Mahambulizi ya kijeshi ya Israel katika ukanda wa Gaza inayotawaliwa na Hamas yameendelea kwa siku ya tano, huku wanaharakati wa Palestina hawajasita kufyetua roket kusini mwa Israel.
Katika mashambulizi hayo takriban Wapalestina 53 wameuwawa, miongoni mwao raia 24 na Waisrael 3 wameuliwa pia.
Israel imefanya mashambulio kadhaa ya ndege Jumapili huko Gaza, kwa kushambulia vituo vya kundi linalotawaka Hamas. Jeshi linasema ndege za kijeshi zimeshambulia vituo vya kufyetua roketi, kambi moja ya mafunzo na makao ya kijeshi. Vituo viwili vya habari vya wapalestina na waandishi wa kigeni vilishambuliwa pia katika mji wa Gaza.
An Israeli police officer gestures in front of a burning car after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza landed in the southern city of Ashkelon, November 18, 2012. (Reuters)
An Israeli rescue worker looks at the roof of a building damaged by a rocket in the coastal city of Ashkelon, November 18, 2012. (Reuters)
An Iron Dome launcher fires an interceptor rocket in the southern city of Ashdod, Israel, November 16, 2012.
Palestinians inspect a destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in Rafah in southern Gaza Strip November 18, 2012. (Reuters)
Members of the Palestinian Civil Defense help a survivor after he was pulled out from under the rubble of his destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, November 18, 2012.(Reuters)
A Palestinian man kisses the body of one of his children during their funeral in the northern Gaza Strip, November 18, 2012. (Reuters)
An Israeli soldier runs with his weapon during a drill simulating a possible ground invasion into the Gaza Strip, at a base south of the West Bank city of Hebron, November 17, 2012. (Reuters)
Israeli soldiers prepare tanks near the border with the central Gaza Strip, November 18, 2012. (Reuters)
Israelis come to support and give presents to soldiers in the city of Ashdod, November 18, 2012, on the fifth day of Israel's bombardment of the Palestinian Gaza Strip. (AFP)
Protesters carry a Palestinian flag during a demonstration against Israel's recent bombing of the Gaza Strip, Hong Kong, November 18, 2012. (Reuters)
Palestinian Christians take part in a prayer to show solidarity with Gaza, at a Catholic church in the West Bank town of Beit Jala near Bethlehem, November 18, 2012. (Reuters)
Mashambulio yakiendelea juhudi za kidiplomasia zimekuwa zikifanyika kujaribu kusitisha mashambulizi kutoka pande zote mbili. Misri imeimarisha juhudi zake za upatanishi ikiwaalika wajumbe kutoka Hamas na Israel mijini Cairo.
Mwakilishi wa cheo cha juu wa Hamas Mousa Abu Marzook alikutana na maafisa wa Misri Jumapili na amesema Hamas inaunga mkono kurudi hali ya kawaida na kufikiwa makubaliano ya kusitisha vita. Misri inasema afisa muandamizi wa Israel amefika Cairo kwa mazungumzo ya kusitisha mapigano.