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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:57 AM

Israel Pounding Gaza Strip From Air; Arab League Meets [View all]

Source: Washington Post

By Abigail Hauslohner The Washington Post
Sunday, November 18, 2012
(Published in print: Sunday, November 18, 2012)

Israel pounding Gaza Strip from air; Arab League meets

By Abigail Hauslohner The Washington Post
Sunday, November 18, 2012
(Published in print: Sunday, November 18, 2012)

Israel’s four-day-old air offensive in the Gaza Strip expanded to target Hamas government buildings yesterday, and Palestinian militants continued firing a torrent of rockets at civilian areas in southern Israel, as both sides stepped up diplomatic efforts to win support.

Israeli airstrikes over Gaza accelerated to nearly 200 early in the day, including one hit that reduced the offices of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh to a smoldering concrete heap. That strike, along with others on a police headquarters and smuggling tunnels along the strip’s southern border with Egypt, raised questions about whether Israel had broadened its mission to including toppling the Hamas government that rules the coastal strip.

Just before sundown, Hamas said it had shot an Iranian-made Fajr-5 rocket at Tel Aviv, and air raid sirens sounded in that city for the third day in a row. The Israeli military said its newly deployed missile defense battery intercepted the rocket before it landed in the populous coastal city.

Even as airstrikes pounded yesterday morning, the foreign minister of Tunisia’s Islamist-led government, Rafik Abdessalem, arrived in Gaza with a delegation, underscoring Hamas’s newfound credibility in a region dramatically altered by the Arab Spring. Abdessalem expressed outrage at what he called Israeli “aggression” and pledged to unite with other Arab countries to end the conflict.



Read more: http://www.concordmonitor.com/news/livebreakingnews/2880807-95/gaza-hamas-israel-arab

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