Death Toll Rises as Attacks Continue…
Scheduled talks to dispel the violent conflict between Israel and Gaza have still not produced results as the chaos continues. In the most recent developments, a Hamas government compound in Gaza has been destroyed by Israeli missiles, a bus explosion has occurred in Tel Aviv and 29 rockets were fired into Israel overnight.
Hilary Clinton, the US Secretary of State and Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, have both travelled to the region to join peace talks in Egypt. The Egyptian President, Mohammed Mursi, is set to meet with them and other important government figureheads in attempt to reach a ceasefire.
Currently the death toll stands at 139 Palestinians and five Israelis since the current offensive began. Israel have justified their use of violence against Gaza by stating that of the 100 sites which were attacked in Gaza overnight, more than 50 of them were underground rocket launcher sites.
At the destroyed Hamas compound in Gaza men can be seen salvaging ruined copies of the Koran from the remnants of the building; little more than rubble is left. The compound was previously used to organise Hajj visits, issue passports & licences and was also where the interior ministry office was situated. The loss of the compound will inevitably mean a great deal of chaos for the government in Gaza. Other affected areas of Gaza included tunnels, a media office and bank property.
As has become the norm this week, the streets of Gaza were again empty this morning as people stay at home, anxiously awaiting news. With the talks set to take place in Cairo between all involved nations, translation into various languages is essential in keeping the public, and the world, informed. Up to date information is being spread via the web as well as through other media outlets in all local dialects as well as the Arabic and Turkish language. Translation services are also keeping the rest of the globe up to date with many TV channels maintaining almost constant updates.
Source: The Guardian