As it happened: Gaza-Israel violence 18 November 2012

Key points

  • Israel has attacked Gaza for a fifth day, after a Hamas commander was killed in an Israeli air strike on Wednesday
  • Sunday is the bloodiest day of the operation so far - the casualties included at least 10 Palestinians killed in a single air strike
  • Dozens more rockets have been fired from Gaza at several Israeli towns and cities including the commercial capital, Tel Aviv
  • The violence has claimed the lives of around 70 Palestinians, many of them civilians, and three Israeli civilians
  • All times are in GMT

Live text


  • Jastinder Khera 
  • Paul Kirby 
  • Caroline Anning 

Last updated 19 November 2012


Good morning and welcome to the BBC's live coverage of the Israel-Gaza violence. Stay with us for the latest updates, incorporating reports from our correspondents on the ground, expert analysis, and your reaction from around the world, which you can send via email, text or twitter. We'll publish what we can.


The IDF says it carried out two attacks at 0200 and 0650 local time "targeting antennas" on buildings "being used by Hamas to communicate with its forces in the field".


Wyre Davies, BBC Middle East correspondent

tweets: For those who asked. Doctors say at least half of the 48 #Palestinians killed in the last 4 days were civilians.


Jon Leyne, BBC Middle East correspondent

Cairo is the centre of intense diplomatic activity, trying to end the Gaza conflict. Egypt is leading the mediation efforts. Also currently in town are the Hamas leader, Khaled Mashal, and two other key regional players - the Emir of Qatar and the Turkish prime minister. There's little evidence on the ground that either Israel or Hamas are ready yet to step back from confrontation, but the Egyptian leader President Morsi expressed optimism that a ceasefire might be possible soon.


Jon Williams, World News Editor

tweets: #Israel's Foreign Press Association asking why 2 buildings housing journalists hit in #Gaza when IDF says targets "carefully chosen".


According to the Israeli military two rockets were fired from Gaza at approximately 0800 local time, the first since yesterday. They landed on open ground near the border with no injuries or damage.


Medical sources in Gaza say an 18 month-old baby has died in an Israeli air strike east of the Bureij refugee camp.


After attacking a media centre used by foreign journalists and pro-Hamas media outlets, Israel appears to have taken over the frequencies of the radio stations of Hamas and Islamic Jihad. A message was broadcast in Arabic warning people to stay away from Hamas. It said the IDF was "moving toward the second phase of its operation".


Israel Defense Force

tweets: The sites that we targeted overnight were all positively identified by precise intelligence over the course of months.


Noah Browning, Reuters

tweets: Three children killed in #Gaza since midnight. Shelling from Israeli ships and airstrikes continue to present moment