Monday, November 19, 2012

Gaza Live Blog - Al Jazeera Blogs

Gaza Live Blog - Al Jazeera Blogs

Gaza

During a press conference in Cairo, Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal warned Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu against a possible ground invasion in Gaza.
Meshaal said the move would be "a political disaster" for Netanyahu, who he called a "war criminal and child murderer."
"Today he is brandishing the ground invasion against Hamas," Meshaal said. "If he wished to launch it, he would have already done it."

gaza, Hamas

Gaza

At least three people were killed in separate air strikes in Gaza, Al Jazeera's Nadim Baba is reporting.
One of the latest casualties was killed during a second air strike of a media building housing Al Arabiya, Al Aqsa and Dubai TV.

gaza

Gaza

During a press conference in Cairo,  Egypt, Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal paid tribute to Ahmad Jabari who was killed during an Israeli air strike.
Meshaal called Jabari's death "a big blow" to his organisationi but added that it is "the nature of battle."
"We are prone to get killed, to get martyred," Meshaal said, adding that Jabari has "joined the caravan of glorious martyrs."

gaza, Hamas

Gaza

Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal is currently holding a press conference in Cairo.
In a statement Meshaal called the Israeli attack on Gaza Strip as "murderous."
"I feel pain for every child falling victim to the aggression," Meshaal said.

Hamas, gaza

Gaza

Smoke is billowing from the building housing al-Aqsa TV and foreign broadcasters in Gaza City. Emergency services have gathered outside. The building was hit on Sunday when Israel said it was targeting a "communication antenna" used by Hamas on the building's roof. Al-Aqsa TV is the official channel of Hamas.

al-Aqsa TV

Gaza

Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas said on Monday they have decided to end infighting in a show of solidarity in the West Bank over the Gaza crisis.
"From here, we announce with other (factional) leaders, that we are ending the division," senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub told a crowd of about 1,000 who gathered on Monday for a demonstration in Ramallah, the West Bank's political capital.
Among those present at the rally were top members of Hamas's leadership in the West Bank as well as senior officials from its smaller rival Islamic Jihad, an AFP correspondent reported.
Ramallah's Manara Square was a sea of Palestinian flags as the crowd chanted "Unity!" and "Hit, hit Tel Aviv" in an appeal to Hamas militants who have fired at least five rockets at the coastal city since Thursday.
"Whoever speaks about the division after today is a criminal," top Hamas leader Mahmud al-Ramahi told the crowd.
Fatah and Hamas, the two main Palestinian national factions, have been locked in a bitter dispute for years.
But the ongoing bloodshed in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, where Israel was on Monday pressing a sixth day of a major aerial campaign which has so far killed 91 Palestinians, appears to have prompted a rethink of traditional rivalries.
Gaza's Hamas-run government has long been at loggerheads with the rival Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and a unity deal struck between the two in April 2011, fell apart as the two bickered over the formation of a caretaker cabinet.
(AFP)

gaza, Hamas, fatah

Gaza

Egypt's efforts to negotiate a truce between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza are ongoing and a deal to stop the fighting could be close, the Egyptian prime minister said on Monday.
Negotiations are going on as we speak and I hope we will reach something soon that will stop this violence and counter violence," Prime Minister Hisham Kandil said in an interview in Cairo for the Reuters Middle East Investment Summit.
"I think we are close, but the nature of this kind of negotiation, (means) it is very difficult to predict," he said.

gaza, egypt, Israel

Gaza

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Israel was carrying out "terrorist acts" in its bombardment of Gaza:
Those who associate Islam with terrorism close their eyes
in the face of mass killing of Muslims, turn their heads from
the massacre of children in Gaza," Erdogan told a conference of
the Eurasian Islamic Council in Istanbul.
"For this reason, I say that Israel is a terrorist state,
and its acts are terrorist acts."

gaza, Turkey, Israel

Gaza

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle will travel to the Middle East on Monday for talks aimed at encouraging a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza militants, his spokesman said.

Westerwelle will meet his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman in Jerusalem late Monday before seeing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres and Defence Minister Ehud Barak on Tuesday.
Later Tuesday he will visit Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in Ramallah,  the spokesman, Andreas Peschke, said.
Everything must be done to bring about a de-escalation of the situation
and create the conditions for a ceasefire," Peschke told a regular government
news briefing.
[AFP]