Gaza: Obama, Israel can make its own security decisions

US: no call for stop to ground operation.Clinton heads to Israel

20 November, 10:07

(ANSAmed) - Rome, 20 November - US President Barack Obama has not asked Israel to curtail plans for a ground operation in Gaza, according to the White House. A statement from the Whitehouse said that the President believes Israel has the right to make its own decisions about security. UN chief Ban Ki Moon, who will travel to Israel this evening, has urged all parties to put an immediate end to the violence. "An escalation to the violence would put the entire region at risk", he said following talks with Arab League secretary, Arab Nabil el Araby.

According to military radio sources, US secretary of State Hilary Clinton will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel tomorrow to try and broker a peaceful solution to the conflict. Both Clinton and Ban Ki Moon are scheduled to arrive in Israel Tuesday evening.

Israel continued attacks in Gaza last night. A Palestinian bank and 'terrorist tunnels' were targeted. 33 people including the parents and two children from one family were killed bringing the Palestinian death toll to 115.

Meanwhile in Negev Tuesday morning a Palestinian rocket fired from Gaza hit a bus, causing no fatalities. In the same region Hamas fired 16 rockets, three of which hit populated areas.

The city of Ashkelon was targeted. (ANSAMed)
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