Gaza death toll passes 100 as Israeli strikes continue

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 20, 2012 05:24 hrs

London: Nearly 105 people have been killed in the Gaza Strip in six days of violence, as Israeli forces continue their bombardment, says a report.

Monday's fatalities included a commander of the Islamic Jihad militant group and a couple and their two small children.

Over 100 rockets were fired on Israel on Monday, but no casualties were reported.

According to the BBC, last week, three Israelis died in one such attack.

Meanwhile, Egypt has been leading efforts to broker a peace deal, with both senior Israeli and Hamas officials in Cairo for talks.

An Egyptian official said he hoped to be able to make an announcement on Monday or Tuesday.

According to the report, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has also arrived in Cairo to aid negotiating efforts.

He plans to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the coming days, the report said. 

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