JERUSALEM—A relative calm dawn broke in Gaza on Sunday morning during a pause in aggressions from both sides. A Reuters live stream video showed various views of the Gaza Strip, where after about 7:00 a.m., no bombing had occurred.
During Saturday night, Israel continued to strike Gaza from the air and sea, targeting smuggling tunnels used to transport weapons, training bases, a command center, and a communications antenna. Israel said that the communications antenna was used by Hamas.
In a similar report of a communications-related target, a building housing some Arab-language media and foreign media was targeted overnight. The building was home to office of Al-Quds television network, which is widely considered a “mouthpiece of Hamas.” Several people working for Al-Quds were injured, according to a report by Al Jazeera.
Overnight there were attacks on two houses in the north of Gaza, which caused the death of two residents of Jabalia Refugee Camp, just on the other side of the Gaza-Israel border. Since fighting began, approximately 45 people have been killed in Gaza and three in Israel, according to numerous sources.
Witnesses said one targeted a building in Gaza City housing the offices of local Arab media, wounding three journalists from al-Quds television, a Lebanon-based station that Israel sees as pro-Hamas. The building is also used by foreign news outlets including Germany’s ARD, Kuwait TV, the Italian RAI and others.
Since fighting began on November 14, the Israeli army says almost 500 rockets fired from Gaza have landed in Israel and 267 others have been intercepted by its Iron Dome defense system. More than 1,000 locations inside Gaza have been targeted since fighting began.
Media reports that no bombing had occurred since midnight on Saturday were not accurate.
Israel on Sunday acknowledged advance preparation for the operation, stating on the Israel Defense Force (IDF) website that:
The sites that were targeted were positively identified by precise intelligence over the course of months.
On Saturday, there was a flurry of diplomacy with phone calls, statements, and visits between world leaders, including a visit by Tunisia’s prime minister to the Gaza Strip.
Egypt has been working to broker some kind of a ceasefire between the two sides, and has been praised by U.S. President Obama for their efforts.
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