Israel "gives diplomacy chance", postpones invasion decision
Source: Beta, Tanjug
GAZA, CAIRO -- Israel has postponed a decision on a ground offensive in Gaza in favor of diplomacy; after a relatively peaceful night attacks resumed on Tuesday by both sides.
Israeli tanks near the border with Gaza (Beta/AP)
Palestinians from the Gaza Strip fired 16 rockets at the town of Beersheba in southern Israel. One hit a bus, but there have been no, reports of casualties.
Israeli missile shield intercepted 13 rockets, while the Israeli army attacked some 100 targets in Gaza overnight.
At the same time, members of the Israeli government in charge of security discussed initiatives for a ceasefire for hours last night.
Meanwhile the number of Palestinian casualties on Monday rose to 111, including 56 civilians. More than 800 people were wounded, including more than 20 children. On the Israeli side, three people were killed and dozens wounded.
Egypt has become the center of diplomatic activity to end the violence. Egyptian intelligence officials met in Cairo with an Israeli envoy and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal separately, reports the AP, while U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Israel to discuss the operation in the Gaza Strip.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to resume talks in Cairo, which have entered the key phase. UN Security Council will debate a statement that will call both sides to end attacks. Ban Ki-moon will today meet with the Arab League chief and then travel to Israel.
Although Israel has been amassing troops at the border, sparking fears of a ground offensive, Israeli officials have hinted that any possible invasion of Gaza had been postponed while negotiations continue on a cease-fire.
Hamas wants Israel to cease all attacks on Gaza and lift the blockade of the Palestinian territory.
Israel is believed to be seeking an end to rocket fire and arms smuggling through the tunnels dug under the border with Gaza.
November 19, 2012 | 12:15 | Source: Beta, RT | Comments: (1) | Send comment
Internet hacktivist group Anonymous has declared cyberwar on Israel by posting personal data of 5,000 Israeli officials online.
November 19, 2012 | 09:13 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
Gaza -- At least 10 people were killed on the sixth day of Israeli ait strikes against targets in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian hospital sources said on Monday.
November 20, 2012 | 16:37 | Source: AFP, Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
NEW YORK -- A record 110 countries have backed a resolution on the abolition of the death penalty, voted every two years at the UN General Assembly.
November 17, 2012 | 12:00 | Source: EuroNews | Comments: (7) | Send comment
GAZA CITY -- Israeli aircraft have struck Hamas government buildings in Gaza, including the offices of PM Ismail Haniyeh after the city suffered overnight air strikes.
November 16, 2012 | 18:06 | Source: Reuters, jpost.com | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BRUSSELS, BERLIN, JERUSALEM -- EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued statements on Friday saying that Israel has "a right to defend itself".
November 17, 2012 | 16:00 | Source: Deutsche Welle | Comments: (1) | Send comment
VIENNA -- The latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Friday shows that Iran is ready to double its uranium enrichment capacity.
November 16, 2012 | 15:09 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
PARIS, LONDON -- London-based weekly The Economist has said that France is a “time-bomb at the heart of Europe”.
November 15, 2012 | 16:46 | Source: Beta | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BERLIN -- Immigration to Germany soared 15 percent in the first half of the year, thanks to an influx of people from European countries hit hard by the eurozone crisis.
November 14, 2012 | 21:46 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (33) | Send comment
PRAGUE -- A Czech pro-Serb group has filed criminal charges against former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright for her offensive statement against Serbs.
November 15, 2012 | 14:30 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
NEW YORK -- The UN Security Council held a late night emergency meeting Wednesday on escalating tensions between Israel and the Palestinian territory of Gaza.
November 14, 2012 | 13:43 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (22) | Send comment
MOSCOW, PERTH -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has condemned partiality of certain countries in the Syrian conflict and stressed that Moscow is neutral.
November 18, 2012 | 13:32 | Source: Deutsche Welle | Comments: (4) | Send comment
TEL AVIV, GAZA CITY -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that his country was prepared to "significantly expand" its military strikes on the Gaza Strip.