Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Today in Gaza

Operation Oferet Yezukà, named after a poem by Haim Nahman Bialik, launched by Israel against Gaza has so far killed 400 and wounded more that 620. The Rome newspaper, La Repubblica, is running an hour-by-hour account of the violence.

For a running account in English, go to the blog run by Free Gaza peace activists, "Tales to Tell"

23:27 Gaza's Islamic University hit by Israeli warplanes

21:39 Nasrallah implores Egypt to open Rafah crossing; its failure to do so would confirm its complicity with Israel.

21:19 Iranian Red Crescent dispatches assistance to Gaza

21:15 Hugo Chavez condemns Israel

20:46 Nasrallah, missiles discovered in southern Lebanon near Blue Line likely put there by Israelis

20:45 Egyptian police officer killed by gunfire from Gaza

20:21 Nasrallah to organize huge rally in Beirut on Monday

20:19 Livni, Israel wants to hit Hamas, not civilians

20:17 Livni promises ground offensive if rockets aimed at Israel do not cease.

20:10 Nasrallah, Hezbollah is preparing for an Israeli attack

20:08 Preliminary Gaza death toll: 290

20:02 Nasrallah puts Hezbollah on alert in southern Lebanon

19:56 82% of Israelis in favor of Operation Hardened Lead. 82 percent of Israelis in favor of the attack on Gaza according to Israel's Channel 10.

19:52 Hezbollah calls on Egypt to open the Rafah crossing. Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, addressing crowds in suburban Beirut via video link, urges Egypt to open the Rafah crossing to allow food, humanitarian assistance and even arms to enter.

19:49 Frattini to dispatch emergency aid. Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini is organizing assistance to be sent to the Gaza Strip.

19:45 Italian FM Frattini phones Lebanese PM Siniora

19:40 Protests in Europa against Israeli raids. Thousands protest "Operation Hardened Lead" in London, Paris, Madrid Copenhagen and Istanbul

19:33 Italian FM Frattini phones Tzipi Livni, asking that civilians be spared

19:30 Sarkozy phones Abu Mazen. French President Nicolas Sarkozy expresses concern over the violence in southern Israel and the Gaza Strip

19:15 Syria asks the UN to end the massacre of Palestinians as hundreds demonstrate in downtown Damascus

19:01 Al Jazeera, Israelis resume raids. Victims reported in the latest round of bombings.

19:00 Red Cross: Gaza hospitals in dire straits

18:43 Livni, Israel will not occupy Gaza. Israeli FM Livni says on US television that Israel will not reoccupy Gaza

18:38 Syria ends informal talks with Israel on Golan

17:56 Muammar Gheddafi calls Hamas leader Khaled Meshal, in exile in Damascus.

17:45 Palestinians massed at the Egyptian frontier. Some Palestinians manage to break through the barrier with Egypt but are surrounded by Egyptian troops. Gunfire reported.

17:11 Obama calls Rice to discuss Gaza. 8-minute conversation.

17:05 Operation "Hardened Lead", inspired by a poem written by poet Haim Nahman Bialik for Hanukkah.

16:30 Palestinians break down barrier with Egypt

16:26 London denies break-in at Israeli Embassy

16:20 12 truckloads of medical supplies arrive in Gaza from Egypt

16:19 Beirut: "Lebanese Airspace violated". Israeli airplanes fly over Shebaa farms.

16:13 Palestinians flee to Egypt despite being challenged by Egyptian border guards

16:06 Jordan, Israeli flag burned during session of Parliament

16:05 Protests in London. Protesters besiege Israeli embassy

15:37 Israeli jets bomb Gaza tunnels said to lead to Egypt

15:31 Israelis bomb Palestinian side of Rafah crossing, bombs fall on Egyptian territory.

15:24 Palestinian Authority: "Hamas could have avoided massacre" by joining Fatah

15:23 Beirut, Egyptian embassy under siege

15:21 Israeli claims to have hit "30 Hamas targets"

15:11 Recep Tayyip Erdogan: "Crime against humanity"

15:02 West Bank, 20 year-old Palestinian protester shot dead by Israelis in Nìlin [Ramallah]; another seriously wounded

14:58 Moscow asks Israel to urgently end operations.

14:44 Syria ends indirect talks with Israel mediated by Ankara

14:39 Hamas vows to resume "suicide operations" within Israel

14:29 Israeli Culture Minister Ghaleb Majadla to boycott the government

13:45 Walter Veltroni: "The international community must act"

13:30 Israeli government spokesman Avi Pazner: "Only 3% of Gaza killed and wounded are civilians"

13:28 Al Fatah blames Hamas for death of detainees in Gaza under Israeli bombs

13:13 Businesses close on West Bank in sign of mourning

12:27 Israel calls up 6,500 reservists

12:19 Israeli press (Haaretz): "Barak has been preparing Gaza operation for six months"

12:11 Pope calls for end violence in the Gaza Strip.

12:03 Ramallah, pro-Hamas protests in Al Fatah stronghold

11:56 Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei calls on Muslims to defend the Palestinians

11:49 Israeli forces: "230 targets struck"

11:22 Palestinian Authority prepared to substitute Hamas in Gaza.

11:05 Hamas: "400 dead, more than 1,000 wounded"

11:03 Israeli tanks enter Gaza Strip

10:45 Italian FM Frattini calls for ceasefire.

10:30 Egypt claims Hamas is preventing transfer of wounded to Egypt

10:29 Israeli missiles hit Hamas security headquarters

10:10 Abu Mazen calls for unity

09:59 Israeli Defense Minister Barak says operations "will not be brief"

09:54 Al Jazeera: "Life in Gaza half paralyzed"

09:50 Abu Mazen: "Massacre could have been avoided"

09:13 Rockets said to be launched at Israeli settlements of Ashkelon, Sderot, Gan Yavne and Ashdod

09:11 Ehud Barak says ground operations in Gaza are possible.

09:09 UN Security Council demands end of military operations in Gaza; request is non-binding

09:07 271 Palestinians dead


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