As it happened: Israel-Gaza violence

Key points

  • A ceasefire deal which had been predicted to be agreed on Tuesday now appears to have been postponed
  • Israel stepped up its bombardment of Gaza late on Tuesday, as Palestinian militants fired around 150 rockets across the border
  • US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu late on Tuesday before heading on Wednesday to the West Bank then on to Egypt.
  • At least 130 Palestinians and five Israelis have died since in a week of bloodshed
  • Earlier, Israel dropped leaflets into Gaza urging residents to "evacuate" homes, sparking fears of a ground offensive
  • Hamas-linked militants in Gaza executed six people they accuse of being "collaborators"
  • All times GMT

Live text


  • Aidan Lewis 
  • Penny Spiller 
  • Caroline Anning 
  • David Gritten 

Last updated 21 November 2012


Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the ongoing violence between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza. Talks aimed at achieving a truce between the parties are due to resume in Egypt. Meanwhile, Hamas officials say at least 110 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli raids since Wednesday. Three Israelis have also died as a result of rocket attacks. 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.


As efforts continue to get the parties to reach a truce, Israeli sources have revealed that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to travel to Israel on Tuesday, and meet PM Benjamin Netanyahu the following day. Meanwhile, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is set to meet Mr Netanyahu later on Tuesday.


Correspondents in Gaza report it was a quieter night, although Israel says it launched about 100 air strikes. International pressure for a ceasefire is growing, however, with civilians on both sides caught in the conflict.

Family in Gaza


UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is giving a news conference in Cairo. "I'm hear to appeal personally for an end to the violence and to offer my ongoing efforts to achieve a ceasefire," he says. "I'm also here to offer my heartfelt condolences to many civilians, especially to families of victims who were killed."


Paul Danahar, BBC Middle East bureau chief, Gaza City

tweets: Hamas officials tell BBC in #Gaza that Arab league visit today reflects progress in talks over ceasefire


More from that UN and Arab League news conference in Cairo. Ban Ki-moon says: "My message is clear - all sides must halt fire immediately." He adds that "we all must recognise that Israel has legitimate concerns that must be respected in international law" and says he will be travelling to Ramallah to have a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.


The Israel Defense Forces say they targeted 100 "terror sites" in Gaza overnight, including underground rocket launchers, terror tunnels and ammunition storage facilities. Since midnight, the IDF say, three rockets hit Israel and an additional two were intercepted by the Iron Dome System. The Gaza health ministry says that those killed overnight included a father and two sons, thought to be aged two and four.


Jon Donnison, BBC News, Gaza

tweets: A lot of Hamas security around #Gaza city today for Arab League visit.


US officials are confirming the earlier (0724) report that Hillary Clinton will leave Asia on Tuesday to visit Egypt, Israel and Ramallah.


Richard Galpin, BBC News, Jerusalem

says the next 48 hours will be crucial if a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas militants is to be agreed. An Israel official says a ground operation has been put on hold, but that Israel will not give unlimited time. There needs to be a breakthrough in the talks by Thursday, the official says.