Israel Moves Further into Gaza City as UN Warns of Crisis
Israeli troops moved further into the suburbs of Gaza City and are engaged in street fighting with Palestinian militants.
The United Nations is warning of serious humanitarian problems as more than 90,000 people fled their homes, hiding out in schools and parks.
With the death toll from the 17-day Israeli assault on Gaza climbing above 900, pressure is increasing for an independent inquiry into specific incidents, such as the shelling of a UN school turned refugee centre where about 40 people died, as well as the question of whether the military tactics used by Israel systematically breached humanitarian law.
An aid boat that was prevented from going into Gaza on Monday after suffering mechanical problems will be making the attempt again on Wednesday:
Last year a bid by the Free Gaza Movement seeking to break Israel's blockade on Gaza ended on December 30 when an Israeli navy vessel was in collision with the vessel, in what passengers said was a deliberate ramming.
The war has been discussed online by both sides and from people watching all over the world, with the IDF even having a website dedicated to the offensive, called 'Operation Cast Lead'.
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NowPublic founder Mtippett posted a story on how party affiliation affected US citizen's attitudes on the Gaza Crisis:
Pew has released a study about American attitudes to the crisis in Gaza. Among the findings Pew found that party affiliation was a key factor.
Continuing to write from inside Gaza city, NowPublic member Sameh Habeeb wrote about the increase in deaths of Palestinians in Gaza.
Daily Feed About Gaza War:
1. Israeli war ships bombard two weeding halls, Al Jazeera and Shab palace on Gaza beach.
2. Heavy shelling in East of Gaza City resulted in the killing of many people and injuring several others.
3. Continued artillery attacks on Bait Lahi town.
4. The Israelis destroyed many houses in Khoza'a south north of Kanyounis where 24 citizens were injured by the white phosphorous bombs, most of them are suffering from third degree burns.