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Operation Cast Lead enters third week

Israeli artilleryIsrael pounded the Gaza Strip for a 15th straight day on Saturday and militants from Hamas fired rockets back at Israel, both sides defying international efforts to put a stop to the conflict.

Eight Palestinians were killed by an Israeli tank shell in Jabalya in the north of the Gaza Strip, and an air strike on a house in nearby Beit Lahiya killed a woman, Palestinian medics said.

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Concerned about the deepening impact of the war on Gaza’s 1.5 million people, more than half of whom depend on U.N. food assistance, the United Nations said it was hoping to resume full aid distribution on Saturday after receiving Israeli assurances that its staff would not be harmed.

Despite a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire and Egyptian-European mediation efforts, Israel appeared set on pressing on with its offensive, designed to stop Hamas rocket fire. In response, Hamas fired more rockets.

“Israel is determined to deal with this matter until its positive conclusion, so that there is no terrorism in Gaza against Israel,” Rafi Eitan, a member of Israel’s security cabinet, told Israel Radio.

Senior Palestinian officials are in Egypt for talks on how to end the Gaza conflict, which began two weeks ago.

On the ground, Israeli troops are reported to have moved closer to the edge of Gaza City, though they have yet to go into the most densely populated areas.

Hamas fired more rockets at Israel on Saturday, a day after launching more than 30 of the missiles from Gaza, the Israeli military said. Two Israelis were injured by rockets in the Israeli town of Ashkelon.

Meanwhile, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said on Friday some incidents reported during the fighting in Gaza might warrant prosecutions for war crimes.

“The vicious cycle of provocation and retribution must be brought to an end,” she told the human rights council.

Source:  Reuters/BBC

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