Nov. 18. 15:16 GMT: The IDF says just 302 of 846 Gaza missiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system, adding that there were also 99 rockets that couldn’t make it out of Gaza’s airspace and went off within its territory.
Nov. 18. 14:57 GMT: A three-year-old girl and a five-year-old boy are among ten people killed in a fresh strike on Beit Lahiya. The strike hit a three-story home, which Hamas security officials say is owned by a family that has members involved in militant rocket squads. It is unknown whether militants were in or near the house at the time of the strike.
IDF Pinpoint Strike on Hamas Operational Communications Infrastructure
Nov. 18. 14:06 GMT: The head of the Hamas rocket program in Gaza has been killed in a precise targeted operation by the IDF.
Nov. 18. 13:50 GMT: Egyptian security officials say a senior Israeli official has arrived in Cairo for talks on reaching a cease-fire to end an Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (AP)
Nov. 18, 13:06 GMT: The recent deaths in the Sheikh Radjwan area of Gaza City bring the death toll to 55.
Nov. 18, 13:05 GMT: Two women are among the three killed in a new strike on the Sheikh Radjwan area of Gaza City. Several have been injured, Al Arabiya reports.
Nov. 18, 13:00 GMT: President Obama says “We are fully supportive of Israel’s right to defend itself'”, discussing Gaza crisis during his Thailand visit. The US President also says will know in the next 36 to 48 hours whether progress can be made in halting Gaza crisis.
U.S. President Barack Obama and Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra participate in a joint news conference at the Government House in Bangkok.(Reuters / Jason Reed)
Nov. 18, 12:44 GMT: German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is expected in Israel on Monday to attempt to advance a cease fire, RT Paula Slier reports.
Nov. 18, 12:34 GMT: Palestinian roving ambassador Afif Safieh tells Sky News channel Gaza conflict is about ‘territory not terrorism’; calls Netanyahu a ‘pyromaniac’.
Nov. 18, 12:05 GMT: IDF takes over Hamas radio waves, warns Gaza residents, Israeli media reports.
Nov. 18, 12:04 GMT: A barrage of at least 15 rockets has been fired at Ashdod, Haaretz reports.
Nov. 18, 11:20 GMT: Israeli Culture and Sport Minster Limor Livnat told Ynet that Israel cannot agree to a ceasefire as“only this morning we saw that Grad rockets are still landing on the southern residents.”
Nov. 18, 11:17 GMT: One man was killed, and four wounded in Israeli air strike on a refugee camp in Gaza, Ynet reported, citing sources in Al-Shifa Hospital.
Nov. 18, 10:41 GMT: Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh has gone into hiding due to concerns that Israel wants to assassinate him, a spokesman for the militant group said according to Ynet news. This comes after the Israeli Air Forces bombed his Gaza headquarters on Saturday.
Nov. 18, 09:51 GMT: The crew of RT’s Arabic-language sister channel Rusiya Al-Yaum are moving to a new office following an Israeli attack on two media center buildings overnight. Staff members were not at the facility when it was bombed.
Nov. 18, 09:40 GMT: The IDF targeted the site in Gaza from where the rocket was fired at Tel Aviv.
Nov. 18, 09:30 GMT: The Middle East Foreign Press Association demands explanation from the IDF over why its air force targeted media buildings overnight. It said journalists in areas of conflict are considered civilians and must be respected and protected as such under the international law.
Israeli rescue workers look at the roof of a building damaged by a rocket in the coastal city of Ashkelon.(Reuters / Nir Elias)
Nov. 18, 09:09 GMT: A four-storey building in Ashkelon, Israel, was hit by a rocket fired from Gaza. Two people were lightly wounded by shrapnel in the assault. Another rocket landed near a different residential building and damaged parked cars. Two additional missiles that were launched toward the city were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system.
Nov. 18, 08:47 GMT: The Iron Dome intercepted the rocket fired from Gaza toward Tel Aviv, IDF reported.
Nov. 18, 08:45 GMT: Rocket alerts heard in Tel Aviv, IDF reported.
Nov. 18, 08:44 GMT: Siren is heard in Ashdod and Ashkelon beach, Israel, according to Haaretz.
Nov. 18, 08:22 GMT: Hamas’ Qassam Brigades fired a ‘107 Rocket’ at an Israeli warship, Al Arabiya reported .
A Palestinian man kisses the body of one of his children during their funeral in the northern Gaza Strip.(Reuters / Mohammed Salem)
Nov. 18, 08:06 GMT: An 18-month-old Palestinian boy has been killed in new Israeli airstrike on Gaza, AFP quotes Palestinian medics as saying. Earlier, it was reported that a total of three children have been killed since midnight in Gaza by Israeli shelling, according to the Twitter feed of Reuters correspondent Noah Browning in Palestine/Israel.
Palestinians inspect a destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in the northern Gaza Strip.(Reuters / Mohammed Salem)
Nov. 18, 07:03 GMT:An Israeli airstrike on a media compound has injured at least six journalists, Palestinian medical authorities say. Among the outlets damaged are local, Italian, German, Lebanese and Kuwaiti channels. An IDF report of the strike described the target as “a communications antenna used by Hamas to carry out terror activity against the State of Israel.” Israel sees al-Quds TV as a Hamas propaganda branch.
Nov. 18, 06:56 GMT: Israel’s ambassador to the US has reportedly deleted his tweet, saying that the Israeli government wants to sit and talk with Hamas. Ambassador Michael Oren said his tweet was “sent erroneously by a staffer,” Haaretz reports, quoting the website BuzzFeed.com. The post was allegedly written after the ambassador gave an interview to CNN.
Nov. 18, 03:43 GMT: The Palestinian envoy to the United Nations has urged the Security Council to take action on the Gaza bombardment, Maan news agency reports. Riyad Mansour has written letters to UN chief Ban Ki-moon and the presidents of the Security Council and General Assembly, stressing that Israel’s military operation breaches the Fourth Geneva Convention and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
Nov. 18, 03:30 GMT: The World Health Organization (WHO) said in statement that it was already worried about a shortfall in medical supplies before the bombardment because of the long standing Israeli siege of the strip. Gazan hospitals now have to deal with the growing number of casualties with a critical shortage of drugs and disposables. WHO has appealed to the international and regional community to provide financial support for essential medicines to treat causalities and the chronically ill.
Palestinian medical workers wheel a wounded baby on a stretcher to Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City on November 18, 2012 (AFP Photo / Mahmud Hams)
Nov. 18, 02:40 GMT:The video showing a massive explosion supposedly caused by an Israeli airstrike in the residential al-Zaytoun quarter of Gaza City on Saturday was uploaded by YouTube user Ahmed Erheem.
Nov. 18, 02:00 GMT: British PM David Cameron has urged Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to do “everything possible” to end the crisis in Gaza, the BBC reports. The British leader also expressed sympathy for the “unacceptable rocket attacks” Israel has suffered from militants.
Nov. 18, 01:25 GMT: At least six journalists have been injured after an Israeli airstrike hit a complex of media offices in Gaza City. The Al-Showa and Housari buildings house a number of foreign and Palestinian media organizations, including Palestinian Maan news agency, Germany’s ARD, Kuwait TV and the Italian RAI. Meanwhile the IDF has reported the Israeli Navy targeted “several Hamas terror sites” in the Gaza Strip.
“At least six journalists were wounded, with minor and moderate injuries, when Israeli warplanes hit the al-Quds TV office in the Showa and Housari building in the Rimal neighbourhood of Gaza City,” health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said, AFP reports.
Nov. 18, 00:15 GMT: Israeli warplanes have conducted a series of air strikes across the Gaza Strip, causing numerous casualties, the military wing of Hamas reports. Meanwhile IDF confirms that it has targeted two smuggling tunnels belonging to “terrorist groups” in Gaza.
Nov. 17, 23:30 GMT: Palestinian death toll from Israeli strikes on Gaza rises to 45, according to Maan news agency.
Nov. 17, 22:05 GMT: The Al Qassam Brigade, the military wing of Hamas, has given a press conference claiming more successful attacks against Israel and vowing they “have a lot of surprises.” “We shot down a warplane over the Gaza sea, which Israel is hiding. We have targeted a sensitive military site in Rishon Lezion near Tel El Rabee city,” the group has claimed.
Nov. 17, 21:50 GMT: Israeli PM Netanyahu tells foreign leaders he would agree to a ceasefire with Hamas if it agrees to halt rocket fire from Gaza.
Nov. 17, 21:21 GMT: Benjamin Netanyahu’s office denies reports an emissary from Israel has been dispatched to Cairo for ceasefire talks.
Nov. 17, 21:17 GMT: RT’s correspondent in Tel Aviv Paula Slier says some Arab sources report an Israeli emmisary is en route to Cairo to review a draft agreement for a ceasefire that begins tonight.
Nov. 17, 20:59 GMT: Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi told reporters his government was in touch with both Israelis and Palestinians and there were indications they could “soon” reach a truce.
Nov. 17, 20:50 GMT: Israeli police plan to “sweep for Palestinians illegally residing in Israel” on Sunday due to security concerns, Haaretz reports.
Nov. 17, 20:38 GMT: Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai on the operation in Gaza: “The goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages. Only then will Israel be calm for forty years” – Haaretz
Nov. 17, 19:58 GMT: The IDF has agreed to open the Kerem Shalom Crossing on Sunday to permit deliveries of food and humanitarian supplies to Gaza.
Nov. 17, 19:51 GMT: Hamas’ military wing, the Al Qassam Brigades, have tweeted that they will hold an important press conference concerning the situation in the Gaza Strip. Some are speculating that the press conference may be used to announce the outcome of the talks in Cairo.
Nov. 17, 19:34 GMT: An Israeli strike on southern Gaza kills two more Palestinians, according to locals and emergency services.
Nov. 17, 18:39 GMT: Israeli PM Netanyahu lobbies international community on Gaza operation, informing leaders of Germany, Greece, Italy and the Czech Republic that his country “will not allow a situation where its civilian population is under constant rocket threat.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (AFP Photo / Jack Guez)
Nov. 17, 18:35 GMT: King of Jordan calls for “urgent humanitarian aid to Gaza.”
Nov. 17, 18:09 GMT: Qatar will give $10 million to Egypt to help treat Palestinians wounded in Israeli strikes, according to state media.
Nov. 17, 17:48 GMT:Head of Iran’s Parliament’s National Security Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi has denied his counrty supplied Fajr 5 rockets to Hamas.
Nov. 17, 17:21 GMT: Arab League to send delegation to Gaza on Sunday, November 18.
Nov. 17, 16:49 GMT: Arab League chief Nabil el-Arabi: Israel is committing war crimes against the Palestinian people; massacres must not go unpunished.
A general view shows the ministerial meeting at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo (AFP Photo / Khaled Desouki)
Nov. 17, 16: 41 GMT: Mansour says Israelis must be prosecuted in international courts for committing war crimes and the Arab states should freeze their ties with Israel.
Nov. 17, 16:37 GMT: Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour tells Arab League the Palestinian people are demanding the Arabs to courageously stand against the assault.
Nov. 17, 16:35 GMT:Arab League’s Foreign Ministers gather for emergency meeting in Cairo to discuss Israeli strikes on Gaza.
Nov. 17, 15:58 GMT: Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has expressed readiness to visit the Gaza Strip and deliver humanitarian aid, Press TV reports.
Nov. 17, 15:38 GMT: White House reports: US believes Israelis have the right to self defense and to make their own military decisions. President Obama called Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan about bringing an end to violence in Israel.
Pro-palestinian supporters and members of the National Collective for a fair peace between Palestinians and Israeli demonstrate in front of the Opera Garnier on November 17, 2012 in Paris to protest against Israel’s ongoing airstrike over Gaza (AFP Photo / Thomas Coex)
Nov. 17, 14:57 GMT: Air raid sirens being heard in Be’er Sheva, Israel.
Nov. 17, 14:51 GMT: Reports of air raid sirens and an explosion in Tel Aviv. The rocket was intercepted by Iron Dome, according to Israeli radio.
Nov. 17, 14:17 GMT: Israeli Minister Avi Dichter says that only a few rockets threaten Tel Aviv, unlike greater danger facing towns in Israel’s south, Haaretz reports.
Nov. 17, 13:45 GMT: A Palestinian man has died of wounds sustained on Saturday in Gaza City. This brings the death toll to 40 people since Wednesday.
Nov. 17, 13:28 GMT:
500 people are marching in a Nazareth parade to protest against the IDF operation in Gaza. The march was organized by Israel’s Hadash party.
A picture shows damages caused by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod on November 17, 2012 (AFP Photo / David Buimovitch)
Nov. 17, 12:55 GMT:Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemns Israel’s air strikes on Gaza, a statement from his office says, as Al Jazeera reports.
Nov. 17, 12:53 GMT: Five rockets have fallen in open spaces in the Eshkol Regional Council. No one wounded.
Nov. 17, 12:31 GMT: Meretz party chairwoman Zahava Gal-On has warned of a ground invasion of Gaza, stating that the Israeli government must instead partake in negotiations with Hamas via Egyptian or international mediators. “This is the correct, effective way to guard the citizens of Israel,” she said.
She said the Israeli leadership is “trying to drag us into another war of deception…Experience shows that ground operations are an assurance for a bloody chaos.”
Zahava Gal-On (Reuters / Mohamad Torokman)
Nov. 17, 12:30 GMT: Hamas head Khaled Meshla and Islamic Jihad leader Ramdan Shalah are meeting in Cairo with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Qatar’s Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.
Nov. 17, 12:13 GMT: Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is holding a consultation meeting with IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and army officials in Tel Aviv, Haaretz reports.
Nov. 17, 11:52 GMT: Hamas is preventing foreign nationals – including 22 journalists – from leaving the Gaza Strip, DPA reports.
Nov. 17, 11:41 GMT: Four rockets from Gaza hit Ashdod, Israel; three out of four actually hit targets: a house, car and the third landed near a kindergarten, IDF reported.
Nov 17, 11:03 GMT: Tunisian Foreign Minister Rafik Abdessalem during his visit to Gaza tells Israel to halt aggression as it is unacceptable.
Tunisian Foreign Minister Rafik Abdessalem (L) meets with senior Palestinian Hamas member Bassem Naim upon arrival in Rafah through the border crossing between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip on November 17, 2012 (AFP Photo / Said Khatib)
Nov 17, 10:39 GMT: Chief of Staff Benny Gantz has ordered the IDF to increase the pace of strikes on Gaza, following an assessment meeting in Tel Aviv’s headquarters, YNet reported.
Nov 17, 10:13 GMT: Unconfirmed reports that the IDF has begun artillery strikes on Gaza from tanks positioned on the border.
Israeli soldiers stand atop a tank on the Israeli side of the border with the Gaza Strip on November 17, 2012 (AFP Photo / Jack Guez)
Nov 17, 09:54 GMT: The Tunisian Foreign Minister during his visit to Gaza reassured that Tunisia will work together in Arab League, which meets later on Saturday, and UN to stop Israel’s aggression.
Nov. 17, 08:52 GMT: Islamic University in Gaza is targeted by Israeli air attack, Al Arabiya reported.
Nov. 17, 08:05 GMT: One Israeli soldier has been injured after a rocket hit the southern Israeli city of Ashdod, AlJazeera reported.
Nov. 17, 08:03 GMT: Tunisian Foreign Minister Rafik Abdessalem has arrived in Gaza along with 10 other ministers.
Nov. 17, 05:01 GMT: An Israeli airstrike has hit Hamas’ cabinet headquarters in Gaza as the Israeli assault enters its fourth day, IDF reported. Reportedly, three Palestinians died in the strike, the HQ was completely destroyed and neighboring houses damaged.
Nov. 17, 05:00 GMT:Overnight Israel’s military targeted 85 more “terror sites in Gaza”, the IDF reported.
Nov. 17, 00:20 GMT: US President Barack Obama has reiterated “US support for Israel’s right to self-defense.” Obama discussed the escalating violence in the Gaza Strip with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday. He also expressed regret over the loss of Israeli and Palestinian civilian lives.
Nov. 16, 23:54 GMT: Senior Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouk has told Maan news agency that he does not expect a ceasefire soon. “There are many calls for a truce but it will not be soon,” he said.
Mousa Abu Marzouk (Reuters / Khaled Al Hariri)
Nov. 16, 23:40 GMT: The hacktivist group, Anonymous, has claimed it has attacked the website of the Israeli government, http://www.tel-aviv.gov.il. The website was unavailable as of Saturday morning. The group also claimed it deleted a database at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The cyber attacks come as a part of the so called #OpIsrael launched by Anonymous to rally support for the Palestinians.
Nov. 16, 22:35 GMT: Five more Palestinians killed by IDF, bringing the Gaza death toll from Israeli attacks to 29 – Palestinian medical sources.
Nov. 16, 22:30 GMT: The United Nations has voiced concern about the number of child casualties resulting from Israel’s bombing of Gaza. At least 4 Palestinian children have been killed and over 60 injured since Wednesday in Israeli airstrikes according to the UN. The organization also believes that 50 Israeli civilians including children have been injured by Hamas rockets fired into Israel.
Nov. 16, 22:10 GMT: IDF confirms it targeted two senior Hamas operatives: Muhammad Abu-Jalal, Company Commander in central Gaza and Khaled Shah’yer, chief missile operator.
Nov. 16, 21:16 GMT: Israeli Cabinet approves mobilization of 75,000 reserve soldiers as assault on Gaza is intensifying, Haaretz reports.
Nov. 16, 20:48 GMT: Hamas field commander Ahmed Abu Jalal has been killed in an Israeli air strike on Gaza, AFP reports citing security sources.
Nov. 16, 19:34 GMT: Israel’s Channel 10 claims that senior Defense official Amos Gilad is in contact with Egyptian officials in a bid to reach a ceasefire that might be achieved within 24 hours.
Nov. 16, 18:22 GMT: Israeli army announces it’s closing three major roads around the Gaza Strip and declaring them closed military zones.
Nov 16, 18:03 GMT: Hamas health ministry says 3 people have been killed this evening, bringing the total number of casualties in Gaza to since at least 27, including 7 children.
Nov. 16, 17:47 GMT: Israeli Defense Minister approves expansion of draft to more than 75,000 army reservists; request was transferred to the approval of the government, reports Channel 2.
Nov. 16, 17:11 GMT: Palestinian President Abbas says Israeli aggression is aimed at preventing an independent Palestinian state.
Nov. 16, 16:49 GMT: Hospitals in Israel have reportedly been given emergency protocols. All who are not in need of urgent care are being sent home.
Nov. 16, 16:17 GMT: Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has expanded on the call-up of over 30,000 reserve soldiers.
“The defense minister has this evening ordered the mobilization of new reserve forces,” a spokesperson told AFP.
Nov. 16, 14:59 GMT: RT’s Tom Barton says local media reports hearing three rocket explosions over Jerusalem.
Nov. 16, 14:57 GMT: Air raid sirens sound over Jerusalem.
Nov 16., 13:42 GMT: IDF resumes Gaza strikes after halting attacks over Egyptian PM’s visit.
Nov. 16, 12:56 GMT: In a telephone conversation with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he supports Egypt’s efforts aimed at normalizing the situation in the Gaza Strip, the Kremlin press service said. The Russian president called on opposing sides of the conflict to stop the use of force which claims the lives of innocent civilians and show restraint. It was agreed between the presidents that Morsi will visit Russia.
Nov. 16, 12:38 GMT: Al-Qassam Brigades says one Palestinian has been killed, another seriously injured in an Israeli air strike on the Al Zaytoon neighborhood east of Gaza City.
Nov. 16, 12:22 GMT: IDF says 500 targets in Gaza have been attacked since ‘Operation Pillar of Defense’ began.
Nov. 16, 12:17 GMT: British Foreign Secretary William Hague told a BBC radio show, “Israel does have to bear in mind that it is when ground invasions have taken place in previous conflicts that they have lost international support and a great deal of sympathy around the world.”
Earlier, Hague stated that Hamas “bears principal responsibility” for the conflict between Gaza and Israel, and should move to cease attacks on Israeli territory. He appealed to Israel to do its utmost to “avoid the risk of a spiral of violence.”
Nov. 16, 12:13 GMT: Al-Qassam brigades say they are shelling occupied Al Majdal with two Grad missiles.
Nov. 16, 12:10 GMT: Al-Qassam brigades say they are bombing occupied Ashdod with seven Grad missiles.
Nov. 16, 12:06 GMT: An IDF spokesperson says a new rocket has not hit Tel Aviv, but that 340 rockets have hit Israel since ‘Operation Pillar of Defense’ began.
Nov. 16, 12:04 GMT: AFP reports that the power is out in its Gaza office, and that it is running on a backup generator. Employees say they feel the pressure of displaced air pushing through the open windows in the office.
Nov. 16, 11:57 GMT: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will speak on the phone with US President Barak Obama to discuss the ongoing strikes on Gaza by Israel, the Daily Hurriyet reports.
“We stand by our Gazan friends here as the Turkish government,” Erdoğan said. He added that Israel had started striking Gaza and killing innocent people using fictional excuses ahead of elections, as had happened prior to the 2008 election. “I will have a phone conversation with Obama. I will share these thoughts with him,” he said.
Palestinians survey a destroyed house of a Hamas military commander after an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip November 16, 2012 (Reuters / Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)
Nov. 16, 11:48 GMT:Egyptian President Muhamed Morsi has denounced Israel’s attacks on the Gaza Strip as a “blatant aggression against humanity” and said Cairo “would not leave Gaza on its own,” the state news agency MENA reported.
Nov. 16, 11:45 GMT: Two of the six rockets have seemingly been shot down by Iron Dome, @JonDonnison reports.
Nov. 16, 11:43 GMT: A battery of six rockets have reportedly been fired from north of Gaza City towards Israel, according to Twitter user @JonDonnison.
Nov. 16, 11:41 GMT: All public shelters being unlocked in Tel Aviv and being made available, following rocket launches at the city.
Nov. 16, 11:32 GMT: Al-Qassam says it hit a military jeep with an anti-tank guided missile east of al-Bureij.
Nov. 16, 11:29 GMT: Al-Qassam brigades in Gaza say they have fired a long-range missile towards the Israeli parliament. The IDF, however, denies the information.
Nov. 16, 10:28 GMT: Tunisian Foreign Minister Rafik Abdessalem is set to visit Gaza on Saturday.
Nov. 16, 10:12 GMT: The Guardian’s journalist Harriet Sherwood tweets that medics at the Gaza City’s Shifa hospital say there are no more ICU beds. They are now trying to evacuate patients to Egypt.
Nov. 16, 09:09 GMT: Egyptian PM Hisham Kandil says, “What I am witnessing in Gaza is a disaster and I can’t keep quiet. The Israeli aggression must stop.”
Nov. 16, 09:04 GMT: Ma’an news agency reports that the bodies of two children, who were killed in the latest Israeli strike, have been brought to the hospital while Egypt’s PM was there.
Nov. 16, 08:41 GMT: The ceasefire, promised during the Egypt’s PM visit, has been broken both by Israel and Gaza, with Tel Aviv bombing the al-Qassam Brigades commander’s house in Gaza. Hamas also says two Gazans have been killed in a strike. It is not yet clear whether those were one or separate incidents.
Smoke rises following an Israeli strike in the Gaza Strip November 16, 2012 (Reuters / Ronen Zvulun)
Nov. 16, 08:40 GMT: According to the schedule of the Egyptian PM’s visit reported by Ma’an news agency, Hisham Kandil is to meet with Gaza’s PM Ismail Haniyeh and visit Gaza’s main Shifa hospital.
Nov. 16, 08:16 GMT: Israeli officials say Hamas is not respecting the temporary truce agreed during the Egyptian PM’s visit.
Nov. 16, 07:34 GMT: Witnesses report on Twitter that it’s quiet now in Gaza, as the Egyptian PM’s visit starts.
Nov. 16, 07:17 GMT: Egypt’s PM Hisham Kandil has allegedly arrived in Gaza, RT’s Tom Barton tweets.
Nov. 16, 07:14 GMT: The IDF says it is planning to begin recruiting 16,000 reservists as part of the “Pillar of Defense” operation.
Nov. 16, 06:55 GMT: Palestinian authorities say three more people were killed in Israeli strikes, bringing the total death toll to 19 inside Gaza, RT’s Tom Barton reports via Twitter. He adds that over 85 missiles hit Gaza within 45 minutes Friday morning.
Nov. 16, 06:00 GMT: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that all offensives would be halted on Friday, the day of the Egyptian prime minister’s visit to Gaza.
Nov. 16, 05:55 GMT: Israel launched strikes on the Ministry of Interior’s Department of Civil Affairs in Gaza City, with at least 40 bombs hitting overnight, Ma’an news agency reported. The ministry’s officials assured that 90 per cent of citizens’ data is stored electronically, and is safe.
Nov. 16, 03:30 GMT: Australian PM Julia Gillard has joined a number of Western leaders in supporting Israel and condemning Hamas for rocket and mortar attacks on Israel, AAP reports. ”Australia supports Israel’s right to defend itself against these indiscriminate attacks. Such attacks on Israel’s civilian population are utterly unacceptable.”
Nov. 16, 03:05 GMT: IDF claims that more than 420 rockets have been fired from Gaza into southern Israel in the past two days.
Nov. 16, 01:15 GMT: Israeli Defense Force denies Hamas claims that an Israeli drone was downed.
Nov. 16, 00:40 GMT: Death toll from Israeli strikes on Gaza has risen to 19, reportedly six of them are children.
Palestinians survey a destroyed house of a Hamas military commander after an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip November 16, 2012 (Reuters / Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)
Nov. 16, 00:10 GMT: Israeli forces are searching homes in the al-Arroub refugee camp in the south of the West Bank, Maan news agency reports citing witnesses. This comes after Palestinians threw a Molotov cocktail at an Israeli settler bus in the area, injuring one passenger.
Nov. 15, 23:00 GMT: IDF claims that since the start of the operation the Israeli Air Force has targeted 300 “terror activity sites” in the Gaza Strip.
Nov. 15, 22:30 GMT: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will visit Jerusalem, Cairo and Ramallah on Tuesday, Haaretz says. The UN chief however is not expected to visit the Gaza Strip.
Nov. 15, 20:40 GMT: An Israeli strike killed a UN school teacher in Gaza. Marwan Abu El Qumsan, an Arabic teacher at a UN school, was killed as his car was hit by a bomb on Thursday, the UN Palestinian refugee agency, UNRWA, says on its website.
Nov. 15, 20:35 GMT: During the past hour approximately 70 underground medium-range rocket launching sites in Gaza have been targeted by the IDF, the organization reported on Twitter.
Nov. 15, 19:59 GMT: Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah urges US oil embargo over Gaza violence.
Nov. 15, 19:47 GMT: Israeli media reports indicate that an Israeli Navy warship launched a targeted missile strike that hit a Hamas jeep near the home of Hamas Prime Minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh. No casualties have been reported.
Palestinians extinguish a fire after Israeli air strikes targeted an electricity generator that fed the house of Hamas’s Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza City November 15, 2012. (Reuters/Majdi Fathi)
Nov. 15, 19:46 GMT: Palestinian sources in Gaza have reported at least ten attacks on targets throughout the Gaza Strip. The targets were reportedly different positions and strongholds of Hamas’ security forces, as well as missile launching sites.
Nov. 15, 19:19 GMT: Witnesses on Twitter say a massive Israeli airstrike is underway in north Gaza, with dozens of explosions being heard. One witness says the Gaza sky is “filled with continuous flashes of explosions from F-16’s.”
Nov. 15, 19:10 GMT: Power outages reported in Gaza, particularly Gaza City.
Nov. 15, 18:29 GMT: An IDF spokesperson says 30,000 reserve soldiers could be called to participate in Gaza operation, Haaretz reports.
A 155mm mobile cannon (front) is seen after it was transported to an area just outside the northern Gaza Strip November 15, 2012. (Reutrers/Amir Cohen)
Men lower the body of Aaron Smadja, one of the three Israelis killed by a rocket fired from Gaza, during his funeral at a cemetery in the southern city of Kiryat Malachi November 15, 2012. (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun)
Nov. 15, 18:23 GMT: An IDF source says the air assault on Gaza will be renewed over the coming hours, says the IDF has approved plans for the next stage of the operation, Haaretz reports.
Nov. 15, 18:14 GMT: Israel’s defense minister says rocket fire on Tel Aviv is an escalation that will “exact a price.”
Nov. 15, 17:54 GMT: 250 sites have been targeted in Gaza since yesterday and 274 rockets have struck Israel in the past two days, according to an IDF spokesperson. There have also been 105 Iron Dome interceptions.
Nov. 15, 17:53 GMT: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was at the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv at time of rocket attack, went into bomb shelter with staff, Israeli media say.
Nov. 15, 17:21 GMT: Conflicting reports say a rocket has hit near Tel Aviv, landing in the sea off Jaffa Beach. An IDF spokesperson says a rocket “did not strike the area.”
Nov. 15, 16:20 GMT: Twitter reportedly suspended the IDF’s account earlier on Thursday after it posted updates on the Gaza Strip conflict which Twitter deemed to be “direct, specific threats of violence against others.”
Nov. 15, 16:00 GMT: A spokesperson for Hamas says Egypt will send a delegation headed by Prime Minister Hesham Kandil to Gaza on Friday.
Nov. 15, 15:54 GMT: An IDF spokesperson has told RT that journalists have full access to the Erez crossing into Gaza, despite differing claims from reporters earlier on Thursday.
Nov. 15, 15:28 GMT: Russian President Vladimir Putin discusses Gaza conflict with Netanyahu, urges both sides to avoid escalation of violence.
Nov. 15, 15:26 GMT: The Israeli army says a rocket has struck near the southern Tel Aviv suburb of Rishon LeZion. No injuries have been reported.
Nov. 15, 14:03 GMT: Hamas health officials in Gaza say a two-year-old Palestinian child was killed by an Israeli strike on Thursday.
A man carries the body of Palestinian boy Walid al-Abadlah, who according to hospital officials was killed in an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip November 15, 2012. (Reuters / Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)
Nov. 15,13:55 GMT:Unconfirmed reports say that electricity has been shut off in Gaza.
Nov. 15, 13:46 GMT: Twenty foreign journalists were reportedly blocked by the Israeli military before reaching the Erez crossing point to enter Gaza.
Nov. 15, 13:44 GMT: British Ambassador to Israel declares UK’s full support for Israel’s defensive actions and its right to self defense.
Nov. 15, 13:43 GMT: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel will “continue to take whatever action is necessary to defend our people.”
Nov. 15, 13:00 GMT: Unconfirmed reports from Israeli media say that tanks are moving south towards the Gaza border. Israeli Defense Forces have refused to comment.
Nov. 15, 12:44 GMT: Palestinian President Abbas says Hamas needs to stop its rocket fire on Israel, calls for both sides to end the violence.
Nov. 15, 12:20 GMT: Sources claim Israel is offering a mutual ceasefire option in Gaza via European mediators.
Nov. 15, 12:11 GMT: Hamas reports two more Palestinians killed in Israeli air strike on Gaza.
Nov. 15, 11:50 GMT: UK Foreign Secretary William Hague stated that Hamas “bears principal responsibility” for the conflict between Gaza and Israel, and should move to cease attacks on Israeli territory. He appealed to Israel to do its utmost to “avoid the risk of a spiral of violence.”
Nov. 15, 11:34 GMT: Gaza prison has been evacuated and prisoners have either been sent home or escorted to other locations, reports RT’s Tom Barton.
Nov. 15, 11:17 GMT: The wreckage of the apartment block in the southern Israeli city of Kiryat Malachi hit by a Hamas rocket. Three people were killed in the explosion because they did not make it to the building’s fortified stairwell. Three children were also injured in the attack.
An Israeli soldier throws a blood-stained table out of a building damaged by a rocket, fired from Gaza, in the southern city of Kiryat Malachi November 15, 2012. (Reuters / Nir Elias)
An injured Israeli baby is held by a security officer inside an ambulance at the scene where a rocket, fired from Gaza, landed in the southern city of Kiryat Malachi November 15, 2012. (Reuters)
Nov. 15, 11:05 GMT: 4 children among the 13 Palestinians killed in Israeli air strikes on Gaza, reports Hamas Health Ministry.
Nov. 15, 10:54 GMT: Israel’s Foreign Ministry says that 30 per cent of children in the south of Israel suffer from stress disorders in connection with rocket fire from Gaza.
Nov. 15, 10:53 GMT: A Palestinian source says Israel is using drones armed with small missiles to execute their strikes in Gaza, writes RT’s Tom Barton on Twitter.
Nov. 15, 10:15 GMT: The funeral of Hamas Military Chief Ahmed Jabari, killed in an Israeli strike, has begun and is attracting large crowds of angry protesters, tweets RT’s Tom Barton.
Palestinian mourners carry the body of Ahmad Jaabari, head of the military wing of the Hamas movement, the Ezzedin Qassam Brigades, during his funeral in Gaza City, on November 15, 2012. (AFP Photo / Mohammed Abed)
Nov. 15, 10:08 GMT: An emergency UN Security Council meeting on the crisis in Gaza called by Egypt has begun. It follows a meeting during the night that did not yield any palpable solutions to the conflict.
Nov. 15, 09:57 GMT: Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr has called on the US to “immediately intervene” to curb “Israeli aggression” in Gaza in a telephone conversation with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Nov. 15, 09:49 GMT: President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas has cut short his tour of the EU to deal with the escalating crisis with Israel.
Nov. 15, 09:47 GMT: The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas has announced it is launching“Operation Shale Stones” in response to the Israeli “Pillar of Defense”.
Nov. 15, 09:28 GMT: A crater caused by the impact of Israeli missiles in Gaza city, following a barrage of 60 rockets targeting Palestinian territory.
A general view shows a crater at a spot targeted by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City in the early hours of November 15, 2012. (AFP Photo / Mahmud Hams)
Nov. 15, 09:12 GMT: BBC correspondent Jihad Masharawi weeps as he cradles his 11-month-old son in his arms after he was burned alive during an Israeli rocket attack.
(Image from twitter user@WalaaGh)
Nov. 15, 08:23 GMT: Egypt has opened the Rafah border crossing in preparation for possible inflow of injured from Gaza. Hospitals and ambulance service are on standby.
Nov. 15, 08:19 GMT: Angry crowds are gathering in Gaza to participate in the funeral of Hamas military leader Ahmed Jabari, killed by an Israeli airstrike.
Nov. 15, 08:11 GMT: Two women and a man were killed in the southern Israeli city of Kiryat Malachi when a rocket hit a building. A one-year old child and another infant were also injured in the strike. Additionally, 10 people suffered panic attacks, according to Israeli publication Ynet.
The Israeli Defense Forces destroy Hamas “infrastructure” in the Gaza city of Khan Yunis.
Nov. 15, 07:32 GMT: Alarm sirens are going off in a number of southern Israeli cities close to the border with Gaza, including Ashdod, Yavne and Kiryat Malakhi, reports RT’s Paula Slier.
07:29 GMT: Rockets fire from the Gaza strip into southern Israel.
Nov. 15, 07:06 MGT: Rocket strikes on the South of Israel have killed three people, reports Israeli television.
Nov. 15, 07:05 GMT: A baby has been seriously injured by a rocket attack on a house in the South of Israel, tweets RT correspondent Tom Barton.
A picture taken from the southern Israeli town of Sderot shows smoke billowing from a spot targeted by an Israeli air strike inside the Gaza strip on November 15, 2012. (AFP Photo / Jack Guez)
Nov. 15,06:34 GMT: Hamas stated that they will avenge the assassination of one of the organization’s leaders, Ahmed al-Jabari, who was killed in the Israeli missile strike, by sending suicide bombers into Israel.
Nov. 15, 06:19 GMT: Israel’s army has allowed journalists to go into Gaza, but police are not letting cars pass in order to get there, according to the BBC’s Middle East Bureau Chief Paul Danahar.
Nov. 15, 06:16 GMT: All schools within a 40km range of Gaza have been closed. People living within a 7km range of the Gaza border are not allowed to leave their homes and gatherings of over 100 people in one place are prohibited, Yeshiva World News reports.
A Palestinian man looks at the damage after Israeli air strikes in Gaza City November 15, 2012. (Reuters / Suhaib Salem)
Nov. 15, 05:58 GMT: Death toll from Israeli strike on Gaza Strip rises to 13 dead and more than 100 injured, PressTV reports.
Nov. 15, 05:52 GMT: About 100 people protested outside Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s apartment in Tel Aviv Wednesday night following the start of the offensive on Gaza. The activists were shouting “money for welfare, not war.”
(Image from screenshot of youtube video user@SocialTV)
Nov. 15, 05:41 GMT: IDF disperses leaflets over Gaza Strip, warning residents to stay away from Hamas and terror operatives because that would pose a risk to their safety and stating that Hamas is dragging the region into violence.
A picture taken from the southern Israeli town of Sderot shows warning leaflets falling on the Gaza Strip dropped by Israeli military planes on November 15, 2012. (AFP Photo / Mohammed Abed)
Nov. 15, 05:24 GMT: Reports of civilian casualties in Israeli airstrikes: BBC Arabic journalist Jihad Masharawi lost his 11 month-old-son, sister-in-law and has a brother wounded in a Gaza strike.
Nov. 15, 05:12 GMT: Israel continued its rocket attacks in Gaza overnight, according to Haaretz.
Nov. 15, 05:09 GMT: Three Palestinian militants killed by Israeli strike in southern Gaza Strip, AFP reports.
Nov. 15, 05:05 GMT: 25 rockets have been fired since midnight from Gaza, Haaretz reports.
Nov. 15, 05:04 GMT: One million citizens in Israel spent the night in bomb shelters, hiding from dozens of rockets flying in from Gaza, according to the IDF.
Israelis prepare to sleep in a bomb shelter in the southern town of Netivot November 14, 2012. (Reuters / Nir Elias)
Nov. 15, 04:40 GMT: Palestine says if Israel does not stop aggression, it will keep returning to UN Security Council seeking a resolution.
Nov. 15, 04:15 GMT: The UN Security Council emergency meeting on Gaza ends with no concrete decision reached.
Nov. 15, 03:55 GMT: Palestine warns UNSC that Israel is mobilizing on the ground as the emergency meeting is happening and that fear and panic engulf Gaza’s population.
Nov. 15, 03:50 GMT: President of the Security Council Hardeep Singh Puri calls for the end of violence in Gaza during UNSC meeting.
Nov. 15, 03:25 GMT: Internet hacktivist collective ‘Anonymous’ claims to have taken down the Israeli Defense Ministry website http://www.idf.il. In a message shared via one of the group’s Twitter accounts, they posted the site address with a popular hashtag used for similar actions, ‘tango down’.
Nov. 15, 03:06 GMT: Increasing number of reports claim Israel is planning to shut down internet services in Gaza, citing IDF.
Nov. 15, 02:34 GMT: Russia hopes the UNSC will convince Israel to cease fire, said the country’s permanent representative in the United Nations Vitaly Churkin.
Nov. 15, 01:57 GMT: Worldwide protests are being planned to protest Israeli strikes in Gaza. People in the US, the UK, Israel and many European countries plan to gather to show their concern over escalating violence in the Middle East.
Nov. 15, 01:13 GMT: Diplomats say both the Israeli and Palestinian envoys are to speak at the emergency UNSC meeting.
Nov. 15, 00:51 GMT: The United Nations Security Council has called an emergency meeting to discuss escalating tensions between Israel and the Palestinian territory of Gaza. The meeting is scheduled for 0200 GMT, and will take place behind closed doors.
22:43 GMT: Alarms sound in Be’er Sheva as two Gaza rockets hit city; no casualties reported.
22:26 GMT: Hamas’ armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, claims to be shelling “the occupied city of Tel Aviv”.
21:37 GMT: Israeli National Security Minister Avi Dichter: “We have no intention to end this round of fighting and suffer more hits in the next”
A rocket is launched from Rafah, in the southern Gaza strip towards Israel, on November 14, 2012. (AFP Photo/Said Khatib)
Nov. 14, 21:06 GMT: The Israeli Security Cabinet has given the IDF permission to draft reservists and expand the Gaza operation.
Nov. 14, 20:51 GMT: The Arab League will meet Saturday to discuss the Gaza attack, reports Egypt’s news agency.
Nov. 14, 20:43 GMT: Israel’s ambassador to Egypt has left for Tel Aviv together with a number of the embassy’s employees, claim some media reports. Others insist embassy functioning as usual.
Nov. 14, 19:55 GMT: Israel is reportedly preparing for a ground operation into Gaza.
Nov. 14, 19:48 GMT: According to AlJazeera, the Israeli army has reported a rocket from Gaza hitting a shopping center in a southern Israeli city.
A Palestinian carries a wounded woman into a hospital after Israeli air strikes in Gaza City November 14, 2012. (Reuters/Saleh Salem)
Nov. 14, 19:40 GMT: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov calls for end to violence in Gaza.
Nov. 14, 19:34 GMT: Egypt’s president orders UN representative to call for emergency security council meeting over Israel Gaza strikes, spokesperson says, according to Egyptian state TV.
Nov. 14, 19:27 GMT: Egypt has decided to withdraw its ambassador to Israel.
Nov. 14, 19:22 GMT: Former US President Jimmy Carter was quoted by Israel’s Haaretz daily as saying: “Both sides should cease all hostilities; Israel should end iblockade of Gaza“.
A Palestinian man helps a woman to evacuate following Israeli air strikes in Gaza City November 14, 2012. (Reuters/Ahmed Zakot)
Smoke rises after Israeli air strikes in the northern Gaza Strip November 14, 2012. (Reuters/Darren Whiteside)
Nov. 14, 19:20 GMT: People in Gaza describe how ships have been shelling the ground, they can hear bombs dropping, F16s flying above them all day and drones buzzing overhead, according to tweets from inside Gaza.
Nov. 14, 19:15 GMT: Hamas has announced a state of emergency in Gaza, and evacuated all its security buildings, according to bloggers in Gaza.
Nov. 14, 19:10 GMT: Locals inside Gaza take to Twiiter to claim that at least three children have already been killed in the attacks.
Nov. 14, 19:06 GMT: Palestinians in the Gaza Strip fired a Grad rocket toward Dimona Wednesday night, Channel 2 reported. No injuries or damage were reported from the attack. It was not immediately clear where the rocket struck, according to the Jerusalem Post.
Nov. 14, 19:00 GMT: Palestinians in Gaza fired two rockets in the Eshkol region of southern Israel Wednesday night. The rockets exploded in open areas and no injuries or damages were reported, according to AP.
Nov. 14, 18:58 GMT: Israeli Defence Minster Ehud Barak says “We are at the start of the action, not the end. But in the long term, this military action will restore calm” according to the Jerusalem Post.
Nov. 14, 18:54 GMT: Israeli prime minister says military is `prepared to expand’ Gaza operation, according to AP.
Palestinian medics carry a wounded baby into the al-shifa hospital in Gaza City following an Israeli air strike on November 14, 2012. (AFP Photo/Mahmud Hams)
Nov. 14, 18:45 GMT: Palestinian health minister says 10 people killed in 20 airstrikes on Gaza Strip today, including two young children according to AP.
Nov. 14, 18:40 GMT:“Israel’s goal is to achieve a long-term ceasefire with Egyptian mediation. IDF will continue to pound Gaza until such a truce is reached” says Volunteers for Israel, a charity that connects Israel and the USA.
Nov. 14, 18:35 GMT: Israeli Navy has struck terror sites in the Gaza Strip according to an IDF spokesperson.