Israel Gaza Bombardment Enters Fifth Day

Posted November 18th, 2012 at 4:05 am (UTC-5)
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Israel continues to blast targets in the Gaza Strip, launching aerial and naval attacks in response to continuing Palestinian rocket fire.

The Israeli military widened its range of targets early Sunday to include buildings used by foreign media outlets in Hamas-controlled region. Officials say at least three journalists were wounded in the attacks. Israelis also hit various Hamas targets.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius left Paris Sunday for Jerusalem to offer France's help in reaching a cease-fire.

Palestinian officials say more than 48 Gazans have been killed since violence erupted Wednesday. Israel says three Israelis have been killed.

On Saturday, Israeli strikes leveled the Gaza office of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and his Cabinet. Haniyeh was not there at the time.

Also Saturday, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi hosted leaders from Hamas and two key allies, Qatar and Turkey, to seek a way to end the fighting. He said “there are some indications that there is a possibility of a cease-fire soon, but we do not yet have firm guarantees.''

Separately, foreign ministers from the Cairo-based Arab League were meeting in emergency session to discuss an Arab response to the fighting.

More than 100 Hamas rockets rained down on Israel Saturday, reaching as far north as Tel Aviv where sirens wailed early in the day.

Israel's military says its new “Iron Dome” missile defense system shot down an incoming rocket bound for Tel Aviv – one of several Hamas has fired at Israel's commercial center.

Israel says “Iron Dome” has intercepted nearly 250 Hamas rockets fired this past week.