Here is a video report by CNN from Gaza and Israel last night on the situation there. This morning, it is being reported that Israel has put its planned ground assault on Gaza on hold until Thursday, when “it is understood” there is a deadline for Egyptian-brokered peace talks to work:
UK DAILY MAIL: . . . Meanwhile Israel has put plans for a ground operation in Gaza ‘on hold’ while talks to secure a truce with Hamas militants continue.
While it is understood a Thursday deadline has been set for the Egypt-brokered talks, an Egyptian intelligence source said ‘there is still no breakthrough and Egypt is working to find middle ground.’
Despite discussions there has no been let-up in the violence overnight as a fresh array of airstrikes pummeled Gaza while rockets pounded southern Israel.
The death toll in the region continues to rise steeply and more than 110 Palestinians and three Israelis have been killed since Operation Pillar of Defence began last Wednesday.
Today Israel’s military targeted about 100 sites in Gaza, including ammunition stores and the Gaza headquarters of the National Islamic Bank.
Gaza’s Hamas-run Health Ministry said six Palestinians were killed. Israeli police said more than 60 rockets were fired from Gaza by mid-day, and 25 of the projectiles were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome system. . . . Read More