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Latest on the Israeli ground offensive

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-01-13

Israel began its assault on Gaza with massive air raids on Dec. 27. Keep track of the unfolding operations with the timeline below.

Ask FRANCE 24 correspondents reporting on the conflict your questions

All times are Paris time (GMT+1)



Monday, 12 January 2009


9:10pm: Gaza fighting must stop, says UN chief

UN chief Ban Ki-moon demanded that Israel and the Islamist Palestinian movement Hamas immediately stop the fighting in the Gaza Strip, saying "too many people have died."


7:10 pm: Foreign doctors enter Gaza to treat wounded

A team of foreign doctors entered the war-torn Gaza Strip from Egypt on Monday on a mission to help treat victims of the continuing Israeli military onslaught on the Palestinian territory.

Meanwhile, two Norwegian medics, who were sent into the war zone by the pro-Palestinian aid organisation NORWAC on December 31, said they had seen clear signs that Dense Inert Metal Explosives (DIME), an experimental kind of explosive, were being used in Gaza.
"This is a new generation of very powerful small explosives that detonates with an extreme power and dissipates its power within a range of five to 10 metres (16-98 feet)," said one of them.


7:30 pm: Hamas nearing victory in Gaza conflict, says Palestinian PM Ismail Haniya

Hamas is nearing victory in its war against Israel, Ismail Haniya, the head of the Islamist movement's government in the Gaza Strip, said on Monday.


6:15pm: Czech EU presidency proposes Gaza donor conference

The Czech presidency of the European Union is ready to stage a donors conference urgently for the Gaza Strip, it said on Monday.


5:30 pm: Israel says it seized night-camera bound for Gaza

The Israeli army seized at least one infra-red camera, a remote control unit for security cameras and a swivel-mount for such a camera, along with other devices and software at the Kerem Shalom border crossing .

5:20 pm: Victory over Israel 'closer than ever, says Hamas

The Hamas government in the Gaza Strip said on Monday that it was closer than ever to victory in its war against Israel.

4:45 pm: Israel to hit Hamas with 'iron fist' if rocket fire continues
Israel will hit Hamas with an 'iron first' if the Islamist movement does not halt its rocket fire against the Jewish state, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Monday.


3:30 pm: Bush wants 'sustainable ceasefire in Gaza' but says it's up to Hamas

"There will not be a sustainable ceasefire if they continue firing rockets. I happen to believe the choice is Hamas' to make," Bush said in a press conference.


2:35 pm: Pro-Palestinian activist ship leave Cyprus for Gaza

A group of pro-Palestinian activists including European MPs and doctors set sail for war-hit Gaza from Cyprus in a bid to deliver much-needed medical aid.


1:15 pm: UN Human Rights Council adopts resolution condemning Israel

A divided UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution condemning Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip and accusing it of "grave" human rights violations against Palestinians.

12 pm EU envoy Tony Blair says framework ceasefire is in place

The Middle East Quartet envoy Tony Blair said a framework for a ceasefire in Gaza was in place and efforts were underway to work out the details of an agreement. Speaking after a meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Blair said talks were "at a sensitive stage" and were focused on ending the smuggling of weapons into Gaza and opening the territory's border crossings.


6 am:  Israeli planes strike some 12 targets overnight

Israeli warplanes struck an estimated 12 targets in the Gaza Strip overnight on Monday,  army sources said, the lowest number of night-time bomb raids since Israel launched “Operation Cast Lead” against Hamas on December 27. In the 17 days since the campaign began, the Israeli military has lanched at least 30 bombardments on the territory each night save for January 1, when 20 strikes were launched.

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Date created : 2009-01-12