Gaza cease fire elusive as Hillary Clinton arrives

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November 20, 2012, 9:47 pm
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(NECN: Alysha Palumbo) - The loud blasts of missiles and rockets still fill the skies above Israel and Gaza, as a cease fire deal between Israel and Hamas remains elusive.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has rushed to the war zone to try to help broker a peace deal.

Clinton met in a closed door meeting Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
 
Clinton said, "The rocket attacks from terrorist organizations from inside Gaza on Israeli cities and towns must end."
 
Israeli ground forces are still set to invade Gaza and Israeli pilots continue to destroy tunnels Hamas is using to smuggle in new rockets from Egypt.
 
Netanyahu said, "Israel will have to take whatever action is necessary to defend its people."
 
Wednesday Clinton heads to Egypt to meet with its new President Mohammed Morsi - a muslim fundamentalist with ties to Hamas - who claims he wants to work with the Obama administration to end the fighting.
 
Mideast Analyst Robin Wright said, "If you get a cease fire, if then there is substantive diplomacy for the first time in a generation."
 
Meanwhile Israeli antimissiles have been very successful at shooting down incoming Hamas rockets.
But some of the newest attacks are much more far reaching into the residential areas of Israel.
 
One emergency worker said, "This was the furthest strike from the Hamas inside Israel over the last seven days, and our units are continuing to be on standby and prepared for these types of strikes in the center of civilian areas."
 
The violence continues throughout the region as cease fire deadlines continue to pass.
 
One woman said, "The missiles fell here and we all scared, shaking, all the kids around come to see what happened and all the apartment buildings shake."

Tags: gaza, Palestinians, Hillary Clinton, Israel, Alysha Palumbo, Hamas
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