Live Israel-Gaza violence

Key points

  • Israeli air strikes have continued in the Gaza Strip, targeting the Hamas headquarters and some 180 other sites
  • Israel has called up some 75,000 reservists in preparation for a possible ground war
  • Militants in Gaza continue to send rockets into Israel, after firing at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem on Friday
  • At least 40 Palestinians and three Israelis have been killed since Israel assassinated Hamas' military head on Wednesday
  • All times are in GMT

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That brings our live coverage of the violence in Gaza and Israel to a close for now. Thanks for following. You can always check for the latest news, pictures and analysis on the BBC news website.


Majed Abusalama, journalist in Gaza

tweets: Another bomb falls in the north of #Gaza, the drones in the sky like a big Devil!


Mr Mursi has been holding talks in Cairo with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Khaled Meshaal of Hamas, and the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani.


Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi says there are "some indications" - but "no guarantees" - that there may be a ceasefire in Gaza "soon".


Sara Hussein, AFP journalist

tweets: Rumours of a ceasefire coming, but we're still hearing strikes in #Gaza #Israel


Marwa in Gaza

tweets: my ribs are smashed of the loudness of each strike #GazaUnderAttack


Latest figures from the Israeli mililtary: 160 rockets have been fired into Israel from Gaza in the last 24 hours.


Daniel Nisman

tweets: #Israel media denying rumours of looming ceasefire with #Hamas. #Gaza


Kim Ghattas, BBC state department correspondent

reports that in private, American officials are urging against a ground invasion of Gaza. But Israel's ambassador to Washington Michael Oren said he believed the US had given Israel its full backing take whatever measures are needed. Palestinian officials have complained Washington's position is too one-sided and doesn't take into account what they see as Israel's disproportionate response.


Israel's ambassador to the UK, Daniel Taub, told the BBC that his country did not want to have to launch a ground operation. "But what we do want to do, what's absolutely crucial, is we create a situation where there isn't simply a pause to reload, but a new environment in which the citizens of southern Israel aren't facing constant threats from Hamas rockets in Gaza," he said.