Violence continues amid talk of peace


Associated Press

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 20 at 11:35 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) — Even amid talk of an imminent cease-fire, the relentless airstrikes and rocket attacks between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza continue.

The Hamas TV station Al-Aqsa says an airstrike late today killed two journalists who work for the station. A Gaza health official says they were in a car at the time. Israel claims that many Hamas journalists are involved in militant activities.

Gaza officials say more than 125 Palestinians, including at least 54 civilians, have been killed since Israel began an air campaign that has so far included nearly 1,500 strikes.

Three Israeli civilians have been killed and dozens wounded -- the numbers possibly kept down by a rocket-defense system that Israel developed with U.S. funding. And Israel now reports a soldier has been killed in a rocket strike -- the first Israeli military fatality in the Gaza conflict.

A Hamas official speaking from Egypt, where cease-fire talks are being held, says there's no deal yet, but that it will "most likely" come tonight. Egypt's president voiced similar optimism. Israel's prime minister said his country would be a "willing partner" in a cease-fire.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was dispatched to the Middle East for a series of meetings in hopes of cementing a cease-fire.

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APPHOTO JRL134: Palestinians sit on the debris left after an overnight Israeli strike on the house of Hamas militant Ez Eldeen Hamdan in Bureij refugee camp, Gaza Strip, 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) (20 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO DV122: 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) (20 Nov 2012)

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