Crisis in Gaza
  • The U.S. secretary of state will try to wring an elusive truce deal from Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers after earlier efforts to end more than a week of fighting broke down amid a furious spasm of violence.
     

    A damaged residential building is seen after it was hit by a rocket fired by militants from the Gaza Strip, in the Israeli central city of Rishon Lezion, near Tel Aviv, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012.
    LAST UPDATE : Dec 13, 2012, 5:30 AM EST
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  • A damaged residential building is seen after it was hit by a rocket fired by militants from the Gaza Strip, in the Israeli central city of Rishon Lezion, near Tel Aviv, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012.

    After a day of furious diplomatic efforts involving the U.S. secretary of state, U.N. chief and Egypt's president, a deal remained elusive and fighting raged on both sides of the border.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 13, 2012, 4:00 AM EST
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  • A Palestinian man arrives in Rafah after crossing into Gaza Strip from Egypt, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. The $1.4 million terminal reflects a sign of Palestinian hopes that the fighting over the past week will end with a deal leading to an easier flow of people and goods into Egypt, which would transform their lives in the impoverished territory. It would also give Hamas a major victory that could help the Islamic group tighten its grip over Gaza's 1.7 million residents.

    The Rafah crossing terminal reflects Palestinian hope that the current conflict can end with a deal allowing for an easier flow of people and goods into Egypt.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 13, 2012, 5:00 AM EST
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  • A Palestinian youth throws a stone towards Israeli forces at the Qalandia checkpoint, in the Israeli occupied West Bank, on November 19, 2012.

    None of the diplomacy has had a significant effect yet; Israel, Hamas say they are open to mediation efforts being led by Egypt, but they remain far apart in their demands.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 13, 2012, 2:30 AM EST
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  • Palestinians remove debris from a building that was damaged after an Israeli strike, in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. It's the Israel's military second strike on the building in two days. Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad says an Israeli strike on a Gaza media center has killed one of its top militant leaders.

    After more than a decade of on-and-off fighting with Israel, Gazans are not easily shaken and have learned lessons from previous rounds of fighting.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 13, 2012, 2:30 AM EST
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