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Egypt Calls for Gaza Cease-fire

A ball of fire rises from an explosion on al-Zafer apartment tower following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Aug. 23, 2014.
A ball of fire rises from an explosion on al-Zafer apartment tower following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Aug. 23, 2014.
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Egypt is urging Israelis and Palestinians to accept a permanent cease-fire and return to indirect talks in Cairo, as violence continues in Gaza.

The call from Egypt's Foreign Ministry came after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met Saturday in Cairo with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi and senior officials of the Arab League.  

Hostilities continue

Palestinian officials say they will consider the appeal for cease-fire.  Israel has not responded yet.  But the two sides continued to exchange fire Saturday.  Ten Palestinians were reported killed in Israeli air strikes on Gaza.  One mortar shell fired from Gaza killed a four-year-old boy in southern Israel on Friday.

The Israeli army said that in addition to rockets fired from Gaza, one rocket from Lebanon hit northern Israel late Saturday.  There were no reports of damage or casualties from the rocket that hit Upper Galilee.

Earlier Saturday, Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at a 12-floor apartment building in Gaza, collapsing the structure. Palestinian officials say at least 20 people were wounded in the strike.

The Israeli military said Hamas militants used the building as a command center.  

The Israeli army said about 100 rockets were fired from Gaza Saturday.  An Israeli army intelligence officer estimates that Hamas has about 2,000 short-range rockets and dozens of mid-range rockets left, which is less than a third of what it had before the fighting started in July.   

At least one rocket was fired on Israel from Lebanon late Saturday.  It hit a house in Upper Galilee, northern Israel, wounding several people.

Death toll surpasses 2,000

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More than 2,100 Palestinians have been killed since the violence erupted July 8, including close to 500 children.  Israel has lost 64 soldiers and four civilians.  UNICEF issued a statement Saturday calling on the fighting parties to protect civilians, especially children, as required by international law.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed the crisis in Gaza with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Saturday.  Mr. Ban stressed the importance of establishing a "durable cease-fire" with a view to resume "meaningful negotiations on a two-state solution."

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by: Anthonybellchambers from: London UK
August 24, 2014 2:53 AM
Israel's latest atrocity in Gaza

As an out-of-control, power-mad, US-supplied, Israeli army blows up residential tower blocks in Gaza in an unprecedented exhibition of undisciplined military action against a civilian population that treats international law as laid down in the Geneva a Conventions with utter contempt, the world waits to see what other atrocities the Israeli government will perpetrate with its American warplanes.

The United Nations General Assembly should now pass a resolution in emergency session suspending Israel's membership and authorising a worldwide trade boycott against the Netanyahu government.

by: meanbill from: USA
August 23, 2014 7:56 PM
MY OPINION.... Abbas is a traitor to the Palestinian people and has always found a way to compromise with the Israeli's depriving the Palestinians of their land and keeping them under the horrific apartheid occupation of Israel, and he won't declare the Palestinian state in the UN, (for crimes against humanity against Israel and Hamas), and he should be tried by a Qadi in Gaza for his crimes.....

by: meanbill from: USA
August 23, 2014 6:39 PM
USING LOGIC... (ASK yourself?)... Why on earth would the Gaza Palestinians put their lives and children's live on the line in Gaza, supporting Hamas, to be killed by the Israeli's who are deliberately targeting them with every weapon the US provided them?..... Gaza Palestinians want freedom from Israel, and freedom from being killed by the weapons the US provided, to kill them with..... YES, the US is to blame or their deaths too.

ASK YOURSELF.... Are the Gaza Palestinians supporting Hamas and letting them and their families be slaughtered by the Israeli's, because they want the Israeli's wiped off the earth?.... (QUIT listening to the Israeli and US lies and propaganda).... The Gaza Palestinians support Hamas for FREEDOM... freedom from the horrific Israeli blockade and apartheid occupation, and freedom to restore their homeland.

by: Anonymous
August 23, 2014 4:16 PM
the more i learn of this Islamic depravity in the Middle East, the more convinced i become of the futility of any "cease fire" proposals. Any such proposal, if accepted, will leave intact ISIL, Hamas, Hizbula, Al Qaida, Islamic Jihad and all the other names and variation of essentially the same Islamic disease. We must empower Israel to act decisively and bring to bear its military might to put an end to the Islamic depravity. We apparently can't do it, for lack of leadership. but Israel suffers from no such handicap. it is really appalling for us to urge "moderation" on Israel while a British Muslim beheads Americans hostages... what a shame.

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