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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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).

Monday, January 12, 2009

January 12, 2009 in Gaza

20:23 Livni "concerned" by outbreaks of "anti-Semitism" around the world

20:12 Milan: Counterprotesters disrupt rally in support of Israel

19:49 UN asks Israel to agree to 24-hour humanitarian truce

19:14 Israel forbids Israeli Arab political parties from running candidates in 10 February elections [Let's hear it for the "Beacon of Democracy"--Nur]

19:07 Cairo: Spanish FM Miguel Angel Moratinos says agreement on truce is close

19:05 Haniyeh: Israel will not break our will

18:38 Web site recruits foreign fighters for Gaza

18:29 Britain, FM David Milliband wants Israeli and Hamas "war crimes" investigated

18:21 Israeli forces destroy Caritas Relief Catholic hospital in Gaza

18:11 EU President will convene conference of donors for Gaza

18:04 Israel denies report that one of its soldiers was kidnapped and killed.

17:48 Protests planned in Rome to "stop the massacre in Gaza"

17:39 Palestinian casualty toll: 917 dead, 4,100 wounded

17:35 Hamas: "Victory over Israel closer than ever"

17:30 SMS text message campaign in Saudi Arabia encourages boycott of US products; Starbucks, Pepsi, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Philip Morris targeted.

17:23 France tells Israel "Do not use phosphorus bombs"

17:18 Ismail Haniyeh: "We will remain despite devastation"

17:09 Isreal claims its use of phosphorus is within international norms

16:47 Olmert: "If Qassam rockets continue to fall, we will respond with iron fist"

16:38 Another Palestinian killed in Jabaliya

16:28 Italian FM Frattini proposes a "Marshall Plan" for the Palestinians

16:22 Abdullah II of Jordan supports Egyptian truce plan

16:20 Israeli reservist refuses serve in Israeli offensive, gets 14 days in military prison

16:17 Vatican: "International community must intervene" to establish ceasefire in Gaza

16:12 12 Palestinians killed in Israeli air strike on Jabaliya

15:52 Al Jazeera: "4 Israeli soldiers wounded".

15:42 Israeli missiles fall on the Brazil quarter of Egyptian Rafah but do not explode

15:33 Bush: "Hamas must decide whether it wants a ceasefire"

15:19 Olmert cautious on Egyptian mediation

15:10 Arab leaders to meet in Kuwait on 17 January

15:04 Israel: "Rocket arsenal inside Gaza mosque"

15:02 Pakistan, thousands, urged on by opposition leader Nawaz Sharif, protest Israeli offensive

14:59 Hamas: "Captured Israeli soldier killed by Israeli air strike"

14:53 Iranian aid ship nears coastline of Gaza Strip

14:46 Al Jazeera: "Rafah looks like it has been stricken by an earthquake" due to Israeli air strikes

14:42 Hamas rejects concessions while bombs continue to fall on Gaza

14:37 French FM Bernard Kouchner says EU forces must be deployed to Gaza as observers

14:06 Boutros Ghali says all Middle Eastern moderates weakened by Israeli offensive

13:45 UN, Council on Human Rights condemns Israel

13:30 Al Jazeera: Israelis bomb heart of Gaza City

13:27 Olmert apologizes for civilian deaths during Israeli offensive

13:22 Italian FM Franco Frattini to travel to the Middle East, including Syria, this weekend

13:08 Papal Nunzio in Israel, Monsignor Antonio Franco, says violence will not solve crisis.

12:43 Israel intensifying attacks on Gaza

12:39 Two women and two children, all Palestinians, killed in Israeli bombings of the Jabalya and Beit Lahia refugee camps.

12:32 Al Jazeera, Israeli forces destroying Palestinian residences with tanks in Gaza City

12:28 Livni, Israel will not negotiate with Hamas

12:24 Egyptian FM Ahmed Abul Gheit phones Italian and Russian counterparts

12:21 Al Hayat reports Hamas has rejected Egypt's ceasefire proposal

12:20 New group in Lebanon, Arab Islamic Resistance, claims it fired rockets at lsrael

12:18 Israel claims it uses phosphorus only in "smoke bombs"

11:51 Rockets fired at Ashkelon, no injuries

11:45 UN debates resolution against Israel for human rights violations. Onu discute risoluzione contro Israele

11:36 Olmert claims Palestinians have "homicidal instincts" which the world ignores

11:29 Iran invites Arab countries to carry out a sustained Intifada

10:56 Blair, speaking in Cairo, says there are elements for a ceasefire

10:43 Death toll: 900 Palestinians killed, including 277 children. 3,950 wounded

10:42 Italian opposition politician Massimo D'Alema says Israel's punitive expedition encourages Jihad

10:15 Shin Bet convinced Hamas militants hiding in Shifa hospital complex

09:57 Iran to sanction multinationals doing business with Israel

09:55 Tony Blair in Cairo for truce talks

09:38 German FM Frank-Walter Steinmeier optimistic about chances for ceasefire

09:36 Al Jazeera reports battles in Gaza City

09:28 Israel postpones talks in Cairo in order to put pressure on Hamas

09:16 Livni, progress being made toward ceasefire

09:14 Rockets fired at Israel; no damage or victims

09:13 3-hour humanitarian truce will take place todays, from 10 am to 1 pm, Gaza time

08:56 Israeli military says it hit 12 objectives during the night

08:53 Israeli envoy, Amos Gilad, delays mission to Cairo


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