Friday, January 16, 2009

Gaza Day 20: 1,105 Palestinian Dead, 5,100 Wounded; Lull in Fighting

GAZA (Reuters) – Israel said its Gaza offensive could be "in the final act" on Friday as it dispatched envoys to discuss truce terms after Hamas made a ceasefire offer to end three weeks of fighting that has killed more than 1,100 people.
Today, rocket fire from Hamas was non-existent. Israel hit another 40 targets in Gaza, including attacks on U.N. facilities, which Israel has expressed remorse over. Many more were killed in fighting. The civilian death toll now stands at around 700.

In the most recent rocket attacks on Thursday, Hamas managed to wound six Israelis. The absence of their firing on Friday may represent a willingness of Hamas to let diplomacy to work.

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