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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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, January 04, 2009

January 4, 2009 in Gaza

23:56 President of Senegal, Abdoulaye Wade, attempts mediation

22:39 Gideon Meir: "Israeli offensive will continue until Hamas is neutralized"

22:37 Haaretz: Livni rejects Medvedev's mediation in reaching truce

22:35 EU delegation "Gaza crossings must be reopened"

22:33 Olmert rejects mediation offer from Russia-France-Germany and Tony Blair

21:56 Israeli Army trained for 18 for Gaza incursion

21:53 French FM Kouchner: "Intermediaries available for dialog with Hamas"

21:51 Red Cross urges Hamas and Israel to stop killing civilians

21:05 Three Palestinian nurses killed by Israeli air strike in south Gaza City

21:04 Abraham Yehoshua: "Hamas does not represent the Palestinians"

20:50 EU delegation arrives in Cairo, Kouchner: "We'll do what we can"

20:47 Sarkozy phones Merkel, Zapatero, Erdogan and Olmert

20:42 Greece, crowds burn portraits of Bush and Obama

20:31 Sarkozy: "Hamas bears full responsibility"

20:29 Geneva, 400 people protest Gaza incursion in front of UN building

20:21 Protesters clash with police in Oslo in front of Israeli Embassy

20:20 Israeli forces have not yet entered Gaza City

20:19 Aymen Al Zawahiri urges Muslims to fight Israelis in Gaza

19:44 Gulf Cooperation Council (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Oman, Qatar and Bahrein) denounces inaction by UN Security Council

19:33 Israel knocks out Gaza phone lines

19:21 Beirut, clashes between demonstrators and police leave 6 injured

19:10 Gaza, Israeli Army approaches Beit Hanun

19:07 Italian Left kicks off publicity campaign to end fighting in Gaza

19:05 Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Israeli offensive unacceptable

19:25 Condoleeza Rice cancels next week's trip to China

18:53 Cellphones carried by Israeli soldiers confiscated prior to ground offensive.

18:52 Paris, 4,000 demonstrate in support of Israel

18:42 The Qadafi Foundation insists on apology from the Czech Republic

18:37 Islamic Jihad says two of its militants have been killed in the northern Gaza Strip as they were traveling by car

18:33 Jerusalem Post reports that Hamas wiped out 35 Palestinians suspected for spying for Fatah and kneecapped another 75 [This is the paper that reported Saddam had loaded all his nukes on a ship in the port of Aqaba in 2003--Nur]

18:22 Hamas: "The EU has launched no initiative for negotiations"

18:14 Medvedev dispatches envoy Alexander Saltanov to the Middle East

17:56 Shimon Peres: "Hamas is a group of assassins" [Just like Irgun?--Nur]

17:52 Merket expresses support for Israel

17:44 Milan, exterior of Egyptian consulate defaced

17:31 Cheney: "Israel did not request Washington's permission for ground offensive"

17:24 Livni: "Accusations of disproportionate use of force unfair"

17:07 Jordan Prime Minister Nader Al Dahabi says his country will reevaluate its relations with Israel

16:54 Gaza, 5 civilians killed while existing mosque in the northern Gaza Strip.

16:47 Four Palestinian rockets fired at Sderot

16:46 Jebaliya, Hamas commander Muhammad al Shalfu killed

16:32 Shimon Peres: "No to any ceasefire"

16:27 Gaza, ambulance fired upon by Israeli troops, killing a nurse

16:25 Hospital sources: 40 Palestinians killed today, of which 22 are civilians

16:18 Muhhad Shalfuk, head of Hamas special forces, killed in Rafah.

16:18 Libya, 5000 protest Israel in Tripoli

15:54 Israeli troops block access to Gaza City, now completely cut off

15:45 Hamas urges meeting of all Palestinian factions

15:36 Israel admits one soldier killed in action near Jabaliya.

15:28 Israeli tank opens fire on car, wipes out family

15:20 Iran calls for boycott of Israel

14:45 German FM Frank-Walter Steinmeir: "Israel must permit humanitarian assistance to enter Gaza"

14:29 Morocco, 40 thousand demonstrate solidarity with Palestinians in Rabat

14:05 Olmert: "We do not want a northern front"

14:03 Psychological warfare: Israel blacks out Hamas TV

13:55 EU Commissioner Ferrero-Walden: "Violence in Gaza must end"

13:44 Israel: "We do not wish to occupy the Gaza Strip"

13:40 Avi Pazner: "Operation to continue until the end"

13:34 NGO Terre des Hommes sounds the alarm over deaths of children in Gaza

13:29 Abu Mazen tells Hamas: "Power-sharing is necessary"

13:26 Abu Mazen: "Israelis guilty of brutal aggression"

13:24 Hamas calls for immediate conference of Palestinian factions.

13:22 Javier Solana: "EU available for peacekeeping mission in Gaza Strip"

13:20 Cairo: Egypt summons ambassadors of countries sitting on the UN Security Council

13:16 Prague: FM Karel Schwarzenberg says presidential spokesman "misspoke" on the Israeli offensive

13:15 Lebanon, demonstration broken up in front of US Embassy

13:13 Israel: "Hamas seems willing to conclude a truce"

12:58 Israel masses troops on border with Lebanon

12:52 Palestinian demonstrator killed by Israeli soldiers in Kalkilya on the West Bank

12:47 Algiers: Algerian PM Ahmed Ouyahia condemns Israel for crimes against humanity

12:45 China: "Hostilities must cease immediately"

12:41 Turkey, Sweden and Norway condemn ground offensive

12:36 Moscow dispatches envoy to Middle East

12:30 500 Palestinians dead in 5 days of conflict Gaza

12:27 Lebanon, demonstrators clash with police near US Embassy in Beirut

12:26 Lebanon, UNIFIL positions: "Calm along the Blue Line"

12:21 Israeli says it has killed 50 Hamas militants

12:13 Pope calls on both sides to end conflict

12:10 Jerusalem Post: "Hamas leaders Hussan Hamdan and Muhamamd Hilo killed in airstrikes on Khan Younis"

12:05 EU Foreign Ministers: "Re-negotiate truce between Hamas and Israel with the assistance of Egypt"

12:00 Beirut: Hundred protest Israeli actions in Gaza Strip

11:55 European Commission "Israel must uphold its international obligations"

11:52 Egypt: Mahdi Hakef, Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, calls on Gazans to resist

11:50 Italian opposition: "Ceasefire needed immediately, government's position unsatisfactory"

11:46 Italy sends emissary, Cesare Ragaglini, to the Middle East

11:35 Italian government restates Israel's right to self defense

11:20 Hamas: "Five Israeli soldiers dead"

11:18 Tel Aviv: Olmert tells Israeli Cabinet that he is encouraged by the position held by George W. Bush whereby Hamas must be incapacitated.

11:17 Tsahal cuts Gaza Strip in two

11:11 Olmert: "Operation was inevitable"

10:55 Israele: "Thirty Israeli soldiers wounded"

10:50 European Commission: "Israel must open a corridor for humanitarian assistance". The Commission also granted EUR 3 million in assistance to Gazans

10:48 Al Jazeera: "One Israeli solider killed in action"

10:40 British PM Gordon Brown: "Ceasefire must be sought"

10:33 Egypt condemns ground offensive

10:05 Gaza City business district bombed, casualties reported

10:00 50 armored Merkava vehicles just outside Gaza City Città di Gaza

09:58 Olmert: "Israel does not wish to open front in Lebanon"

09:54 Palestinian sources: "12 dead in northern Gaza strip"

09:41 Israeli denies some of its soldiers were kidnapped

09:26 Shimon Peres: "Just and necessary war"

09:25 Barak: "Offensive will last as long as it takes"

09:22 Israel: Dozens of Hamas militants killed or wounded

09:13 Hamas radio: "Two Israeli soldiers taken prisoner"

09:03 Clashes on the outskirts of Gaza City

09:01 Iran: Parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani says Gaza will the be cemetery of the Zionists

08:08 A handful of Qassam rockets hit Sderot, Eshkol and Netivot

08:07 Hamas: "UN Security Council is a farce"

07:59 Israeli troops approach Gaza City

05:10 Israel: 30 Israeli soldiers wounded

04:38 UN: US vetoes attempt by Libya urging Security Council to condemn Israeli actions against Gaza

03:06 Mexico, permanent member of the UN Security Council, calls for immediate ceasefire

03:00 New York: Mayor Blomberg flies to Israel to express support for Gaza operations


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