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GAZA, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Israeli army has intensified on Wednesday morning
its strikes on several targets in Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, killing four
Palestinians as the Israeli offensive on the enclave continues on the 19th day.
Smoke rises following explosions from an
Israeli airstrike in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, Jan. 13, 2009.
Gaza residents said that Israeli warplanes struck on
Wednesday morning a house in Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in northern Gaza City,
killing one Palestinian civilian in a next door house, where 10 other people
A Palestinian who was injured in an
Israeli army strike is rushed to Shifa hospital in Gaza City, Tuesday,
Jan. 13, 2009.(Xinhua Photo)
The Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) announced in
a statement sent to reporters that two of its militants were also killed in an
Israeli F-16 warplanes airstrike east of the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah.
Another Palestinian militant, a member of the Islamic
Jihad's armed wing Saraya al-Quds, was killed when an Israeli warplane struck
him as he was driving a motorcycle in the city of Khan Younis in southern Gaza
Meanwhile, local radio reported Wednesday that
Israeli warplanes fired dozens of smoke bombs on central Gaza City, adding that
Gaza was covered with heavy white smoke. Gaza main central park was also badly
Back to Rafah town, residents in the town said that
Israeli warplanes continued on Wednesday morning launching missiles at the
borderline between the town and Egypt, adding that at least 40 missiles hit the
A Palestinian child who was injured in
an Israeli army strike is rushed to Kmal Idwan hospital in Jabaliya
refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip Jan. 13, 2009.(Xinhua
Palestinians dug hundreds of tunnels under the border
between the Gaza Strip and Egypt for smuggling goods from Egypt into the enclave
which is under strict Israeli blockade.
On Tuesday, 48 Palestinians were killed, 11 of them
were from the village of Khoza'a east of the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan
Younis, where 40 houses in the village were badly damaged.
Mo'aweya Hassanein, emergency chief said on Wednesday
morning that 977 Palestinians were killed and 4500 wounded since the beginning
of the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip on Dec. 27, 2008.
UN chief, Egyptian president meet on
CAIRO, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Visiting UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday renewed his call for an immediate
ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, where about 977 Palestinians have been killed in
the past 19 days of Israeli offensive against the Palestinian enclave.
"I repeat my call for an immediate and durable
ceasefire (in Gaza)," Ban said at a joint press conference with Egyptian Foreign
Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit following talks with President Hosni Mubarak. Full story
Witnesses: Israeli army destroys main
GAZA, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Israeli army F-16 warplanes
Wednesday destroyed the main Gaza cemetery in northern Gaza City's Sheik Radwan
neighborhood, local residents said.
"The Israeli warplanes are not only targeting people
alive, but they also destroy the graves of the dead," said Na'eem Abu Sh'aban,a
resident of the neighborhood living near the cemetery. Full story
Israel fires back 9 rockets, while helicopters
flew low over S Lebanon
BEIRUT, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Israel responded firing
back nine rockets into southern Lebanon areas of Arkoub and Habarieh in Hassbia
region, while Israeli helicopters flew in low altitude over the area, al-Jazeera
TV reported Wednesday.
Two Katyusha rockets were launched Wednesday morning
from southern Lebanon into Israeli town of Kiryat Shmouna, prompting an Israeli
response of firing back the nine rockets. Full story
Israel intensifies military offensive
in populated areas of Gaza
GAZA, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Israeli army
intensified on Tuesday its air and ground military offensive on the Gaza Strip
for 18th successive day, where its ground forces carried out short and quick
incursions into populated areas.
Palestinian witnesses and local radio stations said
that the Israeli army on Tuesday had intensified its ground, air and sea strikes
on houses and empty areas around Gaza city and in northern Gaza Strip. Full story
Report: Egypt-Hamas talks realize
CAIRO, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- The talks between Egyptian
mediators and representatives of Hamas on a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip have
reached "positive outcome," the Egyptian MENA news agency reported on Sunday.
The two sides have agreed that the Israeli offensive
against the Palestinian enclave should be stopped as soon as possible, MENA
quoted an Egyptian official source as saying on condition of anonymity. Full story
Israeli army begins sending reservists
JERUSALEM, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Israel Defense Forces
(IDF) on Sunday has begun sending its reservists into the Gaza Strip, signaling
an expansion of the IDF ground incursion in the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave.
An IDF spokesman told Xinhua some reservists have already
entered Gaza and others will go afterwards. He declined to say how many
reservists will go into the Strip. Full story
Exiled Hamas leader says to consider
truce after Israel stops offensive
DAMASCUS, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Exiled Hamas politburo
leader Khaled Meshaal said on Saturday his group would consider a truce after
Israel stopped its offensive against the Gaza Strip and lift blockade on the
Meshaal made the remarks in a televised statement in
Damascus, demanding Israel to end its aggression, pull out its troops, open the
crossing points first. Full story
Bush: cessation of Hamas rocket
firing, arms smuggling key to Gaza cease-fire
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President George W.
Bush has said that a lasting cease-fire in the Gaza Strip requires Palestinian
militants to first stop rocket firing and arms smuggling, the White House said
"President Bush emphasized the importance of bringing an
end to rocket-fire against Israel and preventing arms smuggling into Gazaas the
basis for a durable cease-fire," said White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe in a
Abbas says Israel must accept Egyptian
plan on Gaza truce
CAIRO, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday Israel must accept an Egyptian plan to put an end to
the conflict in the Palestinian territory of Gaza Strip.
Abbas made his call at a press conference following talks
with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Saturday morning, saying Israel must
accept the Egyptian proposal or "face the responsibility over the conflict." Full story