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The Israeli Invasion of Gaza: Rolling Updates (12 January)

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Latest Updates: The Israeli Invasion of Gaza (12 Jan. --- Evening)

4:30 p.m. In case anyone cares: in his last press conference as President, George Bush says Hamas has to stop firing rockets into Israel if it wants a cease-fire.

4 p.m. United Nations Human Rights Commissionadopts resolution condemning Gaza offensive and accusing Israel of "grave" human rights violations

3:30 p.m. Heavy gunfire reported in north and east of Gaza.

2:30 p.m. Public relations meets reality: CNN website is noting another three-hour respite from Israeli attacks to allow aid into Gaza, but the lead story is highlighting the diary of an aid worker:

All of Gaza is on the verge of collapse: Most people have no electricity, no running water and inadequate food supplies. Fuel is running low. And only a fraction of aid needed to sustain Gaza's 1.5 million residents is getting in.

2:05 p.m. Israel allows 105 trucks with aid into Gaza. (This compares with about 750/day during truce period.)

2 p.m. Gazan death toll now 905, of whom at least 277 are children and 95 are elderly. More than 90 are women. About 4100 Gazans have been wounded.

12:20 p.m. On BBC Radio 4 this morning, Jeremy Greenstock --- former British Ambassador to the United Nations and the British representative on the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq --- sharply criticised Israeli policy in the Gaza conflict. My colleague Canuckistan has just posted an analysis.

10:22 a.m. Bombardment continues near Rafah.

10 a.m. Israeli reservists now operating in some Gaza City neighbourhoods. Meanwhile, a fascinating --- if you can be fascinated amidst this tragedy --- story of the splits in Israeli Cabinet: it appears that the man in charge of Israel's military, Minister of Defense Ehud Barak, is reluctant to expand operations. Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni is also ready to declare "mission accomplished", but Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is pressing for further military moves.

9:15 a.m. Al Jazeera now giving close coverage to Israel's use of white phosphorous, with Ayman Moyheldin reporting on patients suffering from effects and Dr. Moussa el-Haddad, who witnessed use of the bombs, talking about "respiratory distress"

9:04 a.m. Heavy fighting reported overnight in Gaza City's Sheikh Ajleen neighbourhood. Huge plume of smoke above minaret of Gaza City mosque.

9 a.m. Israeli intelligence reportedly calling Gazan residents. Speaking in Arabic, they are "friendly at first", but eventually ask about whereabouts of Hamas fighters.

8:20 a.m. The United Nations Humanitarian Corridor has released the latest report on conditions in Gaza, current to 5 p.m. Gaza time on Sunday:

There is a humanitarian crisis in Gaza, and for every day that hostilities continue, the cost for the civilian population inevitably intensifies. Only an immediate cease-fire will be able to address the large-scale humanitarian and protection crisis that faces the people of Gaza.

Morning update (8 a.m. Israel/Gaza time): Little change in the overnight pattern, awaiting Monday's Israeli Cabinet meeting. Number of Israeli reservists sent into Gaza unclear. Fewer airstrikes overnight, but heavy bombardment on ground and from sea continued, especially just outside Gaza City, where heavy fighting is reported.  About 20 rockets fired into southern Israel on Sunday.

Gazan death toll is now 898, of whom 45 percent are women and children. Israeli death toll remains 13, of whom 10 are soldiers.

Reader Comments (1)

Shame on you E.U...
Shame on you the united nations humanitarian corridor...
trying to play blinde about all israel and IDF anti-humanity crimes in GAZA..
well let's put it this way, may be this was what each one of you had in minde while taking part of this conspiracy
"Rules are made to be broken"
so you've made the rules and you are breaking it...
U.S.A... E.U....U.N...
you have made it clear to everyone that GUNS are the Master of this world.

January 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commentereman maslouh

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