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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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

Thursday, January 08, 2009

January 8, 2009 in Gaza

22:54 British FM David Milliband: "UN Security Council resolution on Gaza to be voted by show of hands

22:02 New York: Agreement reached in UN Security Council on Gaza resolution

21:00 Guardian reports that incoming Obama Administration may hold indirect talks with Hamas

20:00 Ehud Olmert: No orders have been issued to widen offensive

19:39 Red Cross: Israeli troops prevent aid from reaching Zeitoun quarter in Gaza City
19:00 US Congress prepares resolution on Israel's undeniable right to defend itself

18:50 Algerian superstar Cheb Khaled ready to take up arms to fight in Gaza

18:48 Mega telethon benefitting Gazans in Saudi Arabia. King Abdallah and son Ben Abdel Aziz donated $8 and $2.8 million, respectively.

18:35 Ban ki-moon: Israel violated humanitarian truce by killing two UNRWA employees
18:24 USA: "Increase the humanitarian corridor"

18:30 Amman: Sarkozy meets with Abdallah II

18:05 Amnesty International: Both sides using civilians as human shields

18:04 Olmert: "Israel's objectives have not yet been reached [nor will they ever be--Nur]

18:00 Washington: US Dept. of State asks Israel to extend daily 3-hour truce [A 3-hour truce is a lunch break --Nur]

17:59 Arab countries shown draft UN resolution on Gaza drafted by Britain

17:47 Hamas has no problem with Mahmoud Abbas as Palestinian Authority leader

17:33 Joe the Plumber becomes Middle East war correspondent for Pajamas Media (founded by Charles Johnson of "Little Green Footballs")

16:58 Usa, France and Britain work on UN resolution.

16:55 Mubarak calls on Israel to refrain from further attacks on Gaza

16:54 Javier Solana: EU to resume Rafah crossing mission

16:49 UNRWA: "The crisis is worsening by the hour"

16:45 Israeli ambassdor to the Vatican says relations are excellent between the two states

16:39 Italian Defense Minister La Russa: "Italian troops ready to serve as peacekeepers.

16:21 Madrid: Mahmoud Abbas hopes that rockets fired at Israel from Lebanon constitute an isolated event

16:18 US and EU bishops support Vatican call for truce

16:14 Mahmoud Abbas has no comment on Hamas rejection of Egyptian plan.

16:09 Red Cross: Israel has made several human rights violations

16:03 Dozens of bodies found under rubble during yesterday's 3-hour truce, including small children next to their mothers’ corpses

16:02 Two teenagers killed by Israeli troops in Khan Yunis

16:01 Gaza death toll is 763

15:45 Mubarak invites Olmert to Cairo

15:41 Olmert: "No order given to intensify offensive against Gaza"

15:36 Mahmoud Abbas supports Franco-Egyptian peace plan

15:32 UNRWS suspends operations in Gaza

15:25 Salam Fayad: "Mahmud Abbas to remain Palestinian Authority President"

15:07 Israel claims Palestinian militants fired rockets at Ashkelon and Sderot during truce.

15:05 Doctors without Borders: "Truce was a farce, physicians prevented from entering Gaza"

15:01 International Association of Mustlim scholars announces Muslim "Day of Rage" on on Friday

14:56 Palestinian FM Salam Fayyad: "Gaza offensive by Israel a new Nakba"

14:42 Human Rights Watch: "Israel and Egypt must open frontiers"

14:27 Auckland, Israeli tennis star Shahar Peer jeered

14:20 Israel bombs UN truck carrying supplies, driver is killed. The truck was clearly identified as a UN vehicle

13:53 Sarkozy: "Paris and Berlin prepared to joint initiative on Gaza"

13:49 Hamas: "Egyptian plan does not resolve the crisis"

13:47 Palestinians with dual passports allowed to leave the Gaza Strip

13:45 Palestinian rocket fired at Kibbutz Ein Ha Shlosha

13:44 Iran, Khamenei forbids Iranians to volunteer in Gaza

13:36 Mons. Paul Dahdah, the Latin Rite apostolic vicar of Beirut, says conflict likely to spread

13:27 Javier Solana in Turkey for talks with Gul and Erdogan

13:21 Siniora condemns firing of rockets at Israel from Lebanon

13:15 Amnesty International: "EU must do more to avert humanitarian catastrophe"

13:04 Times of London repeats its allegation that Israel is using white phosphorus type M825A1, made in USA

12:55 Italian FM Fassino: "Italian Government supports Mubarak's ceasefire plan"

12:48 Palestinian killed by Israeli troops on West Bank as he tried to set fire to a service station adjacent to the Israeli settlement of Mishor Adumim

12:45 Israel: "Rockets fired from Lebanon were launched by Palestinians

12:41 Obama phones EU President Topolanek

12:26 Red Cross: "Corpses strewn throughout Beit Lahiya"

12:17 Carter: "The Gaza offensive was unnecessary"

12:09 Salam Fayyad wants Egyptian initiative to be accepted immediately

12:02 3-hour truce starts

11:58 Israeli envoys Shalom Turgeman and Amos Gilad in Cairo

11:48 Israeli Army officer killed when anti-tank rocket explodes

11:43 Pope calls for return to negotiations

11:24 Tony Blair: "The Usa supports Egyptian plan"

11:14 UNIFIL commander General Claudio Graziano calls for restraint by Israel and Lebanon

11:04 Algerian TV cameraman for ENTV Bacel Feradj dies after being wounded in Israeli offensive Gaza

11:02 Lebanese Information Minister Tareq Mitr says Hezbollah had nothing to do with rockets fired at Israel

10:49 Mubarak presents plan for 72-hour truce

10:45 Upper Galilee: Israeli warplanes break sound barrier causing panic among populace

10:10 UNIFIL increases patrols

10:07 Israeli Army returns rocket fire

10:02 Israel intensifies operations in Gaza

09:59 More rockets fired at Israel from South Lebanon

09:48 Three Islamic Jihad militants killed in airstrike

08:50 Five 120-mm rockets fired at Israel su Israele, ne sono stati sparati cinque

08:00 Pubic water systems fails in Gaza City

07:55 Rockets fired at Ashod and Ashkelon

07:35 Israel claims rockets fired from Lebanon were launch with the consent of Hezbollah

07:33 Katyusha rockets fired from Lebanon strike northern Israel.

07:32 Larijani meets Khaled Meshaal in Damascus

07:31 Israeli airstrikes on Rafah

07:30 Israeli tanks advance in southern Gaza Strip

07:00 Israelis set up lawn chairs on heights to watch Gaza incursion


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