four times.

21:56 Israeli army spokeswoman says shots fired at Salem checkpoint northwest of Jenin.

20:51 Medics have identified the victims of a strike on Nuseirat refugee camp as Husam Shahadeh and his nephew Khalil.

20:44 Faraj al-Sawafir, a 55-year-old whose home was hit by an Israeli strike, tells Reuters he supports the Palestinian resistance.

"We, the people of Gaza, we are the resistance. Hamas and the others, they're our sons and our brothers, we're fingers on the same hand. They fight for us and are martyred, they take losses and we sacrifice too," al-Sawafir said.

Al-Sawafir and his family of 40 were forced to flee to Gaza City after their home, near the border, was targeted.

20:33 Medics say a pregnant woman was wounded in shelling on Tuffah neighborhood east of Gaza. They described her condition as serious.

20:25 Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has phoned Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal in Cairo to discuss ceasefire efforts.

20:18 Israel's military says a rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome over Ashkelon.

20:11 Israel tells Egypt it will not invade the Gaza Strip if no rockets are fired in the next 24 hours, Israeli TV reports.

20:10 Eight people injured, two seriously, in a strike on the Salha family home near the al-Tawba Mosque in Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza.

20:09 Two Palestinians killed in fresh strikes on al-Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza.

20:04 A high-level diplomatic delegation from Libya will visit Gaza on Wednesday, the foreign ministry in Gaza says.

20:00 UN Secretary-General will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Mahmoud Abbas after his visit to Cairo.

19:50 Does Israel consider the lives of foreign journalists' more valuable than those of local Palestinian journalists? On Al-Jazeera, Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev struggles to answer.

19:40 A large crowd of Palestinians took to the streets in Ramallah to protest the killing of Rushdi Tamimi, who died two days after he was shot by Israeli forces at a protest in Nabi Saleh.

They marched to Ramallah hospital to offer condolences.

19:37 Settler car targeted by Molotov cocktail in Ramallah village

19:32 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has arrived in Cairo for talks on Gaza.

19:25 Ahmad Ismael, 21, is in surgery to remove a bullet from his head after he was shot by Israeli forces during a protest in Bethlehem, a hospital official says,

19:19 Arkan Abu Kmayel and Ibrahim Al-Hawajri, killed in a strike on Bureij camp, were members of the al-Nasser al-Salah al-Din Brigades, the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees, the group says.

19:15 A video shows Israeli soldiers standing over Rushdi Tamimi after he has been shot at a protest in Nabi Saleh on Saturday. For several minutes the soldiers prevent Palestinians from helping him, threatening to shoot them and ordering them to go home.

19:13 The funeral for Rushdi Tamimi, who died Monday two days after he was shot by Israeli forces, will be held in Nabi Saleh on Tuesday.

The Nabi Saleh popular committee says Tamimi was shot with live bullets in his thigh and stomach by Israeli forces at the protest against Israeli attacks on Gaza.

Tamimi, 28, was a police officer.

Tamimi was the first fatality of protests in the West Bank, but hundreds of Palestinians have been injured in demonstrations across the West Bank since Israel launched its operation in Gaza on Wednesday.

19:07 Doctors in Hebron govermental hospital are operating on a 21-year-old protester shot by Israeli forces at a protest in Hebron.

Hospital official Basel al-Natsheh told Ma'an that Wasim Nidal al-Saed was shot in the back and foot with live bullets. He is in a critical condition.

18:58 In another strike on the Nuseirat refugee camp, Mohammad Zeidan is killed. He was physically disabled.

18:48 Update: Victims of strike on Bureij refugee camp identified as Arkan Abu Kmayel and Ibrahim Al-Hawajri.

18:42 Two killed in Israeli airstrike on Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza.

18:16 A doctor at Ramallah hospital confirms Rushdi Tamimi has died. Israeli forces shot Tamimi, a Palestinian police officer, on Saturday at a protest in Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah, against Israeli attacks on Gaza.

18:08 Rescue workers continue to search the rubble of the al-Dalou family home for the bodies of high-school student Yara and Mohammad al-Dalou.

17:50 Rushdi Tamimi, who was injured Saturday by Israeli gunfire at a demonstration in Nabi Saleh near Ramallah, has died of his wounds, the Israeli organization B'Tselem is reporting.

17:45 President Mahmoud Abbas applauds factions for uniting to protest across the West Bank in solidarity with Gaza.

The participation of all parties in the protests confirms that Palestinians are united and reject division, the president said, calling for an escalation in peaceful resistance.

17:39 Another man died in the shelling of the Shurouq media building, identified as 53-year-old civilian Salem Bulus Swelim.

17:37 Israeli news site Ynet erroneously reports that the Islamic Jihad leader killed in Gaza is a Ma'an reporter.

Ma'an does not work with, or have any association with Ramiz Harb.

17:21 Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal tells Cairo news conference there must be specific demands for a truce with Israel.

"In summary that the Israeli thuggery and aggression stop ... and the siege on Gaza be lifted," he says.

17:15 A group of 38 international aid agencies calls for an urgent ceasefire to prevent another widespread humanitarian disaster in the Gaza Strip in a joint statement.

"If global leaders do not intervene, Gaza stands on the brink of yet another humanitarian crisis," said Aleksandar Milutinovic, Mercy Corps country director.

17:05 The Israeli army says Ramiz Harb, killed in an attack on the Shorouq media building, was "responsible for propaganda" in Islamic Jihad's military wing.

16:51 The Lebanese army has dismantled two rockets in southern Lebanon that security sources say were aimed at Israel.

Both appeared to have been recently placed in the area..

16:40 A Ma'an reporter has identified the victim of Israel's strike on the Shorouq media tower as Ramiz Harb, a militant leader in Islamic Jihad.

16:36 Medics have identified the men killed in a strike on al-Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza as Ayed Radi and Amir al-Malah.

16:34 Medics say over 65 Palestinians have been injured since noon in clashes with Israeli forces at protests across the West Bank against Israeli attacks on Gaza.

16:23 Israel denies Mashaal's assertion that Netanyahu has requested a truce, Reuters reports.

16:20 Israel bombs Khan Younis in southern Gaza.

16:16 Two killed in an Israeli airstrike on al-Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza.

16:14 Muhammad Salameh Jundi, a 31-year-old killed overnight by an Israeli missile in Gaza City, was mentally disabled, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights says.

16:12 Mashaal says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had requested a truce. "Whoever started the war must end it," Meshaal told a news conference.

16:06 Speaking from Cairo, Hamas chief Khalid Maashal says Israel has failed to achieve its objectives in Gaza attack.

16:03 One killed, three injured in Israeli strike on Shorouq media building in Gaza City.

15:56 A Ma'an reporter has identified the victim of an Israeli strike on Gaza City's Saftawi Street as Husam Abdul Jawwad.

15:51 Israel bombs building housing media bureaus in Gaza City.

15:34 Israel's military is investigating a missile strike that killed 10 members of the al-Dalou family and two of their neighbors on Sunday. Four women and four children were buried today; the victims range from a 1-year-old to an 83-year-old.

The Israeli newspapers Haaretz and Maariv said the army had fired at the wrong house.

People who know the family said its father is a grocery-shop owner and that he was not at home when the dwelling was hit.

15:15 Israeli airstrike kills Palestinian, injures four others, when it hits Saftawi Street in Gaza City.

15:00 The Palestinian Center for Human Rights says the Ministry of Youth and Sports and two police stations in Gaza City were completely destroyed by Israeli bombing on Sunday.

14:39 Civil defense forces are still searching for the bodies of two people killed in Sheikh Radwan on Sunday in the rubble of the al-Dalou family home, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights says.

Ten members of the al-Dalou family died when an Israeli missile flattened the family home, and rescue crews spent hours pulling their bodies from the rubble. The bodies of Yara al-Dalou, 17, and Mohammed al-Dalou, 29, have not been found yet. Two neighbors - an 83-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man -- were killed in the same strike.

The funeral of four women and four children from the al-Dalou family was held in Gaza City today. PCHR has identified the children as 1-year-old Ibrahim, Jamal, 6, Yousef, 4, and Sarah, 7.

14:36 Lawyers union official tells Ma'an that several attorneys have suffered from tear gas inhalation as Israeli forces fired gas at a demonstration in Halhul.

14:35 Egypt's prime minister says he hope ongoing negotiations will soon reach a ceasefire.

"I think we are close, but the nature of this kind of negotiation, (means) it is very difficult to predict," Hisham Kandil tells Reuters.

14:20 Egyptian security sources tell Ma'an the Eilat blast this morning was caused by Sinai militants who detonated an explosive device near Israeli workers installing the border fence.

14:15 A Palestinian has been shot in the leg by a live bullet at a protest at Ofer military base near Ramallah, activist Mohammad Khatib tells Ma'an.

He has been taken to Ramallah hospital.

Hundreds of Palestinians are clashing with Israeli forces at a protest against Israel's assault on Gaza.

13:59 Five Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli forces by a military watchtower near Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem.

13:49 Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan says Israeli is carrying out "terrorist acts" in Gaza

13:35  A rocket fired from Gaza has hit a home in Ashkelon, the Israeli army says. No injuries reported.

13:07  Official close to Netanyahu tells Reuters that Israel is ready for a ground invasion but prefers a diplomatic solution.

12:49 Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal, Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Shallah begin meeting with Egyptian intelligence officials in Cairo over Gaza bombardment.

12:47 Egypt's foreign minister will head to Gaza on Tuesday alongside a delegation of Arab ministers to express solidarity with the Palestinian people, his ministry spokesman says.

12:35 The head of the union of Palestinian doctors Jawad Awwad is leading a delegation of 17 doctors to the Gaza Strip. They are being flown by Palestine Airlines to el-Arish in Egypt's Sinai and are expected to arrive in Gaza tonight. 

12:15 More than 90 percent of Israeli Jews support the war on Gaza, according to a poll by Israeli daily Haaretz. Support for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak has risen 20 percent in Israel compared to approval ratings before the operation, according to the poll. 

12:05 Israeli army says no sign of rocket after blasts heard in Eilat. Spokeswoman says incident related to ministry of defense workers.

11:56 Elderly woman is killed in an Israeli airstrike on Beit Hanoun, north Gaza.

11:44 Dozens of youths are throwing rocks at an Israeli military watchtower by a checkpoint near Rachel's tomb in Bethlehem.

11:22 Palestinian man, identified as Ramadan Mahmoud dies of wounds he sustained days ago in al-Maghazi camp.

11:16 Palestinian and international activists block the main road between Nablus and Ramallah, a Ma'an reporter says.

10:55 Medics identify Tal al-Hawa victim as 23-year-old Muhammad Riyad Shamlakh. 

10:49 China urges "relevant parties, especially Israel, to maintain maximum restraint and cease fire as soon as possible."

"China is extremely concerned about Israel's continued large-scale military operations towards the Gaza Strip. We condemn the over-use of force causing deaths and injuries amongst innocent ordinary people," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a daily news briefing.

10:30 Palestinian killed in airstrike on a car in Tal al-Hawa neighborhood of Gaza City.

10:26 Victims of Khan Younis strike identified as Mahmoud Said Abu Khatir and Abdullah Harb Abu Khatir.

Eyewitnesses told Ma'an that the victims were passersby and the motorcyclist was not hurt.

10:03 Israeli airstrike kills two Palestinians riding a motorcycle in Khan Younis.

09:13 Southern Gaza victims identified as Ibrahim and Omar al-Astal.

09:10 Five Palestinians who were seriously wounded in the Gaza bombardment were evacuated to Egypt for medical attention yesterday, officials tell Ma'an, including a young girl with bleeding to the brain.

08:50 Deir al-Balah victims identified as Tamer al-Bashir, Amin al-Bashir and Rashid Abu Amrah.

08:47 Two killed in Israeli airstrike on southern Gaza; girl seriously injured. 

08:27 Israeli media: Blast heard in Eilat.

08:22 Israel has adjusted flight paths for planes using its main international airport near Tel Aviv after rockets were fired from Gaza on the coastal metropolis, the civil aviation chief says.

08:10 Three Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrike on Deir al-Balah.

07:59 Gaza emergency services spokesman says Abdul-Rahman Muhammad al-Attar killed in airstrike on north Gaza.

07:03 Israeli media say 2 rockets hit Eshkol.

07:01: New statement says army "targeted buildings owned by senior terrorist operatives, used as command posts and weapon storage facilities. IAF aircraft with the support of Israeli Navy soldiers targeted several Hamas' police headquarters throughout the Gaza Strip. The IDF also targeted several Hamas-affiliated terrorist squads as they prepared to fire rockets towards Israel, including the squad responsible for firing rockets towards the community of Nahal Oz earlier this morning."

06:57 Israeli army says to disregard earlier statement. 

06:54 Israeli army says "approximately 80 terror sites throughout the Gaza Strip, including under-ground rocket launching sites, terror tunnels and training bases, inflicting severe damage to the rocket launching capabilities of terror organizations operating out of the Gaza Strip." Its forces have carried out 1,350 attacks on "terror sites" throughout the Gaza Strip.

06:50 Still no reports of rocket attacks from Gaza since midnight, amid reports of ceasefire talks in Cairo. An army spokesman says 105 rockets hit Israel on Sunday. 

06:49 Two women injured in an Israeli attack on a stadium in Tel al-Hawa. Flames break out in a building and houses next to the stadium are damaged.

06:44 The Palestine Liberation Front says Fatah and Hamas must reconcile to end the aggression on Gaza. 

06:42 Gaza medical official Adham Abu Salmiya says a greengrocer has been killed in the northern Gaza Strip; identified as Abdul-Rahman Muhammad al-Attar.

06:32 Latest victim of Israeli bombardment of Gaza City identified as Rama al-Shandi, one and a half years old. 

06:20 Israel plans to close the Kerem Shalom crossing on Monday. 

05:44 Death toll is 88 since Wednesday. 

05:31 Clashes erupt in Abu Dis near Jerusalem. 

05:30 Update: fourth victim of al-Zaitoun attack identified as Sahar Abu Zour.

05:03 Watch: A delegation of Egyptian youth holds a rally in Gaza:

05:00 Gaza City police station targeted in new Israeli airstrike.

04:45 Medics say nine people have been killed since midnight. 

04:40 Three victims of al-Zaitoun attack identified as Muhammad Abu Zour, 4, Nisma Abu Zour, 19, and Ahed al-Katati, 38.

04:38 Death toll is 81 since Wednesday. 

04:28 Update: three killed after attack on al-Zaitoun area of Gaza City. 

04:15 Palestinian People's Party condemns "massacre" of al-Dalou family in Sheikh Radwan on Sunday. 

04:06 Update: one killed, 20 injured in al-Zaitoun area of Gaza City. 

03:59 Israel's army says no rockets have been fired from Gaza since midnight. 

03:53 At least 10 injured in attack on al-Zaitoun area of Gaza City. 

03:42 Democratic Front: Attacking journalists meant to cover up crimes in Gaza.

03:06 Update: Five now reported killed from three strikes on Rafah late Sunday. 

02:07 Overwhelming majorities in the UK and other western European countries believe Palestinians should have their own state and want their governments to vote for recognition of Palestine at the United Nations at the end of the month, according to the latest polls.

02:03 Massive blast reported in Gaza City.

00:47 Hamas' armed wing says it has fired 1,093 projectiles toward Israeli targets since the beginning of Israel's assault on Gaza. 

00:45 Palestinians in Gaza will not die in silence, senior Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzouq writes in an op-ed for The Guardian newspaper. 

00:40 Hizb ut-Tahrir says Arab countries will never fight for Palestinians. 

00:28 Fatah revolutionary council calls for urgent meeting to discuss Gaza. 

00:10 Three Palestinians, including an elderly woman, are confirmed to have been killed after airstrikes on Rafah late Sunday. 

00:01 Israel's assault on the Gaza Strip has entered its sixth day. Follow this live report for minute-by-minute updates of events as they happen.
[Source: Ma'an News Agency, Palestine]