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Latest on the Israeli ground offensive

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-01-13

Israeli ground troops began moving into the Gaza Strip on Saturday, January 3, shortly before 7:30 pm Paris time (GMT+1). Keep track of the unfolding operations with the timeline below.

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All times are Paris time (GMT+1)



Saturday, January 10


6:28 am - The United Nations announced it will resume aid distribution for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip after receiving security assurances from Israel, the world body said in a statement.


Friday, January 9


6:30 pm - UNRWA resumes its work in Gaza

The UN agency devoted to assisting Palestinian refugees announced that it will presently resume its activities in the Gaza area after receiving reassurances from Israel.


3:36 pm - Israeli cabinet decides to continue the offensive

At a cabinet meeting presided over by departing Israeli PM Ehud Olmert, Israel decided to carry on with its incursions into Gaza.


12:30 pm: Olmert rejects UN resolution

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert rejected a UN resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza as "unworkable" and, noting Palestinians fired rockets at Israel on Friday, said the army would go on defending Israelis. "The firing of rockets this morning only goes to show that the UN decision is unworkable and will not be adhered to by the murderous Palestinian organisations," he said in a statement.


11:00 am: Hamas rejects UN resolution for Gaza

Hamas rejected the UN resolution on Gaza claiming it was not in the best interest of the Palestinian people, an official with the militant group told AFP in Beirut.

8:45 am: Israel pursues offensive despite UN resolution

Israel on Friday carried out heavy attacks on Gaza and more rockets were fired into Israel after the UN Security Council passed a resolution calling for an immediate end to the conflict, the military and witnesses said.


8:20 am: Israel bombed Gaza home crowded with civilians: UN
The United Nations on Friday cited witnesses saying Israeli soldiers evacuated about 110 Palestinians towards a house which Israeli forces repeatedly shelled 24 hours later, killing about 30 people.


3:33 am: UN Security Council calls for immediate Gaza ceasefire
The UN Security Council voted to call for an "immediate, durable" ceasefire in the Gaza Strip leading to the "full withdrawal" of Israeli forces. Fourteen out of 15 members voted the text, but the United States abstained.



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Date created : 2009-01-09