Israel sends reservists to Gaza, signals end to war

January 12th, 2009 - 5:10 pm ICT by ANI  

Jerusalem, Jan.12 (ANI): Israel started pouring reservists into Gaza on Monday as the death toll in its war on Hamas neared 900, but officials said an end to the fighting might be in sight as more ceasefire talks were scheduled in Egypt.
According to Fox News, Israeli ground forces made their deepest foray yet Sunday into Gaza’’s most populated area, with tanks rolling into residential neighborhoods and infantry fighting urban warfare in streets and buildings with Hamas militants who kept up their rocketing of southern Israel.
An Israeli army spokeswoman said residential neighborhoods in Gaza are riddled with homemade bombs and booby traps, including mannequins placed at apartment entrances to simulate militants and rigged to explode if soldiers approach.
The army “is advancing more into urban areas,” said the spokeswoman, Maj. Avital Leibovich. “Since the majority of the Hamas militants are pretty much in hiding in those places, mainly urban places, then we operate in those areas.”
On Monday, Israeli navy gunboats fired more than 25 shells at Gaza City, setting fires and shaking office buildings, including the local bureau of The Associated Press. The military said that in general, the targets are Hamas installations but had no immediate information about the shelling that began just after midnight. (ANI)

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