Ibrahim Barzak And Amy Teibel
Monday, Jan 5, 2008
Five children have been killed in two separate Israeli strikes around Gaza City, according to Palestinian medics.
Three children were killed by a tank shell in Zeitun and two were killed in Shati by a naval strike, according to the head of Gaza medical emergency services Moawiya Hassanein.
Medical officials said that at least 12 civilians had been killed on Monday so far.
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More than 510 Gazans have been killed and some 2,500 have been wounded since the Israeli attacks began.
The latest deaths come as foreign leaders and diplomats are rushing to the Middle East in an attempt to secure a ceasefire.
French President Sarkozy is heading to the Middle East to try to persuade Israeli and Arab leaders to agree to a 48-hour truce to allow humanitarian aid to reach victims of the violence.
A separate, high-profile EU delegation and a Russian envoy are already there.
The EU delegation, headed by the Czech Foreign Minister, Karel Schwartzenberg, has held talks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit.
Mr Schwartzenberg appealed for an end to both Israel’s shelling of Gaza and Palestinian militant rocket attacks on Israel.
Mr Gheit said a UN Security Council resolution was urgently needed.
This article was posted: Monday, January 5, 2009 at 10:59 am