Tuesday, November 20

The Lastest News From Gaza

Army: Israeli soldier killed by rocket attack
An Israeli soldier was killed on Tuesday by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, Israel's army said.

They identified the casualty as 18-year-old Yosef Fartuk, from Israeli settlement Immanuel in the northern West Bank.

He was killed by a rocket fired from Gaza into the Eshkol Regional Council, a military statement said.

Another Israeli man, a Bedouin construction worker for the Israeli ministry of defense, was also killed on Tuesday after a rocket exploded near Beersheba, The Times of Israel reported.

Another man was reported injured in the attack.

The army said earlier that five Israeli soldiers were lightly to moderately injured by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, without specifying the location.

Four Israelis were also lightly injured when a rocket directly hit a six-story building in Rishon Lezion, just south of Tel Aviv, Israeli news site Ynet said.

Hamas official: Israel, Gaza militants agree to ceasefire

An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire in the Gaza conflict will go into effect later on Tuesday, a Hamas official said.

"An agreement for calm has been reached. It will be declared at 9.00 p.m. and go into effect at midnight," Hamas official Ayman Taha told Reuters from Cairo, where efforts have been under way to end seven days of hostilities.

Al-Jazeera TV reported that Islamic Jihad secretary-general Ramadan Abdullah Shallah and Egyptian officials will also take part in a 9 p.m. news conference.

The TV channel said the terms of the agreement are a halt of Israeli targeted assassinations, easing of border crossings, and Gaza halting rocket fire into Israel.

Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev told CNN that a deal has not been finalized and the "ball is still in play."

"Until you're there, you're not there," he said.

Earlier on Tuesday, Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi said that "Israeli aggression" against Gaza would end later in the day, according to the Egyptian state news agency MENA.

"The efforts to conclude a truce between the Palestinian and Israeli sides will produce positive results in the next few hours," he was quoted as saying.

The truce deal is expected to bring an end to violence which has seen 140 Palestinians killed and over 900 injured since Israel launched its assault on Gaza after assassinating Hamas military commander Ahmad al-Jaabari on Wednesday.

Israel's military has struck over 1,000 targets since Wednesday, causing extensive damage to civilian infrastructure in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Three Israelis died in a rocket attack last Thursday.

Hamas armed wing says it interrupted 
Israeli broadcasts

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- 
Hamas' al-Qassam Brigades hijacked 
Israeli TV channels on
 Tuesday evening and broadcast 
messages warning against a ground 
invasion of
 the Gaza Strip, the group said.

The Israeli news site Ynet said 
viewers reported that broadcasts were 
interrupted by
 short films with Hamas insignia 
showing an Israeli army tank being 
hit by a missile.

"This is a message to the armored corps,
" the text read.

A video uploaded to YouTube claims 
to show the interruption on Channel 10. 
The text reads in Hebrew and Arabic: 
"A message for the Zionist tanks forces,"
 then "Do you remember."

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- 
The United States blocked on Tuesday
 a UN Security Council statement 
condemning the escalating conflict 
in the Gaza Strip, setting the scene
 for a possible showdown between 
Washington and Russia on the issue.

The United States opposed the statement
 -- which had to be approved by consensus
 -- because it "failed to address the 
root cause" -- missile attacks by 
Hamas -- of the escalation in fighting
 between Israel and Hamas militants in 
Gaza, said Erin Pelton, spokeswoman
 for the US mission to the United Nations.

Israel said it was these Hamas rocket 
attacks that prompted its major offensive
 against the militants in Gaza on Wednesday.

"We made clear that we would measure
 any action by the Security Council based
 on whether it supported the ongoing
 diplomacy toward de-escalation of 
violence and a durable outcome that 
ends the rocket attacks on Israeli cities," 
Pelton said.

"By failing to call for the immediate 
and permanent halt to rocket launches
 from Gaza into Israel, this press 
statement failed to contribute 
constructively to those goals," she said. 
"As such, we could not agree to this 

Russia said on Monday that if the 
15-member council could not agree
 on a statement then it would put
 a resolution - a stronger move by 
the council than a statement - 
to a vote later on Tuesday to 
call for an end to the violence and 
show support for regional and 
international efforts to broker peace.

A resolution is passed when it receives
 nine votes in favor and no vetoes
 by the five permanent council members
 - Russia, China, Britain, the United States 
and France. Some diplomats said a 
vote on the Russian resolution would 
likely be tight and could force a veto 
by the United States.

The Security Council is generally
 deadlocked on the Israeli-Palestinian
 conflict, which UN diplomats say
 is due to US determination to protect 
its close ally Israel. The council held 
an emergency meeting last Wednesday 
to discuss the Israeli strikes on Gaza
 but took no action.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
 headed to the region on Tuesday to
 try to calm the conflict.

Egypt was trying to broker a truce 
between Israel and Hamas. An 
Egyptian intelligence source said
 "there is still no breakthrough and 
Egypt is working to find middle ground."
 Israeli air strikes and Palestinian rocket 
fire continued on Tuesday for a seventh day.

Mustafa Barghouthi visits Gaza Strip

Palestinian lawmaker Mustafa Barghouthi 

visited the Gaza Strip on Tuesday

 with a delegation from his political

 party the Palestinian National Initiative. 

Barghouthi visited Shifa Hospital in Gaza 

City to visit Palestinians injured in the 

ongoing Israeli military offensive. 

He told reporters that what he saw

 was enough proof of "the scale of Israeli crime

 and genocidal war against our people in Gaza."

Barghouthi added that the "crimes that the

 Netanyahu government committed and 

the extermination of whole families will not go 


He urged the international community to sue Israeli

 leaders in international

criminal courts.

Barghouthi said he would visit victims’

 families and have meetings 

with representatives of Palestinian factions. 

Israeli army drops thousands 
of leaflets over Gaza
 Israel's army said Tuesday it had dropped leaflets
 over the Gaza Strip warning residents to stay away 
Hamas facilities.

Israeli air craft dropped thousands of leaflets over 
numerous Gaza neighborhoods warning civilians to get 
out of the way, as its army prepared for a possible invasion
 of the enclave.

Two messages were sent in Arabic by the Israel's army 
telling residents where to go.

The first said:

"To the residents of Sheikh Ajlin, Tel Al-Hwa, Rimal South, Zeitoun, Sjaiya, 
Turkeman and Sajiya Jadida:

"For your safety, you are required to evacuate your residences immediately 
and move towards the central Gaza city, via Al-Khara, Jma'at Al Dul Al Arabia,
 Al Aqsa Al Qudsiya, Um Alaimoun, Salah A-din, Al-Maqsurra, Hal's Mjdad.

"In the central Gaza city, you are required to stay between the areas of
 Salah A-din from the west, Amar Al-Muchtar from the north, Al-Nasser
 from the east and Al-Quds St. from the south.

The second leaflet said:

"To the residents of of the outskirts of
 Shati, Al-Atatra, Beit Lahiya and Beit Hanoun:

"For your safety, you are required to evacuate your residences
 immediately and move towards central Gaza city via Al-Falujah, 
Al-Udda and Salah A-din. In the central Gaza city, you are required to stay
 between the roads of Salah A-din from the west, Amar Al-Muchtar from
 the north, Al-Nasser from the east and Al-Quds St. from the south."


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