Israeli Attacks on Gaza Continue, Thousands Protest
Thousands of protesters in the Middle East took to the streets as bombing attacks continued in Gaza.
Israel is alleged to have killed a Hamas leader, along with 20 other people in a one-tonne bomb strike at his home. At least 30 air strikes took place in the last 24 hours.
Israel bombed a mosque it said was used to store weapons, along with the homes of more than a dozen Hamas operatives and leaders. Military buildup around the border continued in preparation for a ground assault.
Israel bombed a mosque it said was used to store weapons and destroyed the homes of more than a dozen Hamas operatives Friday, but under international pressure, the government allowed hundreds of Palestinians with foreign passports to leave besieged Gaza.
Israel has been building up artillery, armor and infantry on Gaza's border in an indication the week-old air assault on Gaza's Hamas rulers could soon expand with a ground incursion.
Thousands of Afghans protested against Israel's week-long military offensive in the Gaza Strip, outside two of Afghanistan's biggest mosques after Friday prayers.
More than 400 Gazans have been killed since Israeli air forces began bombing the Hamas-controlled territory as part of a planned military operation to weaken the Islamist faction.
The United Nations is warning that Palestinians in Gaza are facing a mounting crisis, as a week of Israeli air strikes have put a serious strain on health care and even food and utilities.
The "critical emergency" comes despite an increase in humanitarian shipments, said Maxwell Gaylard, the UN's chief aid co-ordinator for the territory.
Thousands of protesters marched in Lebanon and Afghanistan to protest the continued bombing strikes in Gaza.
Police in Jordan and Egypt have cracked down on hundreds of protesters that have been marching almost daily in response to the Israeli air strikes. Protests continued in Kashmir, Turkey, Iraq, and Iran, among other countries.
Jordanian and Egyptian riot police cracked down on Friday on protesters demanding an end to Israel's attacks on Gaza and to ties with the Jewish state.
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in Iranian cities used the occasion of Friday prayers to voice support for the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
Turkey, starting a two-year stint as a member of the U.N. Security Council, urged Israel on Thursday to end its offensive on Gaza and lift its blockade of the coastal strip.
Thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank have joined demonstrations after a call from Hamas for a "day of wrath" against the Israeli attacks on Gaza.
Palestinian leaders have declared an all-out war with Israel, vowing suicide bombings and other attacks on Israel and their interests.
Palestinian Islamists vowed revenge on Israel on Friday for killing a senior Hamas leader and his family, and said all options including suicide bombs were now open to "strike at Zionist interests everywhere."
The war is being waged online as well, with PR representatives of both parties posting on youtube and facebook, even up to including an official Israeli Defence Force youtube channel.
A furious public information battle is taking place on sites ranging from YouTube to Facebook between the Israeli state and Hamas.
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the United States is making all efforts to create a ceasefire that will be 'durable and sustainable'.
The United States is making efforts to realize a ceasefire in Gaza that ought to be "durable and sustainable," U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Friday.
However, Rice said that she has no plan to travel to the Middle East at this point to try to mediate the fighting between Israel and Hamas, which is ruling Gaza.
NowPublic member Sameh Habeeb is in Gaza City and has been posting regular updates for us.
For the 7th day in consequence, Israeli military machine pursue the suffocating air raids and shelling through the Gaza Strip.
Israel's nuclear facility is in the line of fire, writes NowPublic staffer Sanjay Jha:
Fightings between Israel and Hamas have taken a new dimension, threatening Israel nuclear plant.
NowPublic user Rosie posted about the cries of war from Hamas members today.
January 2, 2009 - Israel stands firm and continues to siege Gaza by sending in ground troops and planning solid action against the Gaza militants.
NP member Shareef Sarhan is posting from Egypt, and posted some new pictures for us. Thanks Shareef!
Gaza today ... Exposed to shelling from the Israeli occupation aircraft