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Gaza live report: Day 4

Nov. 17, 2012 12:00 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 22, 2012 5:23 A.M.)
23:59 Here ends our live report of Israel's operations in Gaza on Saturday. Ma'an's continuous coverage of the assault resumes here after midnight Sunday.

23:50 Spokesman of Hamas' armed wing makes a televised statement, says the assassination of its leaders break new barriers with Israel.

23:41 A senior Israeli official denies media reports that Israel is sending a senior official to Cairo Saturday night to sign a truce.

23:40 Witnesses reporting an Israeli strike on a raid on an open area in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood of Gaza City.

23:23 Tamer al-Hamri dies of wounds from earlier shelling in Deir al-Balah, medics say.

23:22 Sudan's Islamic Movement declares support for Palestinians in the conflict with Israel, in the closing statements of its conference in Khartoum.

22:54 Egyptian President Mursi says there are "some indications" of a possibility of a ceasefire over Gaza soon, but no guarantees yet.

22:48 Israeli jets targeted the home of Qassam leader Atiyeh Abu Naqira in the Shaboura district of Rafah. No injuries are reported.

22:16 Six Palestinians are injured in a strike on a home in Rafah, medics say. Four are children and two women.

22:11 Five Palestinian citizens of Israel were detained at a protest in Jerusalem's Beit Hanina today, a police spokesman says. Witnesses tell Ma'an the area saw an influx of police as youth burned tires at the demonstration.

22:10 Gaza hospitals are overwhelmed with casualties from Israel's bombings and face critical shortages of drugs and medical supplies, the World Health Organization says.

22:08 Forty-five of the victims since Wednesday have been identified.

22:05 Death toll rises to 47 after series of airstrikes late Saturday.

21:36 Arab ministers support Egypt's efforts with Palestinians to halt Israeli offensive on Gaza, an Arab League statements says.

21:29 Woman killed in central Gaza airstrike.

21:23 Medics say four killed in Gaza airstrikes.

20:34 Israeli soldiers are firing rounds of tear gas at youths protesting in Bethlehem, a Ma'an reporter says.

Youths threw rocks at an Israeli watchtower near Rachels Tomb, while soldiers fired multiple canisters into Bethlehem from near an Israeli watchtower.

20:28 Israel says it targeted hundreds of sites across the Gaza Strip on Saturday: Israeli warplanes targeted "terror tunnels, rocket launching sites and several squads that were involved in launching rockets at Israel," a statement says.

20:06 Warplanes target central Gaza Strip.

19:43 Deputy Prime Minister (Shas) Eli Yishai: "We must blow Gaza back to the Middle Ages, destroying all the infrastructure including roads and water."

Asked if he fears public outcry, he stated, "Now that Tel Aviv had sirens they too will remain silent", according to the Yeshiva World news site.

19:29 Six Palestinians injured in the Israeli bombardment of Gaza are evacuated to Egyptian hospital via the Rafah crossing, Egyptian security officials tell Ma'an.

19:22 Turkey's prime minister praises Egyptian president Muhammad Mursi for recalling his ambassador from Tel Aviv in response to Israeli attacks on Gaza, in a speech at Cairo university.

19:19 Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal and the head of Egypt intelligence have concluded a two-hour meeting in Cairo, where demands for a truce were exchange, informed sources have told Ma'an.

They emphasized the talks were at a preliminary stage. Mashaal is set to meet with later with the Egyptian president, the Qatari emir and the Turkish premier to continue discussions about Gaza.

18:51 At least 10 people were detained by Israel today at protests in support of Gaza across the West Bank, Ma'an correspondents say.

Dozens have been injured in clashes with Israeli forces, several seriously. At a demonstration at Israel's Ofer jail near Ramallah, a man and woman were both hit in the head with a tear gas canister, a reporter says.

Another man suffered serious head injuries from a protest at Nablus' Huwwara checkpoint.

18:50 Israeli PM Netanyahu today called ‏German Chancellor Merkel, Italian PM Monti, Greek PM Samaras and Czech PM Nekas about Israel's Gaza operation, his spokesman says on Twitter.

18:11 Five rockets are fired at Ashdod, four intercepted and one lands in open area, Israeli media reporting.

17:55 Palestinians are holding a vigil outside Bethlehem's Nativity Church calling for an end to Israel's deadly assault on the Gaza strip, a Ma'an reporter says.

The group are holding candles, waving Palestinian flags, and holding banners reading "We are all Gaza" and "We would die for Gaza".

17:54 Ben Rhodes, White House deputy national security adviser, tells reporters the United States "wants the same thing as the Israelis want," which is an end to rocket attacks on Israel by Palestinian militants in Gaza.

17:39 Islamic Jihad leader Khalid Batsh says Gaza's launch of rockets at Tel Aviv shows "the rules of the game have changed in the region."

He denies any talk of a truce with Israel.

17:38 Reporter: Two rockets fired from Gaza land in open areas in Ashkelon and Beersheva.

17:25 Confirmed death toll since Wednesday rises to 42 after Osama al-Qady is identified as victim of Rafah attack.

17:21 Update: The Rafah airstrike killed one Palestinian man riding a motorcycle and injured two other people, medics say. In Khan Younis, medics said six Palestinians, mostly civilians, suffered injuries in a separate attack.

17:14 US President Barack Obama calls Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan about bringing an end to violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip, the White House says.

16:54 Israeli army and police say rocket fired at Tel Aviv was intercepted in mid-air, did not hit the city.

16:50 Hamas' al-Qassam Brigades says it fired Fajr rocket toward Tel Aviv.

16:48 Israeli ambulance service says no casualties after Tel Aviv rocket attack.

16:44 Sirens sound in Tel Aviv, signalling a rocket attack on the city, and an explosion is heard.

16:41 Islamic Jihad Secretary General Ramadan Shallah also arrived in Cairo last night, where Hamas chief Mashaal is holding talks on the Gaza bombardment, informed sources tell Ma'an.

16:33 Air raid siren heard in Tel Aviv.

16:19 Arab foreign ministers will consider a draft statement that calls for the Arab League chief to lead a delegation to Gaza and voices support for Egypt's efforts to negotiate a truce, an Arab diplomatic source says.

16:18 Six people hurt in airstrike east of Khan Younis.

16:14 Reports coming in that Palestinian killed, two injured after Israeli airstrike targeting a motorcycle in Rafah.

16:00 Eleven injured, four seriously, at protest near Nablus.

14:49 The military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine says that it will continue to launch rockets to counter Israel's aggression.

14:40 Huwwara checkpoint near Nablus closed as clashes escalate.

14:20 Witness says Israeli forces are firing at protesters outside Ofer prison in the West Bank.

14:16 Airstrikes reported in Gaza City.

13:45 Muhammad Yasin dies of wounds sustained Saturday in Gaza City's Zaytoun neighborhood, raising the death toll to 41 since Wednesday.

13:34 Protests continue around the world for the third day. Click here to see if one is happening near you.

13:33 Israeli army says four 4 rockets fired from Gaza strike Ashdod, hitting a house, school, car and open area.

13:25 Israeli army distributing fake graphic about hospitals in Gaza.

13:15 Clashes at Huwwara checkpoint south of Nablus, 7 detained.

12:52 The Israeli military is rushing a fifth Iron Dome anti-missile battery into service and deploying it in the Tel Aviv area, underscoring concerns over the range of Palestinian rockets.

12:44 A Ma'an correspondent identifies the three Palestinians killed in al-Maghazi refugee camp as members of Hamas' armed wing, the al-Qassam Brigades.

11:57 Missile hits home in Rafah, injuring five Palestinians.

11:55 Six names added to Ma'an's list of confirmed deaths in Gaza, raising the total to 40.

11:45 Channel 2: Israeli forces begin artillery strikes on Gaza.

11:21 Tunisian Foreign Minister Rafik Abdesslem, in Gaza, denounces Israel's attacks on the Palestinian enclave as unacceptable and against international law: "Israel should understand that many things have changed and that lots of water has run in the Arab river," Abdesslem says in Gaza City.

11:13 Palestinian resistance factions confirm that their fighters continue to launch missiles toward Israeli towns and military sites bordering the Gaza Strip.

10:33 Israel says three soldiers were injured by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip.

10:23 Islamic Jihad says Ayman Salim, who succumbed to previous injuries early Saturday, was a prominent member of its armed wing.

10:13 Reuters photographer Suhaib Salem captured this vivid image of an airstrike today:

10:03 The foreign minister of Tunisia arrives at Rafah.

09:24 Here is a continuously updated list of confirmed Palestinian deaths in the Gaza Strip since Wednesday.

09:17 A Palestinian woman and her child are injured in an airstrike in Deir al-Balah.

08:31 Israeli army says overnight attacks targeted "several rocket launching squads", government buildings, the prime minister's headquarters, the ministry of interior and a police compound as well as a "Hamas training facility" in northern Gaza.

08:09 Medics say the death toll since Wednesday is 38 after Israel's overnight airstrikes across the Gaza Strip.

08:06 National and Islamic factions and workers unions say they are planning to hold a demonstration at noon in Yasser Arafat’s square in Ramallah.

07:30 Medics say three Palestinians injured in airstrike on Rafah.

06:50 Thirty people are injured after an Israeli airstrike on a house in Jabaliya.

06:34 Video shows the aftermath of the attack:

06:20 Israeli warplanes attack the headquarters of the government in Gaza.

06:17 In a New York Times op-ed, Israeli peace activist Gershon Baskin argues that Israel's assassination of Ahmad al-Jaabari removed one of the more practical actors on the Hamas side.

05:55 Two injured Palestinians have been moved to a hospital in the Sinai.

05:10 An Israeli army spokesman confirms reports of air attacks and says operations are ongoing in the north and south of Gaza.

04:35 Reports of airstrikes in the Rafah tunnel area between Egypt and Gaza.

04:01: A US-based Palestinian non-profit group posted a collection of first-person accounts about the situation on the ground in the Gaza Strip.

04:00 Massive explosion reported in Gaza City.

03:34 More details about the killing of a suspected spy in Gaza City.

03:26 Israeli officials are preparing the ground for a possible Gaza invasion after rockets hit major Israeli cities for the first time in decades.

02:39 More on the call with Mursi: Obama commended Egypt's efforts to help calm the situation in Israel and Gaza and underscored his hope of restoring stability.

02:17 More reports of airstrikes in the Gaza Strip.

02:15 Desmond Tutu: "This new outbreak of violence is heartbreaking – and all too familiar. Once again the people are paying an unacceptable price and innocent civilians in Gaza and Israel, including children, are losing their lives. There will be no peace for Israelis and Palestinians if the cycle of violence continues."

02:03 White House: Obama also spoke to Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi and the two agreed to stay in close contact during the coming days.

01:55 US President Barack Obama has reiterated his support for Israel's right to defend itself in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House says: Obama "reiterated US support for Israel's right to defend itself, and expressed regret over the loss of Israeli and Palestinian civilian lives".

01:54 Reports of heavy drone activity over Gaza City.

01:13 Senior Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouk does not expect a ceasefire soon: "There are many calls for truce but it will not be soon," he tells Ma'an.

01:02 Who started this, anyway? Robert Wright looks at the timeline.

00:57 Reports that the hacker group Anonymous has disabled more Israeli websites.

00:39 The Israeli military says it is unaware of reports from Egyptian security officials that militant groups in the Sinai launched three rockets toward southern Israel.

00:21 The United States has not been in touch with the Palestinian Authority since Wednesday, a State Department spokeswoman says. Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has spoken to the foreign ministers of Israel, Egypt, Jordan and Turkey. "In all cases, her message has been the same, that we are urging a de-escalation of this conflict."

00:03 New explosions heard in Gaza City.

00:01 Israel's assault on the Gaza Strip has entered its fourth day. Follow this live report for minute-by-minute updates of events as they happen. Friday's coverage is here.

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