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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (3/3/2008) – Most Israeli troops have pulled out of northern Gaza after days of fighting that has left more than 100 people dead and drawn protest worldwide. 

There has been widespread international alarm at the scale of the Israeli action and West Bank-based Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has formally suspended contacts with Israel in protest.

However, Israel brushed off international criticism and vowed to press ahead with its Gaza offensive until militants halt rocket attacks. 

 
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said an even broader Gaza operation was possible, aimed at crushing militant rocket squads but also to "weaken the Hamas rule, in the right circumstances, even to bring it down."

The Palestinian death toll rose by 26, bringing the number killed to 114 since the latest bout of fighting erupted on Wednesday, according to Palestinian medical officials and militant groups. At least 54 Palestinians and two Israelis were killed on Saturday, the single deadliest day in more than seven years of fighting. 

The Gaza onslaught has failed to protect southern Israel, where Hamas claims victoryresidents have faced repeated rocket attacks since 2001. Gaza militants fired more than 25 rockets at southern Israel Sunday, the military said, scoring direct hits on houses in the city of Ashkelon and the town of Sderot. Nine Israelis were injured, rescue services said.
 

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said peace talks with Israel had been halted.
 

"For the time being, the negotiations are suspended because we have so many funerals," he said. It was unclear when the talks, relaunched last November at a U.S.-hosted summit, would resume.
 

The violence clouded an upcoming visit by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
 

The Israeli and Palestinian leaders have set a December target for concluding a final peace deal. But instead of promoting peace, Rice will likely spend her visit this week trying to put out the latest fire.
 UN Secretary general accused Israel of excessive use of force

The Bush administration demanded a halt to the fighting. 

"The violence needs to stop and the talks need to resume," Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the National Security Council, said in Texas.
 

In the early hours of Monday, Palestinians counted nine separate Israeli airstrikes all over Gaza, and five Hamas militants were killed. One attack was near the office of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, who was not in the area at the time. The Israeli military said aircraft targeted weapons storage and manufacturing facilities.
 

Before midnight, Israel had moved additional ground forces and armored vehicles into northern Gaza, widening its area of operation to about a mile, witnesses and Palestinian security officials said. Also, aircraft attacked two metal workshops in northern Gaza, wounding 10, they said. 

The military said two weapons caches were hit and that the troop rotations were routine. The Israeli ground troops pulled out of northern Gaza before daybreak Monday, the military said.
 

On Sunday, 11 Palestinians, including a 21-month-old girl, were killed, A six-month old infant amongst more than nine childred killed by Israeli occupation troopsand 10 others died of earlier wounds or were found dead, Palestinian medical officials said.
 

Roughly half of those killed since Wednesday were civilians, medical officials said. On Saturday, Palestinian leaders called the killings "genocide" and a "holocaust."

 
"We are following the aggression against our people in Gaza," Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told reporters. He said he had contacted the U.N. Security Council, the EU and Arab leaders "to work to stop this aggression." 

Abbas has wielded little influence in Gaza since Hamas vanquished his forces and took over last June. In a symbolic move, he donated blood for Gaza residents at his West Bank office.

 
The normally bustling streets of Gaza City were eerily empty. The sound of verses from the Muslim holy book, the Quran, sounding from mosque loudspeakers mingled with the roar of Israeli warplanes and unmanned drones in the sky.  

Hundreds gathered outside Gaza hospitals waiting for bodies to be brought out of morgues for burial. Many, like schoolteacher Tawfek Shaban, a 44-year-old father of five, were holding small radios, listening to the news. 
 

"Shame on the Arabs, shame on the Muslims, shame on humanity … When will they act to stop Israel?" Shaban asked. 
 

The reduced casualty count may have been the result of new measures imposed by Hamas. It told its fighters to use alleys for cover and avoid moving in large groups, ordered schools closed and set up roadblocks to keep civilians out of battle zones. In recent days, schoolchildren had left their studies to watch the fighting. The order forced children to stay at home. 
 

The unrest spilled over to the West Bank, where Abbas and his Fatah faction run a rival government. 
 

In the West Bank town of Hebron, a 14-year-old Palestinian boy was fatally shot in the chest during a protest against Israel, Palestinian medical officials said. It was the first death in the West Bank connected to the Gaza offensive.  

An Israeli military spokesman said youths staged a "violent demonstration," throwing firebombs and putting soldiers at risk. Later about 2,000 angry Hamas supporters marched through the city streets, waving copies of the Quran and green Hamas flags. "Revenge. Revenge. Retaliate in Tel Aviv," the crowd chanted. 

 
Schools and shops across the West Bank shut down to protest the operation in Gaza and there were demonstrations at traditional flashpoints like checkpoints, watchtowers and patrol routes.  

In Ramallah, home to Abbas’ government, club-wielding Palestinian security forces used tear gas and pushed back dozens of women demonstrating in support of Hamas. Security forces tried to stop TV crews filming and clubbed protesters, said Muhib Barghouthi, a photographer who was on scene.
 
 The Gaza offensive also drew a chorus of international condemnation. The EU and U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon accused Israel of using excessive force. The U.N. Security Council urged Israelis and Palestinians "to immediately cease all acts of violence."  

At the weekly meeting of his Cabinet, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert rejected the criticism. 

 
"Nothing will prevent us from continuing operations to protect our citizens," he said. "No one has the moral right to preach to Israel for taking the elementary step of self-defense."  

Olmert, commenting on the suspension of talks, said "attacking Hamas strengthens the chance for peace." 
 

"I’m sure that beyond certain statements, the Palestinian leadership, the one with whom we want to achieve peace, also understands that," he said. 

 
Israel regularly clashes with Gaza rocket squads, but it intensified its operations last week after militants fired salvos into Ashkelon, a city of 120,000 11 miles north of Gaza. By targeting a center like Ashkelon, only 25 miles from the metropolis of Tel Aviv, Hamas raised the stakes and added pressure on Israeli leaders to respond.  

In Sderot, the town nearest Gaza which has suffered most of the rocket attacks over the past seven years, daily life has become almost unbearable. The rockets have killed 13, wounded dozens and caused millions of dollars in damage. 
 

Egypt
has cooperated with an Israeli blockade of Hamas in Gaza, but opened its sealed border crossing with the territory Sunday to allow some of the Palestinian wounded access to medical care. 

 
Egypt sent 27 ambulances to the Rafah crossing to transfer between 150 to 200 wounded, said Imad Kharboush, a medical official at a hospital in el-Arish, near the Israeli border.

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MORE EFFECTIVE RESPONSE TO STEM (AIDS) IN ASIA » UN REMEMBERS VICTIMS OF SLAVERY, TRANSATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE » TO FIGHT TUBERCULOSIS, ROOT CAUSES MUST BE ADDRESSED, UN » ISRAELI WARNING TO ABBAS OVER DEAL WITH HAMAS » BAN KI-MOON RECOMMENDS UN TRANSFER $100 TO IRAQ DEVELOPMENT FUND » SECURITY COUNCIL EXTENDS MANDATE OF UN MISSION IN AFGHANISTAN » UNCLEAN WATER THREATENS HEALTH OF ONE MILLION CENTRAL AFRICANS, UN WARNS » SECURITY COUNCIL EXTENDS COUNTER-TERRORISM OFFICES MANDATE UNTIL END OF 2010 » AFGHANISTAN MUST DO MORE TO ADDRESS IMPUNITY, ADVANCE HUMAN RIGHTS-UN » HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH SAYS ISRAEL USE OF CLUSTER BOMBS ILLEGAL » 72 COUNTRIES IMPLEMENT UN IRAN SANCTIONS » CHINA: UN RIGHTS CHIEF VOICES CONCERN OVER TENSIONS IN TIBET AUTONOMOUS REGION » OVER 100 MILLION EUROPEANS LACK ACCESS TO SAFE DRINKING WATER, UN SAYS » THREE SENIOR UN APPOINTMENTS UNVEILED BY BAN KI-MOON » CYPRIOT LEADERS AGREE DIRECT TALKS UNDER UN AUSPICES LATER THIS MONTH » URGENT ACTION CRUCIAL FOR AFTRICA TO MEET ITS DEVELOPMENT TARGETS-UN » UN NAMES TOP OFFICIAL FOR LEBANON TRIBUNAL » ISRAEL APPROVES WEST BANK CONSTRUCTION » INTERNATIONAL WOMEN DAY PROTESTS HIGLIGHT, VIOLENCE, INEQUALITY » Ban KI-MOON PAYS TRIBUTE TO HUMAN RIGHTS CHIEF, FOLLOWING EXIT ANNOUNCEMENT » UN OFFICIALS EXPRESS GRAVE CONCERN FOR SCHOOLCHILDREN AMID MIDDLE EAST VIOLENCE » UN RIGHTS COUNCIL TO HOLD SPECIAL DEBATE ON GAZA » BAN KI-M00N: HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL MUST CONTINUE TO BUILD TRUST » FUTURE BLEAK FOR MIDEAST PEACE ? Israel vows more Gaza strikes; ? Rice urges Mid-East talks renewal; ?Arab League accuses UN Security Council of double standards; ? 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OF ITS OBLIGATION TOWARDS PALESTINIANS IN GAZA » UNICEF SEEKS $856 MILLION TO AID CHILDREN AND WOMEN IN CRISIS » WESTERN SAHARA: UN ENVOY CONTINUES CONSULTATIONS IN THE REGION » UN URGES US BUSINESS LEADERS TO SUPPORT \”GREEN” ECONOMICS » POLIO ERADICATION WITHIBN REACH-BAN KI-MOON » “ISLAM VS WEST” A FALSE DIVIDE, SAYS BAN KI-MOON » WITNESSES SAY GAZA-EGYPT BORDER CLOSED » EARTHQUAKE CASUED NO SIGNIFICAN DAMAGE TO JAPANESE NUCLEAR PLANT-IAEA » CUBA SIGNS HUMAN RIGHTS TREATIES AT UN » ARAB RIGHTS CHARTER DEVIATES FROM INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS, SAYS UN OFFICIAL » UN OFFICIALS WARN OF MALNUTRITION THREAT AS CLOSURE OF GAZA BORDER CROSSINGS CONTINUE » RAWANDA: BAN KI MOON SAYS WORLD MUST PROTECT CIVIALIANS FROM GENOCIDE » EGYPT TO LAUNCH TENDER FOR NUCLEAR REACTOR IN FEBRUARY » FOOD RATIONS REDUCED AS A RESULT OF CLOSUE OT GAZA CROSSINGS-UN AGENCY » UN SECURITY COUNCIL POSTPONES PRESIDENTIAL STATEMENT TO THURSDAY » GAZA SITUATION “EXTREMELY FRAGILE”, WARNS UN POLITICAL CHIE » PROGRESS BEING MADE ON MANY FRONTS, SAYS UN HEALTH CHIEF » MAJOR CORPORATIONS INVEST IN UN-BACKED FIGHT AGAINST AIDS, TB, MALARIA » Gaza: UN SECRETARY GENERAL VOICES CONCERN OVER CLOSURE OF GAZA CROSSING POINTS » COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT FOR GAZA IS WRONG: UN » ATTACKS IN IRAQ DECREASE BUT INSUFFICIENT PROGRESS ON POLITICAL FRONT, UN REPORTS » PNA ENRAGED AT ISRAEL MASSACRE IN GAZA STRIP * Hamas Pledges Retaliation “in Language Israelis Understand” » YEMEN: GOVERNMENT DISTRIBUTES FREE MOSQUITO NETS IN BIT TO BEAT MALARIA » UN POPULATION AGENCY RECEIVES RECORD DONATIONS FOR 2007 » UN FORCE IN LEBANON HONES ITS LIVE FIRING SKILLS » ARAB LEAGUE TO LAUNCH MASSIVE CAMPAIGN FOR IRAQI REFUGEES WITH UN HELP » WESTERN SAHARA TALKS BEGING, EXPECTATIONS LOW » WFP WARNS OF SHORTAGES IN FUNDING ITS ACTIVITIES IN GAZA » NEW STUDY SAYS 151,000 IRAQI DEAD – UN STUDY » WESTERN SAHARA TALKS BEGING, EXPECTATIONS LOW » 2008 SHOULD BE THE YEAR OF THE \”BOTTOM MILLION\”-BAN KI-MOON » DEPLORING TERROR ATTACKS ON STAFF, BAN TELLS AL JAZEERA UN STANDS FOR WHOLE WORLD » RIGHTS EXPERTS DEEPLY CONCERNED AT KENYAN VIOLENCE » HOME & HOSPITAL TREATMENT FOR CHILDREN WITH PNEUMONIA EQUALLY EFFECTIVE » LIBYA TAKES OVER UN SECURITY COUNCIL LEADERSHIP » NEW ROUND OF UN-LED TALKS ON WESTERN SAHARA TO START NEXT WEEK » AFGHANISTAN: MULTIPLE HUMANITARIAN CHALLENGES IN 2008- OUTGOING UN ENVOY » 2008, INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF LANGUAGES » SOMALIA: TOP UN ENVOY CALLS FOR RELEASE OF KIDNAPPED AID WORKERS » GENERAL ASSEMBLY APPROVES NEARLY $4.2 BILLION UN BUDGET DESPIT US OPPOSITION » SOMALIA SECURITY COUNCIL APPEALS FOR DIALOGUE TOWARDS NATIONAL RECONCILIATION » WORLD POWERS GATHER IN PARIS TO BANKROLL PALESTINIAN STATE » BALI TALKS AGREE TO LAUNCH CLIMATE TREATY TALKS » UN AGENCY ISSUES ATM CARDS TO ASSIST CASH-STRAPPED IRAQ REFUGEES » RED CROSS ISSUES CALL FOR RELIEF IN GAZA » GLOBAL EXPECTATION HIGH FOR CLIMATE CHANGE BREAKTHOUGH-BAN KI-MOON » CREATING A WORLD FIT FOR CHILDREN FOCUS OF GENERAL ASSEMBLY HIGH-LEVEL EVENT » UN MARKS HUMAN RIGHTS DAY » NEW UN REPORT POINTS TO POWER OF RENEWABLE ENERGY TO MITIGATE CARBON EMISSIONS » UN HEALTH AGENCY LAUNCHES NEW DRIVE TO DEVELOP CHILD-SIZE DRUGS » IRAQ, UN LAUNCH PLAN TO AID RETURNING REFUGEES » UNESCO MARKS ANNIVERSARY OF TRANSLATION INDEX » HEAD OF UN PROBE INTO HARIRI ASSASSINATION “MORE CONFIDENT THAN EVER” OF SUCCESS » UN LABOUR AGENCY SPOTLIGHTS NEED FOR DECENT WORK FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES » UN FOOD AGENCY TO DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF IRAQI REFUGEES IN SYRIA IT HELPS » UN CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE OPENS IN BALI WITH CALL FOR BREAKTHROUGH » WORLD AIDS DAY MARKED WITH CALLS FOR RENEWED LEADERSHIP TO FIGHT EPIDEMIC » UN SUPPORTS CREATION OF FIRST “CLOSED” JUVENILE REHABILITATION CENTRE IN AFGHANISTAN » UN-BACKED TREE-PLANTING DRIVE HITS 1 BILLION GOAL AHEAD OF CLIMATE CHANGE TALKS » NEW UN MANUAL LAUNCHED TO HELP VULNERABLE RURAL YOUTH IN AFRICA » PIECEMEAL APPROACHES WILL NOT RESOLVE MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT-BAN KI-MOON » NEW UN INTERNET CAMPAIGN TO ERADICATE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN LAUNCHED » ELIMINATE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN » UN INCREASES ASSISTANCE FOR CYCLONE VICTIMS IN BANGLADESH » PREPAREDNESS KEY TO TACKLING GLOBAL FLU PANDEMIC, SAYS UN TOP OFFICIAL » PROMOTING TOURISM FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES FOCUS 0F UN FORUM IN BANGKOK » UN CALLS FOR BOOSTING TIES BETWEEN UN AND RED CROSS, RED CRESCENT SOCIETIES » UN AGENCY AIRDROPS FOOD TO STRANDED BANGALDESH CYCLONE VICTIMS » BANGLADESH CYCLONE DEATH TOLL AT 2.400, UN, ISLAMIC COUNTRIES PLEDGE FULL SUPPORT » TOLERANCE POWERFUL TOOL IN FIGHTING TODAY GLOBAL THREATS » UN ENVIROMENT AGENCY CHIEF URGES GLOBAL ACTION TO CURB MERCURY » GLOBAL EFFORTS TO CLEAR LANDMINES BY 2010 FALTERING, SAYS UN-BACKED REPORT » GLOBAL LANDMARKS LIGHT UP IN BLUE TO MARK UN 1ST DIABETES DAY » UN-BACKED FUND TO FIGHT MAJOR DISEASES APPROVES $1.1 BILLION OF NEW GRANTS » STEPS TO FOSTER HUMAN RIGHTS CULTURE URGED » QATAR MARKS THE NATIONAL DAY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS » UN ENVIROMENT AGENCY SETS UP THINK TANK ON RESOURCE MANAGEMENT » GLOBAL CEREAL PRICES WILL REMAIN HIGH, UN AGRICULTURAL AGENCY FORECASTS » CHAD: UN EXPERT URGES FAIR TRIAL OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR ATTEMP TO ABDUCT CHILDREN » UN URGES STATES TO ELIMINATE CHEMICAL AND UNEXPLODED WEAPONARY » GREATER GLOBAL PROTECTION NEEDED AGINST “PREDOCTABLE” NATURAL HAZARDS » UN-BACKED MEETING IN ASIA FORGES COMMITMENT TO REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH » FAMILIES RETURNING TO REFUGEE CAMP IN NORTHERN LEBANON, SAYS UN AGENCY » UN, GOOGLE AND CISCO UNVEIL ONLINE TOOL IN BATTLE AGAINST GLOBAL POVERTY » FILM FESTIVAL FOCUSES ON HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES » UN-BACKED DRIVE AIMS TO BOOST BIRTH AND DEATH REGISTRATIONS WORLWIDE » UN SAYS ISRAEL COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT AGAINST PALESTINIANS IN GAZA: UN-ACCEPTABLE » UN AGENCIES TEAM UP TO HELP SOMALI RAPE VICTIMS » UNDP, JAPAN BANK FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION TO SUPPORT IRAQ RECONSTRUCTION » UN INDEPENDENT RIGHTS EXPERT CALLS FOR 5-YEAR FREEZE ON BIOFUEL PRODUCTION » UN RELIEF CHIEF WARNS ON DETERIORATING CONDITIONS FACING PALESTINIANS » NEW UN GUIDELINES TO HELP ASSESS HEALTHE OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH » UN AND SUDANESE OFFICIALS TO LAUNCH NATIONWIDE POLIO IMMUNIZATION DRIVE » UN REPORTS SHORTAGE OF ANAETHETICS IN OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY » UNIVERSITY TO OFFER DEGREE IN HUMAN RIGHTS » UN RIGHTS ENVOY SLAMS MIDEAST QUARTET » UN CALLS FOR GREATER INVESTMENT TO PREVENT MATERNAL DEATHS » UN MARKS POVERTY ERADICATION DAY » UN: LIBYA WINS SEAT ON SECURITY COUNCIL » PROGRESS IN SLOWING MATERNAL DEATH TOO SLOW, UN WARNS » WORLD FOOD DAY ON 16TH OCTOBER 2007 » GLOBAL EDUCATION SPENDING CONCENTRATED IN FEW COUNTRIES-UNESCO REPORT » IRAQ UN REPORTS WIDESPREAD RIGHTS ABUSES, URGES RESPONSE MEASURES » UN MARKS THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR NATURAL DISASTER REDUCTION » NEW GUIDE PUBLISHED BY UN AGENCY AIMS TO TEACH CHILDREN GOOD EATING HABITS » UN ASSEMBLY MEETING SHOWED IMPORTANCE OF INTER-RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE –PRESIDENT » STUDENTS IN GAZA UN SCHOOLS STRUGGLE » SHORTAGE OF QUALIFIED TEACHERS MAIN OBSTACLE TO ACHIEVING EDUCATION FOR ALL-UN » PLANNING GUIDE FOR PALLIATIVE CARE FOR CANCER PATIENTS RELEASED BY UN AGENCY » UN REFUGEES CHIEF CALLS FOR NEW STRATEGIES TO TACKLE GLOBAL DISPLACEMENT » UNICEF, SPECIAL OLYMPICS LAUNCH PROJECT TO AID CHILDREN WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES » UN MARKS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF NON-VIOLENCE » UN ISSUES AGE FRIENDLY CITIES GUIDE TO BOTH HELP AND TAP VALUE OF OLDER PEOPLE » UN RIGHTS COUNCIL “FAILED” ON ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT » MORE PALESTINIANS DIE AFTER BEING DENIED ACCESS THROUGH ISRAELI CHECKPOINTS, UN REPORTS » DEADLY SEA EXODUS FROM SOMALIA TO YEMEN GAINS MOMENTUM, UN REPORTS » UN LAUNCHES $ 220 MILLION CAMPAIGN TO EDUCATE 9 MILLION VULNERABLE CHILDREN » UN MARKS PEACE DAY » BAN KI-MOON DISPATCHES MYANMAR ENVOY TO REGION AS SITUATION WORSENS » ISRAEL CONDEMNED BY HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL MEMBERS » UN MERCENARY EXPERTS VOICE CONCERN OVER IRAQ » GLOBAL LEADERS SHOW WILL FOR CLIMATE CHANGE » MIDDLE EAST QUARTET BACKS \”SUBSTANTIVE AND SERIOUS\” MEETING SET FOR LATER 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