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4 more killed in Gaza as truce delayed
Published Tuesday 20/11/2012 (updated) 21/11/2012 18:20
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Smoke rises after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City Nov. 20, 2012.
(Reuters/Mohammed Salem)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- While political leaders struggled to conclude a truce deal in Cairo, medics said four Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday night, bringing the day's death toll to 27.

Two brothers -- Abed Abu Mour, 24, and Khalid Abu Mour, 19, -- were killed in an Israeli airstrike on the al-Juneina district of Rafah.

An earlier airstrike killed another two brothers in Deir al-Balah, medics said. They were identified as Salim Ayish Abu Sitta and his brother Muhammad.

Meanwhile, witnesses reported heavy artillery shelling in the northern Gaza Strip.

The violence continued unabated as Hamas officials said a ceasefire had been reached and would go into effect within hours.

Three Palestinian journalists were killed when Israel bombed their cars in Gaza City and Deir al-Balah, and another man died in Deir al-Balah.

Israel's army confirmed that an Israeli soldier was killed earlier Tuesday in a rocket attack on south Israel, and Israeli media reported that an Israeli civilian was also killed by a rocket in Beersheba.

A senior Hamas official later said that Egyptian efforts to broker a truce with Israel had been held up because the Israeli government had yet to respond to proposals, indicating there would be no ceasefire until Wednesday at the earliest.

"The Israeli side has not responded yet, so we will not hold a (news) conference this evening and must wait until tomorrow," Ezzat al-Rishq, a senior Hamas leader, told Reuters. "The truce is now held up because we are waiting for the Israeli side to respond," he added in a short telephone interview.

An Egyptian official had earlier said Cairo was hopeful of an agreement on Tuesday, following a statement by Ayman Taha, another Hamas official, that a ceasefire had been agreed.
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1 ) hamas shows the world / how strong and determined
21/11/2012 00:38
it is and how strong are the people of GAZA who do not mind all the israeli attacks and will stand behind their brave leaders till their last drop of blood

2 ) Julie / USA
21/11/2012 01:41
crystal clear to all who can read that izrael does not want peace like Gaza. it's sooo not surprising seeing how izrael thrives on butchering, murdering, abusing rights and celebrating the resulting blood bath they intentionally create, but then blame Pals for. the world is alive with awareness, all these innocent civilian deaths from babies to elderly, women to children, non-combatants to journalists will indeed be brought to justice when Pals get statehood and head to the ICC.

3 ) Mel / USA
21/11/2012 03:09
Listen to those drones & guided missiles over Gaza tonight Clinton!ISRAEL DOESN'T WANT TRUCE,just to slaughter as many Arab humans as possible daily!We wouldn't expect any less barbarity from Zionist Israel.BUT,the ABSOLUTE CRIMINALITY,is the full support given to Nazi Israel by our US,UK,EU govt's.That's the GREATESTcrime of all!Israel wouldn't be able to commit this MASSACRE,AGAIN,among 1.6 MILLION blockaded civilians,were it not for collusion byUSG& its subaltern cowards in UKG,EUC,A/League.

4 ) Arnold / Canada
21/11/2012 03:30
Juli / USA. When the i's are dotted and the t's are crossed on the truce then the IDF will stop.

5 ) Robert / US
21/11/2012 04:20
Good stuff .Julie,last sat 11/17 i was in new haven ct. At a rally for palestine and got to hear and be with lenni brenner.. Like you im very aware of whats happen , its quite demonic. Good words of strength.
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