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Gaza live report: Day 3

Nov. 15, 2012 11:59 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 22, 2012 4:06 A.M.)
23:59 Here ends our live report of Israel's operations in Gaza on Friday. Ma'an's continuous coverage of the assault resumes here after midnight on Saturday.

23:48 Egyptian security say Jihadist groups fired three rockets from Sinai to Israel.

23:30 A doctor at the intensive care unit of Shifa Hospital in Gaza City says most wounded are being treated for head and chest injuries and shrapnel wounds. Dr Samir Kahlout says women and children have arrived to intensive care, and hospital staff and Ministry of Health employees are working around the clock.

23:24 An army spokeswoman says Israeli forces have targeted two senior Hamas operatives: Abu Jalal, a commander of the al-Qassam Brigades, and Khaled Shayer, involved in anti-tank operations.

23:33 The Israeli army is confirming reports that it sent text messages to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip warning them to stay away from Hamas operatives. "The messages were sent to 12,000 residents of the Gaza Strip," a spokeswoman says.

23:18 An Israeli airstrike on the southern Gaza Strip has killed a Palestinian and injured two others, raising the death toll since Wednesday to 29.

23:01 Israel's cabinet has authorized the mobilization of up to 75,000 reserve troops after a four-hour strategy session with senior ministers in Tel Aviv, political sources tell Reuters.

22:48 The al-Qassam Brigades has released a video which claims to show its attack on an Israeli military jeep near Bureij refugee camp in eastern Gaza.

22:25 Hamas' armed wing says its forces fired 211 projectiles on Friday alone and 724 in total. They also claimed to have targeted a military jeep and warplane.

21:19 Full interview with Hamas' Ahmad Yousef on the implications for Israel and Egypt.

20:36 Update from Gaza medics: The attack on al-Maghazi camp killed four people, raising the death toll to 28 since Israel's assault began Wednesday.

20:30 More details coming in about the rockets that landed south of Jerusalem.

Southeast of Bethlehem, residents of the village Kisan said rockets landed 100 meters from their homes, resulting in some damage. The mayor of Tekoa, Hatim Sabah, was in Kisan and said a large Israeli police force and explosive experts were near the site. Israeli ambulances also arrived at the settlement Noqdim, adjacent to Kisan, where Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman lives.

Earlier, a Ma'an reporter in Ramallah said sirens rang out near Ofer military jail where Palestinians protesters were clashing with Israeli forces. The soldiers retreated after hearing the sound.

19:07 Hamas leader Ahmad Yousef tells Ma'an that Israel lost Egypt's trust by breaking a Cairo-mediated ceasefire to kill Hamas commander Ahmad al-Jaabari. Al-Jaabari had a close relationship with Cairo and was Egypt's point of contact to mediate truces and prisoner swaps.

20:16 The attack on al-Maghazi camp has killed three Palestinians, raising the overall death toll in Gaza to 27 since Israel's assault began on Wednesday.

20:14 Reports coming in of casualties in al-Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza.

20:07 Palestinian factions meet in Gaza for the second time since Wednesday and call on the PLO leadership to convene meeting.

20:03 The Israeli military has closed three main roads -- 232, 10 and 4 -- until further notice, an army statement says.

19:57 Update from Gaza medical spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya: 270 injured since Wednesday.

19:53 The al-Qassam Brigades says it has named the long-range missile used to target Jerusalem the M75, in honor of assassinated Hamas founder Ibrahim al-Maqadma and its range in kilometers.

19:49 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls on Israel and Hamas to "stop this dangerous escalation" in the Gaza Strip to avoid further bloodshed in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

19:43 The Israeli military denies that Hamas' military wing shot down an Israeli aircraft over the Gaza Strip. "It's not true," an Israeli military spokesman tells Ma'an.

19:42 A Red Crescent official says Mahmoud Masalmeh, 21, was hit in the head with a tear gas canister during clashes outside Bethlehem's Aida refugee camp. He was evacuated with serious wounds, but his condition has stabilized.

19:38 Netanyahu calls up 75,000 soldiers before security cabinet meeting.

19:31 Israeli army email: "The IDF is gathering forces, continuing with Operation Pillar of Defense according to pre-determined operational plans. The forces have been briefed and trained according to specific guidelines of the plan, and will operate until the mission has been completed."

Since midnight, 66 rockets hit Israel and 99 were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense shield, the military says.

19:21 Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal has promised Sudan Hamas will take revenge on Israel for the deadly bombing of an arms factory in Khartoum, Sudanese state news is reporting. "Hamas will take revenge for Sudan from Israel in retaliation for its aggression ... You will hear good news soon," Meshaal said at the mosque in Khartoum, SUNA says.

19:15 Hamas will not agree to any truce with Israel, Hamas leader Ahmad Yousef says. "Things are different this time ... The rules of the game have changed."

19:08 Israeli police say the rocket fired from Gaza toward Jerusalem landed in the area of Gush Etzion, a bloc of illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. A police spokesman says a number of explosions were reported in the vicinity of the settlement.

18:35 Emergency services spokesman in Gaza Adham Abu Salmiya says 24 people have been killed and 255 injured in Gaza. Some 100 of them are children, women and the elderly. Thirty people are in a serious condition, he says.

18:25 The International Committee of the Red Cross is at work in Gaza, supplying medicine, disposables, infusions and dressing materials to hospitals and ambulances.

It has "started collecting information on houses damaged in Gaza during the operation with a view to distributing in the coming days emergency supplies to the families affected, such as food, kitchen utensils, blankets, hygiene requisites and tents," a statement says.

18:21 Iran's foreign minister is "ready to visit Gaza" the Fars news agency is reporting.

18:14 Iraq's envoy to the Arab League retracts earlier statement that it will ask Arab countries to use oil supplies as a weapon to press for a halt to Israeli attacks on Gaza.

17:49 Another man, not immediately identified, was killed in a strike on Gaza City's Zeitoun neighborhood, which wounded four others, Ma'an reporter says.

17:37 Reuters reports Israeli warplanes, drones and helicopters have appeared to shift focus from suspected rocket sites to the northern Gaza frontier, where their bombs created incursion corridors by clearing landmines or guerrilla gun nests.

"It is not our intention to go to war, and we are hopeful that this operation will not take a minute more than required," Israeli President Shimon Peres says.

17:13 In Jenin, Samih al-Qat, in his 20s, is wounded by rubber bullets in clashes with Israel forces near the Jalama crossing, a Ma'an correspondent says.

17:03 Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said police were searching Jerusalem to see if the rockets hit.

16:57 Hamas' armed wing claims rocket fired toward Jerusalem.

16:55 Ma'an journalist observes rocket trail in sky above Bethlehem. He also took a photo:

16:50 Air raid sirens can be heard from Bethlehem and other towns near Jerusalem.

16:48 Air raid sirens sounded in Jerusalem on Friday and Israeli Army Radio said the alert was intended for Israeli towns near the holy city.

16:43 Hamas' armed wing is claiming it shot down an Israeli aircraft.

16:29 Thousands gather in Egyptian cities to protest against Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.

16:24 Mohammad Jumaah, 22, was seriously injured after a tear gas canister hit him in the back of the head at a protest in Kafr Kaddum in the central West Bank, organizers said. Another protester was arrested by Israeli forces at the rally to support Gaza, they told Ma'an.

16:21 Iraq's representative to the Arab League says Arab states should use oil as a weapon to pressure the United States and Israel over Gaza: "Iraq will invite (Arab) ministers to use the weapon of oil, with the aim of asserting real pressure on the United States and whoever stands with Israel," Qais al-Azzawy says in Cairo.

16:14 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Twitter, says the assault on Gaza will continue: "We are going to continue hitting Hamas hard and we will continue to strike hard at the missiles targeted at Central and Southern Israel."

16:01 A British diplomat in Jerusalem tells us that the UK foreign minister has called Israeli, Egyptian and Jordanian counterparts in an effort to halt the crisis in Gaza.

15:45 Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan decries Israel's airstrikes on Gaza as a pre-election stunt and says he will discuss the crisis with Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi in Cairo this weekend.

15:24 A Ma'an reporter says a Palestinian woman died of her injuries from an earlier strike, and a Hamas fighter was killed in a new raid on Khan Younis, bring Gaza's death toll to 23.

14:55 Airstrikes are being reported across the Gaza Strip, according to Ma'an's Gaza office. Israeli army spokesman: "We renewed targeting about 30 minutes ago."

14:39 Ma'an reporters say a man's body was brought to Shifa Hospital attached to papers purporting to be his confession to collaboration in the assassination of resistance fighters. Here's an initial report.

14:30 Mission of Palestine to Ireland strongly condemns Israeli attacks.

14:25 Protesters march on Enav checkpoint east of Tulkarem to support Gaza, and are met with rubber bullets and tear gas fired by Israeli forces, a Ma'an correspondent says. No reports of injuries.

14:15 Islamic Jihad, National Resistance Brigades, and Ayman Judah wing of al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claim rocket fire into Israeli cities.

14:10 Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi denounces Israel's attacks on the Gaza Strip as "a blatant aggression against humanity" and says Cairo will "not leave Gaza on its own".

13:58 Hamas' armed wing says it fired the rocket at Israel's commercial center. A police spokesman acknowledged an explosion had been heard but said there was no initial indication a rocket had struck the city nor any immediate reports of casualties or damage.

13:34 Air raid sirens sounded in Tel Aviv and an explosion was heard.

13:20 UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay denounced Israel's aerial attacks on the Gaza Strip as well as rockets fired by Hamas militants into southern Israel and called on both sides on Friday to step back from the brink.

"She's appalled that once again civilians are losing their lives ... She urges both sides to pull back from an increasingly dangerous confrontation," says spokesman Rupert Colville in Geneva.

13:04 Palestinians gathered in the West Bank city of Ramallah to protest Israel's assault on the Gaza Strip which entered its third day Friday.

13:03 France is "extremely concerned" about the deterioration in Gaza and southern Israel, an emailed statement from its Jerusalem consulate says:

"(France) urges the parties to refrain from any escalation of violence, for which the Israeli and Palestinian civilian populations would inevitably pay the price.

"Our embassy in Israel is in contact with the security officials as well as with our honorary consuls in Beersheba and Ashdod in order to ensure the safety of 6,000 French citizens living in southern Israel, less than 40km from the Gaza Strip. We urge our fellow citizens to follow the Israeli authorities' safety precautions. Our consular office in Gaza and the Consulate General of France in Jerusalem are also in touch with the French community in Gaza."

13:01 German Chancellor Angela Merkel adds her condemnation of Hamas rocket fire, saying the faction is responsible for the outbreak of violence.

12:51 Tunisia's foreign minister will visit Gaza on Saturday as part of a delegation to offer support to Hamas, spokesman for Tunis presidency says.

12:41 A Palestinian official close to Egypt's mediators tells Reuters that Kandil's visit "was the beginning of a process to explore the possibility of reaching a truce. It is early to speak of any details or of how things will evolve."

12:32 "Even though about 50 rockets have fallen in Israel over the past two hours, we chose not to attack in Gaza due to the visit of the Egyptian prime minister. Hamas is lying and reporting otherwise," Israeli army says in a Twitter message.

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11:39 The vehicle of a Reuters photographer was damaged by rocket fire on the Gaza border, a Reuters journalist tells Ma'an. No one was injured.

Hamas' al-Qassam brigades says it fired at an Israeli military jeep east of al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza.

11:07 EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton says she is "deeply concerned" by Gaza fighting, joining the US and UK in blaming Hamas for the violence.

"The rocket attacks by Hamas and other factions in Gaza which began this current crisis are totally unacceptable for any government and must stop," Ashton said in a statement.

"Israel has the right to protect its population from these kinds of attacks. I urge Israel to ensure that its response is proportionate," it continued.

10:59 "Egypt will spare no effort ... to stop the aggression and to achieve a truce," Kandil tells reporters in Shifa hospital.

10:52 Israeli army spokesperson writes on Twitter that more than 50 Gaza rockets hit Israel in the past two hours.

Israel denies it has carried out any strikes on Gaza since the arrival of the Egyptian premier, but Palestinian witnesses said bombardment is ongoing.

Reuters photographer Ahmad Zakot captures firefighters trying to control a blaze in a factory that officials say was hit by an airstrike Friday morning.

10:50 The Egyptian premier denounces Israel's attacks in comments to reporters at Gaza's Shifa hospital.

"This tragedy cannot pass in silence and the world should take responsibility in stopping this aggression," Hisham Kandil says.

10:41 The bodies of two Palestinians are brought in to Shifa hospital during Kandil's visit, after an Israeli airstrike on Jabalia, a Ma'an correspondent says.

An Israeli military spokesman says he is not aware of any military activity.

10:09 Hamas source tells Reuters Israeli air force responded to rockets with an attack on the house of Hamas's commander for southern Gaza.

Hisham Kandil is in Shifa hospital visiting casualties of the latest conflict with Gaza PM Ismail Haniyeh.

09:52 Gaza government officials greet Egyptian premier Hisham Kandil as he arrives in Gaza.

He will meet with Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh and visit Gaza's main Shifa hospital.

09:36 More than 20 rockets land in Israel's southern Eshkol region, Israeli daily Haaretz reports. An army spokeswoman says 33 rockets hit Israel since 12 a.m.

08:59 Egypt's Prime Minister Hisham Kandil has arrived in the Gaza Strip, an Egyptian official says.

08:44 Israel's army has tweeted that it will begin recruiting 16,000 reserve soldiers as part of Operation Pillar of Cloud.

07:51 Israel will pause its military campaign during a visit by Egypt's Prime Minister Hisham Kandil to Gaza if there is no fire from Gaza, a senior Israeli official tells Reuters.

"Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to an Egyptian request to cease all offensive operations in Gaza during the visit of the Egyptian prime minister there this morning, which is supposed to last for about three hours," the official said.

07:36 Israel's military says it hit around 150 rocket launching sites and ammunition storage facilities across Gaza overnight.

An army statement says it has hit 450 "terror activity sites" in Gaza since Wednesday, while 300 rockets have been fired at Israeli sites.

07:34 Israel bombed Gaza City 40 times overnight. Airstrikes also targeted Rafah, Khan Younis, Deir al-Balah and Bureij refugee camp.

07:33 The civil affairs department in Gaza City, hit by an Israeli airstrike, contained 70 years of records for the Palestinian civil registry, the interior ministry says.

07:23 Officials in Gaza's Interior Ministry assure citizens that 90 percent of data is saved electronically after Israel bombed the ministry's civil affairs department in Gaza City.

07:08 Israel has bombed the Ministry of Interior's department of civil affairs in Gaza City. The city was struck by at least 40 airstrikes overnight, Palestinian officials say.

05:07 Israeli airstrikes hit the home of al-Qassam Brigades leader Muhammad Sanour in Khan Younis in southern Gaza. Two people were injured but Sanour was not home at the time of the strike, local sources say.

04:54 BBC reporter Jon Donnison says Israeli airstrikes and possible sonic booms are shaking his hotel in Gaza City. He has uploaded a sound recording,

04:44 Israel has released eight Palestinian women who were detained on Thursday after draping a Palestinian flag on the walls of Beit El settlement near Ramallah.

They were released on bail and handed court dates. Three of the women hold Israeli IDs and they have been banned from the West Bank for 15 days, activist Maath Musleh tells Ma'an.

04:28 Nationwide protests against Israeli attacks on Gaza are planned in Iran today, Press TV is reporting. Iran has condemned the Israeli offensive as "organized terrorism."

03:57 Award-winning Palestinian journalist Mohammad Omer tells Al-Jazeera that people are running out of fuel and medicine in Gaza.

"As I speak to you at the moment, F16s are bombing," he says.

03:44 Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard has joined the US and UK in condemning Hamas and supporting Israel's right to defend itself.

"Further escalations in rocket attacks from Gaza, such as those seen overnight, will not serve the interests of the Palestinian people or their cause for self-determination and statehood," Gillard said.

She called on Hamas to immediately cease rocket and mortar attacks on Israel and urged restraint from both sides.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has told Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Hamas bears the principal responsibility for the crisis.

03:24 US embassy staff in Tel Aviv have been banned from traveling to southern Israel and asked not to send their children to school on Friday, the embassy says on its website.

02:49 See Ma'an's latest photo story of the past two days in the Gaza Strip here.

02:15 Egypt's Prime Minister Hisham Qandeel writes on Twitter: "Tomorrow, God willing, I will visit the Gaza Strip accompanied by an official delegation."

01:46 Fifteen trucks of medical supplies sent to Gaza by the Palestinian Authority have been held up at an Israeli checkpoint since Thursday morning, the PA health minister says.

Hani Abdeen told Ma'an that international organizations had promised to help the Ramallah-based PA get the medicine into Gaza.

"We sent the first batch of medications this morning and it’s now waiting at Israeli checkpoints for permission to pass to Gaza," he says.

01:38 Israel forces have entered the al-Arroub refugee camp in the southern West Bank and are searching homes, witnesses say.

Earlier, Palestinians threw a Molotov cocktail at an Israeli settler bus in the area, setting fire to the vehicle and lightly injuring one passenger, Israeli media reported.

01:25 Western media continues to be riveted by Palestinians, Israelis and their supporters using twitter.

Here's Russia Today's take on the "live tweeting war," discussing the hacker group Anonymous' "OpIsrael."

Anonymous has prepared a "care package" offering assistance in case Israel severs Gaza's internet connection, as well as basic first aid and advice on evading surveillance.

01:13 Hamas' Al-Qassam Brigades says it has fired six projectiles at Israel's Nahal Oz military base.

Brigades spokesman Abu Obaida said Thursday that the group would "teach the Israeli occupation a lesson" for assassinating its leader Ahmad al-Jaabari in a strike on Wednesday.

"This will not be the end, but it will be the beginning of the liberation," Abu Obaida said.

01:07 Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces at protests across the West Bank on Thursday. Seven people were injured in Bethlehem and three protesters were wounded near Ofer military base, including PA police officer Mohammad al-Sheikh who sustained two bullet wounds to his leg.

Undercover Israeli forces detained six people, including three children, at a demonstration in Jerusalem's Issawiya neighborhood, the Wadi Hilweh information center said.

Hamas has declared today the "Friday of Loyalty to Gaza" and called for more rallies in the West Bank.

12:52 Palestinian refugees in Lebanon protested to condemn Israel's attack on the Gaza Strip on Thursday evening.

Demonstrators in al-Rashadiya camp waved Palestinian flags and called on Arab nations to take action to protect residents of Gaza, and condemned US support for Israel.

12:33 Rival pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel protesters converged on the Israeli embassy in London on Thursday.

Demonstrations against Israel's escalation in the Gaza Strip are being held throughout the world today. Click here to see if one is happening near you.

12:05 Israel's army says it has targeted 300 "terror activity" sites in the Gaza Strip with air strikes, tank and naval shelling. Over 300 rockets were fired, and the Iron Dome defense system has intercepted over 130 projectiles, a military statement says.

Hamas' al-Qassam Brigades says it has fired at Israeli military targets and sites in southern Israel with 527 projectiles.

The al-Qassam Brigades is calling the escalation the "Battle of Sijjil," a Quranic reference to divine intervention on behalf of Muslims in battle. Israel's military has termed the operation launched Wednesday "Pillar of Cloud," a reference to the Israelites' divine sign of deliverance in the Bible.

So far, 19 Palestinians have been killed including three toddlers and a 7-year-old, two teenage brothers and a 19-year-old woman pregnant with twins.

12:01 Israel's ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip has entered its third day. Follow this live report for a minute-by-minute update of events as they happen.

On Thursday, Israel killed 11 Palestinians in Gaza, including two toddlers, and militants returned fire killing three Israelis in a rocket attack on southern Israel. Islamic Jihad fired a Fajr missile at Tel Aviv and Hamas said it downed an Israeli reconnaissance drone over eastern Gaza.

Read how the day unfolded here.
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