Friday, November 16, 2012
Israeli air strikes and rocket launches from the Gaza Strip stretched into the third day despite talk of a temporary truce.
Israel said it would stop its aerial bombardment of Gaza as Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil visits the narrow enclave, but Palestinian militants continued to fire rockets toward Israel amid the sounds of Israeli missiles landing in Gaza City.
Israel said more than 150 sites had been targeted overnight, included weapons depots and rocket-launching sites. About 16,000 troops have now been drafted as Israeli troops and tanks mass along the border of the Gaza Strip, a possible sign of a ground invasion.
Fighting between the two sides escalated sharply Thursday with the first rocket attack from Gaza on Tel Aviv during this burst of violence. No casualties were reported, but three Israelis died in the country's rocket-scarred south when a projectile slammed into an apartment building.
The last time rockets threatened Tel Aviv was during the 1991 Gulf War when Iraqi President Saddam Hussein fired scud missiles into the city.
The death toll in the densely populated Palestinian territory stands at 21, including at least six children, according to Palestinian health officials.