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Gaza: Israel and Hamas agree ceasefire

Published 21/11/2012

Palestinians celebrate the cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Israel and the Hamas militant group agreed to a cease-fire Wednesday to end eight days of the fiercest fighting in nearly four years, promising to halt attacks on each other and ease an Israeli blockade constricting the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinians celebrate the cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Israel and the Hamas militant group agreed to a cease-fire Wednesday to end eight days of the fiercest fighting in nearly four years, promising to halt attacks on each other and ease an Israeli blockade constricting the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinians celebrate the cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Israel and the Hamas militant group agreed to a ceasefire Wednesday to end eight days of the fiercest fighting in nearly four years, promising to halt attacks on each other and ease an Israeli blockade constricting the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinians celebrate the Israel-Hamas cease-fire in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Israel and the Hamas militant group agreed to a cease-fire Wednesday to end eight days of the fiercest fighting in nearly four years, promising to halt attacks on each other and ease an Israeli blockade constricting the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
In this photo released by the Egyptian Presidency, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, meets with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, right, and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr, left, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has arrived in Cairo in her diplomatic push to forge a truce between Israel and Gaza rulers of Hamas. Her visit comes hours after a bomb exploded on an Israeli bus in Tel Aviv, wounding several. Clinton is looking to piece together a deal to end Israel's weeklong offensive in the Gaza Strip. Clinton said the U.S. "strongly condemns" today's bus bombing, calling it a "terrorist attack." (AP Photo/Egyptian Presidency)
In this image made from Egyptian State Television, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr, right, give a joint news conference announcing a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Egypt has announced a cease-fire agreement to end a week of fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr said the truce would take effect at 9 p.m. local time (2 p.m. EDT.) He made the announcement alongside visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. (AP Photo/Egyptian State Television)
In this photo released by the Egyptian Presidency, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, meets with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, right, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has arrived in Cairo in her diplomatic push to forge a truce between Israel and Gaza rulers of Hamas. Her visit comes hours after a bomb exploded on an Israeli bus in Tel Aviv, wounding several. Clinton is looking to piece together a deal to end Israel's weeklong offensive in the Gaza Strip. Clinton said the U.S. "strongly condemns" today's bus bombing, calling it a "terrorist attack." (AP Photo/Egyptian Presidency)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 21: (ISRAEL OUT) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech during a joint press confarence with Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman and Defence Minister Ehud Barak (not pictured), in his office on November 21, 2012 in Jerusalem, Israel. An official ceasfire started at 9pm local time between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement after eight days of conflict resulting in the deaths of over 140 Palestinians, five Israelis and many hundreds injured. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 21: (ISRAEL OUT) In this handout image supplied by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech at his office on November 21, 2012 in central Tel Aviv, Israel. An official ceasfire started at 9pm local time between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement after a week of conflict resulting in the deaths of 150 Palestinians and five Israelis and many hundreds injured. (Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO via Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 21: (ISRAEL OUT) In this handout image supplied by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech at his office on November 21, 2012 in central Tel Aviv, Israel. An official ceasfire started at 9pm local time between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement after a week of conflict resulting in the deaths of 150 Palestinians and five Israelis and many hundreds injured. (Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO via Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 21: During the last hour of hostilities, an Israeli bomb explodes in Gaza City on November 21, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. An official ceasfire started at 9pm local time between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement after a week of conflict resulting in the deaths of 150 Palestinians and five Israelis and many hundreds injured (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 21: During the last hour of hostilities, militants launch rockets from Gaza City as an Israeli bomb explodes on the horizon on November 21, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. An official ceasfire started at 9pm local time between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement after a week of conflict resulting in the deaths of 150 Palestinians and five Israelis and many hundreds injured (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
ISRAEL/GAZA, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 21: During the last hour of hostilities, militants launch rockets from Gaza City as an Israeli bomb explodes on the horizon on November 21, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. An official ceasfire started at 9pm local time between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement after a week of conflict resulting in the deaths of 150 Palestinians and five Israelis and many hundreds injured (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 21: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers take cover during a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on November 21, 2012 near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. Despite widespread rumours of a ceasefire militants in the Gaza Strip continue to fire rockets and Israel continues it's bombardment. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in Israel to support and encourage a peace deal being brokered by Egypt. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
ISRAEL/GAZA, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 21: An Israeli 155mm artillery gun fires a shell from an emplacement on Israel's border into the Gaza Strip on November 21, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. Despite widespread rumors of a ceasefire, militants in the Gaza Strip continue to fire rockets and Israel continues its bombardment. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in Israel to support and encourage a peace deal being brokered by Egypt. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal holds a copy of the hamas-Israel cease-fire agreement during a press conference in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Israel and the Hamas militant group agreed to a cease-fire Wednesday to end eight days of the fiercest fighting in nearly four years, promising to halt air strikes and rocket attacks that have killed scores and to discuss easing an Israeli blockade constricting the Gaza Strip. Mashaal said the deal included an agreement to open all border crossings with the Gaza Strip, including the important Rafah crossing with Egypt. A copy of the deal obtained by The Associated Press appeared to be somewhat vague about the details on the crossings. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abd el Fatah)
Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal gestures during a press conference in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 after a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel. Israel and the Hamas militant group agreed to a cease-fire Wednesday to end eight days of the fiercest fighting in nearly four years, promising to halt air strikes and rocket attacks that have killed scores and to discuss easing an Israeli blockade constricting the Gaza Strip. Mashaal said the deal included an agreement to open all border crossings with the Gaza Strip, including the important Rafah crossing with Egypt. A copy of the deal obtained by The Associated Press appeared to be somewhat vague about the details on the crossings. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abd el Fatah)
Palestinians celebrate the cease-fire in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Israel and the Hamas militant group agreed to a cease-fire Wednesday to end eight days of the fiercest fighting in nearly four years, promising to halt attacks on each other and ease an Israeli blockade constricting the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Israelis hold signs and flags as they protest the cease-fire in the southern Israeli city of Kiryat Malachi, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Israel and the Hamas militant group agreed to a cease-fire Wednesday to end eight days of the fiercest fighting in nearly four years, promising to halt attacks on each other and ease an Israeli blockade constricting the Gaza Strip. Hebrew on signs read: "Let the IDF win" and "False peace". (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
Israeli police officers examine a blown up bus at the site of a bombing in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. A bomb ripped through an Israeli bus near the nation's military headquarters in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, wounding at several people, Israeli officials said. The blast came amid a weeklong Israeli offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Rescue workers carry an injured woman from the bus bombing in Tel Aviv( AP)
An Israeli girl stands outside her house after it was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on November 20, 2012 in Beersheba, Israel
BEERSHEBA, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 20: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli woman carries a child outside her house after it was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on November 20, 2012 in Beersheba, Israel. Hamas militants and Israel are continuing talks aimed at a ceasefire as the death toll in Gaza reaches over 100 with three Israelis also having been killed by rockets fired by Palestinian militants. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
BEERSHEBA, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 20: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli girl stands outside her house after it was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on November 20, 2012 in Beersheba, Israel. Hamas militants and Israel are continuing talks aimed at a ceasefire as the death toll in Gaza reaches over 100 with three Israelis also having been killed by rockets fired by Palestinian militants. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
BEERSHEBA, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 20: (ISRAEL OUT) Sapir Hachmon and her boyfriend Ron Vachnish react as they enter her room after it was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on November 20, 2012 in Beersheba, Israel. Hamas militants and Israel are continuing talks aimed at a ceasefire as the death toll in Gaza reaches over 100 with three Israelis also having been killed by rockets fired by Palestinian militants. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
BEERSHEBA, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 20: (ISRAEL OUT) Aaron Hachmon reacts to the damage caused to his house after it was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on November 20, 2012 in Beersheba, Israel. Hamas militants and Israel are continuing talks aimed at a ceasefire as the death toll in Gaza reaches over 100 with three Israelis also having been killed by rockets fired by Palestinian militants. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
BEERSHEBA, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 20: (ISRAEL OUT) Sapir Hachmon reacts as she enters her room after it was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on November 20, 2012 in Beersheba, Israel. Hamas militants and Israel are continuing talks aimed at a ceasefire as the death toll in Gaza reaches over 100 with three Israelis also having been killed by rockets fired by Palestinian militants. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
BEERSHEBA, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 20: (ISRAEL OUT) Sapir Hachmon and her boyfriend Ron Vachnish react as they enter her room after it was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on November 20, 2012 in Beersheba, Israel. Hamas militants and Israel are continuing talks aimed at a ceasefire as the death toll in Gaza reaches over 100 with three Israelis also having been killed by rockets fired by Palestinian militants. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
BEERSHEBA, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 20: (ISRAEL OUT) Sapir Hachmon and her boyfriend Ron Vachnish inspect her house after it was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on November 20, 2012 in Beersheba, Israel. Hamas militants and Israel are continuing talks aimed at a ceasefire as the death toll in Gaza reaches over 100 with three Israelis also having been killed by rockets fired by Palestinian militants. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
BEERSHEBA, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 20: (ISRAEL OUT) Ronit Hachmon inspects her house after it was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on November 20, 2012 in Beersheba, Israel. Hamas militants and Israel are continuing talks aimed at a ceasefire as the death toll in Gaza reaches over 100 with three Israelis also having been killed by rockets fired by Palestinian militants. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER - ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 20: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers celebrate the birthday of a soldier as the conflict between Palestine and Gaza enters its seventh day on November 20, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. Hamas militants and Israel are continuing talks aimed at a ceasefire as the death toll in Gaza reaches over 100 with three Israelis also having been killed by rockets fired by Palestinian militants. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER - ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 20: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers prepare their weapons in a deployment area as the conflict between Palestine and Gaza enters its seventh day on November 20, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. Hamas militants and Israel are continuing talks aimed at a ceasefire as the death toll in Gaza reaches over 100 with three Israelis also having been killed by rockets fired by Palestinian militants. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER - ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 20: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers prepare their weapons in a deployment area as the conflict between Palestine and Gaza enters its seventh day on November 20, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. Hamas militants and Israel are continuing talks aimed at a ceasefire as the death toll in Gaza reaches over 100 with three Israelis also having been killed by rockets fired by Palestinian militants. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER - ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 20: Israeli soldiers pray at dawn as the conflict between Palestine and Gaza enters its seventh day on November 20, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. Hamas militants and Israel are continuing talks aimed at a ceasefire as the death toll in Gaza reaches more than 100 and also three Israelis killed by rockets fired by Palestinian militants. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
A Palestinian pushes a burning tire during clashes with Israeli troops against Israel's operations in Gaza Strip in the West Bank city of Hebron. Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012.(AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (not seen) deliver joint statements in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. A diplomatic push to end Israel's nearly weeklong offensive in the Gaza Strip gained momentum Tuesday, with Egypt's president predicting that airstrikes would soon end, the U.S. secretary of state racing to the region and Israel's prime minister saying his country would be a "willing partner" to a cease-fire with the Islamic militant group Hamas.(AP Photo/Baz Ratner, Pool)
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton deliver joint statements in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. A diplomatic push to end Israel's nearly weeklong offensive in the Gaza Strip gained momentum Tuesday, with Egypt's president predicting that airstrikes would soon end, the U.S. secretary of state racing to the region and Israel's prime minister saying his country would be a "willing partner" to a cease-fire with the Islamic militant group Hamas.(AP Photo/Baz Ratner, Pool)
Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby (2nd R) and Hamas Prime Minister in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh (2nd L) stand next to the bed of a Palestinian boy, who Palestinian medics claim was wounded in an Israeli air strike, at a hospital in Gaza City, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Ahmed Zakot, Pool)
Palestinian youths throw stones during clashes with Israeli troops against Israel's operations in Gaza Strip in the West Bank city of Hebron, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012.(AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
Palestinians looks at the destroyed house of Islamic Jihad militant Hasam Al Kholy, hit overnight in an Israeli strike on Gaza City, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. Efforts to end a week-old convulsion of Israeli-Palestinian violence drew in the world's top diplomats on Tuesday, with President Barack Obama dispatching his secretary of state to the region on an emergency mission and the U.N. chief appealing from Cairo for an immediate cease-fire.(AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A truck uses a water cannon to disperse a crowd of Palestinian demonstrators during clashes with Israeli troops after a protest against Israel's offensive in Gaza, in the West Bank town of Jenin, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)
The hand of a Palestinian demonstrator rises from behind a burning barricade during clashes with Israeli troops after a protest against Israel's offensive in Gaza, in the West Bank town of Jenin, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)
Palestinians look at the wreckage of a car after an Israeli air strike that killed several people in Gaza City,Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012.(AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Palestinians sit on the debris left after an overnight Israeli strike in Bureij refugee camp, Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012
A Palestinian boy stands in the rubble left after an Israeli strike on a house in Gaza City, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012
An Israeli soldier loads ammunition into a weapon atop a tank at a staging area near the Israel Gaza Strip Border, southern Israel, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. On Tuesday, grieving Gazans were burying militants and civilians killed in ongoing Israeli airstrikes, and barrages of rockets from Gaza sent terrified Israelis scurrying to take cover. Efforts to end a week-old convulsion of Israeli-Palestinian violence drew in the world's top diplomats Tuesday, with U.S. President Barack Obama dispatching his secretary of state to the region on an emergency mission and the U.N. chief appealing from Cairo for an immediate cease-fire. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Israeli soldiers clean their weapons at a staging area near the Israel Gaza Strip Border, southern Israel, early Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging Israeli forces and Gaza militants to hold their fire, warning that a further escalation of the seven-day-old conflict would endanger the entire region. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 19: Protesters demonstrate against Israeli attacks on Gaza on November 19, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Several hundred people joined the protest which started with a rally in the Federal Building Plaza and finished with a march through the Loop during rush hour. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ASHKELON, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 20: (ISRAEL OUT) Israelis take cover in a bomb shelter during a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on November 20, 2012 in Ashkelon, Israel. Hamas militants and Israel are continuing talks aimed at a ceasefire as the death toll in Gaza reaches over 100 with three Israelis also having been killed by rockets fired by Palestinian militants. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 20: (ISRAEL OUT) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (L) attends a press conference with Israeli President Shimon Peres on November 20, 2012 in Jerusalem, Israel. Hamas militants and Israel are continuing talks aimed at a ceasefire as the death toll in Gaza reaches over 100 with three Israelis also having been killed by rockets fired by Palestinian militants. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 20: Parachute flares illuminate the Gaza Strip for an artillery barrage, hours before a proposed cease fire, on November 20, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. Accorrding to reports, Hamas officials in the Gaza Strip have said that an Egyptian brokered ceasefire between Israel and Gaza militants is due to begin at midnight local time, but is unclear whether the Israelis have confirmed an agreement. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 20: Parachute flares illuminate the Gaza Strip for an artillery barrage, hours before a proposed cease fire, on November 20, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. Accorrding to reports, Hamas officials in the Gaza Strip have said that an Egyptian brokered ceasefire between Israel and Gaza militants is due to begin at midnight local time, but is unclear whether the Israelis have confirmed an agreement. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 20: The sun sets over Gaza City on the seventh day of hostilities between Israel and Gaza militants on November 20, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. accorrding to reports, Hamas officials in the Gaza Strip have said that an Egyptian brokered ceasefire between Israel and Gaza militants is due to begin at midnight local time, but is unclear whether the Israelis have confirmed an agreement. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 20: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers prepare weapons and vehicles in a deployment area as the conflict between Palestine and Gaza enters its seventh day on November 20, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. Hamas militants and Israel are continuing talks aimed at a ceasefire as the death toll in Gaza reaches over 100 with three Israelis also having been killed by rockets fired by Palestinian militants. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 20: (ISRAEL OUT) In this handout image supplied by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) meets U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the prime minister's office November 20, 2012 in Jerusalem, Israel. Clinton arrived in Israel as efforts by Western and Arab diplomats to end the confrontation between Israel and Gaza have escalated. (Photo by Avi Ohayon/GPO via Getty Images)
Hundreds of people join Union Leaders and politicians to protest against the Bombing of Gaza by Israel outside cityhall in, Belfast,UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 20, 2012 . Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Hundreds of people join Union Leaders and politicians to protest against the Bombing of Gaza by Israel outside cityhall in, Belfast,UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 20, 2012 . Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Hundreds of people join Union Leaders and politicians to protest against the Bombing of Gaza by Israel outside cityhall in, Belfast,UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 20, 2012 . Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Hundreds of people join Union Leaders and politicians to protest against the Bombing of Gaza by Israel outside cityhall in, Belfast,UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 20, 2012 . Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Hundreds of people join Union Leaders and politicians to protest against the Bombing of Gaza by Israel outside cityhall in, Belfast,UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 20, 2012 . Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Hundreds of people join Union Leaders and politicians to protest against the Bombing of Gaza by Israel outside cityhall in, Belfast,UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 20, 2012 . Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Hundreds of people join Union Leaders and politicians to protest against the Bombing of Gaza by Israel outside cityhall in, Belfast,UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 20, 2012 . Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Hundreds of people join Union Leaders and politicians to protest against the Bombing of Gaza by Israel outside cityhall in, Belfast,UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 20, 2012 . Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Hundreds of people join Union Leaders and politicians to protest against the Bombing of Gaza by Israel outside cityhall in, Belfast,UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 20, 2012 . Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Smoke rises after an Israeli strike in Gaza City, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. A diplomatic push to end Israel's nearly weeklong offensive in the Gaza Strip gained momentum Tuesday, with Egypt's president predicting that airstrikes would end within hours and Israel's prime minister saying his country would be a "willing partner" to a cease-fire with the Islamic militant group Hamas. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Demonstrators hold Israeli flags and sign quoting former Israeli politician Yitzhak Rabin "Peace has no borders", during a gathering close to the Israeli Embassy in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, to protest against the current conflict with Gaza strip. A diplomatic push to end Israel's nearly weeklong offensive in the Gaza Strip gained momentum Tuesday, with Egypt's president predicting that air strikes would end within hours and Israel's prime minister saying his country would be a "willing partner" to a cease-fire with the Islamic militant group Hamas.(AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby (2nd R) and Hamas Prime Minister in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh (2nd L) stand next to the bed of a Palestinian boy, who Palestinian medics claim was wounded in an Israeli air strike, at a hospital in Gaza City, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Ahmed Zakot, Pool)
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton upon her arrival to their meeting in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. A diplomatic push to end Israel's nearly weeklong offensive in the Gaza Strip gained momentum Tuesday, with Egypt's president predicting that airstrikes would soon end, the U.S. secretary of state racing to the region and Israel's prime minister saying his country would be a "willing partner" to a cease-fire with the Islamic militant group Hamas. (AP Photo/Baz Ratner, Pool)
A Palestinian boy walks up the stairs of a house destroyed by an Israeli strike in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012.
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers prepare weapons in a deployment area on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers sleep next to their tanks in a deployment area on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers prepare weapons in a deployment area on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers wake in a deployment area on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers sleep in a deployment area on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers sleep next to their tanks in a deployment area on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers perform morning prayers in a deployment area on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli soldier sleeps next to tanks in a deployment area on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli soldier stands near tanks in a deployment area on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
Israeli soldiers prepare weapons in a deployment area on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers perform their morning prayers in a deployment area on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers perform their morning prayers in a deployment area on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
ASHDOD, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) A Israeli man plays pool as others stand in a billiard room used as a shelter while air raid sirens sound November 19, 2012 in Ashdod, Israel. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: A man sits on a discarded armchair on a hill overlooking Gaza as Israeli forces continue to bombard Gaza on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: A plume of smoke rises above Gaza City after an Israeli airstrike on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: Israeli soldiers prepare an artillery emplacement overlooking Gaza on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: An Israeli soldier on route to the border with Gaza gestures a victory sign on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: Israeli soldiers prepare an artillery emplacement overlooking Gaza on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: Israeli soldiers prepare an artillery emplacement overlooking Gaza on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: Israeli soldiers prepare an artillery emplacement overlooking Gaza on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: Israeli soldiers prepare an artillery emplacement overlooking Gaza on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: Israeli soldiers prepare an artillery emplacement overlooking Gaza on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: Israeli soldiers prepare an artillery emplacement overlooking Gaza on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: Israeli soldiers prepare an artillery emplacement overlooking Gaza on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli soldier prepares for morning prayers in a deployment area on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER - ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: Smoke and dust drift across Gaza Strip at sunset after Israeli airstrikes on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER - ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: Israeli artillery shells attack a target in the Gaza Strip on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER - ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: Smoke trails from a militant rocket cross the evening sky as they head into Israel on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ASHDOD, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israelis walk down to a shelter while air raid sirens sound November 19, 2012 in Ashdod, Israel. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER - ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: Smoke trails from a militant rocket cross the evening sky as they head into Israel on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER - ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: A plume of smoke rises above Gaza City at sunset after an Israeli airstrike Strip on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER - ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: A plume of smoke rises above Gaza City at sunset after an Israeli airstrike Strip on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER - ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: Israeli artillery shells attack a target in the Gaza Strip on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER - ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: Israeli artillery shells attack a target in the Gaza Strip on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER - ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: Israeli artillery shells attack a target in the Gaza Strip on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER - ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: Israeli artillery shells attack a target in the Gaza Strip on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER - ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: Israeli artillery shells attack a target in the Gaza Strip on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ASHDOD, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israelis stand in a billiard room used as a shelter while air raid sirens sound November 19, 2012 in Ashdod, Israel. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
Smoke is seen from an explosion by a high rise housing media organizations in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. It is Israel's second strike on the building in two days
CAIRO, EGYPT - NOVEMBER 19: In this handout photo provided by the United Nations, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (L) meets with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr November 19, 2012 in Cairo, Egypt. Ban arrived in Cairo to support Morsi's efforts to mediate a truce. He is scheduled to visit Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Ramallah this week for talks with Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the crisis in Gaza. (Photo by Evan Schneider/UN via Getty Images
ASHKELON, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israelis take cover in a stairway during a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on November 19, 2012 in Ashkelon, Israel. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
ASHKELON, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) 22An Israeli youth cries after a rocket was launched from the Gaza Strip on November 19, 2012 in Ashkelon, Israel. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NITZAN, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israelis take cover in a large concrete pipe used as a bomb shelter during a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on November 19, 2012 in Nitzan, Israel. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NITZAN, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli girl takes cover in a large concrete pipe used as a bomb shelter during a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on November 19, 2012 in Nitzan, Israel. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NITZAN, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli child plays in a large concrete pipe used as a bomb shelter on November 19, 2012 in Nitzan, Israel. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NITZAN, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli girl holds her sister as they take cover in a large concrete pipe used as a bomb shelter during a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on November 19, 2012 in Nitzan, Israel. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NITZAN, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israelis take cover in a large concrete pipe used as a bomb shelter during a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on November 19, 2012 in Nitzan, Israel. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NITZAN, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israelis take cover in a large concrete pipe used as a bomb shelter during a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on November 19, 2012 in Nitzan, Israel. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NITZAN, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israelis take cover in a large concrete pipe used as a bomb shelter during a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on November 19, 2012 in Nitzan, Israel. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NITZAN, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israelis take cover in a large concrete pipe used as a bomb shelter during a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on November 19, 2012 in Nitzan, Israel. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NITZAN, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli children play in a large concrete pipe used as a bomb shelter on November 19, 2012 in Nitzan, Israel. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
An Israeli air force F-15 Eagle jet fighter plane takes off from Tel Nof air force base for a mission over Gaza Strip in central Israel, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Israeli soldiers lie on the ground as an Iron Dome missile is launched near the city of Ashdod, Israel, Monday Nov 19. 2012. Israeli aircraft struck crowded areas in the Gaza Strip and killed a senior militant with a missile strike on a media center Monday, driving up the Palestinian death toll to 96, as Israel broadened its targets in the 6-day-old offensive meant to quell Hamas rocket fire on Israel. (AP Photo/Moti Milrod) ISRAEL OUT
Palestinians remove debris from a building that was damaged after an Israeli strike, in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. It's the Israel's military second strike on the building in two days. Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad says an Israeli strike on a Gaza media center has killed one of its top militant leaders. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Palestinians firefighters try to extinguish a fire after an Israeli strike on a building of Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad says an Israeli strike on a Gaza media center has killed one of its top militant leaders. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Smoke rises following an Israeli attack on smuggling tunnels on the border between Egypt and Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)
Smoke rises after an Israeli forces strike in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. The same area was also struck on Sunday.
A member of the Abdel Aal family is rescued after their house collapsed during an Israeli forces strike in the Tufah neighbourhood, Gaza City, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012
Israeli soldiers sleep next to their armored personal carriers in a staging area near the Israel Gaza Strip Border, southern Israel, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. The Palestinian civilian death toll mounted Monday as Israeli aircraft struck densely populated areas in the Gaza Strip in a campaign to quell militant rocket fire menacing nearly half of Israel's population. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Fire is seen from the explosion at a high rise housing media organizations in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. It's the Israel's military second strike on the building in two days. The Hamas TV station, Al Aqsa, is located on the top floor. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Smoke and fire are seen from the explosion by a high rise housing media organizations in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. It's the Israel's military second strike on the building in two days. The Hamas TV station, Al Aqsa, is located on the top floor. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Smoke and fire are seen from an explosion by a high rise housing media organizations in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. It's the Israel's military second strike on the building in two days. The Hamas TV station, Al Aqsa, is located on the top floor. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Smoke and fire are seen from an explosion by a high rise housing media organizations in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. It's the Israel's military second strike on the building in two days. The Hamas TV station, Al Aqsa, is located on the top floor. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Fireworks are thrown at Israeli security forces during clashes against Israel's military operation in the Gaza Strip, in Qalandia checkpoint, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Monday, Nov 19, 2012. Israeli aircraft struck crowded areas in the Gaza Strip and killed a senior militant with a missile strike on a media center Monday, driving up the Palestinian death toll to 96, as Israel broadened its targets in the 6-day-old offensive meant to quell Hamas rocket fire on Israel. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
An Israeli air force F-15 Eagle jet fighter plane takes off from Tel Nof air force base for a mission over Gaza Strip in central Israel, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Birzeit University students take cover behind the university's sign as they protest against Israel's military action on the Gaza Strip in Birzeit, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Israeli aircraft struck crowded areas in the Gaza Strip and killed a senior militant with a missile strike on a media center Monday, driving up the Palestinian death toll to 96, as Israel broadened its targets in the 6-day-old offensive meant to quell Hamas rocket fire on Israel. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
Smoke rises after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Israeli aircraft struck crowded areas in the Gaza Strip and killed a senior militant with a missile strike on a media center Monday, driving up the Palestinian death toll to 96, as Israel broadened its targets in the 6-day-old offensive meant to quell Hamas rocket fire on Israel. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Palestinians sift through the rubble of a family house following an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City (AP)
Palestinians run away from a damaged building after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City (AP)
Israeli soldiers march in a gathering area near the Israel Gaza Strip border, in southern Israel (AP)
OFAKIM, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 18: (ISRAEL OUT) Israelis inspect the damage to a house that was hit by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip on November 18, 2012 in Ofakim, Israel. Israeli/Gaza attacks have entered the fifth day, with two media buildings being recently struck and several journalists subsequently injured. According to health officials in Gaza, at least 50 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched operation Pillar of Defence. So far three Israelis have died in the exchange of missiles which followed an air strike on Wednesday that killed Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
YAD MORDEHAI, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 18: (ISRAEL OUT) Ultra Orthodox Jewish men sing and dance for Israeli soldiers on their way to the Gaza border on November 18, 2012 in Yad Mordehai, Israel. Israeli/Gaza attacks have entered the fifth day, with two media buildings being recently struck and several journalists subsequently injured. According to health officials in Gaza, at least 50 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched operation Pillar of Defence. So far three Israelis have died in the exchange of missiles which followed an air strike on Wednesday that killed Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
YAD MORDEHAI, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 18: (ISRAEL OUT) Ultra Orthodox Jewish men sing and dance for Israeli soldiers on their way to the Gaza border on November 18, 2012 in Yad Mordehai, Israel. Israeli/Gaza attacks have entered the fifth day, with two media buildings being recently struck and several journalists subsequently injured. According to health officials in Gaza, at least 50 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched operation Pillar of Defence. So far three Israelis have died in the exchange of missiles which followed an air strike on Wednesday that killed Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
ASHKELON, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 18: (ISRAEL OUT) Israelis gather next to a house that was hit by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip on November 18, 2012 in Ashkelon, Israel. Israeli/Gaza attacks have entered the fifth day, with two media buildings being recently struck and several journalists subsequently injured. According to health officials in Gaza, at least 50 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched operation Pillar of Defence. So far three Israelis have died in the exchange of missiles which followed an air strike on Wednesday that killed Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
ASHKELON, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 18: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli workers inspect the damage to a house that was hit by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip on November 18, 2012 in Ashkelon, Israel. Israeli/Gaza attacks have entered the fifth day, with two media buildings being recently struck and several journalists subsequently injured. According to health officials in Gaza, at least 50 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched operation Pillar of Defence. So far three Israelis have died in the exchange of missiles which followed an air strike on Wednesday that killed Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
Israeli soldiers tend to their tanks in a deployment area on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, on November 18, 2012
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 18: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers stand on and around their tanks in a deployment area on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, on November 18, 2012 , in Israel. Israeli shelling of Gaza has entered its fifth day, with two media buildings being recently struck and several journalists injured. According to health officials in Gaza, at least 50 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched operation Pillar of Defence. So far three Israelis have died in the exchange of missiles which followed an air strike on Wednesday that killed Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
Israeli soldiers stand on and around their tanks in a deployment area on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, on November 18, 2012
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 18: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers do their morning prayers in a deployment area on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, on November 18, 2012 , in Israel. Israeli shelling of Gaza has entered its fifth day, with two media buildings being recently struck and several journalists injured. According to health officials in Gaza, at least 50 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched operation Pillar of Defence. So far three Israelis have died in the exchange of missiles which followed an air strike on Wednesday that killed Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 17: (ISRAEL OUT) Left wing Israeli activists demonstrate against the Israeli airstrike in Gaza on November 17, 2012 in Tel Aviv, Israel. At least 39 Palestinians and three Israeli's have died since conflict began four days ago. Israeli troops have been massing on the border as some 200 targets were hit overnight in Gaza, including Hamas cabinet buildings. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 17: (ISRAEL OUT) Left wing Israeli activists demonstrate against the Israeli airstrike in Gaza on November 17, 2012 in Tel Aviv, Israel. At least 39 Palestinians and three Israeli's have died since conflict began four days ago. Israeli troops have been massing on the border as some 200 targets were hit overnight in Gaza, including Hamas cabinet buildings. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 17: (ISRAEL OUT) Right wing activists wave the Israeli flag as left wing Israeli activists demonstrate against the Israeli airstrike in Gaza on November 17, 2012 in Tel Aviv, Israel. At least 39 Palestinians and three Israeli's have died since conflict began four days ago. Israeli troops have been massing on the border as some 200 targets were hit overnight in Gaza, including Hamas cabinet buildings. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 17: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli civilians watch by the Iron Dome defense system launch site on November 17, 2012 in Tel Aviv, Israel. At least 39 Palestinians and three Isreali's have died since conflict began four days ago. Israeli troops have been massing on the border as some 200 targets were hit overnight in Gaza, including Hamas cabinet buildings. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 17: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli civilians run for cover during a rocket attack launched from from Gaza on November 17, 2012 in Tel Aviv, Israel. At least 39 Palestinians and three Isreali's have died since conflict began four days ago. Israeli troops have been massing on the border as some 200 targets were hit overnight in Gaza, including Hamas cabinet buildings. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
A member of the Abdel Aal family is rescued after his family house collapsed during an Israeli forces strike in the Tufah neighborhood, Gaza City, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. The Israeli military widened its range of targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday to include the media operations of the Palestinian territory's Hamas rulers, sending its aircraft to attack two buildings used by both Hamas and foreign media outlets. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
A Palestinian boy stands next to a destroyed car after an Israeli airstrike in the Jabaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. The Israeli military widened its range of targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday to include the media operations of the Palestinian territory's Hamas rulers, sending its aircraft to attack two buildings used by both Hamas and foreign media outlets. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Palestinians inspect the rubble of a destroyed house after an Israeli airstrike next to a mosque, back, in the Jabaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. The Israeli military widened its range of targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday to include the media operations of the Palestinian territory's Hamas rulers, sending its aircraft to attack two buildings used by both Hamas and foreign media outlets. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Smoke rises during an explosion from an Israeli forces strike in Gaza City, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. Israel bombarded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip with nearly 200 airstrikes early Saturday, the military said, widening a blistering assault on Gaza rocket operations by militants to include the prime minister's headquarters, a police compound and a vast network of smuggling tunnels. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
An Israeli Iron Dome missile is launched near the city of Be'er Sheva, southern Israel, to intercept a rocket fired from Gaza Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. Israel bombarded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip with nearly 200 airstrikes early Saturday, the military said, widening a blistering assault on Gaza rocket operations to include the prime minister's headquarters, a police compound and a vast network of smuggling tunnels. (AP Photo/Ahikam Seri)
Smoke rises following an explosion after an Israeli forces strike in Gaza City, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. Israel bombarded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip with nearly 200 airstrikes early Saturday, the military said, widening a blistering assault on Gaza rocket operations by militants to include the prime minister's headquarters, a police compound and a vast network of smuggling tunnels. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
An injured Palestinian lies on the ground during a protest against the Israeli military operations in Gaza Strip near the West Bank city of Nablus, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)
Palestinian carry an injured youth during a protest against Israel's operations in Gaza Strip, outside Ofer, an Israeli military prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
A Palestinian tries to throw back tear gas canister during a protest against Israel's operations in Gaza Strip, outside Ofer, an Israeli military prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
RAMALLAH, WEST BANK - NOVEMBER 18: In this handout image supplied by the office of the Palestinian president, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas conducts a meeting of the Palestinian leadership on November 18, 2012 in Ramallah, West Bank. Abbas has reportedly reached out to Arab and Western leaders for aid in the face of the heightening conflict between Israel and Gaza. (Photo by Thaer Ghanaim /PPO via Getty Images)
OFAKIM, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 18: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli emergency personnel inspects the damage to a car that was hit by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip on November 18, 2012 in Ofakim, Israel. Israeli/Gaza attacks have entered the fifth day, with two media buildings being recently struck and several journalists subsequently injured. According to health officials in Gaza, at least 50 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched operation Pillar of Defence. So far three Israelis have died in the exchange of missiles which followed an air strike on Wednesday that killed Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
OFAKIM, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 18: (ISRAEL OUT) Israelis inspect the damage to a house that was hit by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip on November 18, 2012 in Ofakim, Israel. Israeli/Gaza attacks have entered the fifth day, with two media buildings being recently struck and several journalists subsequently injured. According to health officials in Gaza, at least 50 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched operation Pillar of Defence. So far three Israelis have died in the exchange of missiles which followed an air strike on Wednesday that killed Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
OFAKIM, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 18: (ISRAEL OUT) Israelis inspect the damage to a house that was hit by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip on November 18, 2012 in Ofakim, Israel. Israeli/Gaza attacks have entered the fifth day, with two media buildings being recently struck and several journalists subsequently injured. According to health officials in Gaza, at least 50 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched operation Pillar of Defence. So far three Israelis have died in the exchange of missiles which followed an air strike on Wednesday that killed Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
A Palestinian woman sits in rubble following an Israeli air strike in Rafah refugee camp in southern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. An Israeli envoy held talks with Egyptian officials Sunday on a ceasefire in his country's offensive on Gaza as Israel widened the range of its targets, striking more than a dozen homes of Hamas militants and two media officials. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)
Israeli soldiers march in a gathering area near the Israel Gaza Strip border, in southern Israel, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. President Barack Obama on Sunday defended Israel's airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, but he warned that escalating the offensive with Israeli ground troops could deepen the death toll and undermine any hope of a peace process with the Palestinians. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Palestinians run away from a damaged building after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. Israel widened the range of targets in its Gaza offensive Sunday, striking more than a dozen homes of suspected Hamas militants and two media offices, according to security officials and witnesses. The attacks also damaged adjacent houses, killing seven civilians, including five children, health officials said. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A Hamas officer inspects an unexploded Israeli bomb in Gaza City, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. Israel bombarded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip with more than 180 airstrikes early Saturday, the military said, widening a blistering assault on militant operations to include the prime minister's headquarters, a police compound and a vast network of smuggling tunnels. The new attacks followed an unprecedented rocket strike aimed at the contested holy city of Jerusalem that raised the stakes in Israel's violent confrontation with Palestinian militants. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Palestinians hurry away from a damaged building after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. Israel widened the range of targets in its Gaza offensive Sunday, striking more than a dozen homes of suspected Hamas militants and two media offices, according to security officials and witnesses. The attacks also damaged adjacent houses, killing seven civilians, including five children, health officials said. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A man stands in the window of a damaged house after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from Gaza Strip landed in Ashkelon, southern Israel, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. Israel launched the operation last Wednesday by assassinating Hamas' military chief and carrying out dozens of airstrikes on rocket launchers and weapons storage sites. Over the weekend, the operation began to target Hamas government installations as well, including the offices of its prime minister and attacks on a major training base and the two media centers. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
Palestinian Yoused Abu Khoussa, carries the body of his year-and-a-half old son Iyad, during his funeral in Bureij Refugee Camp, central Gaza Strip, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. The baby boy was one of five Palestinian children killed in Israeli strikes on Sunday, according to a Gaza health official.(AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A Palestinian boy holds a toy rifle during a protest against the Israeli offensive in Gaza, near the U.N. headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
Palestinians walk through the debris after an Israeli air strike on building in Gaza City, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. The Israeli military widened its range of targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday to include the media operations of the Palestinian territory's Hamas rulers, sending its aircraft to attack two buildings used by both Hamas and foreign media outlets. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Osama Abdel Aal is rescued after his family house collapsed during an Israeli forces strike in the Tufah neighborhood, Gaza City, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. The Israeli military widened its range of targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday to include the media operations of the Palestinian territory's Hamas rulers, sending its aircraft to attack two buildings used by both Hamas and foreign media outlets. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Osama Abdel Aal is rescued after his family house collapsed during an Israeli forces strike in the Tufah neighborhood, Gaza City, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. The Israeli military widened its range of targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday to include the media operations of the Palestinian territory's Hamas rulers, sending its aircraft to attack two buildings used by both Hamas and foreign media outlets. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
An Israeli soldier prays next to a tank along the Israel Gaza border in southern Israel, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. Israeli strikes hit two media centers in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, as Israel warned it was widening its range of targets to go after military commanders of the territory's Hamas rulers. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
A filmmaker has described how he nearly fell victim to the Israeli airstrikes which have rocked Gaza (AP)
Israeli soldiers gather in a staging ground near the border with Gaza Strip (AP)
Palestinian firefighters work at the scene of an Israeli air strike on a building in the Jebaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip (AP)
SDEROT, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 16: (ISRAEL OUT) Smoke plumes rise over Gaza following Israel Air Force bombing on November 16, 2012 near Sderot, Israel. Conflict between the Israeli military and Palestian miltants has intensified over the last few days, with Israel striking some 130 targets overnight. According to reports, 18 Palestians and three Israelis have been killed. Egypt's prime minister Hisham Qandil is due to make a brief visit to Gaza today and Israel have vowed to suspend fire for the duration of his visit, provided there's no cross border attacks from militants. (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)
Relatives and friends carry the body of Palestinian child Faris Basyoni during his funeral in Gaza. Relatives say he was killed after an Israeli airstrike hit his family house. (AP)
The car in which Ahmed Jabari, head of the Hamas military wing, was killed in Gaza City (AP)
People carry the body of Ahmed Abu-Daqa, 11, during his funeral in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip (AP)
NETIVOT, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 14: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli woman sits inside a bomb shelter on November 14, 2012 in Netivot, Israel. Israel Defense Forces launched aerial attacks on targets in Gaza that killed the top military commander of Hamas, (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NETIVOT, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 14: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli woman and children sit inside a bomb shelter on November 14, 2012 in Netivot, Israel. Israel Defense Forces launched aerial attacks on targets in Gaza that killed the top military commander of Hamas, (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NETIVOT, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 14: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli woman and children sit inside a bomb shelter on November 14, 2012 in Netivot, Israel. Israel Defense Forces launched aerial attacks on targets in Gaza that killed the top military commander of Hamas, (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NETIVOT, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 14: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli stand outside a bomb shelter on November 14, 2012 in Netivot, Israel. Israel Defense Forces launched aerial attacks on targets in Gaza that killed the top military commander of Hamas, (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NETIVOT, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 14: (ISRAEL OUT )An Israeli man and child wait for a bus to leave town on November 14, 2012 in Netivot, Israel. Israel Defense Forces launched aerial attacks on targets in Gaza that killed the top military commander of Hamas, (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NETIVOT, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 14: (ISRAEL OUT ) People wait for a bus to leave town on November 14, 2012 in Netivot, Israel. Israel Defense Forces launched aerial attacks on targets in Gaza that killed the top military commander of Hamas, (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NETIVOT, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 14: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli children sit in a bomb shelter on November 14, 2012 in Netivot, Israel. Israel Defense Forces launched aerial attacks on targets in Gaza that killed the top military commander of Hamas, (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NETIVOT, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 14: (ISRAEL OUT) Israelis watch Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu on TV in a bomb shelter on November 14, 2012 in Netivot, Israel. Israel Defense Forces launched aerial attacks on targets in Gaza that killed the top military commander of Hamas, (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NETIVOT, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 14: (ISRAEL OUT )An Israeli man and child wait for a bus to leave town on November 14, 2012 in Netivot, Israel. Israel Defense Forces launched aerial attacks on targets in Gaza that killed the top military commander of Hamas, (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NETIVOT, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 14: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli children play games at a bomb shelter on November 14, 2012 in Netivot, Israel. Israel Defense Forces launched aerial attacks on targets in Gaza that killed the top military commander of Hamas, (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NETIVOT, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 14: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli children sit in a bomb shelter on November 14, 2012 in Netivot, Israel. Israel Defense Forces launched aerial attacks on targets in Gaza that killed the top military commander of Hamas, (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NETIVOT, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 14: (ISRAEL OUT) Israelis watch TV in a bomb shelter on November 14, 2012 in Netivot, Israel. Israel Defense Forces launched aerial attacks on targets in Gaza that killed the top military commander of Hamas, (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NETIVOT, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 14: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli children sit in a bomb shelter on November 14, 2012 in Netivot, Israel. Israel Defense Forces launched aerial attacks on targets in Gaza that killed the top military commander of Hamas, (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NETIVOT, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 14: (ISRAEL OUT) Israelis watch TV in a bomb shelter on November 14, 2012 in Netivot, Israel. Israel Defense Forces launched aerial attacks on targets in Gaza that killed the top military commander of Hamas, (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
People look at a wreckage of the car in which was killed Ahmed Jabari, head of the Hamas military wing in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. The Israeli military said its assassination of the Hamas military commander marks the beginning of an operation against Gaza militants. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Columns of smoke rise following an Israeli air strike on a house in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. Palestinian witnesses say Israeli airstrikes have hit a series of targets across Gaza City, shortly after the assassination of the top Hamas commander. Hamas security officials say two Hamas training facilities were among the targets in the Wednesday afternoon bombings. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinian security forces wheel into a hospital the body of Ahmed Jabari, head of the Hamas military wing, in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. The Israeli military said its assassination of the Hamas military commander marks the beginning of an operation against Gaza militants. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Columns of smoke rise following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. Palestinian witnesses say Israeli airstrikes have hit a series of targets across Gaza City, shortly after the assassination of the top Hamas commander. Hamas security officials say two Hamas training facilities were among the targets in the Wednesday afternoon bombings. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
People gather around a wreckage of the car in which was killed Ahmed Jabari, head of the Hamas military wing in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. The Israeli military said its assassination of the Hamas military commander marks the beginning of an operation against Gaza militants. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
People look at a wreckage of the car in which was killed Ahmed Jabari, head of the Hamas military wing in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. The Israeli military said its assassination of the Hamas military commander marks the beginning of an operation against Gaza militants. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
People look at a wreckage of the car in which was killed Ahmed Jabari, head of the Hamas military wing in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. The Israeli military said its assassination of the Hamas military commander marks the beginning of an operation against Gaza militants. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
People look at a wreckage of the car in which was killed Ahmed Jabari, head of the Hamas military wing in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. The Israeli military said its assassination of the Hamas military commander marks the beginning of an operation against Gaza militants. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
ISRAEL OUT - An Israeli man stands next to a car damaged by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip in the southern Israeli city of Beersheva. Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Ilan Assayag)
Image from aerial footage made available by the Israeli Defense Force Wednesday Nov. 14, 2012 shows the car of Hamas military chief, Ahmad Jabari, circled, moments before an airstrike hit. Israel killed the commander of the Hamas military wing in one of some 20 airstrikes on the Gaza Strip Wednesday, the heaviest barrage on the Palestinian territory in four years in retaliation for renewed rocket fire on southern Israel. (AP Photo/ IDF video via APTV)
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the media at Hakirya a military base in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. Israel's prime minister says the military is prepared to broaden its operation against Hamas targets in Gaza. Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel cannot tolerate continued rocket attacks against its citizens. In his first comments since Israel killed the commander of the Hamas military wing, Netanyahu said Wednesday that Israel is "prepared to expand the operation". (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
The car in which Ahmed Jabari, head of the Hamas military wing, was killed in Gaza City (AP)
Smoke rises following an Israeli air strike in the northern Gaza Strip amid an increase in violence in the region (AP)
The car in which Ahmed Jabari, head of the Hamas military wing, was killed in Gaza City (AP)
Rockets fired by Palestinian militants at southern Israel leave a thin trail of white smoke, seen between buildings in Gaza City.(AP)
Palestinian mourners in Gaza carry the body of Hamas' top military commander Ahmed Jabari, killed in an Israeli strike (AP)
Palestinian mourners in Gaza carry the body of Hamas' top military commander Ahmed Jabari, killed in an Israeli strike (AP)

Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire today to end eight days of the fiercest fighting in nearly four years.

They promised to halt attacks on each other and ease an Israeli blockade constricting the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian gunmen in Gaza fired into the air in celebration. At UN-run schools in Gaza, where thousands had fled for protection, children and parents cheered and clapped.

Abdel-Nasser al-Tom, from northern Gaza, said: "I just hope they commit to peace."

The deal was brokered by the new Islamist government of Egypt, solidifying its role as a leader in the quickly-shifting Middle East after two days of intense shuttle diplomacy that saw US secretary of state Hillary Clinton race to the region.

Under the agreement, Egypt will play a key role in maintaining the peace.

Minutes before the deal took effect at 9pm local time (7pm UK time), there was a last flurry of Palestinian rocket attacks and Israeli airstrikes, including one that killed a man minutes before the deadline.

After 9pm, the attacks ceased.

Israel has launched well over 1,500 airstrikes and other attacks on targets in Gaza since fighting started last Wednesday, while more than 1,000 rockets pounded Israel. In all, 161 Palestinians, including dozens of non-combatant civilians, were killed, while five Israelis died.

Standing next to Mrs Clinton, Egypt's foreign minister Mohammed Kamel Amr announced the truce breakthrough that capped days of intense efforts that involved the world's top diplomats.

The agreement will "improve conditions for the people of Gaza and provide security for the people of Israel", Mrs Clinton said at the news conference in Cairo.

In Israel, prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he agreed to the ceasefire after consulting with President Barack Obama to allow Israeli civilians to get back to their lives.

He said the two leaders also agreed to work together against weapon-smuggling into Gaza, a statement confirmed by the White House.

Mr Netanyahu also left the door open to a possible ground invasion of Gaza at a later date.

He said: "I know there are citizens that expected a wider military operation and it could be that it will be needed. But at this time, the right thing for the state of Israel is to take this opportunity to reach a lasting ceasefire."

According to the agreement, Israel and all Palestinian militant groups agreed to halt "all hostilities".

For the Palestinians, that means an end to Israeli airstrikes and assassinations of wanted militants. For Israel, it brings a halt to rocket fire and attempts at cross-border incursions from Gaza.

After a 24-hour cooling-off period, it calls for "opening the crossings and facilitating the movement of people and transfer of goods, and refraining from restricting residents' free movement".

Hamas officials said details of the new border arrangements would have to be negotiated.

Israel imposed its blockade of Gaza after Hamas, a militant group sworn to Israel's destruction, seized control of the territory five years ago.

It has gradually eased the closure, but continues to restrict the movement of certain goods through Israeli-controlled crossings. Among the restrictions are a near-complete ban on exports, limited movement of people leaving the territory, and limits on construction materials that Israel says could be used for military use.

The deal was vague on what limits Israel would lift, and whether Gaza's southern passenger terminal on the Egyptian border would be expanded to allow cargo to pass through as well. The deal was also unclear about a key Israeli demand for an end to arms-smuggling into Gaza in tunnels underneath the border with Egypt.

Under the agreement, Egypt will play a key role. It said "Egypt shall receive assurances from each party" that they are committed to the deal.

"Each party shall commit itself not to perform any acts that would break this understanding," it adds. "In case of any observations, Egypt - as the sponsor of this understanding - shall be informed to follow up."

The deal marked a key victory for Egypt's new Islamist government, which is caught in a balancing act between its allegiance to Hamas and its need to maintain good relations with Israel and the US. Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt's ruling Muslim Brotherhood.

The agreement came after Mrs Clinton shuttled across the region to help broker an end to the violence. She ended her meetings in Cairo, where Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi mediated between Israel and Hamas.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon also flew across the region as part of the diplomatic ceasefire push.

Israeli defence minister Ehud Barak said the military had achieved its goals of strengthening his country's deterrence capabilities and hammering militants in Gaza.

"We expect the agreements to be fully honoured, but from past experience we are aware it might be short-lived," he said.

After the ceasefire was announced, the UN Security Council suspended a formal open debate that had been scheduled for this afternoon.

The council has been silent since Israel launched the air raids on Gaza and Arab nations called yesterday for an open debate if a ceasefire was not arranged.

Hours before the deal was announced, a bomb exploded on a bus in Tel Aviv near Israel's military headquarters that wounded 27 people and led to fears of a breakdown in the shuttle diplomacy that Mrs Clinton and UN chief Mr Ban were conducting in the region.

The blast, which left the bus charred and its windows blown out, was the first bombing in Tel Aviv since 2006.

It appeared aimed at sparking Israeli fears of a return to the violence of the Palestinian uprising of the last decade, which killed more than 1,000 Israelis in bombings and shooting attacks and left more than 5,000 Palestinians dead.

The blast was from a device placed inside the bus by a man who then got off, said Yitzhak Aharonovich, Israel's minister of internal security,

While Hamas did not take responsibility for the attack, it praised the bombing.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said: "We consider it a natural response to the occupation crimes and the ongoing massacres against civilians in the Gaza Strip."

Bassem Ezbidi, a West Bank political analyst, said it was unlikely that Hamas was behind the attack, since it would not want to risk losing any of the international support it gained in recent days.

"If Hamas wants to target civilians, it would do so by firing rockets, but not by buses because such attacks left a negative record in the minds of people. Hamas doesn't need this now," he said.

The bombing came as 10,000 Palestinians sought shelter in 12 UN-run schools after Israel dropped leaflets urging residents to vacate their homes in some areas of Gaza to avoid being hit by airstrikes, said Adnan Abu Hassna, the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) spokesman.

The influx of displaced people came a day after the head of UNRWA, Filippo Grandi, warned that the agency urgently needed 12 million dollars (£7.5 million) to continue distributing food to the neediest Gazans.

The agency runs schools, shelters and food programmes for hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees and their descendants in Gaza.

Huge clouds of black smoke rose above the Gaza City skyline today as airstrikes pounded a sports stadium, used as a launch site for rocket attacks on Israel in the past, and a high-rise office building housing Hamas-affiliated media offices, but also news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP).

AFP reporters said they evacuated their fourth-floor office yesterday, after an initial strike targeted sixth-floor offices linked to Hamas and other smaller factions.

A four-year-old boy was killed in the second attack on the high-rise block today, Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra said. The boy, Abdel-Rahman Naim, was in his family's apartment in the building when he was struck by shrapnel and died on the way to Gaza's Shifa Hospital.

Washington blames Hamas rocket fire for the outbreak of violence and has backed Israel's right to defend itself, but has cautioned that an Israeli ground invasion could send casualties soaring.

Two rockets were fired from southern Lebanon towards Israel today but they fell short.

They landed near the border on Lebanese territory.

South Lebanon is considered a stronghold of Hezbollah militants, who fought Israel to a stalemate in 2006.

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