Hamas leader-in-exile Khaled Mechaal warned of a “black destiny” awaiting Israel if they invade Gaza. The Islamist movement, which claims it repelled an Israeli ground incursion, lost one of its military chiefs during an overnight airstrike.
Hamas' Syrian-based chief Khaled Meshaal told Israel that, if they launched a ground offensive, a "black destiny" awaited them. Meanwhile Reuters reports that senior Hamas commander Abu Zakaria al-Jamal was killed in an airstrike overnight.
Tzipi Livni, Israel's foreign minister, met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris, where she rejected French suggestions for a truce and gave a speech saying that Hamas habitually abused peace overtures.
A senior Hamas leader has been killed in an Israeli air strike, according to a spokesman for the Islamist group. Nizar Rayyan is the most senior Hamas member known to be killed in the current Israeli offensive in Gaza.
Israeli warplanes pounded militant targets, including a mosque, in Gaza on Friday as angry protests followed Hamas's call for a "day of wrath". This follows seven days of Israeli air raids that have killed more than 400 people.
Israel continued bombing Gaza on Friday, following Thursday's death of a senior Hamas leader in an Israeli air strike. Israel's army locked down the West Bank, though saying "a few hundred citizens" would be allowed to leave Gaza.
Eager to rebuild its reputation in the international community after launching airstrikes at Hamas targets in Gaza, Israel is investing a lot of effort on the Internet to justify its offensive – to the great displeasure of many Gaza citizens.
As the Israeli assault enters its sixth day, Gazans are finding it increasingly difficult to find food supplies. FRANCE 24's Radjaa Abou Dagga reports from the Gaza Strip despite Israel's decision to ban journalists from entering the territory.
Israel has dismissed calls for a ceasefire, saying it didn't begin its operation to finish with the same threat from Palestinian rockets. But Tzipi Livni arrives in Paris Thursday for talks with Nicolas Sarkozy. Does diplomacy still have a chance?