Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a stern warning to Hamas on Sunday, declaring that the Israeli army was prepared to significantly widen its Gaza offensive. Netanyahu’s threat came as Hamas launched a fresh rocket attack on Tel Aviv.
- Britain warns Israel that Gaza invasion would cost the country international support.
- Israel ready to “expand” offensive, PM Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday as air strikes on Gaza continue. FM Avigdor Lieberman also warned that Israel would not negotiate a truce until Hamas stopped firing rockets.
- Two more Hamas rockets shot down by “Iron Dome” over Tel Aviv on Sunday early evening. Two were intercepted earlier in the day.
- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to visit Egypt for talks on the Gaza crisis on Monday.
- At least 50 Palestinians—including 14 children—and three Israelis have so far been killed since the fighting erupted last week.
- France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius headed for Jerusalem and Ramallah on Sunday to push for peace.
Israel exchanges fire with Syria
Israeli soldiers fired artillery into Syria in response to gunfire aimed at its troops in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, a military spokeswoman said on Sunday.
There were no reported injuries on the Israeli side from the shootings, which occurred on Saturday, the third case this month of violence seen as a spillover of civil unrest in Syria that has also alarmed other neighbours such as Lebanon and Turkey.
“Gunshots from Syria were fired at Israeli forces in the central Golan. Israel responded with artillery fire,” striking at those who initiated the shooting, the spokeswoman said.
The Israeli military also lodged a complaint with the United Nations on the incident. The U.N. has a peace-keeper force in the area monitoring a ceasefire in place since the 1970s.
On Sunday, British Foreign Secretary William Hague warned that a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip “would lose Israel a lot of the international support and sympathy that they have in this situation."
Hague told Sky News television it was much more difficult to limit civilian casualties in a ground assault and said it would threaten to prolong the conflict.
Air and sea raids continueFifty Palestinians, about half of them civilians, including 14 children, have been killed since the Israeli offensive began, Palestinian officials said. More than 500 rockets fired from Gaza have hit Israel, killing three civilians.
A delegation of ministers from the Arab League are due to visit the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in what a league official described as a “show of support for the territory”.
Date created : 2012-11-18