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Israeli onslaught claims 121st victim in Gaza as Obama offers to help broker truce

Hamas hits back with rocket attacks as Obama offers to help broker truce

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 July, 2014, 11:22am
UPDATED : Saturday, 12 July, 2014, 1:33pm

Israel's bombardment of Gaza claimed its 121st Palestinian life on Saturday as Hamas pounded central Israel with rockets and Washington offered help brokering a truce.

As the battle between Israel and Hamas militants entered its fifth day, diplomatic efforts to end the hostilities gathered pace.

Overnight, US President Barack Obama phoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to express concerns and to offer his help in resolving the crisis.

"The United States remains prepared to facilitate a cessation of hostilities, including a return to the November 2012 ceasefire agreement," the White House said, referring to a truce which ended the last major confrontation between Israel and Hamas.

But Egypt, which has played a key role in mediating previous ceasefire agreements, said its efforts were falling on deaf ears.

Neither of the warring sides appeared to have any interest in backing down.

After weeks of rocket fire on its south, Israel lost patience and was bent on dealing a fatal blow to Hamas, with Netanyahu insisting that Israel would continue its offensive until rocket fire out of Gaza is halted.

Saying he had had "good conversations" with world leaders in recent days, including President Barack Obama and European leaders, he added: "No international pressure will prevent us from acting with all power."

And Ismail Haniya, Gaza's former prime minister and the most senior Hamas official in the enclave, also ruled out any end to hostilities. "Israel is the one that started this aggression and it must stop, because we are simply defending ourselves," he said.

Hamas' armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, has kept up a steady stream of rockets deep inside Israel, with sirens sending people fleeing for shelter in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and in the northern city of Haifa.

On Friday morning, three Gaza rockets were shot down over Tel Aviv by the Iron Dome anti-missile system as the Brigades claimed their militants had fired M75 missiles at Israel's main international airport.

Israeli strikes killed more than 30 Gazans on Thursday, and another eight died in three separate strikes on Friday, raising the overall death toll to 100.

Early on Saturday 16 were killed in air strikes, medics said. A later strike killed three in the eastern Tufah neighbourhood of Gaza City.

The raid came shortly after two people were killed in a strike that hit a charitable association for the disabled in Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza, bringing the toll on the fifth day of violence to 121. More than 500 have been injured.

So far, no one in Israel has been killed, and only 10 people have been hurt, two of them seriously, medics said.

A 61-year-old man was badly injured yesterday when a rocket struck a petrol station in the southern port of Ashdod, after a soldier was severely wounded in a mortar attack the night before.

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Will.I.Am
If your land is taken, you're suppressed, you've no freedom, you're bullied daily, your women abused, you have no job and no future and you can't leave, what do you do? You turn to religion, you fight back with the little pride and strength you have. And it fueled the extreme hatred for your oppressor and it carries on to the next generation. Warmonger Israel never wanted peace, only pretends to it. If there's peace, the money and support from US will stop, period. Put yourself in a typical Palistinian family and ask yourself, what will you do? What can you do? Nothing beside throwing stones or if you're brave enough, join Hamas and fight an uphill losing battle?
richard.barnes.528
I believe that it’s immoral for the UN security council to want Israel to stop it’s operations until the rockets and missiles are removed from Gaza. If they de-escalate at this point in time then Hamas or Fatah will simply start firing rockets and missiles at Israel again in the near future and we will be back at this same place again very soon. That to me is MUCH more immoral than to let Israel finish doing what they need to do to ensure that they can live without rockets being fired at any moment. The Bible said in the end times we would see these wars and rumors of wars and we certainly have seen that! I wrote a book that discusses some of the prophecies written about in the Bible. It’s a short read of 6 or 7 pages and it’s totally free. I hope you will have a look: ****www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next
galerie
...as the world expects Israel to do..?
galerie
It's important to get facts accurate. And numbers of deaths are not reflective of that. How about being clear on where the rockets are being fired from and how Hamas is using women and children as shields in their attack on Israel. What country in the world would tolerate their major cities being attacked without a major response?
A Matsui
Since 1948 with the establishment of Israel, there have been no peace in the Middle east. The Jew and Arabs cannot live in peace. 350M Arabs against 7 million Jews in Israel and another 7 million Jews in the US as well as massive military and economic support for the Jews in Israel by the US which runs into 5 billion USD per year. Also the Shias and Sunni have their thousand years religious war going on. With the Kleptocrats in charge in Egypt, the Gulf States, there is no human rights or real progress. Added to the destruction of Libya, Iraq and Syria by wars sponsored or launched by the US and her allies, the state of the Muslim world is in a flux especially with the ongoing US War on Muslims over the biggest price in the Middle East which is the control of oil. Looks like the troubles in the Middle East will last thousands of years until the next coming of Jesus Christ our lord.
jiawang@adb.org
Palestinian leaders are a "one-trick-pony."
They use the same stupid strategy over and over.
For all these years, their bad judgement caused death and destruction to their people.
What have they got to show for it? Nothing!!!
Will.I.Am
Nothing against the Jews but I absolutely detest the state of Israel! Bunch of bullying warmongers!
richard.barnes.528
It looks as though air strikes alone will not be enough to stop the rocket attacks. Israel will likely have to use ground forces to put a stop to it and then leave some forces in position to assure that when Hamas recovers they will have a difficult time finding an easy launching point. It’s sad to see this but for decades I have been watching Bible prophecy unfold. This is another one of the end times conflicts the Bible tells us to watch for. I wrote a book that discusses some of the prophecies written about in the Bible. It’s a short read of 6 or 7 pages and it’s totally free. I hope you will have a look: ****www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next
tbhdbl
This should be very easy for President Obama. All he has to do is persuade Hamas to stop firing rockets at Israel, and baddaboom! Israel will stop dropping bombs on Gaza. That sounds like a win-win, right? Wrong - Hamas wants Israel to keep bombing, because it hopes to gain a propaganda victory by parading all the dead. That's why Hamas uses human shields - every time Israel gives the residents of a target warning about an air attack (which Israel does frequently) - Hamas rushes civilians into the building to increase the number of civilian casualties. If you think the use of human shields like that is a war crime, good for you, you pass International Law 101. So, good luck, Mr. Obama, you have your work cut out for you.
david.tiffany.71
And all for a cause they cannot win. God gave the land of Israel to the Israelites as an everlasting inheritance. And though God displaced them, He promised to bring them back: Amos 9:14-15, "I will bring back my exiled people Israel; they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit. I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them," says the LORD your God.
Do the terrorist organizations really believe they can take from the Israelites what God has given to them? Don't they understand they are fighting against God? Do they think they can win?
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